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The Senior Manager, Government Affairs Canada is responsible for managing a range of government relations initiatives to promote the business and policy objectives of CN. The role works at the federal level, identifying, informing, and operationalizing issues along with fostering positive relationships with federal officials. The incumbent provides expertise in government relations and advocacy and has experience with the legislative process and procedure, as well as stakeholder engagement. The incumbent supports the Director and Manager in delivering on the team’s overall mandate.
- Develop positive relationships, seek endorsements and support from stakeholders, including federal elected officials, political staff, community leaders, organizations, and industry associations
- Contribute to internal development of CN’s government affairs position and approach to issues, working across departments and seeking support for government affairs initiatives
- Provide direct advocacy to government and deploy fact-based arguments to educate key federal stakeholders, and other audiences, to ensure CN is known as a credible industry leader on issues and public policies affecting the railway industry
- Act as a trusted advisor to CN colleagues on Government Affairs matters by providing expertise on strategic projects
- Develop an understanding of the rail industry and network internally among various CN departments to be better enabled to respond to issues
- Monitor, analyze, and respond to current and potential policy and legislative or regulatory actions at the federal level related to the railway industry and CN
- Monitor and coordinate participation in government consultations relevant to the railway industry and CN
- Actively use a digital platform to reach, record and monitor engagements with stakeholders
- Represent CN on industry and community groups and committees
The role has standard working conditions in an office environment with a regular workweek from Monday to Fridays with occasional weekends for activities such as sponsored community events or stakeholder meetings. The role participates in CN’s
on-call shift rotation, which requires Public Affairs and Government Affairs team members to be available 24/7 to respond to critical incidents. The role requires minimal travel (up to 20%) to within Canada and the United States (U.S.).. Due to the nature of the role, the incumbent must be able to meet tight deadlines, handle pressure, and stress.
- Between 7 to 10 years of communications, public relations, government, political or stakeholder engagement experience
o Experience building government relations plans and strategies
o Previous lobby experience*
- Any experience for these above would be considered as an asset
- Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, Political Science, Law, or equivalent
- Demonstrates agility and drives change
- Knows the business and stays current on industry needs
- Applies critical thinking
- Sets direction and inspires others
- Collaborates with others and shares information
- Leads by example for the safety and security of all
- Knowledge of Canadian legislative, regulatory and parliamentary systems and procedures
- Ability to lobby federally in accordance with the Lobby Act
- General Microsoft computer skills
- Fluently bilingual, both written and verbal (English, French)*
- Any knowledge for any of the above would be considered as an asset
CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.
At CN, we are dedicated to building North America’s safest, most inclusive and sustainable railroad, which includes reflecting the communities in which we operate. Research shows that candidates from underrepresented groups often don’t apply unless they feel they fit the job posting at 100%. Even if you don’t see yourself in every job requirement listed in a posting, we still encourage you to apply. If you require an accommodation for the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials, accessible meeting rooms or other accommodations), please reach out to our team at [email protected].
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