Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs

Chamber of Shipping

Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs

The Chamber of Shipping is a progressive industry association representing the interests of international commercial marine transportation companies, exporters and importers, and their agents that trade internationally and domestically. We strive to improve the competitiveness of the marine transportation sector while reducing the impacts of shipping on Canada’s unique coastal waters. With a head office in Vancouver, the nature of our work is global, national, and regional.

We are a small but close team of professionals that engages a network that is both global and local. No two days are ever the same and we pride ourselves on being nimble. Our work takes us to the intersection of trade, climate change, protection of the environment, and reconciliation. Learning, sharing, and growing personally and as a team go hand-in-hand with working at the Chamber. When life returns to more normal, we are also a social bunch and enjoy supporting various activities, charities, and networking events. We strive for competitive compensation, supporting personal and professional growth, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

The Director is a key member of the Chamber of Shipping’s leadership team and responsible for evaluating, developing, and influencing marine transportation policy that supports an industry advocacy strategy.

You likely have a degree and possibly post graduate education in a related field. You have gained 8 plus years of experience in a policy role within government as an official or political staffer, an association, or the transportation sector. While marine transportation exposure or experience would be a benefit, you should be open to learning a great deal about shipping quickly. Being perceptive, a good listener, and adaptive are strengths as you engage shipping representatives and government officials frequently. You are confident in facilitating dialogue remotely and in-person between stakeholders and members with diverse views. You should also feel comfortable working in an atmosphere of competing priorities with a small but highly collaborative team of professionals. He/she must be strategic in approach and maintain an impeccable reputation with marine transportation stakeholders and federal, provincial, and indigenous government officials.


  • Lead the development of sound policy and implementation of policy approaches that support advocacy.
  • Build a network of relationships and improve collaboration with key federal department partners, government contacts and high-level government officials looking at synergies across policy priorities.
  • Lead the development of briefing notes and prepared materials for distribution and use, both internal and external.
  • Support communication objectives with content advice


  • University degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Law, Business, Communications, Environmental Studies, Logistics, or other relevant area of study. A graduate degree would be an asset.
  • 8+ years of experience in government, public policy, or transportation. Experience with Indigenous governments/communities would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated track record of positively influencing policy development. Experience in marine transportation and/or environmental policy would be an asset.


  • Superior written and verbal communication/presentation skills
  • Strong coordination and collaboration skills
  • Strong analytical skills including the capacity to manipulate and analyze large data sets with one or more statistics packages
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Strategic thinker
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Knowledge of the federal government and legislative process
  • Ability to collaborate and work cross-functionally, while also being a self-starter
  • Bilingualism would be an asset

How to Apply

To apply please email your cover letter and resume to: careers