Community Affairs Manager
Andy loves the challenge of bringing people together so that they can work together toward common objectives. His main responsibility as Community Affairs Manager is to establish and maintain relationships between his employer, Cree communities and Jamesiens (the regional population that is not Aboriginal).
His responsibilities also involve working and negotiating with different levels of government through all phases of a mining project. Ensuring that these groups communicate and collaborate is critical to the success of all mining projects in his company.
There is no typical day for Andy. On any given week he might be organizing a pre-consultation group with residents of a town, facilitating business focus groups or negotiating an impact benefit agreement. His work takes him all over northern Québec and he spends three-quarters of his time working away from the office.
The mining industry is an exciting place to work now because it is in the process of positive change. “The new leaders are now more aware of the impact of their actions and they must manage the resources accordingly. They must consider how their actions will affect workers, the environment and the communities. The industry is and must continue reinventing itself for the better,” says Andy.
In addition to his professional skills, Andy brings a personal advantage to his job. His father is Québécois and his mother is Cree. He has an intimate understanding of each group’s needs, which is helpful in his work. Bringing communities together is an objective that is close to his heart.