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Date:  May 29, 2024

Toronto, ON, CA

Operating Sector:  Indigenous Relations

Position Title:  Manager, Indigenous Relations

Come Build Your Career at Aecon!

As a Canadian leader in infrastructure development, Aecon is safely and sustainably building what matters for future generations to thrive! We lead some of the most impactful infrastructure projects of our generation, at the forefront of transformational change in transportation and energy, and partnering every day to build, connect, power, and strengthen our communities.


At Aecon, you can count on:

  • Safety Always. Our number one core value. If we can’t do it safely, we don’t do it at all.
  • Integrity. We lead by example, with humility and courage.
  • Accountability. We’re passionate about delivering on our commitments.
  • Inclusion. We provide equitable opportunities for everyone.


We lead the infrastructure industry with purpose, and our people are at the heart of everything we do. So, we invest in our people, just like they invest in us! 


At Aecon we:

  • Ensure you and your family receive the services needed to support your mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
  • Believe in helping you build your career through our Aecon University and Leadership Programs.
  • Are committed to supporting and investing in inclusive work environments, through initiatives like Equity, Diversity & Inclusion training, our Aecon Women in Trades and Aecon Diversity in Trades programs, and our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to ensure we are building inclusion into every aspect of our culture at Aecon.
  • Are a leader in sustainable construction. With a strong commitment to operating responsibly by minimizing our impact on the environment and surrounding communities.


Our business success relies on strong execution and continuous improvement – driven by the diversity, expertise and teamwork of our people. We’re always searching the globe for innovative, collaborative minds to join our best-in-class Aecon community!


The Opportunity

Aecon is dedicated to a comprehensive, collaborative, Canada–wide approach to Indigenous engagement. We build relationships with Indigenous communities on a foundation of trust, respect, and understanding by acting as a responsible and respectful business partner, working side by side with community leaders and members, while creating and nurturing meaningful and beneficial opportunities and relationships.
Reporting to the  VP of Indigenous Relations, the Manager of Indigenous Relations will manage activities supporting Aecon’s construction operations  and support the initiatives of Aecon’s corporate Indigenous Relations Team including Reconciliation Action Plan implementation.
Responsible for managing key initiatives and deliverables of Aecon’s Indigenous Relations program at a Naitonal Level. including working closely with operational project teams on related strategies and continuing to foster relationships with Indigenous leaders and communities.
You will champion a balanced and effective advocacy to position Aecon for success in developing new business partnerships within the Indigenous communities through trust and cultural respect.
In this role you will be responsible for business development efforts, manage Indigenous Vendor procurement and Project Manage all Indigenous bids for the Indigenous Relations Team.
What You'll Do 

  • Proactively develop and manage working relationships and partnership initiatives with Indigenous communities and businesses.
  • Lead internal collaboration and alignment of communication as related to Indigenous business community.
  • Track and monitor the progress of strategies and initiatives against key performance indicators. Metrics and critical measurements
  • Identify, research, and propose opportunities for strategic relationships.
  • Interface with functional teams and construction operations to develop Indigenous procurement, training, apprenticeship, and employment opportunities.
  • Participate and foster relationship-building, including attendance at conferences, boards, and/or other meaningful activities.
  • Provide advice, develop and author Indigenous engagement plans supporting bid preparations and new projects, with consideration for operational objectives, existing relationships, lessons learned.
  • Oversight of Indigenous participation plans, associated communications, and reporting.
  • Act as liaison to multiple Aecon functional groups including procurement, human resources, labor relations, estimating, and leadership.
  • Develop communications and presentations to highlight initiatives.
  • Contribute to business cases for investment and partnership.

What You Bring to the Team 

  • Min 10  years of work experience in Indigenous relations and engagement and stakeholder relations. 
  • Post Secondary Education in Indigenous Studies, Political Science, Communications, Business, or comparable field is asset..
  • Significant Indigenous lived experience required.
  • Engagement experience national. and residency in the GTA is required.
  • Construction industry experience preferred but is not required.
  • Demonstrated leadership success in development and execution of business plans.
  • Ability to communicate successfully with Senior Executives and Officials to build relationships and rapport for business development purposes. 
  • Demonstrated advocacy of Diversity and Inclusion as a guiding principle to attract and develop business and partnerships.
  • Exceptional relationship building skills and leverage external network to further promote awareness of Aecon.
  • Passion and commitment to work towards building longstanding relationships.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are essential. Ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles effectively inside and outside the organization, and with controversial topics.
  • Strategically courageous in support of objectives with strong business acumen.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, ability to work under pressure with multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent Computer skills including proficiency in MS Office.
  • Must be willing to travel to where projects or Indigenous communities, groups, and/or businesses are located and work a flexible work schedule.
  • Political savvy: Can maneuver through complex political situations effectively and tactfully while being sensitive to how people, organizations, and culture’s function.
  • Empathetic and influential: ability to sense varied situations in terms of parties’ positions, intentions, and needs; what they value and how to motivate them.
  • Cross-cultural agility: awareness of and sensitivity to diverse Indigenous culture and history.


Aecon fosters diversity, inclusion and belonging within and across our organization. We welcome all to apply including, women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


We are committed to adhering to the objectives and requirements outlined in the Accessible Canada Act (ACA), and to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner, through the implementation of the requirements of the ACA and its applicable regulations. If you require accommodation under the ACA during any step of the application process please click here.

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