Environment & Public Affairs Manager (including water stewardship)

Exshaw, AB, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
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The primary responsibility of the Environment and Public Affairs Manager is supervising the environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts at the Exshaw cement plant.  The Environment and Public Affairs Manager will also support the Plant Leadership Team on local, provincial and federal environmental regulations regarding permitting requirements, as well as on internal Lafarge standards.


Reporting to the Plant Manager and working with other department heads at the plant, the incumbent assists in the development and implementation of standard operating procedures and compliance strategies to ensure that the internal Lafarge Environmental Management System requirements are met and continuously improved.


Further, the incumbent will provide support to the Plant Manager in regards to development focused on effective and industry-leading environmental management practices. This role will support the plant’s community and public relations, driving our community investment efforts and outreach.


As a member of the Plant Leadership Team, the incumbent will promote Lafarge safety culture through engagement with all employees, role-modeling safe behaviors, and strict adherence to all safety policies and procedures along with regulatory standards.


This position is a plant-based position with the primary responsibility of supporting the Exshaw plant with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Head of Environment and Public Affairs.


  • Must be proactive to safety standards, maintain and keep abreast of Group’s Health and Safety Standards and demonstrate these in day to day activities.
  • Support the operation in achieving and maintaining compliance with legal and internal environmental and regulatory requirements.
  • Lead with the development, implementation and execution of the plant’s public affairs programs in consultation with senior managers.
  • Work with community and local stakeholders to effectively manage the plant’s public affairs.
  • Collect information required for completing environmental Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) at the plant and for Group reporting.
  • Compilation and interpretation of reporting requirements for all levels of Government (Local, Provincial, Federal) and internal Lafarge standards. Ensure all required reporting, both internal and external, is completed accurately and within deadlines. (Government, Associations, Lafarge, etc.).
  • Act as the primary liaison with regulatory agencies; responsible for obtaining and modifying permits for all media (air, water, waste).
  • Perform regular environmental inspections and audits of operational environmental practices.
  • Provide support, in the form of leadership, mentorship, and awareness training on operational environmental practices.
  • Actively participate in various industry associations to keep abreast of industry standards and emerging environmental issues and to represent the company’s interests.
  • Develop and manage the Environmental Budget.
  • Drive sustainability initiatives at the plant including biodiversity, site gentrification, fugitive dust management, water stewardship and circular economy. Take ownership of environmental projects.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with members of the Environment and Public Affairs team within the West BU and North America to share information and communicate best practices.
  • Manage Environmental Coordinator and support his/her development.
  • Analyze data from control system, data historian, quality, and interview employees to resolve day-to-day environment, process, production and quality incidents
  • Take a leadership role in the investigation into environmental incidents and permit non-compliance, corrective action identification and completion through working closely with the operational departments.
  • Ensure departmental participation with team to measure process variables (pressure, temperature, flow, weight, etc) during process audits
  • Work collaboratively with the Process Department on pollution abatement technologies and the lowering of gas emissions such as D&F, CH4, NOx, Sox or particulate emissions.

Relationships with others/jobs: 

  • Reports to the Plant Manager
  • A member of the Plant Leadership Team
  • External stakeholders including community relations, local governments, government agencies, associations, etc.
    • Process, Production and Maintenance Managers
    • Electrical/Automation Supervisor, A & B Operators
    • Quarry Manager
  • Quality Team
  • Environment and Public Affairs Alberta team
  • Dotted line reporting to Head, Environment and Public Affairs
  • Has one direct report – Environmental Coordinator



  • Bachelors’ Degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences or related field. A Master’s degree would be an asset.
  • Minimum of five to eight years of progressive environmental responsibility in a heavy manufacturing setting, provincial/federal regulatory agency, or consulting firm.
  • Experience with legal and regulatory issues at all levels of government.
  • Strong communication and leadership skills, with a track record of innovative approaches to problem-solving and achieving full regulatory compliance is a must.
  • Experience in working with community groups as well as the development and implementation of public relations programs is preferred.
  • Experience or knowledge of a cement operation is ideal.
  • Functional mechanical, electrical and civil engineering knowledge would be an asset.

Characteristics & Competencies:

  • Interpersonal Savvy – Relates well to all kinds of people, internally & externally; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships with stakeholders
  • Drive for Results – Proven track record;  can be counted on to exceed goals successfully
  • Negotiation – Can negotiate skillfully in tough situations with both internal and external groups
  • Strategic Agility – Has broad knowledge and perspective; is future-oriented
  • Problem Solving – Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions
  • Functional and Technical Skills – Has the functional and technical skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment


Pre-employment medical including drug & alcohol testing and a criminal record check may be required

Through LafargeHolcim’s 2030 Plan, Lafarge is committed to providing solutions using sustainable manufacturing practices and improving the environment in and around its operations. The company has a sixty year history in Canada and works continually to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, restore wetlands for native plants and animals, and identify waste materials that can be recycled and used in our operations.