Job Posting - Vice President, Federal Government Relations

December 7, 2022

Position Type

Full-time, Permanent


Reports to

President and CEO of Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)

About FPAC and the Canadian Forest Sector

FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp and paper, and wood-based biomaterials producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs.

As an industry with annual revenues exceeding $73B, Canada’s forest products sector is one of the country’s largest employers providing over 200,000 direct jobs and over 600,000 indirect jobs across over 600 communities.

FPAC and its members are committed to collaborating with Indigenous leaders, federal and provincial governments, labour partners, community groups, and other rightsholders and stakeholders to secure and advance the sector’s environmental, social, and economic potential for the long-term.

There is no move to a lower carbon economy in Canada without sustainable forest management and Canadian-sourced and made forest products.

You can learn more about us, our members, and our work at and at

The Opportunity

We have a new senior level position in the organization for a seasoned executive who is passionate about sustainability, community-based partnerships, and federal government relations.

The preferred candidate will share our commitment to promoting healthy and resilient forests and forest ecosystems, building a net-zero carbon economy, and passionately representing the interests of Canadian forest sector workers, families, and communities.

The Vice President, Federal Government Relations will join FPAC’s Management Team and will bring with them experience in the sustainability and climate action space and have a strong interest in working with a results-oriented team focused on collaboration and making a difference.

Position Overview

FPAC’s Vice President, Federal Government Relations will:

• Lead on strategy development and plan execution for FPAC’s federal advocacy agenda.

• Become a lead voice for the sector and its workers in key priority areas including, but not limited to climate action, innovation and growth, Indigenous Reconciliation, biodiversity conservation, promoting and advancing Canadian forestry’s global market advantage, regulatory modernization, workplace diversity and inclusion, and transportation and trade policy.

• Provide regular advice and share insights and intelligence with the FPAC team, FPAC’s member-led committees, its Board of Directors, and the broader membership.

• Actively partner with FPAC’s Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs to ensure alignment between FPAC’s government relations priorities and its communications initiatives and programming.

• Support FPAC’s outreach with rightsholders and stakeholders at the national and community levels.

• Work closely with international and provincial partners to advance solutions at the federal level.

Qualifications and Assets

• Demonstrated experience in effective government relations (10 years minimum).

• Unquestionable integrity, good judgment, and diplomacy.

• Ability to build support across the political spectrum.

• Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability to work as a member of a highly functioning and collaborative team.

• Well organized with strong oral and written communication skills.

• Media relations experience.

• Experience in the natural resources and/or sustainability policy space.

• Self-starter who is committed to meeting deadlines and functioning effectively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

• Strategic thinking and resourceful in finding solutions.

• Bilingual (French/English) is preferred.

Interested in Applying?

At FPAC we are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.  

Our team celebrates it and believes our diverse backgrounds and different experiences make us stronger.  

As we grow our team, it is important to us that we continue to build a team environment where everyone is valued, and all employees can realize their full potential.

Interested candidates should apply in confidence to by December 23, 2022.

We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest but only those under consideration will be contacted.

For more information contact:
Kerry Patterson-Baker
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs
(613) 563-1441 x 314
Follow FPAC on Twitter: @FPAC_APFC
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