National Director, Indigenous Strategies

National Director, Indigenous Strategies

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date September 15, 2020
Type Full Time
Company Leaders International
Location Vancouver, BC
Category Business / Management
Client Leaders International
Contact Information
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National Director, Indigenous Strategies

The Organization

Chandos is leading change in the Canadian construction industry. As one of the top 20 general contractors in the country, it is in growth mode and spearheading industry innovation. The company specializes in complex projects where value is delivered through collaborative project delivery models (Integrated Project Delivery), lean methodologies and building information modelling.

Chandos is the largest Certified B Corporation commercial builder in the world and the first in North America. This certification is one that’s committed to, and continually meets, rigorous standards of social and environmental accountability, public transparency and legal responsibility.

As an inclusive company, Chandos is committed to advancing and protecting Indigenous relationships and creating meaningful partnerships with Indigenous communities and Indigenous-owned businesses. It’s actively working to fulfill the 94 Calls-to-Action recommended by the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Report and, as one of many actions, has recently become recognized as a Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Committed company with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. As a PAR Committed company, Chandos has completed the first phase of Indigenous awareness training across the company with plans to obtain a higher PAR certification. The company actively advocates for and supports the advancement of Indigenous participation in the trades and construction industry and continues to find new ways to apply the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) framework within the organization.

A national company, Chandos employs over 500 field and office staff working from seven offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Kelowna. Proud to be 100% employee-owned, all Chandos employees share in the value and profits they generate.

Chandos’ Values

“We Build Better Together.”

We all belong (Inclusion)

We recognize that our differences are our greatest strengths. We uncover talent. We nurture talent. And then, we give people the tools they need to use their talent to create a positive impact.

We learn from each other (Collaboration)

It’s not just on the job; it’s in the community. Collaboration is in our DNA — from the way we build to the way we work together to solve problems and look for opportunities to make the world a better place.

We see things differently (Ingenuity)

And we know a spark of genius can come from anyone, any time. That’s why we believe in bringing together diverse perspectives in a supportive and open environment. Our best ideas come from working together across teams, with our customers, and our partners.

We have the courage to act (Innovation)

When a company experiences success, it takes courage to change the way that things have always been done. But we’re continually innovating. We analyze, learn and build on strategies to benefit our customers, employ-ees and communities.

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The Opportunity

Reporting to the President, the National Director, Indigenous Strategies is a member of the Shared Services team leading the Indigenous strategy for the company in lockstep with the Senior Operations Team. In this new role, the National Director, Indigenous Strategies works to advance Indigenous awareness, strategies, partnerships, opportunities and initiatives across the company and in the construction industry.

The successful candidate will bring exceptional knowledge of Indigenous affairs, governance structures, community and business development opportunities in Canada while ensuring regular monitoring and research on evolving developments that will impact Indigenous communities and the construction industry.

Key Responsibilities

Most of Chandos’ shared service functions are organized around the key principle of teaching/coaching operations leaders to do “it” as opposed to having others do “it” for them. In this way, knowledge is “operationalized” in Chandos ensuring efficiencies across the company.

  • Develop strategies to increase Indigenous cultural awareness and the ability to work successfully with Indigenous communities and stakeholders.
  • Develop and execute internal Indigenous awareness training programs for current and new employees.
  • Identify, cultivate and build opportunities for engaging new relationships with Indigenous partners and communities of interest.
  • Develop mutually advantageous relationships with development corporations, industry partners and other potential business partners.
  • Work with the Business Development team to provide relevant input on Indigenous strategies, supporting proposals and presentations, and representing the company with clients as needed.
  • Advance and lead the PAR certification process with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
  • Develop and implement methods to evaluate the impact of the company’s Indigenous strategy. Promote success stories and results to the marketing and communications team.
  • Represent the company at relevant events; help create, find and promote similar advantageous partnerships and networking opportunities.



  • Post-Secondary degree in business, law, engineering or related field is an asset. Equivalent education, experience and background will be considered.


  • Indigenous background with excellent knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories, government and leadership.
  • Senior leader with experience working on an executive leadership team.
  • Relationship builder with proven ability to negotiate win-win outcomes.
  • Business development and/or stakeholder relations experience an asset.
  • Experience supporting proposals and procurement opportunities an asset.
  • Preference will be given to an Indigenous candidate.


  • Cultural awareness – Understands cultural and societal nuances across Canadian Indigenous communities and regions. Embodies Chandos’ organizational values.
  • Team player – Proven team player with the ability to work in a collaborative environment, with demonstrated flexibility, initiative and inclusivity.
  • Action-oriented – Demonstrates an entrepreneurial approach to work that would expand and grow Indigenous business opportunities.
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to balance the interests/expectations of various leaders and partners.
  • Strong business and political acumen. Ability to build, navigate, and maintain lasting relationships, both internally and externally.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills that are open, honest and transparent. Negotiation and presentation abilities are essential.

Additional Information

This is an exciting leadership role that offers the unique opportunity to lead change in construction. For more details, please contact:

Laurie Sterritt • Partner                                                                Heather Fookes • Senior Consultant
Leaders International                                                                 Leaders International
880-609 Granville Street                                                              Suite 530, 1000 7 Avenue SW
Vancouver, British Columbia                                                        Calgary, Alberta
Telephone : (236) 317-1103 ext. 104                                           Telephone : 403-263-0600 x2061
[email protected]                                                  [email protected]

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

Leaders International specializes in the recruitment of Board of Directors, leadership succession and executive level positions. Our global network, Penrhyn International, is a world leader in the executive recruitment industry, with more than 47 offices in over 25 countries on 5 continents.

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