VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC AFFAIRS – Canadian Paint and Coatings Association





Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Vice President, Public Affairs is a key executive who will oversee all communications, which includes public and government relations encompassing strategies for both internal and external audiences to advance the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association’s (CPCA) priorities. The Vice President provides guidance and advice to management on critical issues of importance to members in support of CPCA’s stated positions. This includes establishing creative approaches related to key industry and stakeholder communities with clear benchmarks for execution. The Vice President also manages relationships with members, multiple internal and external stakeholders, industry partners, and all levels of government. Working across a wide range of complex and sometimes technical issues, he or she will leverage member expertise and insight on the issues while working to ensure the industry is well positioned for economic competitiveness while delivering safe, environmentally and socially responsible products to consumers.



  • Responsible for representing CPCA’s position on legislation and government

Policy generally through productive engagement with stakeholders, technical committees and various regulatory government departments and agencies

  • Analyzes and interprets developments on government policy and provides

advice accordingly

  • Provides in-depth advice and analysis to the association and its members in the development of positions, strategies, plans, and programs for managing the issues for all targeted audiences
  • Ability to proactively engage and involve members to enhance industry positions by working with association committees to create opportunities for members to work with the association in a practical and proactive manner
  • Reaches out to internal and external subject matter experts to acquire relevant

resources to manage issues and provide expertise when and as needed

  • Develops relationships and liaises with association members, governments,

stakeholder companies, other associations, and special interest groups on emerging issues and priorities

  • Present the association’s views to diverse audiences in a broad range of forums related to educational and advocacy roles


You are a collaborative and ethical individual who is able to lead complex initiatives with patience and diligence for maximum results. You are an effective contributor to strategic discussions and works well on impactful reports, formal submissions and presentations on a range of issues. You possess a post-secondary degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Leadership experience in strategic communications is essential. A background in public affairs with knowledge of governmental policy and regulatory development is required in fulfilling the requirements of this role.  Candidates must also demonstrate success working in an advisory capacity and liaising with government, stakeholder groups and trade media.

Recognized as a leader with outstanding communication skills, you have a track record in developing effective public affairs strategies in support of general advocacy efforts. You have established a strong reputation and network as an effective advocate with strong relationship building skills, all of which is based on an excellent writing and oral communications foundation. Key qualities include a focus on:

  • Relationship Building
  • Change Leadership
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Results Orientation
  • Managing Organizational Resources


  • University degree in business administration, commerce, public administration or

equivalent and minimum of 10 years experience, an appropriate Masters degree would be considered an asset

  • Demonstrated supervisory experience and hands on work overseeing

government policy/regulatory development and related outreach to stakeholder groups

  • Experience in service delivery innovation in support of a results-focused organization
  • Experience in negotiating/mediating solutions with stakeholders and developing

positive, two-way relationships with association members and/or other client groups

  • Experience working in the private for profit sector or a non-profit organization
  • Knowledge of the chemical manufacturing or distribution sector would be an asset
  • Proficiency in French is an asset.


Since 1913, the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) has represented Canada’s major paint and coatings manufacturers, and their industry suppliers and distributors in three primary product categories: architectural paints, industrial products and automotive coatings. In Canada, CPCA members have more than 260 paint manufacturing establishments, own more than 3,000 retail outlets, supply products to another 5,000 retail stores and more than 7,500 auto body shops. This represents annual retail sales of more than $12.3 billion, employing directly and indirectly 87,000 employees.

NOTE: CPCA’s offices are in downtown Ottawa, with competitive salary, benefits, opportunities for travel and professional development.


Please forward your cover letter and resume in PDF format only via email to:

Micheline Foucher

Kindly include references, salary expectations and quote “Vice President” in the subject line.  Resumes will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until December 5, 2017. Thank you for your interest in this position.  Please note that only those candidates considered for interviews will be contacted.

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