Careers at Sqéwqel Development Corporation

Internal Job Postings

Sqéwqel Development Corporation Community Member Board of Directors

About Us:

SIB is an Indigenous government of the Sto:lo people located on Seabird Island in the Upper Fraser Valley region, 3 km east of Agassiz, British Columbia, Canada.  The on-reserve population is 650, with a total membership of 1051.  The SIB is located on Seabird Island, which is 2,179.80 hectares.

SIB is an active member of the Sto:lo Tribal Council. Over the past twenty years, SIB has been able to accomplish remarkable advances in its economic development due to the diverse approach that has been adopted to ensure a mix of revenue sources and employment opportunities for its members.

The Sqéwqel Development Corporation (SqDC) is the mechanism to empower the SIB people and ensure their economic independence.  SqDC’s main objectives are to pursue business, investment and economic development opportunities that will grow SIB’s wealth and assist it in providing quality programs that support the Nation.

 SqDC employees and the Board of Directors are fully committed to fulfilling its mission of identifying suitable business opportunities and undertaking economic activities that create profitable businesses, create wealth and provide new jobs all of which focus on developing and strengthening the Seabird Island economy for the benefit of Seabird members, while respecting Sto:lo culture, traditions and values.

Due to the recent growth of business and economic opportunities, SqDC seeks two (2) Community Member Board Directors to assist our organization through continued strategic growth and development.

Board Director Responsibilities

 To fulfil the SqDC mandate to act on the vision, mission, and annual/long-term strategies and the economic goals of the Chief & Council, as well as to build a more robust and stronger Seabird Island economy, SqDC Board directors are expected to:

  • Know what exceptional governance is and practice it, as well as remain informed of new developments in the governance and regulatory environment.
  • Read and understand the financial statements of SqDC and assist the board in fulfilling its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Attend quarterly and other board meetings/activities as assigned and dedicate approximately 5-10 hours per month to fulfill these responsibilities.
  • Be responsible for reading board materials in advance of the meetings and must come prepared to ask questions and actively participate in discussions.
  • Serve on at least one subcommittee of the board.
  • Evaluate the overall performance of SqDC and will make recommendations for improvement or corrective measures as required. Board directors will engage in strategic planning for the organization and determine the overall mission, vision and values of the SqDC.

Skills & Experience

To ensure the Board of Directors has the full capabilities of providing the governance and leadership expertise necessary to oversee an organization, it is expected that there will be representation from skilled and experienced board directors to cover the following key business areas:

  • TMX Pipeline and Large-Scale Infrastructure Developments, Agricultural/Commercial Leasing, Natural Resource Development, Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales, Public Relations, Business Due Diligence, Risk Assessment, Human Resource Management, Information Technology, Finance and Accounting Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Development.

Therefore, preference will be given to applicants that have a minimum of five years of senior-level business experience in any of the following areas:  business procurement, sales, marketing, raising of capital, natural resource development, business development, accounting and/or financial experience.

Term of Appointment:

Board directors will be required to commit to a minimum two-year term, with the option of reappointment at the end of the term.


An up-to-date criminal record check is a requirement for this position.

Application Information:

Please include a resume and cover letter and apply electronically to the “Career Section” of the Seabird Island Band website at:

All applications must be received no later than Friday, June 23rd, 2023, @ 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time).

SqDC is proud to be an inclusive employer committed to providing a welcoming, respectful and equitable work environment. We welcome and encourage applications from women, persons of colour, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of other marginalized or under-represented groups.


This is a volunteer (unpaid) position, however, travel expenses at SqDC rates will be paid when BOD members attend meetings in person at Seabird Island and/or other agreed-upon venues.

Manager of Production & Sales


Based in Seabird Island, BC, the Sqewqel Development Corporation (SqDC) is the business arm of the Seabird Island Band. Our Board of Directors and a group of owned and operated businesses work together to build a successful corporation aligned with our culture. While we adopt modern business practices, we take great care to honour the ways of our ancestors who continually worked the land and lived in harmony with it for generations. Guided by our community, we weave our culture and traditions into our approach, ensuring our business focus fall-in-line with our Sto:lo values.

Job Description

Position:  Manager of Production & Sales

Job Posting – Full-Time/Permanent

Location:  Seabird Island Band


The SqDC is looking for an experienced, goal-oriented and result-driven professional to occupy the position of Manager of Production & Sales (MPS) to strengthen the manufacturing and sales of the businesses owned and operated by SqDC. The successful candidate will have at least five (5) years of sales/marketing experience in a management role.  This position reports directly to the Director of Operations.


The MPS’s primary responsibility is to manage the sales, marketing, and revenue performance of SqDC’s businesses.

Additional and specific responsibilities for this position are as follows:

  • Onsite production management of Nations Creations (small promotional products company).
  • Management support of SqDC Events (a small event planning company)
  • Manage and supervise NC and SqDC Events planning staff.
  • Managing the organizations’ resources to improve productivity and minimize downtime while at the same time increasing profits and reducing costs.
  • Involves meeting goals, creating workflow policies and procedures, creating schedules, and encouraging staff to put their best foot forward at all times so that the entire operation functions at peak efficiency.
  • Develop and implement sales plans and initiatives to drive customer acquisition, retention and satisfaction.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key customers, identifying their needs, addressing concerns, and exploring new business opportunities.
  • Actively manage production at the NC production facility
  • Achieve growth and hit sales targets by successfully managing sales/marketing at Nations Creation and SqDC Events.
  • Develop and implement sales and marketing strategies for NC and SqDC Events – This also includes designing and implementing a strategic sales plan that will expand NC’s and SqDC’s Events customer base and ensure its strong presence.
  • Set sales objectives, provide coaching, and monitor sales representatives/staff
  • Prepare sales, revenue, and expense reports and present realistic forecasts to the management team.
  • Identify staff training needs and provide training for all SqDC retail and manufacturing staff as required.
  • Track and report sales and revenue data for Nations Creations and SqDC Events.
  • Supervise all internal and external marketing and sales campaigns.
  • Secure funding (application/proposal driven) and identify economic opportunities for SqDC;
  • Additional duties as assigned.


The successful candidate shall have:

  • A degree in business/marketing, related field, or equivalent qualifications
  • Extensive knowledge in garment production and sales/marketing.
  • Successful management of manufacturing operations
  • Experience in training, coaching and supervising production staff in sales, marketing and related areas.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership abilities
  • Proven track record in talent development and mentoring others
  • Outstanding communication and people skills
  • Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics
  • Extensive knowledge of MS Office and various business software (POS, e-business, etc.)
  • Preference is given to First Nations applicants; however other qualified candidates will be equally considered based on senior leadership experience and/or experience working with First Nations in economic or business development.


Base Salary, milestone bonuses, employee benefits, health and dental, pension benefits – Wage will be identified and dependent on experience and qualifications—annual performance bonus of up to 25% of base salary.

Salary Range:  $ 70,000.00 to $ 85,000.00 (plus Milestone Bonus)

Application Process:

Please include a resume and cover letter and apply to the “Career Section” of the Seabird Island Band website at:

Use Microsoft word .doc or .rtf formats.

Due to many applicant applications received, only those qualified or selected for an interview will be contacted.


SQDC Business Intern


The Sqewqel Development Corporation (SQDC) Summer Intern program is a unique opportunity for a person (over the age of 19) who is enrolled full-time in a recognized university business degree program to have the opportunity to learn new and practical business skills and to become more aware of working within a First Nation business setting.

Furthermore, in this role the SQDC Business Intern will work with the SQDC team by providing project support and coordination, marketing, conducting business intelligence research and other duties as assigned.

Program Duration: 8 Weeks from start date with option for renewal

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct Research;
  • Project and Administrative Support;
  • Sales & Marketing;
  • Prepare a Training Session with SQDC staff in a key area of business;
  • Proposal Writing;
  • Due diligence processes & business plan development;
  • Prepare presentation materials for internal and external stakeholder meetings as required;
  • Provide content to the SQDC and Nations Creations websites;
  • Participate in Meetings (as required);
  • Complete a Monthly Progress Report; and
  • Duties as


The following criteria outline the complementary knowledge and mindset you’ll bring to our team:

  • Business or Finance student actively attending a recognized Canadian university.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License
  • Excellent writing & computer skills
  • Proposal writing experience & strong problem solving and analytical
  • Excellent communication skills, as well as impeccable business
  • Effective organizational skills, and the capability to handle multiple projects and
  • Assess situations rapidly and prioritize tasks and operate in a fast-paced, dynamic
  • Ability to learn about new trends, tools, and technologies, and to continually consider how these will influence our work, including the implications and opportunities that they will bring.
  • Ability to easily shift between low-level technical conversations and high-level go-to-market strategy
  • Proactive in seeking out opportunities to help move projects forward and contribute to their improvement
  • An openness to soliciting feedback to improve your performance
  • A philosophy of continuous improvement and a passion for knowledge
  • Ability to work remotely or on-site (SIB office, Pioneer building)
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada

Application Process:

Please include a resume and cover letter and apply to the “Career Section” of the Seabird Island Band website at:

Use Microsoft word .doc or .rtf formats.

Due to many applicant applications received, only those qualified or selected for an interview will be contacted.

External Job Postings

Trans Mountain Job Opportunities

As part of Trans Mountain’s commitment to Indigenous and local inclusion the following positions are currently vacant:


Base Business (20 postings)
# Title Location Posting Closing Date
1 Health and Safety Advisor Edmonton, AB 30-Jun-23
2 Warehouse Person Kamloops, BC 30-Jun-23
3 Senior Financial Analyst, Regulatory Calgary, AB 24-Jun-23
4 Contracts Administrator (term role) Calgary, AB 24-Jun-23
5 Corrosion Engineer Calgary, AB 23-Jun-23
6 Environment Advisor – Planner Burnaby, BC 16-Jun-23
7 Intermediate Facility Integrity Compliance Engineer Calgary, AB 15-Jun-23
8 Electrical Technician Stony Plain, AB 13-Jun-23
9 Pipeline Maintenance Technician Clearwater, BC 13-Jun-23
10 Senior Pipeline Integrity Engineer Calgary, AB 12-Jun-23
11 Senior Recruiter (term role) Burnaby, BC 11-Jun-23
12 Senior Recruiter (term role) Calgary, AB 11-Jun-23
13 Pipeline Simulation Specialist Edmonton, AB 11-Jun-23
14 Senior Data Platform Architect Calgary, AB 10-Jun-23
15 HR Coordinator, Talent Acquisition (term role) Calgary, AB 10-Jun-23
16 Aquatics Advisor Calgary, AB 9-Jun-23
17 Electrical Technician Burnaby, BC 6-Jun-23
18 Pipeline Maintenance Technician Jasper, AB 6-Jun-23
19 Senior Incident Investigator Calgary, AB 29-May-23
20 Senior HR Business Partner Burnaby, BC 27-May-23
Expansion Project ( 2 postings)
# Title Location Posting Closing Date
1 Project Manager – Spread 5B, Expansion Project (term role) Hope, BC 2-Jul-23
2 Quality Assurance Records Coordinator, Expansion Project (term role) Calgary, AB 30-Jun-23

Individuals interested in working directly for a Trans Mountain contractor are strongly encouraged to follow this link and populate the “Expression of Interest for Employment”:

Ladner Exploration Assistant – 2023 Field Season

Talisker Resources Ltd. (Talisker) is a resource company that is engaged in the exploration and development of mineral properties in British Columbia. They are looking for two Exploration Assistants to join their Ladner team for the 2023 field season. Reporting to the Regional Project Geologist(s), the Exploration Assistant will primarily be responsible for assisting the Field Geologist(s) in sampling and data collection. The work will require extensive hiking in moderate to rugged terrane. The project is based out of Hope, British Columbia.

Visit the link below for more information and how to apply:

Ladner Exploration Assistant – 2023 Field Season

Apprentice Interchange Plant Operators

BC Hydro is seeking applicants for 4 Apprentice Interchange Plant Operators. BC Hydro’s Apprentice Interchange Plant Operator program provides you with the knowledge and skill set to become an Interchange Plant Operator.

You’ll learn the electrical and mechanical fundamentals as it pertains to the day-to-day operations of the provincial electrical grid, develop competency to operate the Interchange desk (which administers BC Hydro’s Open Access Transmission Tariff with its Transmission Customers) and work with BC Hydro’s distribution system and generating stations.

Before moving on to more complex technical skills and challenging assignments, you’ll learn the operating and safety procedure and how to isolate high voltage electrical equipment for maintenance.

Apprentice Interchange Plant Operators are selected for their technical capability, their alignment with our core values, their attitude and their ability to become productive members of BC Hydro.

To view more details about this position or to apply see: Apprentice Interchange Plant Operator

Additional positions available at Seabird Island Band –