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Chief Executive Officer

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date March 17, 2021
Type Full Time
Company Leaders International
Location Vancouver, BC
Category Business / Management
Client Leaders International
Contact Information
[email protected]

Chief Executive Officer
Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation

Building on a rich, resilient history and a bright future, the Squamish Nation continues to prosper and thrive. The Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) culture and traditions are strongly interconnected with their territories and communities. They continue to occupy and govern their lands as well as safeguard their rights, title and identity.

The modern-day Squamish Nation was formed in 1923 when the Squamish People and their leaders voted to amalgamate the many individual Squamish bands into a single entity and rebuild their governance to the Squamish Nation. The effect was to combine resources and work together to protect Squamish Nation lands and interests for all generations. This joining of communities is now known amongst Squamish Nation members as the Amalgamation.

More than a decade ago, the Squamish Nation Council developed a Community Development Plan (CDP)
to achieve:

Nch’ka Development Corporation

Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation (NDC) was formed to support the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw by generating wealth and creating prosperity from economic opportunities for current and future generations of the Nation in a manner that respects the Snewayelh and Nexwniw of the Nation and upholds the spirit and intent of the Amalgamation. As the main driver of future business success for the Nation, NDC plays a crucial role in making the Squamish Nation vision and CDP come to life through “economic vitality.”

NDC’s seven-member Board is made up of two Squamish council members, one community member and four independent directors. The Board is actively guiding the consolidation of the Squamish Nation business portfolio to achieve best-practices in governance. Bringing together the existing suite of businesses from across the real estate, natural resources, energy, and retail sectors, NDC and the Squamish Nation are poised to become one of the most influential business leaders in Metro Vancouver and British Columbia.

“There is a legend in Squamish Nation oral tradition that talks about the well-known peak of Nch’kaỷ (Garibaldi). In ancient times, a flood covered Squamish lands and reached as far south as Xwsa7k (Mount Baker). Nch’kaỷ was the only piece of land peaking out of the flood waters. During the flood, the Squamish people tied their canoes to the mountain’s volcanic peak. For the Squamish Nation it was a place of refuge, reconciliation and wealth.”


With the 11.7-acre reserve-land development at the South end of the Burrard Bridge in the area now known as Kitsilano, the Sen’ákw development is the largest real estate project in Canada led by First Nations to date and focused on building a community connected to people and the environment in a way that fits with Squamish values. The planned eleven tower development is situated on a sliver of land within the 80-acre Kitsilano Indian Reserve No. 6 (also known as Sen’ákwby the Squamish people). Sen’ákw will bring the following to a highly attractive neighbourhood, answering the demand for increased housing on Vancouver’s west side:

  • 6000 new units
  • 80 percent of the land available for parks and community space, including basketball and lacrosse courts

NDC is working with Westbank, one of North America’s leading developers, in a 50/50 partnership. While Westbank is responsible for raising the $3 billion in construction financing, the 50/50 structure means that neither party can make decisions without the buy-in of the other.

“This is a once in a generation and lifetime opportunity. Our new CEO will lead in one of the most incredible development projects our community has ever seen. They will need to inspire others to do things they have never done before—to create a vision that includes Squamish Nation members and one that builds trust amongst our people, the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver, as well.”
~Chris Lewis, Board Director and Councillor

The Role 

The President and CEO provide leadership and direction to Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation (NDC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Squamish Nation, in support of NDC’s mandate under its governance and financial rules as established by the Board of Directors and under its shareholder agreement with Squamish Nation.

Accountable to the Board, the President and CEO is responsible for overall visioning and planning, general operations and administration of NDC, along with resource management, establishing the corporate culture of NDC, and honouring and upholding the Squamish Nation’s cultural values, traditions, and teachings through respect, equality, and harmony for all Squamish Nation members. The President and CEO will be the chief “ambassador” and face of NDC to the Nation’s membership and all external partners and parties and will be a bridge-builder and champion for Squamish Nation businesses.

The President and CEO will be responsible for developing tools and processes to analyze and make recommendations on new and exciting business opportunities that align with the economic, environmental and social goals of Squamish Nation. In their first year, the President and CEO will lead NDC organizational development initiatives and create a multi-year strategic plan, including:

  • Create plans that include Squamish Nation members in all aspects of NDC development and operations
  • Evaluate potential real estate development and transactions
  • Effectively communicate the NDC vision across diverse internal and external audiences
  • Operationalize projects with a view to leaving a legacy for future generations

Key Responsibilites

  1. Within the plans and policies established by the Board of Directors and in consultation with the Squamish Nation, develops a five-year business and financial plan to be approved by the Board.
  2. Establishes an annual operating plan that includes goals, priorities, and objectives of NDC for Board approval and implementation.
  3. Provides overall executive leadership to managers, employees and consultants needed to establish NDC and its businesses as a viable operating corporation.
  4. Responsible for hiring, training, and developing a capable and accountable management team.
  5. Consults widely within the Squamish Nation community to develop and strengthen a widely accepted vision for NDC and its businesses while building personal credibility and acceptance.
  6. Provides executive oversight to employees and consultants to ensure:
    • All projects are economically viable for NDC, and that all commitments and agreements made by contractors and partners are kept.
    • All necessary and appropriate consultations with appropriate regulatory approval agencies take place in a spirit of co-operation and honesty. All legal and reporting requirements for the organization are met and are in accordance with policies and agreements.
    • All partners that participate in projects with NDC are well regarded, respected, trustworthy, have well-earned reputations in their sector, and have values that support the goals and objectives of NDC.
    • NDC responds to market demands by conducting and/or reviewing market research to ensure projects meet market/consumer needs as well as NDC and Squamish Nation goals and objectives.
    • All initiatives adhere to an overall plan and annual plans to ensure that the cash flow of NDC is sufficient to minimize the need to borrow.
    • Proposals, propositions and plans as submitted to NDC are evaluated to ensure that innovative options are seriously considered, and that due diligence is conducted on such proposals to ensure that they fit within NDC’s mandate.
    • NDC effectively manages all aspects of contract management.
    • Risks are identified and managed appropriately through effective internal controls and other risk management methods.
  1. Seeks legal, accounting, human resources, or other professional advice at appropriate stages to ensure due diligence.

Key Responsibilites

  1. Regularly evaluates the progress of NDC and reports on significant variances from plan to the Board of Directors in a timely manner with recommendations for addressing them.
  2. Develops and recommends policies to the Board of Directors as necessary. Establishes relationships of respect and trust for NDC and establishes and maintains a wide cross-section of contacts with all levels of government and within the business sectors in which NDC is engaged. Represents NDC in an open and consultative manner at all times.
  3. Ensures that all projects undertaken by or for NDC are environmentally, socially and economically sound, that they meet all the Board’s priorities, provide demonstrated leadership in sustainable community and economic development, and that they are sources of pride for NDC and Squamish Nation
  4. Provides strong leadership to NDC in a manner that builds consensus and establishes and maintains a highly effective and productive team of professionals and support staff.
  5. Maintains professional expertise through continuing professional development.

The Candidate

The following attributes describe the ideal candidate for this exciting role. The new President and CEO of NDC will be:

  • A visionary and an experienced leader who can competently and confidently assist and inform the community in making sustainable investment decisions;
  • An innovator who can see opportunities and possibilities and create a compelling vision for others to follow;
  • An inspirational leader who attracts talent and who is committed to engaging nation members throughout planning, training, employment, procurement and development opportunities;
  • A charismatic presenter, story-teller and spokesperson who can just as easily relate to elders and community members as they can with business leaders, financiers and politicians;
  • A relationship builder who seeks to understand first before seeking to be understood.

Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to inspire people, organize effectively, delegate responsibility, solve problems and communicate clearly.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and to handle both internal and external conflicts.
  • Knowledge/experience of First Nations culture, Aboriginal rights and title and land designations managementis preferred.
  • Strong community consultation skills and an openness to gather diverse perspectives to reach an understanding and gain consensus.
  • Ability to anticipate needs and provide timely information to diverse stakeholders, partners and community members;
  • Ability to effectively communicate potential opportunities, options, challenges and solutions.


  • Completion of a post-secondary degree in business administration, commerce, liberal arts, or law, or the equivalent combination of education.
  • Completion of Institute of Corporate Directors Director Education Program or equivalent (or willingness to complete the program).


  • Experience reporting to and working directly with a Board of Directors;
  • Experience working with First Nation governments, communities, organizations and/or businesses;
  • Experience working directly with and reporting to First Nation Council and leadership is an asset.
  • A minimum of ten years of experience in progressively more responsible corporate management and leadership roles.
  • Strong executive leadership experience leading change in a dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in a senior executive role in a complex, growing and multi-faceted business environment, preferably at the CEO or COO level.

Location – Squamish Nation Territories

Squamish Nation homelands include some of the present-day cities of Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster, all of the cities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver, Port Moody and all of the District of Squamish and the Municipality of Whistler. These boundaries embrace all of Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and English Bay, as well as the rivers and creeks that flow into these bodies of water. The Nation’s historical links to these lands and waters are numerous. Squamish place names exist throughout the territory. In many instances, a location has particular meaning to the Nation because of the existence of oral traditions that served to explain that place in the Squamish universe and in their relationship to the land. In addition, the land bears witness to the settlements, resource sites, and spiritual and ritual places of our ancestors, including villages, hunting camps, cedar bark gathering areas, rock quarries, clam processing camps, pictographs and cemeteries. Some of these village sites date back 3000 years.

To Apply

This is an exciting leadership role that offers the unique opportunity to lead the single largest First Nations Economic Development project in Canada and grow their operations for further future success. For more details, please contact:

Laurie Sterritt • Partner Joy Beshie • Consultant
Leaders International Leaders International
880-609 Granville Street 1 Rideau St. Suite 700
Vancouver, British Columbia Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 778-838-4569 Telephone: 613-296-2315
[email protected] [email protected]

To apply, please submit a Cover Letter and Resume directly to Leaders International outlining your interest, qualifications and experience.

Leaders International specializes in the recruitment of Board of Directors, leadership succession and executive level positions. Our global network, Penrhyn International, is a world leader in the executive recruitment industry, with more than 47 offices in over 25 countries on 5 continents.

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