As Rio Tinto Alcan’s Corporate Affairs & Community Relations Manager in British Columbia, her mandate includes the responsibility for management of all communications, both internal and external, as well as all corporate media relations and spokesperson in British Columbia. She also manages three community relations offices across the province. In her charge as the stakeholder relations lead, she liaises with a wide variety of groups, organizations, business and municipal interests, including thirteen First Nations in north central BC. Two of Colleen’s recent accomplishments were the successful conclusion of a three and a half year negotiation that resulted in the landmark Haisla Nation Rio Tinto Alcan Legacy Agreement and the unprecedented return of 12000 acres traditional territory to the Cheslatta Carrier Nation.
A university degree in Political Science with a focus on Public Administration, has served her well in her current post. Colleen’s strongest corporate attribute is playing a key role to influence and shape business strategy to focus on sustainable development and positive community engagement. She was, for example, instrumental in the successful creation and deployment of a ‘reputation enhancing’ public relations campaign that helped resolve public controversy and legal challenges that spanned four years and which paved the way for the company’s $3.3 billion Kitimat Modernization Project.
Colleen is proud to be married into the Haisla Nation (northwest coast of British Columbia) and has been adopted into the Haisla Nation’s Blackfish clan. Colleen fully appreciates her close working relationship with many First Nation Government & Organizations. She is very adept at conducting public environmental consultation processes, related communication campaigns and acting as a trusted and reliable advisory to the corporate decision makers and legal teams on such issues.
Colleen has shown a remarkable talent for community leadership – some of her accomplishments:
- 2004 – President of Northern BC Winter Games
- 2005 – chosen as one of twenty community leaders to participate in an Imagine BC Dialogue session where the future of BC in 30 years was contemplated
- 2005 – nominated for Woman of the year Award in Northern BC
- 2008 – 2010 – President Kitimat Valley Institute
- 2010 – nominated for Minerva Foundation BC Woman of Year Award in Mining
- 2010 – received Community Sport Hero Award from the provincial BC Games Society during the country’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games
- 2011 – Bravo Award! Rio Tinto Alcan Global Primary Metal – internal company wide recognition for her key role in achieving 30 year Agreement with Haisla First Nation
- 2013 – Women in Leadership in Northern BC Conference, Key Note Speaker
- 2013 – Concluded First Nation Relationship Agreements with Nee Tahi Buhn and Skin Tyee First Nations