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Director of Environmental Impact Assessment

  1. Burnaby
  1. Environment & geoscience

The Environment & Geoscience (E&G) business unit offers consulting services in the following areas: contaminated sites assessment and remediation, risk assessment, hydrogeology, geotechnical and geosciences, hydrology and water resources, environmental impact assessments, permitting, biophysical surveys, construction environmental management and monitoring, air quality assessments, air modelling, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon credits, sustainability, geographic information systems, and waste management. There are 12 offices strategically located across BC/YT (Vancouver, Burnaby, Victoria, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Trail, Nelson, Cranbrook, Prince George, Terrace, Ft St. John, and Whitehorse) to support clients locally and engage with communities.


SNC-Lavalin is currently seeking a Director of Impact Assessment & Community Engagement (IACE) to join our team for its BC/YT Region. Applying your previous leadership and market experience, you will be leading a team of professionals in sustaining and growing its business and providing high quality services in four key areas: environmental assessments, permitting, biophysical surveys, and construction environmental management and monitoring. As the IACE Director, you will report to the VP Environment and Geoscience, BC/YT and will lead the team’s strategic planning and its operational execution across BC/YT.  Preference for the work location is Vancouver or Burnaby, however alternate locations may be considered.


Strategic Planning and Implementation

  • Sustain and grow business across various market sectors (Power, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Mining, Government)
  • Identify/anticipate/evaluate market trends, opportunities, and industry dynamics
  • Lead development and execution of IACE annual strategic and operational plans
  • Provide quarterly strategic updates to senior management
  • Innovate and enhance our team capabilities and integrated approach
  • Identify and develop strategic partnerships amongst the consulting community
  • Lead and foster IACE regional marketing and business development activities


  • Sustain existing client relationships
  • Develop and sustain new client relationships 
  • Build, grow and develop a team of high performers
  • Identify resource gaps in the team and attract/retain key staff to the team
  • Work collaboratively with E&G Directors, account managers, regional leaders, and technical service leadership to deliver safe, profitable, and sustainable projects and services for our clients

    Operational Management

  • P&L responsibility for the group
  • Direct resource allocation for optimal project delivery and client management
  • Safety and ethical leadership
  • Developing annual budget forecasts, and maintaining appropriate staff levels to meet budget
  • Provide routine operational updates on team performance

             Technical Oversight

  • Guide technical team in successful project delivery applying industry leading best practices
  • Serve as the Project Manager (when appropriate) and may oversee and support other PMs
  • Ensure application of quality system principles to project delivery


    The ideal candidate will possess::

  • Strong understanding of the environmental consulting industry drivers (e.g., regulatory processes, market/political trends, client specific issues)
  • Proven experience with regulatory processes under CEAA, BCEAA, Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act, Disposal at Sea Regulations; or with OGC and the National Energy Board
  • Highly experienced in environmental management of infrastructure developments, working with engineering teams during the proposal phase or project design/development, and throughout the project lifecycle
  • Ability to create innovative and effective client solutions that are aligned with both sector and regional business objectives
  • Proven experience in building rapport and trust with key clients, business leaders, and team members
  • Experience developing and executing strategic plans
  • Success in responding to Requests for Proposal, Expressions of Interest, Statements of Qualification
  • Proven business development skills, including significant experience building and maintaining productive relationships with a client base
  • Highly developed client management skills with strong understanding of the business development challenges of a consulting services provider
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills and polished presentation and public speaking skills
  • Excellent organization, coordination, and leadership skills


  • Bachelor's Degree, or preferably Master's Degree, in an environmental or social discipline (e.g., social or environmental science, biophysical discipline, sustainability, planning or related field)
  • Have status or be eligible for status through a professional organization such as the College of Applied Biology, EGBC, etc.   
  • Minimum 15 years’ relevant industry experience and demonstrated success in leading a team in managing environmental assessments, permitting, and related services

Our commitment to excellence extends to our workplace where we offer a flexible work environment, competitive compensation and benefits, in-house training programs, a strong emphasis on health and safety, support for continuing education and professional development and the opportunity to work with and learn from senior technical experts and professionals.

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices around the world, SNC-Lavalin's employees are proud to build what matters. Our teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients in oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure and power. On July 3, 2017, SNC-Lavalin acquired Atkins, one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies.

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