Sustainable Development Specialist

Summit Search Group in partnership with Cermaq Canada

is seeking a Senior Level Professional for an exciting new

Atlantic Initiative in the Salmon Industry

This position is based out of Guysborough


Sustainable Development Specialist

The Sustainable Development Specialist advances the vision and values of Cermaq Canada by ensuring that Rights holders, community, fishermen, government, and all relevant stakeholders are engaged authentically and respectfully listened to in order to create an opportunity for business development following a shared value model.  This will be a contract position to start.

The Role:
Cermaq Canada is seeking a well-rounded professional with exceptional communication skills, relationship and community development skills and the ability to be the face of the organization in Nova Scotia.  This person will have a variety of responsibilities including the following:

Sustainability Leadership:

  • Acts as the conduit for external media to establish and maintain relationships,
  • Monitor local media channels, social media and local opinion to gauge public opinion for outreach and education
  • Meet with individuals, associations and special interest groups
  • Represent Cermaq Canada at local events, government meetings, association meetings, etc
  • Ensures that up to date messaging is used in discussion with stakeholders
  • Contributes to individual and group engagement plans for Cermaq Canada
  • Tailoring the production of various communication materials to meet the local needs
  • Provide input for site development applications with a specific focus on engagement, communications and shared value initiatives

Operational Leadership:

  • Describe the operational excellence in all areas of our production to meet or exceed our standards
  • Translate technical and operational information into common language that is easily understood and accessible
  • Create transparency of information that builds trust and long-term relationships with First Nations, Governments, stakeholders and communities.
  • Deliver on Cermaq’s key narratives and support the company’s engagement goals
  • Using a shared value model seek opportunities for mutual benefit of Cermaq and other parties
  • Describe the audit programs and continual improvement processes that provide Cermaq with world class certifications
  • Work closely with the west coast time, at times using remote communication technology in a timely manner

Customer Leadership:

  • With an understanding of the production cycle, be able to describe the production of premium quality fish from egg to plate that is aimed at exceeding customer satisfaction
  • Describe the model of ‘responsible salmon for life’
  • Deliver a proactive level of service that builds trust to meet internal and external party needs with an attention to detail, quality of information and timelines met
  • Design communication tools and pathways that improves transparency and access to information

People Leadership:

  • Leading self with integrity in their interactions with First Nations peoples or any related party
  • Leading self by compassionately conducting all interactions with a balance needed to ensure quality relationships are built and maintained
  • Advocating for the communities and stakeholders to ensure their voice is heard, respected while ensuring Cermaq remains accessible and transparent
  • Ensure our shared work is material and meaningful
  • Lead using values-based leadership in their interactions with internal and external parties
  • Lead self to set an example in the use of our core values and leadership principles
  • Communicate with a high regard for confidentiality towards sensitive information
  • Leads self and others to put health and safety frequently above established safety standards

Opportunity Requirements:

Education, Experience and Skills

  • Required experience with community and government engagement
  • Prior communications experience demonstrating a high level of social intelligence in group settings
  • Conflict management and mediation skills
  • Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Self-motivated to meet timelines and goals with minimal supervision
  • Available for evening and weekend work for community engagement
  • Adaptability and flexibility including ability to manage deadline pressure, ambiguity and change
  • Ability to travel: Frequent travel required within Nova Scotia

Cermaq Canada is an equal opportunities employer who provides a workplace that is free of discrimination.

Cermaq Canada has a progressive view of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Although wholly committed to hire the best candidate available, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous peoples for this role.

To apply, please email your resume to Cynthia McCutcheon at [email protected]. Please note that only those candidates who meet the criteria will be contacted.

Job ID



Halifax, NS


Depends on Experience


Categories:    Operations    Project Management    Management   

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Sustainable Development Specialist

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