Waasigan Project Advisor

Internal/External Job
Location:  Kenora, Atikokan, Dryden or Fort Frances
Permanent, Full-time position
Closes: August 14, 2020 4:30 PM 
Posting: 081420-WPA-VAR

Salary: $48,570-$55,870 annual (commensurate upon experience) 

Summary of Position:

Advisor roles require deeper functional knowledge and have more specialized tasks and responsibilities that require a higher degree of independent decision making. Advisor roles require more complex / advanced subject matter expertise and more experience in specific areas, such as Human Resources, Communications, Finance or Information Technology, or in specialized environments, sectors, or industries, like Forestry, Mining, Great Lakes, etc.

Specialized knowledge is gained through work experience in an environment, sector or industry; specialized education, usually at the post-secondary level, or equivalent experience; and/or a designation (in process or completed).

Advisors manage relationships, facilitate the completion of complex and sensitive work, using specialized technology applications, tools, systems or processes.  Advisor roles require a significant degree of independent decision making and judgement when applying standardized policies and processes. While there may be an administrative component to the role, it is limited to and focused on the supports needed to facilitate relationships and / or the completion of specialized work.

Branch Specific Description:

The Waasigan Project Advisor in the Lands, Resources and Consultations (LRC) Branch of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) provides support for the MNO’s consultation process for the proposed Waasigan Transmission Line, a new double-circuit 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line between Lakehead Transformer Station (TS) in the Municipality of Shuniah and Mackenzie TS in the Town of Atikokan, and a new single-circuit 230 kV line between Mackenzie TS and Dryden TS in the City of Dryden.

  • Provide technical support to the LRC Branch and the MNO’s Region 1 Consultation Committee (RCC) in relation to the MNO’s consultation on the Waasigan Transmission Project.
  • Plan and execute engagement activities / logistics with the RCC and the MNO community, including organizing and facilitating consultation meetings, site tours and community information sessions etc., preparing agendas, briefings, briefing notes, reports and presentations, and leading meetings with RCCs, proponents, government officials, and MNO communities.  
  • Develop communication plans for the project, including the development of content, and plain speak communication tools, such as mail outs, website ads, and other communications for the Métis Community related to the project
  • Oversee and engage in research; review and respond to internal questions on the project regulatory information, including but not limited to the Terms of Reference, baseline studies and the Environmental Assessment.
  • Collaborate with Hydro One, project consultants, and others, including internal to MNO, such as Education and Training, for matters related to community engagement, employment, training, business and economic development opportunities, and capacity building related to the project. Assess community resources/needs assessment; take an inventory of potential opportunities, identifying gaps and a plan to capture opportunities.
  • Track and maintain detailed records related to activities and deliverables, such as:
    • Meetings attended with communities, dates and locations;
    • Meetings attended with other organizations, dates and locations;
    • Issues discussed;
    • List and description of initiatives that have been undertaken/addressed;
    • Training undertaken by the Advisor; and
    • General outcomes     
    • Provide regular updates to the external project team via summary reports and teleconference meetings.
    • Travel to communities for meetings with Hydro One and/or community members as directed.


Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:


  • Strong desire to act in the service of the Métis Citizens, to advance and uphold rights and culture
  • Completion of post-secondary education in a related field, or equivalent experience
  • A high degree of technology literacy and proficiency in standard office equipment
  • Advanced communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Superior organization skills and time/priority-management
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Ability to problem-solve independently
  • Ability to work alone/indecently with minimal supervision
  • Strong project coordination, including the design and implementation of project work-plans


  • Completion of an advanced training or certification in a relevant area
  • Knowledge of Métis-specific and broader Aboriginal key challenges, and programs


  • Bilingualism




  • Demonstrated experience in a related field


  • Previous 2 years or more experience in a similar/comparable role
  • Previous experience dealing with confidential information
  • Demonstrated ability in managing relationships with a variety of internal / external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to write high quality reports, briefing notes and presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire and expand knowledge and to be flexible when advising others in a demanding and dynamic environment


  • Demonstrated ability to effectively maintain financial records, and manage project budgets

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Completion of post-secondary education in environmental sciences or resource development, or equivalent experience; a Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.
  • 2-5 years’ experience in government policy, natural resource sector or environmental sector is required; previous work experience with Indigenous communities is an asset.
  • An understanding of regulatory processes related to hydro management plans, environmental assessment, and stakeholder participation in those regulatory processes; or a demonstrated ability to learn regulatory processes quickly is required

All positions at the MNO may require the following:

  1. 1.    Current CPR/First Aid certification or ability to obtain
  2. 2.    Completion and maintenance of Vulnerable Sector Verification
  3. 3.    A reliable vehicle (or ability to rent), driver’s licence, $1,000,000 liability insurance, and a clean driving record
  4. 4.    Flexibility to work extended hours as necessary
  5. 5.    Ability to occasionally travel and stay at remote locations for limited periods of time

The Métis Nation of Ontario commits to providing accommodation as required by the Ontario Human Rights Act, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the principles of dignity, individualization, and inclusion. The Métis Nation of Ontario will work cooperatively and in the spirit of respect with all partners in the accommodation process. These accommodations will extend to all aspects of the employment relationship including recruitment and selection. Please email humanresources@metisnation.org if you require an accommodation during the hiring process.

Preference may be given to qualified Métis candidates.