Those with sharp eyes on the want ads in town have noted an opening at Pacific NorthWest LNG, with the Malaysian owned energy company seeking a new Community Relations Manager for its Prince Rupert office.
The need for a new public face for the LNG project came after the departure of Derek Baker who left Prince Rupert earlier this month, heading eastwards to take up duties, as the Director of Economic Development with the Northern Development Initiative Trust in Prince George.
Mr. Baker had spent a bit over six years on the North Coast arriving in the community in July of 2010, hired as the Economic Development Officer for Prince Rupert and Port Edward.
After a three year stint in that office, he moved to Pacific NorthWest LNG in November of 2013 as the prospect of LNG development arrived on the North Coast.
He was the contact person for many on the North coast seeking background on the project and served as Community Relations manager through the Pacific NorthWest environmental process that came to an end in September of 2016.
His departure from the North Coast comes as progress continues to be made on the LNG file, but before a Final Investment Decision has been announced by the Malaysian energy giant and its Asian partners.
His shift down the highway 16 corridor to the NDIT offices could prove beneficial to Prince Rupert and Port Edward as the two communities seek out funding opportunities and other economic development planning, with Mr. Baker more than familiar with the opportunities and challenges that face the communities of the North Coast.
A quick snap shot of what the Northern Development Initiative Trust is all about can be found here.
Baker was also very involved with the community, perhaps best known as a member of the Prince Rupert Rampage, first as a player and more recently as one of the assistant coaches on the CIHL team.
For Pacific NorthWest the quest for a new Community Manager will be one that seeks to find a candidate that can migrate the project from proposal to active construction, should Petronas provide its final investment decision in the months to come.
The full scope of the Pacific NorthWest position can be reviewed here.
A synopsis of the Role of the Community Role position can be found below:
More items of note related to Pacific NorthWest LNG can be found here.