Marian Ngo

A solutions-driven negotiator and strategic planner, Marian Ngo seeks innovative and progressive approaches in the field of government relations – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

Adaptable to constantly changing environments, but never losing track of the objectives, she hones in on rationales for processes– if the status quo does not allow for needs to be addressed, she works with all parties to develop a partnership and plan that does.

Marian was the 2nd employee at Woodfibre LNG, where for over 6 years she led on various files, most notably government relations – at all levels. With Indigenous governments, she was part of the core team that successfully obtained an environmental certificate from Squamish Nation, the first Indigenous environmental certificate of its kind in Canadian history. This milestone also had significant influence on the Federal Government’s proposed changes to environmental assessment. In addition, Marian was instrumental in obtaining an impact benefit agreement with Squamish Nation and a Term Sheet with Tsleil Waututh Nation.

Keeping in constant discussion with Ministers and government officials regarding the provincial Climate Action Plan and incentivizing investments in British Columbia, Marian’s efforts directly led to the conceptualization and eventual creation of the electric drive rate for LNG projects. These changes were lauded by environmental organizations, businesses, and communities alike and solved many initial impasses in financing for several projects. With the Federal government, she worked on various files from macro-industry employment and training matters to a solution on taxation around fabricated industrial steel components (FISC).

Marian is also the Executive Director for the Salish Sea Indigenous Guardians Association (SSIGA), an Indigenous-led cumulative effects organization, which she helped to establish with Chief and Council from Tsawwassen First Nation, Semiahmoo First Nation and Kwantlen First Nation.  SSIGA’s mandate is to improve the consultative process for environmental assessments with an Indigenous-led regional database and monitoring program to support efficient and informed decision making.

Prior to LNG, Marian was working in Ottawa in several leadership roles with the Federal Government. Initially moving to Ottawa to work for then Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, Marian was part of the core team that built a successful stakeholder engagement plan that put multicultural issues on the forefront of political discussions. During her time in government, she also served as press secretary to what was then called Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), strategic communications staff for the Office of the Prime Minister and Stakeholder Relations at Status of Women Canada. 

Marian has a degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University.