Vice President, First Nation Relations

Yukon Energy operates electricity generation, transmission and distribution systems across the Yukon on the Traditional Territories of multiple Yukon First Nations. Building and maintaining strong, respectful and productive relationships with Yukon First Nations is critical to the Corporation’s ongoing success. Yukon Energy’s 5-Year Strategic Plan, published in 2019, confirmed the Corporation’s commitment to establishing mutually beneficial and strategic partnerships with Yukon First Nations governments, through respectful and thoughtful collaboration. Specific actions were included in the 5-Year Strategic Plan to develop a framework of partnership options with First Nations, share opportunities for First Nations-owned businesses in Yukon Energy’s procurement and project development activities, and create opportunities for Yukon First Nations candidates to join their team.

The Vice President, First Nation Relations is responsible for leading the consultation, engagement and relationship building with First Nations on a broad range of corporate projects and initiatives. These activities include the negotiation on Project Agreements for new energy and transmission projects, consultation and engagement on the relicensing of Yukon Energy’s existing hydro facilities, and building and maintaining strong, respectful and productive relationships with First Nations governments, administrations, development corporations, Elders and Citizens. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the incumbent plays a key role in developing and executing corporate goals, financial and business plans, and strategies to achieve the corporate mandate. The incumbent will act as an internal advisor and thought leader on First Nations issues, providing advice and guidance on all corporate aspects of First Nation relations.

The successful candidate will bring direct experience in First Nation relations, administration or government, as well as direct experience as an active member of a leadership or senior management team either in a corporate or a government organization. They will ideally have business or other work experience in the energy industry or other resource industries. They will bring in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of the First Nations consultation environment ideally in the Yukon, or alternatively, other regions in Canada. This expertise will include knowledge of First Nations history, Final and Self-Governing Agreements and current issues; knowledge of the constitutional context of First Nations and Treaty rights in Canada and knowledge of structuring and negotiation of inter-governmental agreements, Impact Benefit Agreements (IBAs) or Project Agreements between First Nations and corporate entities. They will have superior skills in written and verbal communications, including internal and external meetings, and preparation of Board-level reports and presentations.

Preference will be given to candidates of First Nations Ancestry. This position is located in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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