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Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Vice-President, Government Relations



Company Information

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP’s member companies produce about 80 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and crude oil. CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's members and associate members are an important part of a national industry with revenues from crude oil and natural gas production of about $120 billion a year. CAPP’s mission, on behalf of the Canadian upstream crude oil and natural gas industry, is to advocate for and enable economic competitiveness and safe, environmentally and socially responsible performance.

Job Description

CAPP is now looking for a new Vice President, Government Relations responsible for leading, directing and coordinating all of CAPP’s Provincial and Federal Government engagement at all levels.  Working remotely, and reporting to the President as a key member of the senior management team, the new Vice President will support the association by building and maintaining effective working relationships across government stakeholders, and work with member companies to ensure effective representation of the industry’s interests.  Working across a variety of complex and highly technical issues, he or she will leverage member expertise and insight on key issues while working to ensure the industry is well positioned for economic competitiveness and safe, environmentally and socially responsible performance.



The VP, Government Relations is responsible for leading, directing and coordinating all of CAPP Provincial and Federal Government engagement at all levels, including federal government strategy.

  • Responsible for representing CAPP's position on legislation and government policy to government representatives, committees and other regulatory agencies;
  • Position CAPP as the authority and "go to" on energy or business issues in Ottawa;
  • Monitor, analyze, and interpret developments in politics and government policy and advise CAPP Executive team on how these trends may impact CAPP interests proactively;
  • Provide in-depth advice and analysis to CAPP members in the development of positions, strategies, plans, and programs for managing issues and responses to all levels of government;
  • Work closely with CAPP staff and member companies, associations, stakeholders, and various levels of governments, to develop consensus solutions to CAPP policy issues;
  • Ability to proactively engage and involve members to strengthen industry positions by working with member GR teams, hosting member roundtables, and creating opportunities for members to work with and through CAPP in Ottawa;
  • Ability to know when to reach out to internal and external subject matter experts and resources to solve problems and provide expertise when needed;
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships and liaise with CAPP staff, CAPP members, governments, external companies, associations, and public interest groups to identify and address emerging issues and priorities, to pursue desired policy changes, and provide information on and enhance their understating of CAPP's activities and positions;
  • Present CAPP's views to diverse audiences in a broad range of media and forums; in both educational and advocacy roles;
  • Present CAPP's views to government committees and Ministers;
  • Organizing advocacy for members; and
  • Support internal CAPP organizational requirements.



As the ideal candidate, you are a seasoned government relations professional, ideally with exposure to Canada’s oil and gas industry or related industries that share similar economic and environmental concerns. Recognized as a credible leader with outstanding communication skills, you have a reputation for executing effective government relations strategies and supporting advocacy efforts across multiple levels of government. Proactive and creative in your approach, you have a proven track record of effectively challenging the norm and have enjoyed success presenting to governments officials and bureaucrats, parliamentary committees, and other key stakeholder groups. You have established a strong reputation and network within government across Canada as a highly effective advocate with excellent political acumen and relationship building skills.

  • Excellent understanding of political decision-making process
  • Excellent skills in negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Excellent leadership and influence
  • Relationship builder and stakeholder engagement
  • Excellent writing and oral communication



  • Background in government, politics or a not for profit dealing directly with elected and not elected decision makers at the federal level;
  • Specialized knowledge in government relations;
  • post-secondary education preferably in political science, public policy and/or business (e.g. B.A., B. Comm.) or equivalent; graduate degree recommended; and
  • 10 years of experience; experience in the oil and gas industry an asset.

Contact Information

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Dominik Legault
Posting Date: 29-Aug-2017Executive Permanent, Full-Time Open 101-Nov-2017
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