External Affairs Manager - Ontario

Date: May 16, 2023

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company: Kinross Gold Corporation

Start Date: ASAP

Hybrid Work Environment: (3 days in office, 2 days remote with flexible hours)

Dress Code: Business Casual

Location: Downtown Toronto, Outside of Union Station (TTC & GO accessible)

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Who We are


Kinross is a Canadian-based global senior gold mining company with operations and projects in the United States, Brazil, Mauritania, Chile and Canada. Our focus on delivering value is based on our four core values of Putting People First, Outstanding Corporate Citizenship, High Performance Culture, and Rigorous Financial Discipline. Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol:K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:KGC).



Mining responsibly is a priority for Kinross, and we foster a culture that makes responsible mining and operational success inseparable. In 2021, Kinross committed to a greenhouse gas reduction action plan as part of its Climate Change strategy, reached approximately 1 million beneficiaries through its community programs, and recycled 80% of the water used at our sites. We also achieved record high levels of local employment, with 99% of total workforce from within host countries, and advanced inclusion and diversity targets, including instituting a Global Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Council.


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The Great Bear project is a development-stage asset located in the renowned and prolific Red Lake mining district, and represents one of the most exciting recent gold discoveries globally.  The project has excellent potential to become a top-tier deposit that could support a large, long-life mine complex. Kinross’ comprehensive exploration and development program will aim to support the vision of a quality, high-grade, open-pit mine and a longer-term, sizeable underground mine.

Purpose of Role


As part of the Kinross Great Bear project team, based in Kinross headquarters in Toronto, the External Affairs Manager will make a significant contribution to the development and execution of the company’s government, community, stakeholder relations and communications programs for the project. 

This includes managing relationships, partnerships and implementing programs and communications with neighboring local and Indigenous Communities; representing the company with government and non-government agencies, including industry associations. Manages and executes the company’s participation in community, civic and public events. Will play a key role in organizing and executing the community consultations required in support of project permitting.  Protects and promotes the company’s reputation through strategic outreach, including executing a media and communications strategy in Ontario. Identifies, develops and implements long-term partnerships to support the Great Bear project.

The Manager will be expected to spend appropriate time in the wider Red Lake area to maintain, expand and nurture key local relationships and be available to participate in key meetings and relevant events across the province. It is expected that, during permitting and construction stages, a significant time presence in the project area will be needed.
The role requires an individual that is comfortable working in a matrix team environment and overseeing remote teams (1-2 Red Lake based staff).


Job Responsibilities


  • Develop an overall strategy for community and rightsholder/stakeholder relations that is aligned with and supports Kinross’ global standards and programs, and meets the needs of the project and operations. 
  • Develop thorough understanding of the Kinross Social Performance Standard and associated standards, tools, and reporting mechanisms
  • Identify all key stakeholders. Develop and foster relationships with relevant rights holders and stakeholders in the area. 
  • In coordination with Corporate Community Relations and ESG, identify and develop strategic partnerships which support the project’s license to operate (e.g., in key areas of people development and environment)
  • Support the strategy for, and development of, collaboration agreements with local First Nation communities, through cross-functional internal engagement and alignment. Lead the implementation of these collaboration agreements.  
  • Develop, implement and manage the Great Bear Project Social Performance Plan in support of the site’s business plan and in coordination with the company’s corporate objectives. 
  • Assist in the development and implementation of strategies, policies, procedures and agreements that are aligned with site and corporate community and government relations frameworks.
  • Coordinate with Corporate Government Relations functions to achieve and maintain familiarity with all governmental and regulatory issues that may impact the business, as well as any potential engagements in the local area. Stay abreast of current and relevant legislation.
  • In coordination with the Corporate Communications team, manage external communications for the Kinross Great Bear project; develop and maintain media and stakeholder contact information list and communicate with these groups in coordination with the company’s Corporate Communications and Investor Relations departments in Toronto. 
  • In coordination with the Corporate Communications team, manage all internal communications in relation to the Great Bear project.

Other Responsibilities



  • Work with the Corporate Communications department to develop communication and promotional materials for local community and rightsholders/stakeholders. 
  • Work with the Corporate Communications department to develop key messages and manage potential issues and crisis events and be the site spokesperson in emergency response. 
  • Stay abreast of local and/or project development issues that may have reputational impacts for Company and project. 
  • Develop, manage and coordinate community involvement, special events and outreach programs for Great Bear including any associated projects and exploration. 
  • Participate as a member of the site management team. Communicate stakeholder priorities and concerns as part of management discussions and planning, and ensure an understanding of potential impacts of any decisions on key stakeholders. Understand operational and project priorities to help guide stakeholder management efforts.
  • Prepare and submit all necessary site and corporate reports as required under reporting schedules
  • Attend conventions, conferences, meetings and travel throughout the region as required.
  • Maintain leadership capacity involvement in professional and community organizations to maintain regular contact with community and industry leaders. Participate on various boards/committees, as required.
  • Ensure timely and comprehensive records are kept of external engagements, particularly with First Nations communities during permitting process, using stakeholder platforms in place across Kinross.
  • Comply with federal and provincial acts and regulations, and legal requirements.
  • Adhere to all relevant corporate policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience


  • A Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, CSR management, environment, psychology, business or relevant field. 

  • A minimum 8 years of relevant experience; previous career accomplishments in a similar role are preferred. 

  • Experience in the mining industry, or other extractive industries, as well as engagement experience with Indigenous communities, are desirable, especially if in Ontario.



Technical Skills and Knowledge


  • Superior communications skills and emotional intelligence
  • Strong diplomacy skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge of various government programs and regulation
  • Familiar with First Nations culture and customs 
  • Able to identify tactical and strategic issues; develops and recommends solutions that address both considerations. 
  • Ability to conduct research, develop reports and formulate objectives and strategies and create presentations. 
  • Health, Safety and Environmental Requirements
  • Adhere to all safety and environmental considerations.
  • Possess a strong commitment to safe working practices
  • Observes, corrects and reports unsafe conditions.
  • Complies with all safety policies, procedures and regulatory requirements.




  • Possesses a strong work ethic
  • Strives to achieve personal goals and objectives
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities
  • High level of initiative
  • Flexible team player
  • Contributes to overall success of the team


Other Skills and Abilities


  • Possess Valid Driver’s license
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to liaise with stakeholders
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to interpret and comprehend agreements and contract language
  • Ability to deal with complex issues and multiple initiatives
  • The ability to effectively manage project timelines 
  • Exhibit strong time management, planning and organizational skills, and be highly self-motivated
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (word, excel, access)



Our Approach to COVID-19


In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and in alignment with our health and safety standards, all Kinross Gold Corporation employees working from the Toronto office, must be fully vaccinated with at least two doses of an approved vaccine. If offered this position, you must show proof of vaccination prior to be hired. Masks are not mandated in the office; however, employees are encouraged to wear a mask if it is more comfortable for them. Kinross reserves the right to update its vaccination policy/requirements at any time in its sole discretion.