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Senior Director, Advocacy, Policy & International Trade – Dairy Farmers of Canada


Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canadian dairy producers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the dairy sector in our country. It also seeks to maintain policies that promote the sustainability of Canadian dairy production and promote dairy products and their health benefits.



Reporting to the Vice-President, Advocacy, the Senior Director, Advocacy, Policy & International Trade is responsible for ensuring DFC’s awareness of government’s policies affecting the organization and its members, as well as their actual or potential impact. The incumbent participates in policy development by providing analyses, recommendations and by promoting and defending the goals of DFC. The Senior Director ensures that DFC has the technical background and analyses required to assess the significance of policy and market developments, and to elaborate appropriate policy responses or forums to support the objectives of our members.

Working in collaboration with the government relations and communications departments, the Senior Director supports and performs advocacy activities on behalf of DFC pertaining to compliance, domestic and international affairs with governments and their agencies, member organizations, international organizations, embassies, as well as other stakeholders. In addition, the incumbent oversees policy and programs supporting a sustainable production in the dairy industry, including the development and implementation of all elements included in DFC’s national On-Farm Program: the ProAction Inititave.



The ideal candidate possesses strong leadership skills with an ability to influence people and build consensus among all levels of the organization as well as experience developing and managing budgets and supervising personnel. A strategic thinker with a proven track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output, they have strong project management and animation skills with an ability to synthesize data into clear actionable statements.

Self-motivated, collaborative and proactive, they are an empathetic and energetic leader with a demonstrable passion for excellence and strength of character, personality and intellect.  They will be an influential and effective communicator in both official languages, adept at building partnerships and encouraging teamwork and collaboration.

They have a university degree, preferably a Master’s degree in Economics, in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience combined with a minimum of 10 years of professional experience, preferably in a not-for-profit, member-driven environment in a federally regulated industry. They have an advanced knowledge of agricultural markets, ideally the dairy market within Canada, as well as experience in policy formulation.

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How to Apply:

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