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Manager - Government Affairs & Communications - Montreal

  • Req ID: 77427
  • Department: Law
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel: 20-30%
  • Job Available to: Internal & External
  • Deadline to apply: 02/24/2020



Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit to see the rail advantages of CP. For more on our purpose, culture, and strategy, visit



The Manager, Government Affairs and Communications, will be responsible for managing a range of government relations initiatives to promote the business and policy objectives of Canadian Pacific (CP) at the municipal and provincial level, primarily in Quebec. Under the supervision of the Director, Government Affairs, the successful candidate will work closely with the Government Affairs and Communications and Media Relations teams, and others across the company, to execute the initiatives of CP’s government affairs program.


The Manager will also act as CP’s French-speaking spokesperson, and assist the Communications and Media Relations team with the development of communications products in French. Finally, this individual will assist the Community Relations team with responding to public inquiries in French.



  • Develop, maintain, and grow strong relationships with key municipal and provincial elected officials and staff to tell the inspiring story of CP: how the company has become an industry leading Class 1 railway in North America, providing the safest, most efficient and cost-effective freight transportation service;
  • Deploy fact-based arguments to educate key municipal and provincial stakeholders, and other audiences, to ensure CP is known as the credible industry leader on issues and public policies affecting the railway industry;
  • Attend and represent CP at governmental, political, and other external stakeholder meetings and events;
  • Represent CP in business and industry coalitions, as required;
  • Monitor, analyze, and respond to current and potential policy and legislative or regulatory actions at the municipal and provincial level related to the railway industry and CP;
  • Collaborate horizontally across the company to support CP’s business and policy goals;
  • Assist the Communications and Media Relations team with the development of content and communications materials in French, including press material (press releases, media lines, Qs & As, etcetera). Will also assist in scanning French social media for issues;
  • Assist the Community Relations team with responses to public inquiries in French;
  • Manage relationships with francophone reporters and external stakeholders, including writing and communicating directly with reporters, when required;
  • Identify risks and opportunities for CP;
  • Perform other duties, as assigned, consistent with the goals of CP.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Political Science, Economics, or Communications; 
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in government or a government relations role; 
  • Experience in transportation or other federally-regulated industry preferred;
  • Must be Bilingual (English & French);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and French, with a demonstrated ability to communicate in a clear, concise, effective and professional manner;
  • Ability to learn quickly and demonstrate intellectual curiosity;
  • Strong advocacy skills with a demonstrated ability to distill complex ideas and communicate them effectively;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills;
  • Knowledge of the Canadian system of government and policy-making process;
  • Positive and engaging attitude;
  • Professional appearance, work ethic, and demeanor;
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively as a team player and accomplish tasks with self-direction;
  • High degree of personal initiative and desire to achieve success for CP;
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, with a proven ability to prioritize and manage multiple initiatives simultaneously;
  • Proven ability to work in a fast paced environment, while remaining calm under pressure and maintaining high quality work standards;
  • High proficiency with standard computer platforms, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.





  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program 
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy



As an employer with national presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:     

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check


Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CP. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


CP is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA").  




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