Closing Date: May 28, 2021
Reporting to the Director, Social, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs (SERA), the Senior Lead, Environment is primarily responsible for project development activities related to planning and implementation of the environmental program, including: environmental baseline data collection and analysis, ensuring appropriate management of environmental data, and leading collaborative multidisciplinary efforts to integrate environmental data and criteria into engineering study and design, mine planning, and design for closure. Responsibilities include identification, management and mitigation of environmental and regulatory risk, leading continuous improvement efforts in environmental performance, and ensuring the project is appropriately prepared to initiate a major regulatory approval process, both in the provision of an appropriate environmental baseline dataset, and in the development of regulatory strategy. The role incorporates sustainability and communications components, including advancement of sustainability goals and strategy; development and delivery of external communications; and internal and external reporting on sustainability and environmental performance initiatives, metrics, and successes.
The position will be based out of either the Smithers office or the Vancouver office, with travel between Smithers and Vancouver, local communities, and the Project site as required.
Located in the territory of the Tahltan Nation in northwestern British Columbia, Galore Creek is one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper-gold-silver deposits. Galore Creek Mining Corporation (GCMC), a partnership between Newmont Corporation (Newmont) and Teck Resources Limited (Teck), is committed to advancing the asset towards a development decision with meaningful input from the Tahltan Nation and BC regulators. GCMC highly values its long-standing relationship with the Tahltan Nation, and continues to implement the 2006 Participation Agreement, including involving the Tahltan Nation in regulatory processes and review of environmental performance, and providing preferential contracting and employment opportunities. Working closely with the Tahltan Nation and local communities, we strive for excellence in all our activities, with continuous improvement and responsible practices that contribute to sustainable development.
More information on the Project is available at www.gcmc.ca.
- Be a courageous safety leader, leading by example and fostering a proactive safety and sustainability culture based on common values of health, safety, environment, and communities (HSEC) shared by the owners (Teck and Newmont).
- As a subject-matter expert, lead the design and implementation of safe, cost effective, and stage-appropriate collection and analysis of environmental baseline data; the management of a high-quality database for environmental data for the Project; the integration of environmental data into engineering design to reduce and mitigate potential environmental impacts; and the regulatory strategy to successfully lead the project through a major regulatory approval process.
- Identify and assess environmental and regulatory risk through appropriate environmental baseline studies and risk assessment processes. Work closely with the site team to manage risks related to regulatory compliance, and to identify continuous improvement opportunities related to environmental performance.
- Lead collaborative multidisciplinary efforts within the Project Team to ensure that engineering study and design appropriately integrates Design for Closure concepts, and that Closure Planning is appropriately updated for project stage in alignment with owner requirements, ensuring appropriate Tahltan involvement and appropriate integration of traditional land use information, cultural heritage, and Indigenous Peoples knowledge, in particular Tahltan knowledge.
- Provide leadership and training for the Project Team to support continuous improvement of environmental performance and management practices for the Project, including identifying training opportunities or providing training to the Project Team to increase understanding and awareness of relevant technical or regulatory topics.
- Support the development and implementation of an updated GCMC sustainability strategy, building upon the owners’ (Teck and Newmont) policies, standards and commitments. Plan for, achieve, and report on progress against objectives.
- Collaborate with Director, SERA, and senior Project Team members to develop and deliver public-facing messaging and communications for the Project, including representing the company at external events. Contribute to the development and implementation of external communications as the Project formally commences a new prefeasibility study and enters a phase of increased Indigenous Peoples and COI engagement and growing public interest.
- Develop and track environmental performance metrics, with reporting to the Project Team, owner representatives, and external audiences. Appropriately engage with various subject matter experts and representatives from the owners (Teck and Newmont) to refine approach and provide required data for owners reporting systems.
- Promote the company’s commitment to sustainability, the environment and health and safety; lead by example, and demonstrate honesty, sincerity, and openness to feedback.
- Foster a culture of open communication, build relationships across the GCMC organization and externally; be able to understand multiple perspectives; invest in developing talent within the organization by providing recognition, challenge and mentorship.
The above accountabilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
- University degree in life sciences, earth sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, law, or related field is likely required, although may not be required for candidates with exceptional relevant experience. Advanced degrees in related fields are considered an asset.
- 10 or more years of relevant professional experience, including substantial direct hands-on experience with the collection and analysis of environmental baseline data, and involvement in major regulatory review processes for large open pit mining projects, ideally including playing a significant role in successful Environmental Assessment processes.
- Substantial experience working as part of an integrated collaborative team including the engineering design team and/or as part of the owner’s team, including playing an integral role in consideration of environmental impacts and regulatory requirements and triggers during the design process.
- Proven ability to work in a complex and dynamic environment with a diverse multidisciplinary team, building and strengthening relationships within the team, and with Indigenous Peoples, regulators, consultants, and service providers, and COIs.
- Excellent communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills are required, including the ability to present technical information to a variety of audiences, write clear and concise reports, and represent the company in potentially challenging public settings.
- Experience with community and Indigenous engagement in support of a major regulatory review and approval processes would be an important an asset for the role.
- Knowledgeable of best practice and current issues in Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) in Canada, particularly regarding Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous People, sustainability, and social responsibility.
At Galore Creek, we value diversity. Our teams work collaboratively and respect each person’s unique perspective and contribution.
Qualified applicants interested in joining a dynamic team are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter electronically.
We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
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Learn more about Galore Creek at www.gcmc.ca
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