Senior Advisor, Indigenous Supply Chain, Employment and Training, Expansion Project (Term Role)

Date: Feb 27, 2023

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.


Our Core Values

Trans Mountain’s core values – Safety, Integrity, Respect and Excellence – guide our every step. Each obstacle we’ve overcome or success we’ve experienced has been the result of a shared commitment to living these values every day. Together, we’re focused on doing the right thing for each other and our communities.



Reporting to the Manager, Indigenous Supply Chain, the  Senior Advisor, Indigenous Supply Chain, Employment and Training will work collaboratively with Operations, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), targeted Indigenous groups, and associated contractors to create value and identify opportunities to support our commitment to maximize Indigenous business opportunities and employment and training opportunities for Indigenous, local, and regional community members.


The Senior Advisor will identify opportunities that offer Indigenous communities, individuals, and businesses the ability to participate in employment, training and the procurement of goods and services in support of Trans Mountain requirements and commitments.


As part of Indigenous Supply Chain Management (ISCM), Employment and Training (E&T) Team, the Senior Advisor will be responsible for supporting and implementing TMEP Indigenous, local, and regional inclusion plans, Indigenous supply chain strategies, employment, and training strategies, and the overall TMEP execution strategy.


The Senior Advisor will also provide support to Operations to engage communities in sourcing goods and services from Indigenous businesses and recruiting community members for Trans Mountain jobs and training programs. This will include providing business and employment strategies that will support Operations-based Reconciliation programs.


The Advisor will work closely with the Indigenous Relations Team to ensure successful implementation of Mutual Benefit Agreement (MBA) commitments and Canadian Energy Regulator (CER) / BC Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) regulatory conditions related to subcontracting, employment, and training.  The role will be required to track and compile data that will be submitted to Provincial and Federal Regulatory Agencies and will build, maintain, and grow relationships with Indigenous groups along the project and operating corridor.


The position requires business management acumen and must demonstrate strong organizational, negotiation, and time management skills, as well as have strong communication and client service skills.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Engage with Indigenous, local, and regional communities to identify candidates for employment opportunities on the Project.
  • Engage with Indigenous communities and businesses to identify capacity and capability to participate in contracting opportunities.
  • Meet or exceed MBA conditions and ensure full compliance with business, employment, and training obligations.
  • Build and maintain key relationships with Indigenous, local, and regional employment and training organizations and with Indigenous businesses and business partners.
  • Work with TMEP contractors to execute Indigenous, local, and regional employment and training, and economic inclusion plans.
  • Support Indigenous, local, and regional employment, training, and subcontract reporting, data analysis, and program monitoring for Federal, Provincial, and community-based reporting.
  • Support Project SCM Managers and execution teams in the development of Indigenous Contracting Strategies and management of Indigenous subcontracts.
  • Support and participate in community events such as employment or business information sessions, where deemed appropriate.
  • Administer Indigenous Contractor Supplier Information Database and the E&T Skills Inventory Registry to manage data collected.
  • Assist Indigenous Groups and their businesses in developing business models to fit Trans Mountain contracting and procurement strategies and plans.
  • Provide information through meetings, workshops, and online tools.


Qualifications and Professional Experience:

  • Business Degree or equivalent with relevant experience, certification, and Licenses.
  • 7+ years of industry-based (oil & gas / construction) Indigenous relations experience and working with a multi-disciplinary team of project professionals.
  • Proven experience working with Indigenous communities in British Columbia and Alberta.
  • Experience managing performance of contractors for Indigenous and local inclusion.
  • Proficient in relevant computer programs including all Microsoft Office products and SharePoint.
  • Broad understanding of SCM Procedures and Indigenous Employment and Training programs.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to always maintain discretion and confidentiality.
  • Must be capable of interacting with Indigenous Groups, Governmental Authorities, Contractors, and project management personnel.
  • Strong attention to detail, follow work rules and adhere to work schedule required.
  • Maintain a high regard for personal safety, the safety of company assets and employees, and the general public.
  • Must be able to prioritize and manage the workload independently.
  • Practical skills in administration, document management and reporting


Additional Information:

  • Contract position based on the requirements of the Project.
  • Based in Calgary, AB or Burnaby, BC.
  • This job requires travel estimated at 25-35% of the time.



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:

  • An opportunity to work for a world class pipeline project in Canada;
  • Valuable experience providing opportunity for professional development and career advancement;
  • An opportunity to engage with and learn from some of the most talented and experience people in the business;
  • Competitive compensation;
  • A place to share a sense of purpose and build relationships;
  • Meaningful work that makes a difference;
  • An opportunity within the Canadian energy industry.


We value:

  • The health, safety and wellness of everyone working on or impacted by our Project;
  • Meaningful participation from Indigenous and local communities;
  • The commitment and resilience of our people;
  • Collaboration and achieving success together. 


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.