Chief Financial Officer

  Chief Financial Officer

Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation


Squamish Nation

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.

More than a decade ago, the Squamish Nation Council developed  a Community Development Plan (CDP) to achieve:


“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.” 

NDC’s seven-member Board is made up of two Squamish council members, one community member and four independent directors. The Board is actively guiding the consolidation of the Squamish Nation business portfolio to achieve best-practices in governance. Bringing together the existing suite of businesses from across the real estate, natural resources, energy, and retail sectors, NDC and the Squamish Nation are poised to become one of the most influential business leaders in Metro Vancouver and British Columbia.


“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.”


With the 11.7-acre reserve-land development at the South end of the Burrard Bridge in the area now known as Kitsilano, the Sen’ákw development is the largest real estate project in Canada led by First Nations to date and focused on building a community connected to people and the environment in a way that fits with Squamish values.  The planned eleven tower development is situated on a sliver of land within the 80-acre Kitsilano Indian Reserve No. 6 (also known as Sen’ákwby the Squamish people). Sen’ákw will bring the following to a highly attractive neighbourhood, answering the demand for increased housing on Vancouver’s west side: 


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 Role

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.


Key Responsibilites

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


Key Responsibilites

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 Candidate

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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


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.

Teamwork: balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.


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. 

To Apply

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 SterrittPartner

Leaders International

880-609 Granville Street

Vancouver, British Columbia Telephone: 778-838-4569

Brad Evoy • Consultant

Leaders International

1 Rideau St. Suite 700

Ottawa, Ontario

Telephone: 343-254-0256

To apply, please submit a Cover Letter and Resume directly to Leaders International outlining your interest, qualifications and experience.

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