Senior Lead, Regulatory Affairs
City : Smithers, British Columbia, CA
Category : Galore Creek
Industry : Mining/Quarrying
Employer : Teck
Closing Date: June 9, 2023
Reporting to the Manager, Indigenous and Regulatory Affairs, the Senior Lead, Regulatory Affairs will play a key role in advancing regulatory processes, working as part of a team to ensure appropriate permits are in place to support Project operational and development activities. The Senior Lead, Regulatory Affairs will play a key role in advancing the Project through a Major Regulatory Approval (MRA) process resulting in the successful issuance of all required permits and authorizations to enable construction and operation of the updated project configuration, as well as amendments, authorizations, and management plans required to execute contemplated early works development of project infrastructure. This includes assessment of risks to the successful, efficient, and timely regulatory approval process and receipt of authorizations, and implementation of appropriate management and mitigation strategies.
The position will be based out of the Smithers office, with frequent travel between local communities and the Project Site, and travel between Smithers and Vancouver a few times per year.
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 the common values on Health, Safety, Environment, and Communities shared by Teck and Newmont (the Partners).
- Working closely with the Manager, Indigenous and Regulatory Affairs and the Social, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs (SERA) team, to implement and refine the regulatory strategy, leading the project through a Major Regulatory Approval (MRA) process, resulting in the successful issuance of all required permits and authorizations to enable construction and operation of the updated project configuration, as well as amendments, authorizations, and management plans required to execute contemplated early works development of project infrastructure.
- Lead the planning and execution of Regulatory scope, ensuring the appropriate work is completed to Galore Creek Partner, industry, and regulatory standards. Leverage existing authorizations and develop and implement strategies to effectively and efficiently navigate regulatory processes. Coordinate appropriate engagement with regulators to understand options and constraints related regulatory pathways, processes, and timelines. Ensure timelines and schedules are met through proactive intervention.
- Work closely with the Technical and Social teams, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and contractors including those conducting regulatory strategy and preparedness scopes, to identify regulatory risks and issues to incorporate into regulatory strategy. Lead all regulatory scopes, including activities in support of feasibility studies, environmental assessment and permitting activities.
- Working closely with the Manager, Field Operations, Senior Lead, Health, Safety and Compliance and other members of the SERA Team, ensure that the appropriate regulatory authorizations are in place to enable the ongoing operation and maintenance of the Project Site, as well as field work in support of Project studies.
- Develop and maintain a register of risks to the successful, efficient, and timely regulatory approval process and receipt of authorizations; implement mitigation strategies to manage these risks.
- Collaboratively work with Manager Indigenous and Regulatory Affairs, SERA Director and Mine Manager to develop and maintain proactive relationships with local, Provincial and Federal government agencies, focusing on those overseeing pertinent policy, processes, and regulations.
- Represent Galore Creek professionally in meetings with regulatory officials and in various government and industry associations’ committees, task forces and working groups.
- Monitor regulatory issues and changes across the relevant jurisdictions (Tahltan, Provincial and Federal Governments), and identify trends in regulatory requirements in order to strategically position the Project. Ensure effective communication across the Project Team and Committees on upcoming regulatory changes and the implications.
- Build respectful working relationships within the Project Team, asset owners, external stakeholders including various levels of government and the Tahltan Nation to contribute to the stability and functionality of GCMC’s reputation, management, and governance practices.
The above accountabilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
- Greater than 8 years of progressively senior level experience in mining, environmental science, government, regulatory approvals, sustainability, and/or external relations.
- Degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, Geoscience, Social or Political Science, or other relevant discipline from an accredited curriculum.
- 5 years of environmental assessment or permitting experience in the resource industry.
- Sound technical knowledge related to regulatory processes and approvals. Knowledge of the regulatory environment in British Columbia and Canada would be an important asset for the role.
- Strong leadership, management and team building skills; ability to motivate and inspire others, support employees, and ensure a safe, healthy, inclusive workforce.
- Breadth of industry knowledge, including awareness of disciplines including engineering, environmental assessment, mine development, construction and site operations, health and safety, mine rock and tailings management, processing, water stewardship principles, and closure planning.
- Ability to assess stage-gate criteria, identify gaps, and design studies that will effectively address these requirements, including ability to effectively design and oversee the execution of social and environmental studies.
- Ability to understand technical, engineering, and geoscience information, and work collaboratively with the technical and engineering teams to establish design solutions that add value and reduce project risk, incorporate Indigenous design criteria, are acceptable to local communities, and can be efficiently authorized and permitted.
- Results-driven, adept at finding effective solutions, capable of articulating business drivers to impact and influence decision-making, establish alignment, and achieve desired outcomes.
- Recognized leader with strong organizational, planning, analytical and decision-making skills. Superior interpersonal, communication and relationship management skills. Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a diverse team as well as effectively engage third parties.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking, and representing Galore Creek in potentially challenging public settings.
- High degree of motivation, strategic planning, and self-starting capabilities. Proven ability to prioritize, work under pressure with minimal guidance and meet tight deadlines.
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.