CanWEA Regional Director, British Columbia

May 22, 2014

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is looking for a Regional Director, British Columbia.

All interested candidates please send a cover letter and detailed resume to


The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is the national association for companies involved in the wind energy industry in Canada. We lead the effort to ensure Canada fully realizes its abundant wind energy potential on behalf of our members – and for the benefit of all Canadians – to build a cleaner, stronger future. Our dedicated and passionate team engages in this mission through advocacy, education, communication, partnerships and the promotion of industry best practices.

Our members are Canada’s wind energy leaders and are made up of wind energy project developers, owners and operators; wind turbine manufacturers and component suppliers; and a broad range of service providers to the industry.


CanWEA’s Regional Directors are responsible for managing and leading CanWEA’s policy work and presence within their region, providing information from the region to CanWEA senior management and other staff, and ensuring the coordination of regional activities with direction from CanWEA senior management and CanWEA Regional Caucuses.

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, advocacy and implementation consistent with CanWEA’s organizational strategic objectives as determined by the CanWEA Board of Directors.

Another important aspect of the position is to serve as CanWEA’s key representative and spokesperson with a range of relevant stakeholders in the region (B.C.) and to identify and act on opportunities to advance and grow the presence of CanWEA in the area.

Key Responsibilities:

•             Develop, implement and manage (pending CanWEA Board approval) a regional work plan and budget to support the pursuit of CanWEA’s organizational strategic objectives

•             Communicate regional caucus issues and context to the VP Policy and Government Affairs

•             Communicate CanWEA priorities and other information to CanWEA’s Regional Caucus and regional stakeholders

•             Manage CanWEA’s regional office


•             Manage and lead CanWEA’s Regional Caucus and Steering Committee in identifying CanWEA’s priority policy positions and activities in support of CanWEA’s organizational strategic objectives

•             Co-ordinate and lead CanWEA’s Regional Caucus and Steering Committee in developing a proposed work plan and budget to promote CanWEA’s policy positions and implement its policy activities utilizing a broad mix of the tools and approaches at CanWEA’s disposal and then to implement the ultimate work plan and budget approved by the CanWEA Board

•             Develop relationships, partnerships, networks and strategic alliances to support the implementation of CanWEA’s priority policy activities

•             Promote, communicate and advocate for the adoption of CanWEA policy positions with political representatives, members of the government bureaucracy, representatives of electricity system stakeholders, media and other key decision makers


•             Identify opportunities for increasing the presence of CanWEA in media and public forums and liaise and collaborate with CanWEA’s Communications team to promote the wind energy industry through a variety of communications and outreach initiatives, including identification of allied groups and local supporters; and act as spokesperson when required

•             Participate in the implementation of a regular member contact program for all CanWEA members based in the region and regularly record data / information from these member contacts in CanWEA’s membership database

•             Identify opportunities to pursue new CanWEA members in the region and work with CanWEA’s Business Development team to enhance services for, and increase the membership levels of, existing members in the region

•             Liaise with CanWEA’s Events team to identify and develop program content for educational / networking events of interest to CanWEA members and wind energy stakeholders in the region

•             Liaise with CanWEA’s Events team on all aspects of the development of the annual CanWEA Conference and Exhibition, including planning conference programs and conference promotion, as required

Educational Requirements:

•             Relevant post-secondary degree(s)

•             Minimum of five years experience in the energy sector, or with energy and environment policy

Key Skills & Abilities:

•             Leadership – Ability to recognize opportunities for growth and development of CanWEA as an association within area of jurisdiction by identifying, articulating  and executing new value propositions for CanWEA membership within area of jurisdiction.

•             Facilitation – ability to facilitate discussion of policy issues among organizations that may have differing views to develop common positions on those issues,

•             Writing and communications – ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them in a straightforward, easy to understand manner through both public speaking and written materials appropriate for the audience,

•             Developing relationships and networks – ability to interact and develop effective relationships with senior representatives of government, regulatory bodies and industry on economic and policy issues, and an ability to maintain effective networks of such individuals,

•             Advocacy – ability to advocate policy positions at both the bureaucratic and political level within government, utilities or regulatory bodies,

•             Strategic thinking – ability to develop and implement short-term and long-term multifaceted campaigns to achieve specific policy objectives; requires solid understanding of economic and policy challenges/opportunities associated with the development of wind energy projects,

•             Self-starter – ability to work with considerable autonomy, identifying and acting on regional issues as they arise, while able to recognize the need to escalate and seek consultation with the Vice-President of Policy and Government affairs;

•             Team Player – ability to work effectively as a team member; open to sharing with and supporting CanWEA-wide or policy specific initiatives;

•             Proficient knowledge of the energy sector and/or energy and environment policy.

•             General knowledge of wind industry is an asset.

•             Requires travel nationally and within North America, including regular trips to Ottawa (up to 6 annually).

•             Expected to represent CanWEA in high-level meetings.

•             Public speaking required.

•             Media work required.


Please send a cover letter and detailed resume to

CanWEA appreciates your interest in this role and will be in touch with those candidates that best exemplify the background, skills and abilities that fit our current requirements.