Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation
Building on a rich, resilient history and a bright future, the Squamish Nation continues to prosper and thrive. The Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) culture and traditions are strongly interconnected with their territories and communities. They continue to occupy and govern their lands as well as safeguard their rights, title and identity.
The modern-day Squamish Nation was formed in 1923 when the Squamish People and their leaders voted to amalgamate the many individual Squamish bands into a single entity and rebuild their governance to the Squamish Nation. The effect was to combine resources and work together to protect Squamish Nation lands and interests for all generations. This joining of communities is now known amongst Squamish Nation members as the Amalgamation.
“A Squamish Nation that is made of sustainable communities that are geographically dispersed but are unquestionably linked by our traditions, heritage and culture. We will embrace a balance of environmental protection and economic vitality on our lands. This approach to land use will provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for us to live, study, work, play and enjoy a high quality of life now and for future generations of Squamish People.”
Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation
Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation (NDC) was formed to support the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw by generating wealth and creating prosperity from economic opportunities for current and future generations of the Nation in a manner that respects the Snewayelh and Nexwniw of the Nation and upholds the spirit and intent of the Amalgamation. As the main driver of future business success for the Nation, NDC plays a crucial role in making the Squamish Nation vision and CDP come to life through “economic vitality.”
“There is a legend in Squamish Nation oral tradition that talks about the well-known peak of Nch’kaỷ (Garibaldi).
In ancient times, a flood covered Squamish lands and reached as far south as Xwsa7k (Mount Baker). Nch’kaỷ was the only piece of land peaking out of the flood waters. During the flood, the Squamish people tied their canoes to the mountain’s volcanic peak. For the Squamish Nation it was a place of refuge, reconciliation and wealth.” ~Squamish.com
6000 new units
80 percent of the land available for parks and community space, including basketball and lacrosse courts
NDC is working with Westbank, one of North America’s leading developers, in a 50/50 partnership. While Westbank is responsible for raising the $3 billion in construction financing, the 50/50 structure means that neither party can make decisions without the buy-in of the other.
“This is a once in a generation and lifetime opportunity—to create a vision that includes Squamish Nation members and one that builds trust amongst our people, the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver, as well.” ~Chris Lewis, Board Director and Councillor
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is authorized, responsible and accountable for the proper financial administration, management, investment and reporting of Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation, its owned and managed companies, and its subsidiaries.
Accountable to the Board and the President and CEO, the CFO’s main priority is to ensure that financial policies, procedures, operations and data systems are in place to properly support NDC’s operations and ensure compliance with legislation and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The CFO reports directly to NDC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Board of Directors (BOD) on proper financial administration, management, investment and reporting. The CFO has significant latitude and autonomy to make decisions.
1. Participate in the provision of effective strategic, business and financial planning.
Provide financial advice to the BOD, CEO, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), NDC Managers and Managers of NDC subsidiaries and managed companies
Collaborate with the BOD, CEO and SLT in organizational development, strategic and business planning and lead financial planning
Research, prepare and submit annual operating and project budgets
Attend meetings and make presentations as required, including for the Board, the Nation, Partners, Investment and Financial institutions, governments, etc.
Negotiate favourable terms and rates for agreements and loan facilities with partners, banks and other financial institutions
2. Provide comptrollership advice and functions for NDC, its subsidiaries and managed companies to ensure that finances are managed according to legislation, directives, policies, procedures and IFRS.
Develop and regularly review and update financial management policies, procedures, and systems as necessary for Board approval
Ensure that cost accounting processes are in place and automated
Establish and manage accounting and financial systems and maintain full and accurate accounting records
Conduct financial analysis and prepare detailed financial reports and statements
Provide financial and accounting advice, direction and leadership
Ensure compliance with financial legislation, policies and procedures
Prepare tender documents and administer contracts
Prepare for audits
Respond to auditor’s comments concerning finances and operations and oversee required action to address deficiencies
Implement and monitor internal controls
Manage investments and reserves
Ensure timely reconciliation of account balances
3. Establish and maintain financial management and accounting systems.
Implement and maintain appropriate financial accounting software platforms
Ensure that processes, hardware and software are in place to automate functions wherever possible
Manage the maintenance and upgrade of financial and payroll information systems
Update systems to increase effectiveness and efficiency
4. Establish standardized financial and payroll systems for each of the subsidiary companies
Ensure systems, policies, and procedures are compatible with NDC
Establish or improve internal controls
Work with the management team to establish annual budgets
Ensure signing authorities and limits of authority are in place in accordance with NDC policy
5. Provide financial and business advice
Provide financial and business advice on proposed contracts and business dealings
Review financial aspects of contracts and business ventures
Participate in submitting quotes and proposals
Assist in developing tenders and contract documents
Conduct cost/benefit analyses on proposed contracts and business ventures
Provide financial advice on negotiations for contracts
Lead a culture of continual business improvement and cost-efficiency
6. Manage NDC finance and payroll staff
Establish and maintain internal controls to ensure compliance with financial, payroll, and human resources legislation, policies and procedures
Evaluate the performance of, and provide training and development opportunities to Finance department staff
Provide leadership by delegating tasks, responding to staff inquiries, and providing overall direction to Finance and payroll staff
7. Other related duties as required
The following attributes describe the ideal candidate for this exciting role. The new Chief Financial Officer will be:
A visionary and an experienced leader who can competently and confidently assist and inform the community in making sustainable investment decisions;
An innovator who can see opportunities and possibilities and support in creating a compelling vision for others to follow;
An inspirational leader who attracts talent
A charismatic individual that can just as easily relate to elders and community members as they can with business leaders, financiers and politicians;
A relationship builder who seeks to understand first before seeking to be understood.
Managing People: Includes staffing planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities; makes self-available to staff; provides regular performance feedback; develops subordinates’ skills and encourages growth; solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); fosters quality focus in others; improves processes, products and services; continually works to improve people management skills.
Visionary Leadership: displays passion and optimism; inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.
Motivation: sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
Change Management: develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Delegation: delegates work assignments; matches the responsibility to the person/team; gives authority to work independently; sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; provides recognition for results.
Customer Service: manages difficult or emotional customer situations; responds promptly to customer needs; solicits customer feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments
Analytical: synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs workflows and procedures.
Judgment: displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions.
Planning/Organizing: prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.
Technical Skills: assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and professional development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
Quality Management: looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
Innovation: displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.
Adaptability: adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Strategic Thinking: develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; understands the organization’s strengths & weaknesses; analyzes market and competition; identifies external threats and opportunities; adapts strategy to changing conditions.
Strong computer skills: Become and remain proficient in all programs necessary in running the NDC’s financial/payroll operations
Excellent decision-making skills.
Superior financial management, human resource management, negotiation and problem-solving skills.
Ability to continuously meet deadlines.
Experience working in a multi-cultural, diverse environment demonstrating cultural awareness and sensitivity.
Location - Squamish Nation Territories
Squamish Nation homelands include some of the present-day cities of Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster, all of the cities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver, Port Moody and all of the District of Squamish and the Municipality of Whistler. These boundaries embrace all of Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and English Bay, as well as the rivers and creeks that flow into these bodies of water. The Nation’s historical links to these lands and waters are numerous. Squamish place names exist throughout the territory. In many instances, a location has particular meaning to the Nation because of the existence of oral traditions that served to explain that place in the Squamish universe and in their relationship to the land. In addition, the land bears witness to the settlements, resource sites, and spiritual and ritual places of our ancestors, including villages, hunting camps, cedar bark gathering areas, rock quarries, clam processing camps, pictographs and cemeteries. Some of these village sites date back 3000 years.
This is an exciting leadership role that offers the unique opportunity to work with the single largest First Nations Economic Development project in Canada and grow their operations for further future success. For more details, please contact:
Laurie Sterritt • Partner
880-609 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia Telephone: 778-838-4569 email@example.com
Brad Evoy • Consultant
1 Rideau St. Suite 700
Telephone: 343-254-0256 firstname.lastname@example.org
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