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Senior Economic Development Advisor

Calgary, AB, CA

Oct 6, 2021

Requisition Id: 23630

Department: Community Economic Development Area 


Pembina Pipeline Corporation’s Calgary office is recruiting for a Senior Advisor, Economic Development. This position reports to the Manager, Indigenous Engagement, part of Pembina’s External Affairs Division. 
The Senior Advisor will be expected to drive Economic Development with Indigenous and Tribal communities, companies, and contractors in Pembina’s asset areas across Canada and the United States.   The right individual for this role will have a strong track record of building relationships with Indigenous and Tribal communities, and a demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.  Working in close coordination with a team of Indigenous Engagement and Economic Development professionals, the Senior Advisor will play a key role in tackling complex issues and ensure leading business practices are implemented in Indigenous and Tribal engagement. 
Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:


Summary of Responsibilities 

  • Establish and maintain economic development relations with Indigenous and Tribal communities, Band owned, Band JV, and Band member owned businesses.  This also includes Metis Settlements, Metis’ JV and Metis owned businesses;
  • Clear understanding of Indigenous and Tribal cultural and societal context with the ability to offer solutions enabling engagement of Indigenous/Tribal Peoples and companies;
  • Oversee the operation and maintenance of the Indigenous Business Registry (IBR) ensuring accuracy of the data;
  • Conduct bi-annual audits of the IBR to meet the audit standard outlined in the Supply Chain policy;
  • The ability to understand business structures (product, material, services) unique to Pembina’s business needs to properly verify Indigenous companies as to their capabilities and capacities;
  • Work closely with all business unit managers, project managers and engineers to maximize Indigenous economic opportunities and capacity building and provide Indigenous sourcing strategies when requested;
  • Understand and be conversant in Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes and rules;
  • Work closely with SCM personnel and advocate for Indigenous economic opportunities.  Knowledge of RFI’s, RFQ’s, and RFP’s is essential;
  • The diversity to work within all three portfolios of Indigenous economic development – Procurement, Workforce, and Training;
  • Work with Indigenous Bands and Metis Settlements to increase knowledge of Pembina and their ability to successfully compete for procurement opportunities;
  • Ability to travel within Canada and US, working outside of normal business hours;
  • Educate Pembina personnel on Indigenous/Tribal history, culture, rights/titles, TLU, etc.; 
  • Participate in an Inclusive and Diverse workplace; and
  • Support and follow direction from the Manager of Indigenous Engagement with roles and responsibilities that may fall outside the listed primary activities. 



  • Minimum 15 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities throughout Canada, ideally in a resource development or economic development capacity.  US experience is a benefit;
  • Extensive knowledge of midstream Oil & Gas sector – essential;
  • Ability to deescalate potential volatile situations and practice dispute resolution skills;
  • Post-secondary education related to Community Development or Indigenous Relations, would be considered an asset;
  • Familiarity with process, protocol, and regulations pertaining to Indigenous consultation, issues, rights, and titles would be considered an asset;
  • The ability to demonstrate awareness and sensitivity of cross-cultural issues is a must;
  • An energetic team player who interacts well with others, both internally and externally;
  • Strong oral, written, and presentation skills; and
  • Mediation and conflict resolution skills is a must.


Final candidate will be required to undergo a background check; including a criminal record check.


No agency calls please.


Pembina Pipeline Corporation is committed to diversity, equal opportunity and ensuring that our employees have the ability to thrive in an inclusive environment. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, veteran status, Indigenous status, national origin, age, disability or any other legally-protected factors. Accommodation for applicants with disabilities is available upon request during the recruitment process.

For more than 65 years, Pembina has safely and reliably served North America’s energy industry, delivering oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids production to North American markets. 
Powering Pembina's growth are our smart, creative and energetic people who allow us to remain a disciplined and responsible energy transportation and service provider and a trusted member in our communities.
Our expectations are high and our rewards reflect this: We treat our people well – whether it’s through our compensation package, community engagement and volunteer opportunities, or our numerous social activities. 
Pembina provides everything you could want in an employer. We are a proud recipient of Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2018-2021), Alberta's Top Employers (2014-2021), Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019), and an Employer Partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. We are also a strong supporter of Skills Canada.