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Vice President, Indigenous Relations

Location: 

Toronto, ON, CA, M5G 1X6

Req ID:  39285

Status: Full-time, Permanent

Working Conditions:  Flexible hybrid working environment 

Education Level: University Degree with relevant experience is required.

Level:  Executive

Location: Toronto, ON

Shifts(s): Days

Travel: Yes, within Ontario

 

BE THE GENERATION to help build a brighter tomorrow.

 

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) continues to set the bar for environmental protection, community involvement, and economic impact while safely keeping the lights on. Now we've set our sights on being a net-zero carbon company by 2040 and a catalyst to help the economies where we operate achieve net-zero by 2050. 

 

OPG operates a diverse portfolio of generation assets, including nuclear, hydroelectric, biomass and solar. We are also a cleantech leader and innovator, offering challenging and unique work opportunities. Help us use our power to change the world. 

 

THE ROLE

 

As OPG advances its commitments to Indigenous communities and peoples, the VP of Indigenous Relations will provide strategic leadership to the whole organization, playing an important role with the Board, the Executive Management Team and various departments across the business—especially those with direct or indirect interactions with Indigenous communities or territories.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

 

  • Provide advice, guidance and support to the Executive Management Team, including the President and CEO, as assigned on issues related to OPG's Reconciliation Action Plan.

  • Inform and contribute to organizational decisions as a Senior Leader.  Actively engage with Indigenous communities and partner organizations to deliver on OPG's strategy and accountabilities meaningfully.  

  • Lead strategy on the development of projects and new business ventures with Indigenous communities and partners. 

  • Lead OPG's Reconciliation Action Plan Team, overseeing OPG's strategies, actions and results. 

  • Ensure OPG's corporate and generating policies and practices are aligned with and support the principles of reconciliation as part of ongoing reviews. 

  • Build positive and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities and peoples based on respect and understanding. Proactively work with communities to engage, communicate and seek feedback to address gaps. 

  • Advance economic reconciliation with Indigenous communities and businesses through meaningful engagement, collaboration and partnerships. 

  • Expand OPG's internal Indigenous Relations training initiatives.  Oversee the development of annual Indigenous cultural competency training for the Board and Executive Leadership Team. 

 

Create and maintain an internal online Reconciliation Knowledge Hub that will: 

  • Provide information and resources to support the incorporation of land acknowledgements and meaningful discussions on reconciliation topics. 

  • Provide resources, advice and a platform for discussion to raise understanding of traditional Indigenous knowledge, culture and practices. 

  • Share information on community engagement opportunities and best practices.

  • Provide advice and leadership to support the enhancement of an engaged and inclusive workforce that reflects the broad diversity of Indigenous communities and peoples across our company.

 

Enhance current strategic approaches to Indigenous recruitment: 

  •  Identify and eliminate barriers to the advancement and progression of Indigenous employees at OPG. 

  • Explore opportunities to increase the mentorship of Indigenous employees.

 

Be a trusted partner in environmental stewardship and an ally in addressing climate change: 

  • Proactively engage with Indigenous communities and organizations on OPG's Climate Change Plan. 

  • Increase Indigenous community engagement and participation in OPG's internal Biodiversity Conservation Plans. 

  • Increase Indigenous participation in OPG's Regional Biodiversity Program (RBP). 

  • Increase involvement of Indigenous communities and businesses in OPG's biodiversity conversation plan. 

 

Represent OPG in meetings and forums and support OPG executives in their involvement:

  • Recommend and influence the positioning of issues and communication strategies and tactics. 

  • As required, meet with Senior Government officials (up to and including the Assistant Deputy Minister level) to discuss OPG strategies and approaches relative to First Nations and Metis. 

  • Support government to government discussions as appropriate in relation to a relevant regulatory policy or Aboriginal rights. 

 

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE 

 

  • An undergraduate degree is required.  A post-graduate degree would be considered an asset. 

  • Proven track record of developing and building successful relationships and outcomes with Indigenous communities. 

  • Strong understanding of Indigenous cultures and traditions as well as a sound political acumen, diplomacy, tact, and enjoy building and leading teams. Lived experience within Indigenous cultures and communities would be preferred. 

  • Extensive knowledge of recent case law with respect to the duty to consult. Understanding of relevant legislation and public policy pertaining to Indigenous rights and title, including the impacts of government structures on Indigenous communities.

  • Ability to present to various groups, large and small, internal and external, formal and informal.

  • Experience with Indigenous engagements specific to large-scale infrastructure or natural resources projects, preferably within a regulated industry.

  • A strategic and effective relationship builder with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Skill and experience in preparing briefing notes on various topics.

  • Personable and friendly, with the ability to quickly form strong working relationships with a variety of people in diverse settings.

  • Able to build and lead a team of professionals in the Indigenous Relations department.

  • Able to develop, implement and execute strategic and operating plans and communicate progress on these plans with great confidence and credibility.

  • Strong negotiator with the ability to negotiate win-win outcomes.

  • Knowledge of the Ontario (and ideally the Canadian) energy sector and related public policy and political issues.

  • A strong network in Ontario and, ideally, across Canada, with a reputation for being honest and trustworthy.

 

The successful candidate will exhibit uncompromising integrity and commitment to upholding corporate values and the OPG Code of Business Conduct.

 

WHY OPG?

 

As Ontario's largest clean energy generator, OPG offers an exciting combination of challenging opportunities and career diversity in a fast-paced work environment. Being an OPG employee means you can apply your knowledge, broaden your skills and make a valuable contribution to an organization that is vital to the province's wellbeing. At OPG, our values are our strengths.  They are fundamental truths about our organization that don't change.  Safety. Integrity. Excellence. People and Citizenship.  

 

Here's why OPG might be the ideal workplace for you:

  • Exceptional range of opportunities province-wide

  • Long-term career growth and development opportunities

  • Electricity is vital to the province, and OPG's clean electricity is helping decarbonize other sectors.

 

Our promise to you:

  • We care about the safety and the well-being of our employees. It is our utmost priority.

  • A supportive work environment where you can be your best every day.

  • Opportunities to stretch and develop.

  • Offer different ways for you to give back to communities where we operate.

  • Partner with Indigenous communities and support local businesses.

  • We support employment equity, diversity and inclusion.

 

If you are looking to learn from others and be part of something important and excited about the future of power generation, you will find the right fit at OPG.

 

NEW CAMPUS!  In 2024, OPG is establishing a new corporate headquarters on a campus setting in the Municipality of Clarington, located within the Durham Region. The new campus will include the existing Darlington Energy Complex just south of Highway 401 and a new building to be constructed on adjacent land presently owned by OPG.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

OPG is partnered exclusively with Leaders International on this search. Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted directly to Ottawa@leadersinternational.com. If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume indicating the title of the role in the subject line of your email. For more information on the role review, Ontario Power Generation VPIR Opportunity Profile (leadersinternational.com) or don't hesitate to reach out to Mike Eagar, Senior Consultant, Leaders International mike@leadersinternational.com.  We thank all those who express an interest; however, only those chosen for further development will be contacted.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

 

OPG is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and supported. If you require accommodation during the application or interview process, please advise us as soon as possible so appropriate arrangements can be made. If you require information in a format that is accessible to you, please contact AODA@opg.com 

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