Canadian Renewable Energy Association – Policy Director, Quebec and Atlantic Canada

Join our team today and be part of the change for a better tomorrow.

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) is working to ensure that wind energy, solar energy and energy storage play a central role in transforming Canada’s energy mix, leveraging the synergies among these technologies to provide clean, flexible, and affordable energy solutions.  We are dedicated to creating a more sustainable future for Canada and future generations.

CanREA is seeking a dynamic and experienced Policy Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada who is responsible for serving as CanREA’s key representative and spokesperson with CanREA members as well as a range of other relevant stakeholders in those regions. The Director works on behalf of CanREA members to identify and act on opportunities to advance our industries and grow the presence of CanREA in the area. This requires managing and leading CanREA’s policy work and presence within the regions, as well as providing information and insights from the region to CanREA’s senior management team and other staff.

A key element of this position is the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies that utilize a mix of tools and approaches to pursue policy research, development, collaboration, advocacy and implementation consistent with CanREA’s organizational strategic objectives and values.

This individual should be based in Quebec, although we are flexible on location. Regular travel to Montreal and Quebec City (monthly) is required and the position also requires regular, but less frequent travel to Atlantic Canada and occasional travel to Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada. This is a bilingual position (English and French).

You have what it takes – here is how you can make a difference:

Policy, Regulatory Development and Advocacy 

  • Build/maintain a positive CanREA presence in the region; promote, communicate and advocate for the adoption of CanREA policy positions with political representatives, members of the government bureaucracy, representatives of electricity system stakeholders, media and other key decision makers.
  • Lead CanREA’s Regional Caucuses and Steering Committees in managing CanREA’s priority policy positions and activities in support of CanREA’s organizational strategic objectives.
  • Communicate CanREA priorities and other relevant information to caucus members, Steering Committee members as well as to government, regulators, system operators, utilities and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement Caucus priorities in collaboration with caucus members and Steering Committee members based on CanREA’s overall objectives and priorities.
  • Act as the regional lead regarding advocacy and regulatory positioning and media engagement on relevant issues and priorities.
  • Identify opportunities to pursue new CanREA members in the region and work with CanREA’s Business Development team to enhance services for, and increase the membership levels of, existing members in the region.
  • Develop relationship, networks and strategic alliances to support the implementation of CanREA’s priorities and activities.

Communications and Events

  • Provide regular reports to the Caucuses and Steering Committees. 
  • Consolidate and maintain, in collaboration with the Communications Team, the information resources specific to the regions of responsibilities on the CanREA website.
  • Write or contribute to quotes, stories and articles as required for CanREA-related publications and webinars (within the regions of responsibilities).
  • Support CanREA’s Events team to develop program content for educational / networking events of interest to CanREA members and industry stakeholders in the region with respect to CanREA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition and other in-person and virtual events.
  • Provide strategic and tactical intelligence to the Communications team with respect to current events, media and external stakeholders.
  • Represent CanREA at various conferences or stakeholder meetings and events.

Strategy and Leadership

  • Work in close collaboration with the Vice-President, Policy, Regulatory & Government Affairs, and the Policy Team on issues related to the organization’s future development and the establishment of its annual strategic objectives and budget.
  • Actively participate in Policy Team meetings and CanREA’s team meetings.
  • Prepare updates and strategic advice to CanREA’s Policy Team and Management on issues relating to the region of responsibilities.
  • Collaborate with the full CanREA team to support the achievement of organizational outcomes, including the pursuit and retention of CanREA members and increasing interest and participation into the regional activities of CanREA.
  • Provide information and perform other duties required by CanREA’s Vice-President – Policy, Government & Regulatory Affairs.
  • Support the Business Development team in pursuing new revenue streams and opportunities for collaboration through members, stakeholders, governments and relevant agencies.
  • Manage the regional operation budgets effectively and efficiently.

Relationship Management

  • Build and maintain positive relationships, partnerships, and networks with CanREA’s members, and other relevant key provincial and national stakeholders (e.g., agencies, regulators, system operators, utilities) to support the implementation of CanREA’s objectives in the regions of responsibility.
  • Work in close collaboration with CanREA’s Policy Team members and other internal teams.

Please note other duties may be assigned as needed to meet the evolving needs of CanREA and its mandate.

Key Qualifications

  • University degree in policy, economics, social sciences, environmental sciences or a related field is ideal.
  • 5-10 years of experience in the energy sector, or with energy and environmental policy and advocacy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the renewable energy sector and/or energy and environmental policy is required.
  • Strong government relations experience in Quebec.
  • Bilingual in English and French (written and spoken) is required.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of products.

Administration

  • Ability to travel 10 percent of the time:
    • To Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax as required.
    • To Ottawa four times a year.
    • To regional events and CanREA’s annual conference.

All interested candidates please e-mail your resume and a one-page cover letter to: [email protected].

Application deadline is August 2, 2021. Submissions will be considered as they are received.

CanREA is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages application from all qualified candidates. CanREA welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.