Permitting Compliance Advisor, Expansion Project (Term role)

Date: Nov 20, 2021

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Company: Trans Mountain

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project will provide increased capacity to support Canadian crude oil production growth and ensure access to global energy markets. The largest project in the pipeline’s history, it involves installing approximately 980 kilometres of new pipeline, as well as new and modified facilities.


The Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) is seeking a Permitting Compliance Advisor to join a fast-paced team that manages acquisition, compliance, and execution of works associated with Provincial and Municipal permits and authorizations, approvals, permit amendments for pipelines, facilities, roads and other use sites in British Columbia and Alberta. As a Permitting Compliance Advisor with Trans Mountain, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a progressive and fast-paced group of land and permit professionals. This position is based in our Calgary office.  


The TMEP Permitting Team supports the regulator-specific permit delivery and compliance program which is designed to support overall project execution. Working with the Permit Team under the leadership of Land and Permitting Management, the position will support the field permit compliance program implementation. This position will require some travel within Alberta and British Columbia at field locations as required. 


The ideal candidate will have significant experience with provincial and municipal authorizations across a range of all Alberta and BC regulatory agencies, and ideally on Canada Energy Regulator (CER) projects. The candidate must be able to manage tasks effectively across TMEP disciplines (Environment, Engineering, Project Management and Controls, Legal, Indigenous Engagement with Indigenous communities, Survey, Construction, etc.) and with teams in different remote locations. Individuals with experience in pipeline construction along with compliance assurance assessment experience would be preferred.


Key Responsibilities

  • Work with project disciplines to operationalize permit requirements with construction requirements to achieve project schedule.   Support construction personnel by ensuring follow-through on commitments and compliance with applicable legal requirements, regulations, permits, and approved permit conditions.
  • Gather and prepare all necessary information for submission of compliance reporting.  Ensure compliance activities are included within tracking tools and assigned personnel understand the requirements to fulfill compliance obligations.
  • Complete compliance monitoring, non-compliance identification and compliance works including: Incident investigations, Development of Corrective Actions Plans (CAPA’s), Determine continuous improvement opportunities, and conduct Regulatory Agency field interactions – manage Agency inspections, provided inspection tracking and result documentation
  • Work with execution and project disciplines to gather and prepare all necessary information for Management of Change (MOC) submission(s).
  • Raise issues to the Manager, Permitting to receive direction and follow through to ensure progress continues for assigned tasks.
  • Work collaboratively with other permit team members to ensure all permit deliverables are met. 
  • Participate in other assigned project work, as needed, commensurate with critical deadlines and high demands.


Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • 10 + years of related experience, preferably within a major energy project and/or construction environment.
  • Degree in Environmental Applied Science or Environmental Studies and/or Business is preferred. An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.
  • Demonstrated understanding of regulatory legislation, the principles of authorization triggers and regulatory requirements is required.
  • Demonstrated understanding of compliance activities and principles.
  • The candidate must be adaptable and able to attend to multiple complex tasks across a range of project disciplines and with a range of team members inside the organization and with parties external to the project.
  • Experience with local government regulatory requirements applicable to pipelines and associated facilities.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills and ability to problem solve to achieve agreement and maintain accountability for achieving deliverables.
  • Experience with project management systems and tools for personal and project use to track and report progress across multiple formats. 
  • Familiarity working with information required to develop Permit application content (e.g., shapefiles, databases, Excel files and pivot tables).
  • Ability to effectively interface with technical and field staff on the major general contractor teams.
  • Ability to engage and build proactive, efficient, and professional relationships with provincial and local government regulatory agencies. 


Other Requirements and Information

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to travel as required.
  • Up to 20 % travel may be required for this position. 


We Build Careers and Pipelines That Last

Our story is about determination, resourcefulness and resilience. It’s about charting our own course, finding innovative solutions to challenging problems and doing the right thing. It was true when Trans Mountain became a company in 1951 and it’s just as true today. We welcome new members to our team that embrace the qualities in our story, that thrive on the new path and directions we take.  Our culture is one of care and taking our responsibilities seriously. If you would like to contribute to our culture, then join our journey.


A Rewarding Opportunity. We offer:

  • A place to share a sense of purpose and build relationships.
  • Meaningful work that makes a difference.
  • An opportunity within the Canadian energy industry.


In keeping with Trans Mountain’s commitment to maximize benefits for communities, priority will be given to qualified candidates from Indigenous, local and regional communities along the Trans Mountain existing, and expansion, pipeline corridor.


In Alberta, the existing pipeline system spans the traditional territories of Treaty 6, 7 and 8, and the Métis Nation of Alberta (Zone 4).


In British Columbia, the system crosses the traditional territories of numerous First Nations that are affiliated with the Secwepemc, Dakelh (Carrier), Nlaka'pamux, Syilx/Okanagan, Interior and Coast Salish, Stó:lo, as well as the Métis.

Trans Mountain also operates through 15 First Nation Reserves located within the region spanning the BC interior through Fraser Valley.


Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trans Mountain is committed to supporting diversity and individual differences.  The diverse viewpoints and cultural knowledge that our employees bring to work enrich our organization’s collective cultural understanding, which is reflected in the work we do every day.  Trans Mountain welcomes new team members from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.