Canadian Renewable Energy Association – Director, Saskatchewan

Who We Are

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) works 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 an industry association representing close to 300 member companies in our advocacy work at the provincial and federal levels. CanREA is dedicated to moving the needle on legislation and regulation governing the electricity sector, to create a more sustainable future for Canada and future generations.

The Role

CanREA is looking to fill a Director, Saskatchewan position on a full-time, permanent basis. Reporting to the Vice-President Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs, the Director, Saskatchewan, will be responsible for serving as CanREA’s key representative and spokesperson with a range of relevant stakeholders in the Saskatchewan region, and will seek to identify and act on opportunities to advance and grow the presence of CanREA in the area. This requires managing, leading, and implementing CanREA’s policy work, research, and presence within the region, and providing information and insights from the region to CanREA’s senior management team and other staff. The Director will also ensure the coordination of regional activities associated with CanREA’s interests in wind energy, solar energy and energy storage.

The Director, Saskatchewan, is primarily responsible for the region of Saskatchewan. We are flexible to the location of our ideal candidate within the province of Saskatchewan.

Salary Range: $88-$95K

Duties and Responsibilities:

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, government officials, representatives of electricity system stakeholders, media and other key decision makers.
• Lead CanREA’s Regional Caucus and Steering Committee in managing CanREA’s priority policy positions and activities, and communicate these priorities and other relevant information to 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.
• Develop, with the support of the relevant policy team members, a comprehensive regional work-plan that aligns with CanREA’s overall objectives and priorities.
• Collaborate regularly with the Director, Energy Storage to ensure consistency of positions across regions and across the communities of interests.
• With the support of the Director Energy Storage, act as the regional lead regarding advocacy and regulatory positioning and media engagement.
• 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
• Consolidate and maintain, in collaboration with the Communications Team, the information resources specific to the region of responsibility on the CanREA website.
• Write or contribute to quotes, stories and articles as required for CanREA related publications and webinars in Saskatchewan.
• Support CanREA’s Events team to develop program content for educational / networking events, both in-person and virtual, and provide guidance on all aspects of the development of the annual Conference and Exhibition.
• Provide strategic and tactical intelligence to the Communications team with respect to current events, media and external stakeholders.
• Identify opportunities for increasing the presence of CanREA in media and public forums and liaise and collaborate with CanREA’s Communications team to promote the industry through a variety of communications and outreach initiatives, and act as spokesperson when required.
• 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, the pursuit and retention of members and increasing interest and participation into the regional activities of CanREA, and the establishment of its annual strategic objectives and budget.
• Prepare updates and strategic advice to CanREA’s Policy Team and Management on issues relating to Saskatchewan, and actively participate in various team meetings.
• Support the Business Development team in pursuing new revenue streams and opportunities for collaboration through members, stakeholders, governments and relevant agencies.
• Manage the regional budget 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, etc.) to support the implementation of CanREA’s goals and objectives in the region of responsibility.
• Work in close collaboration with CanREA’s various internal teams.

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

Qualifications

• University degree in a relevant area of study or an acceptable combination of education and relevant experience.
• Minimum of 10 years experience in in the energy sector, or with energy and environment policy.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the renewable energy sector and/or energy and environment policy is required.
• Experience working with or for membership-based associations an asset.
• Excellent communications skills; ability to speak publicly, and synthesize complex ideas and communicate them to both internal and external stakeholder audiences in a straightforward, easy to understand manner.
• Ability to recognize opportunities for growth and development by identifying, articulating and executing new value positions for CanREA membership.
• Ability to develop relationships and networks within CanREA and with outside stakeholders, facilitate large groups, and work with individuals to develop consensus positions on complex issues of a technical and political nature.
• Ability to balance independence with productive teamwork, thanks to your strong work ethic, conscientiousness, time-management skills, organizational abilities, emotional intelligence and two-way communication skills.
• Ability to work well under pressure, maintaining discretion, tact, good judgement, respect for others and a sense of humour, even when moving at top speed or adapting to changing priorities and deadlines.
• Knowledge of Microsoft applications.
• Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required. French (written and spoken) is an asset.
• Experience working in a remote capacity, and continued ability to do so, is required.

Benefits

• Competitive salary plus potential for annual performance bonus.
• Employer-matched RRSP contributions.
• Competitive health & dental plan.
• Three weeks paid vacation.
• Paid time off Dec 20 to Jan 1st.
• Financial support for setting up ergonomic home office.

Please note that CanREA has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees.

Location

Our team has moved to an entirely remote working arrangement. Occasional travel (10%) is anticipated in future, mainly across Canada.

To Apply

We thank all applicants for their interest in CanREA, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

CanREA is an equal-opportunity employer with policies and practices intended to build an inclusive and accessible work environment. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process, please include this in your cover letter and all efforts to provide the appropriate accommodation will be put into place.