Director of Reconciliation and Indigenous Partnerships

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Grieg Seafood ASA (Grieg) is one of the world’s leading salmon farmers, specializing in Atlantic salmon. Since 2001 Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. has been responsibly farming salmon off Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. Operating 22 farm sites and a land-based freshwater hatchery in the town of Gold River, Grieg is licensed to produce 23,400 tonnes of salmon annually to North American and Asian markets. This level of production directly employs over 150 people and indirectly supports hundreds of contractors, suppliers, and family-owned businesses in the province. Grieg operates its 22 farms near almost a dozen coastal communities. It donates approximately $100,000 annually to numerous local causes like wild salmon enhancement projects, non-profit organizations, youth sports, Indigenous initiatives, education, and community events.

Greig respects and values the history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada and the impact of the past on the present and the future. We value and respect the languages, heritages, cultures, and ways of knowing and being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.  We want to contribute towards truth, reconciliation and healing.

In this newly created role, the Director of Reconciliation and Indigenous Partnerships (Director), will have overall accountability to the Managing Director and staff to provide input on a range of government and indigenous affairs, communications, environmental and media-related matters. The incumbent is seen as a “government relations and indigenous affairs” expert within the Grieg staff.

The primary role of this Director is to foster within Grieg, a deeper understanding of the ways of knowing and being, histories, and cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.  The Director will help to critically examine unconscious biases, attitudes, beliefs, values and practices to facilitate change. S/he will help us to integrate First Nations, Inuit and Métis worldviews and perspectives into Grieg strategic planning, HR policy, environmental policy, engagement with stakeholders, work environments and with the Nations in whole territories Grieg operates. The Director must work effectively with the Senior Management Team so that effective debate and candid communications lead to sound decisions, solving issues and effective oversight of the affairs of the company. S/he must dare to be disruptive but remain focussed on growth, cost control and other business goals. The Director must be comfortable speaking in public forums and at events as both a representative of Grieg salmon farming and as an advocate for reconciliation.  The Director, as with all Senior Managers, will occasionally address the media and be interviewed for radio, TV and print.

Given this is a fast-paced and at times, high stress environment, your ability to embody grace under pressure is essential for success.  As an organization working within with Indigenous communities, you bring a deep understanding of the nuances and differences between the various First Nations communities and ability to build bridges within these various communities. Experience in treaty and/ or resource negotiations is considered an asset. You have the ability to act as the spokesperson being the company representative with media, strong public relations experience. A high volume of activity, competing demands, and priorities will require continuous attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.  You have a reputation for strategically overcoming challenges or obstacles. You derive immense satisfaction building and managing key networks and relationships. You have flexibility and willingness to travel both nationally and internationally as needed.  This position is based in Campbell River, B.C.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply no later August 30, 2019. To be considered, please submit your cover letter, resume and related information online at: