1+ months

Director Indigenous Relations

Morton, MI 49346


At Aramark Canada, our people are important to us. Our 14,000+ team members coast to coast; deliver experiences that enrich and nourish thousands of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities and uniforms. To show our employees how much we appreciate their efforts, we do everything we can to make sure they feel included, supported and encouraged. Aramark Canada proudly partners with world class post-secondary institutions, world renowned hospitals, major league sports venues and leading global businesses.  As part of a global team that spans 19 countries and has over 200,000 team members; we strive to achieve a safe, diverse and inclusive workforce that our employees can be proud of. Learn more at www.aramark.ca

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Aramark Canada is looking to hire a Director to lead our Indigenous Relations. As a commitment to Reconciliation, this role will be responsible for establishing  Aramark as a leader in the sector through progressive Indigenous policies, programs, economic development and communications across Aramark Canada.


The Indigenous Relations Director is responsible for relationship building, detailed consultation, and economic negotiations with Indigenous communities and businesses related to Aramark Canadas major projects. 


The position demands a minimum of 50% travel to various sites and operations depending on the business / client needs. There is flexibility in where the individual could be based as there are offices in the Toronto Head Office, Edmonton: Satellite West Regional Office, or another location, depending on where we find the most suitable candidate.  Willingness to travel on short notice to build a relationship or help finish a contract bid is critical. . 


Job Overview: 

  • The position will establish Aramark as a leading indigenous partner aligned with our commitment to Reconciliation.
  • The position will lead the development and execution of Indigenous community engagement and consultation plans, focusing on collaboration and open dialogue.
  • The position will play a key role in negotiations, supporting the project sales teams in obtaining mutually beneficial economic agreements (both short, and long-term) with Indigenous communities.
  • Develop and maintain trusting, strategic relationships with Indigenous communities, economic development organizations and businesses.
  • Establish and lead development of strategic Indigenous engagement plans which outline the ways in which Aramark will support long-term relationship building with Indigenous communities associated with existing and future major projects.
  • Providing strategic advice, ongoing reporting, and/or presentations to senior management regarding Indigenous engagement.
  • Working collaboratively with internal and external parties to develop Indigenous participation/procurement plans for Aramark Canadas major projects.
  • Lead and sustain Aramarks status under the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CAB) Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification.
  • Support Aramarks pursuit of enacting our Statement of Indigenous principles, and alignment of our Indigenous policies, programs, and communications across the organization.
  • Maintain an awareness of national, regional and local Indigenous issues that could affect Company operations and growth opportunities.
  • Provide assistance to media relations and emergency response plans.


  • Degree or diploma from a recognized program plus 4 to 7 years of demonstrated leadership in the field of Indigenous/community/public relations, business development, or project management.
  • Alternative experience in lieu of a degree or diploma will be considered.
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Experience with issues management and risk mitigation
  • Demonstrated:
    • Indigenous relations experience in a culturally appropriate way
    • Ability to meet firm deadlines with minimal supervision; proven capacity to be a self-starter
    • Project management skills with ability to manage key initiatives and budgets simultaneously
    • Ability to plan, organize and execute work on time and on budget
    • Execute effective community engagement strategies
    • Excellent verbal and written communication/presentation skills
    • Strong analytical and professional judgment skills A keen understanding of Indigenous communities, relevant cultural and business awareness, with ability to collaborate effectively with community leaders to build lasting relationships
    • Ability to manage issue related conflicts and issue resolution capacity (negotiation skillls)
  • Travel up to 50% of the time, distance dependent on where the individual resides.


Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available upon request.


The finalist candidate for this position will need to complete and successfully pass a Criminal Background Check and a Vulnerable Sector Screening (if the operations we service require this). If hired for this position, your continued employment with us would be conditional upon Aramark being satisfied that you have successfully cleared both these conditions. 





Posted: 2021-03-19 Expires: 2021-05-19

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