Director, Communications

Headquartered in Ottawa, the Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) provides a unified voice for sustainable growth of marine commerce in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, Arctic and East coasts. Founded in 1959, the Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) is a bi-national, private sector, not-for-profit association that represents more than 100 marine industry stakeholders including ports, terminals, ship owners, operators, industrial shippers, and other marine-related companies. As the safest, most efficient, and environmentally smart method of carrying bulk freight in this area, the Chamber advocates for safe, sustainable, harmonized, and competitive policy and regulation.


The Director, Communications will be responsible for directing the public communications program of the Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) within policies established by the Board of Directors and H.R. and Governance Committee. The overall objective of this position is to develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy, with supporting public affairs activities, that will promote greater understanding of Canada's marine sector within the transportation industry and its beneficial role in the Canadian and cross-border economies. The strategy will include a stakeholder relations plan to raise the voice of the CMC, engage members and key audiences. The incumbent will liaise with a broad network of contacts (internal and external) to proactively underpin key advocacy priorities, and also support ancillary industry programs and related public communications efforts as required.


As an ideal candidate, you are a strategic executive with 8+ years of communications experience, ideally in the industry association sector. You bring deep knowledge of communications technologies and practices coupled with a strong political acumen. A relationship builder, you are adept at working with external stakeholders and bring a member-centric approach. This role represents an incredible opportunity to have a significant impact on the communications of the bi-national marine industry.


Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online at For more information, please contact Sarah Piotrkowski of Odgers Berndtson. We thank all those who express an interest, however only those chosen for further development will be contacted.


Chamber of Marine Commerce  is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Chamber of Marine Commerce  throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.


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