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 Yukon Energy’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 our team. 

THE POSITION:

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 of 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 Yukon Energy's 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 Nations relations.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:

The ideal candidate will have 8-10 years direct experience in First Nations relations, administration or government, preferably in a corporate or government organization. They will have in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of the First Nations consultation environment in the Yukon, including knowledge of First Nations history, Final and Self-Governing Agreements and current issues. They will have a demonstrated track record structuring and negotiating inter-governmental agreements, Impact Benefit Agreements (IBAs) or Project Agreements between First Nations and corporate entities.

They will have demonstrated skills building and nurturing effective and collaborative networks and relationships, and have strong influencing skills to build alignment with parties of differing interests. Demonstrated leadership, supervisory and team building skills are essential to work effectively with peer executives in achieving department and Corporate objectives.

THE LOCATION:

Whitehorse, Yukon is a perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts and for raising a family. Wilderness adventures start right on your doorstep with canoeing, hiking and fishing opportunities available nearby. Multiple flights out of Whitehorse will get you to Vancouver in two hours and Edmonton or Calgary in less than three hours on scheduled days. 

TO APPLY:

Submit a covering letter and resume to Human Resources via email at hr@yec.yk.ca

Preference will be given to candidates of First Nations Ancestry.

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