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Vice President, Government and Member Relations

BC Maritime Employers Association

Job Description

The BCMEA represents approximately 55 waterfront employers and, by extension, the more than 7,000 individuals who work for them. Its customer members are terminal operators, ship owners and agents. A key role of the BCMEA is to provide advocacy and support for customer members in all areas of labour relations including the negotiation and administration of two coast wide Collective Agreements between its customer members and the six Union Locals. Additionally, the BCMEA advises on pensions, labour legislation / regulations, training, health and safety and human resources.  This unique organization provides the information, expertise and systems that help BC’s marine industry to thrive.  

The BCMEA is invested in the ongoing success of Gateway strategies. Together with their customer members, the BCMEA ensures that BC ports are competitive on a global level through its contribution to the BC and Canadian economies.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President, Government and Member Relations (VP) plays a vitally important role in promoting and elevating the organization’s policy leadership profile and the industry’s reputation, as well as supporting direct and indirect engagement with each level of government. The VP will proactively share the economic, environmental, innovation and safety story and will ultimately seek to develop and contribute to influence public policy that advances BC’s ongoing competitiveness and growth in the maritime sector.

This newly-created role is responsible for the development, execution and monitoring of the BCMEA’s comprehensive government stakeholder communications, inclusive of First Nations/Indigenous engagement, and members relations strategies that support and promote the organization’s goals, objectives and key deliverables.  As a member of the executive leadership team, the VP participates in corporate policy development, strategic planning and decision-making activities. 


As the primary conduit for the BCMEA’s interaction with government, First Nations/Indigenous communities, the media and customer members, the ideal candidate brings a minimum 10 years of senior management experience in government relations and public affairs gained within a complex organization or industry; knowledge of the Marine industry will be considered an asset. A proactive and compelling professional with sound decision-making abilities, the VP will work collaboratively with senior executives and external partners to ensure key information is reaching the desired stakeholder groups at the right time.  

How To Apply

If this is the next step in your professional career, please visit our website and submit your application to Shaun Carpenter and Jennifer Madden at
Contact For This Position
BC Maritime Employers Association

Telephone: 6046899970
Job Location
Vancouver BC
Job Level & Type
Senior Level
Full Time Permanent Staff Position
Listing To Be Posted Until
August 30, 2019
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