Manager, Government Relations

The world needs energy. Today, over a billion people lack access to energy and therefore access to refrigeration, lighting, modern transportation, water treatment and sanitation. Billions more face various levels of energy poverty that are an obstacle to them achieving their full human potential. The International Energy Association (IEA) estimates that global population is expected to grow by roughly 2 billion by 2040 and over that period, standards of living around the world will also increase. These two factors will lead to an increase in global energy demand of over 30% and more than half of this demand will be met by oil and gas. 

Canadian oil and gas, which is produced with some of the highest social and environmental standards in the world, should be the supplier of choice to meet growing global energy needs. To make this a reality, Canada will require a policy environment that supports the innovation and global competitiveness of its upstream oil and gas sector. 

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and oil throughout Canada. CAPP’s member companies produce about 80 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and oil. CAPP’s associate members provide a wide range of services that support the upstream oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP’s members and associate members are an important part of a national industry with revenues from oil and natural gas production of about $101 billion a year.

We are seeking a Manager, Government Relations who will join a dynamic team of professionals focused on advocating to the Government of Canada on behalf of Canadian energy producers. This full-time role is located in Ottawa, Ontario.

Position Summary

This position will report directly to the Vice President, Government Relations (VP). The Manager, Government Relations will work closely with CAPP staff and members to enhance the effectiveness of our Ottawa based activities. We are seeking an individual with people management experience, an industry association or political background, as well as experience implementing policy research activities. 

Job Requirements

  • Support the VP in achieving CAPP’s government relations objectives, including through well-supported advice and recommendations on emerging political issues or opportunities on files of interest.
  • Act as team lead responsible for day to day direction and coaching of other government relations staff as well as supporting the VP in annual planning and budgeting activities. 

Government Relations

  • Plan and implement activities to expand CAPP relationships and influence with members of the House of Commons and Senate and their staff, through meetings, legislative committee work, organized information activities and engagement at political events. 
  • Develop and implement government relations plans for specific policy files (e.g. market access, environment, regulatory, etc.) within the overall CAPP government relations strategy.
  • Provide government relations advice and on the ground intelligence to assigned member steering groups and ensure CAPP and member coordination in advocacy activities.
  • Work with CAPP’s Calgary based teams to convey information needs and to keep up to date on policy content and positions for CAPP files.
  • Provide leadership on files related to specific campaigns, advocacy days, or other special projects.
  • Lead policy research and writing activities in support of specific files – including design and implementation of research activities and consultant management. 

Stakeholder and Public Communication

  • Foster relationships with other industry groups including through outreach, collaboration, participation on committees or working groups, etc.
  • Coordinate with the CAPP stakeholder relations team in the development of an engagement plan, including with respect to sponsorships, to support government relations objectives.
  • Enable regular flow of information with CAPP Communications teams to coordinate activity related to advocacy goals and proactively plan and identify communication requirements.  

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bilingual; French and English is required 
  • Post-secondary education political science, economics, engineering, public administration, communications or a related field
  • Experience, or familiarity, with energy or resource policy would be an asset
  • Experience with policy research and effective research methods would be an asset
  • Five to 10 years of relevant work experience
  • Excellent writing, oral presentation, and organizational ability
  • Strong interpersonal skills and judgment, and a high degree of initiative and versatility
  • Strong ability to think critically and strategize within a political environment
  • Must have an understanding of the functions of government, interest groups and public decision-making in Canada, as well as an understanding of intergovernmental issues
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada legally

Personal Qualities

  • Self-starter, detail focused with high quality results
  • Team player with a commitment to client service
  • Enjoy working independently, quickly and under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Personable, persistent, confident and comfortable working with all levels within the organization

Other Considerations

  • Travel may be required
  • After hours and weekend work may be required
Please send your cover letter and résumé in confidence to by September 30, 2019 referencing “Manager, Government Relations” in the subject line. We thank all those who apply; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by CAPP throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

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