Executive Director - Labour Relations

British Columbia Ferry Services Inc
Jan 14, 2022
Areas of Practice:
Employment Law
Position Type:
Executive Director
Close Date:
Jan 28, 2022


Seeking a visionary labour relations senior leader to join our People and Culture team as the Executive Director, Labour Relations.

At BC Ferries, our employees are our most important assets in delivering our commitment to customer safety, service and satisfaction. We offer a unique West Coast working environment with diverse challenges and opportunities. Whether your goal is to work behind the scenes, onboard our ships, or within our land based operations, you are a key contributor to the BC Ferries team. With 47 ports of call and around 500 sailings every day, BC Ferries is the largest independently owned ferry company in the world. Dedicated to safety, excellence, innovation, and people, we are committed to continuously improving the west coast travel experience of our customers.

"We connect communities and customers to the people and places important in their lives”

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LABOUR RELATIONS (1 Position: Victoria or Vancouver)

Joining our 5000+ employee organization in this new role, the Executive Director, Labour Relations will establish and maintain progressive and positive Labour Relations while advancing key strategic corporate priorities. Reporting into the VP, People and Culture, you will provide subject matter expertise within People Services including interpretation of the collective agreement and input into the development and application of employment policies and practices, aligned with the collective agreement and labour laws. In addition, with your expertise in this you will:

  • Lead the development of collective bargaining strategy through a collaborative approach with leaders throughout the company, consistent with corporate priorities as defined by the Executive Management Committee;
  • Drive and lead progressive contract negotiations that engages leaders and people services professionals;
  • Establish a governance structure to support progressive labour relations that engages members of the Executive Management Committee and senior leaders throughout the Company on grievance management and arbitrations;
  • Work collaboratively with leaders and the BCFWMU in effective and respectful organizational change management;
  • Be the central point of contact for:
    • the relationship with BCFWMU officials; and
    • content creation and training delivery on labour and employment matters that promote a productive and progressive labour relations environment;
  • Establish and maintain labour and employment performance metrics and report out on the same.
  • Other duties as required.

As an individual, you emulate the Corporate culture and values through creative problem solving of sensitive employment matters and thrive in a multi-location, geographically dispersed environment. “Dynamic problem solver, supportive advisor, gifted collective agreement interpreter and overall expert in the field” are terms used to describe the value you bring to the company.

Technically, you possess thorough knowledge of employment law and labour relations principles, theories, practices, strategies and processes related to the strategy, resolution and management of grievances, arbitrations and hearings. In addition, you are well versed in your knowledge of the BC Labour Relations Code, Human Rights legislation and other relevant legislation, regulatory frameworks, environment and political dynamics

Please apply by January 28, 2022 at 11:59pm.

BC Ferries supports employment equity and diversity in the workplace and we encourage applications from all qualified individuals including women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who reflect our ever-changing workplace. 


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