March 26, 2019

Powering Possibilities …for Today & Tomorrow!

A leader in sustainable energy, TransAlta has over 100 years of experience generating power and is one of Canada’s top 50 Socially Responsible Companies since 2009, recognized as a global leader for sustainability and corporate responsibility standards. TransAlta operates 75 facilities in three countries; Australia, Canada, and United States.

TransAlta is committed to fostering a dynamic, productive and safe work environment. Our employees contribute to a diverse, open, and transparent culture with clear accountability, strong leadership and challenging opportunities for personal career growth.

Summary: 

The Lead Technician role will ensure safe and reliable operation and maintenance of the Antrim wind asset; through application of operating/maintenance standards, procedures and processes that ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. This position exists to develop and implement operations and maintenance strategies up to a 3-month time span. The role will be based at the TransAlta wind farm in Antrim, New Hampshire. The suitable candidate will need to be located within 30 miles drive from the site.

Accountabilities:

  • Ensure optimal performance through daily work scheduling, planning, and implementation of maintenance, service, and repair of wind turbine equipment through the OEM contractors.
  • Supporting the daily to three-month business plan in alignment with the Supervisor’s business plan through driving operational performance, achievement of business results and continuous improvement.
  • Ensure operational compliance to EHS, NERC, OHSA, etc., plant availability, and cost standards through daily review of work orders for accuracy, completeness, and inventory updates; daily facility metric reporting and accurate record keeping; and monitoring of TZAR report entering and record keeping
  • Drive for results in the areas of safety, compliance, plant availability, and cost through providing technical support and assistance to operation technicians; ensuring all routine and preventative maintenance is performed accurately by the site contractor, on time, and of a high quality and documented.
  • Support the Supervisor in selecting, developing, and managing high-performance contractors to achieve expected outcomes of the plants. This includes assigning tasks of up to a 3-month deliverable and holding them accountable for delivery.
  • Support the Supervisor to ensure contractors are adequately trained, qualified and competent in their roles and compliant with mandatory training.
  • Identify and mitigating risk that could negatively impact the agreed to outcomes or business results and identifying and realizing opportunities that could positively impact the agreed to outcomes or business results.
  • Establish a collaborative work environment within the team, peers, stakeholders and support groups to ensure issues may be resolved in a professional and productive manner.
  • Provide after-hours support (on call) as needed to support the site in close working relationship with the Operations Center and the Supervisor.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Technical degree in a related field or the equivalent through experience.
  • Associates degree or Certification as a Wind Turbine Technician is well regarded.
  • 5 years experience working in the Wind industry with comprehensive knowledge of concepts and principles with Siemens wind turbine technology
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Certificate in climb rescue training highly regarded
  • Ability to work around medium- and high-voltage equipment
  • Able climb and work at or above 200+ feet in all types of weather including extreme cold and heat for extended periods of time, adhering to strict safety guidelines; training in
  • Thorough understanding of the operational aspects of the plant – technical, compliance, and financial
  • Experience in plant risk and related mitigation strategies
  • Understanding of site contractual obligations, procurement processes, and vendor qualifications
  • Demonstrated capability to develop, implement and manage the daily to three-month business plan
  • Ability to monitor analyze and forecast operations performance.
  • Experience identifying and mitigating risks / realize opportunities.
  • In consultation with the Supervisor, support stakeholder relationships and/or needs internally and externally.
  • Ability to operate successfully in a multi-tasking environment with changing priorities.
  • Identify and implement business and / or productivity improvement initiatives.
  • Committed to strive for continuous improvement and demonstrated ability to apply learnings.
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring team members.

Our comprehensive and flexible benefits, competitive compensation, incentive and rewards programs form the foundation of TransAlta’s excellent employment proposition.

Come on board! Please click here to apply.

Our commitment is to attract and retain the best talent. This position will require the successful completion of one or more background checks such as criminal, medical, or compliance.

Women in Wind Global Leadership Program Launch Event
2 April I 16:00 – 16:45 I GWEC Booth 3-F24

GWEC and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition are launching the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program – join us at the GWEC booth to learn more about the programme, hear from high-profile women in the wind industry, and be part of the movement for greater gender diversity!
Speakers:
  • Christine Lins, Co-Founder and Executive Director, GWNET
  • Malgosia Bartosik, Deputy CEO, WindEurope
  • Tebogo Movundlela, CEO Aurora Wind Power and Chairperson South African Wind Energy Association
  • Mary Quaney, CFO Mainstream Renewable Power

Africa Task Force Meeting
2 April I 17:15 – 18:00

GWEC is developing an Africa Task Force, and this meeting will serve to gather insights from the industry on what needs to be done in the region. If you are interested in joining, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

B2B Breakfast with Sebastian Kind
3 April I 9:00-10:00

An exclusive chance to meet with Sebastian Kind, Undersecretary for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of the Government Secretariat of Energy, Ministry of Treasury of Argentina. Open to GWEC members, this closed-door breakfast meeting will be organized for a limited number of companies. Would you like to make the most of this opportunity, but not yet a member? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

B2B Breakfast with Javier Martinez
3 April I 9:00-10:00

An exclusive chance to meet with Javier Martínez, Deputy Director of UPME, from Colombia. Open to GWEC members, this closed-door breakfast meeting will be organised for a limited number of companies. Would you like to make the most of this opportunity, but not yet a member? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Global Market Session

3 April I 10:45-12:15 I Auditorium 1 This session, chaired by GWEC CEO, Ben Backwell, will look at opportunities for wind energy in markets outside of Europe. It will feature presentations about developments in Argentina, Colombia, Vietnam, South Africa, and the wider sub-Saharan Africa and a panel discussion about global trends and perspectives. More information here.

Invest in Vietnam Workshop
3 April I 13:30-15:00

Vietnam’s increase of the Feed-in-Tariff in September 2018 has created renewed momentum for the country’s wind market and attracted a rush of development projects, and the country is seen as the leading near-term prospect for wind growth in SE Asia. There is already 228 MW of installed onshore wind capacity in the country, and the Vietnamese government has set a target for wind development at 800 MW by 2020, 2,000 MW by 2025 and at 6,000 MW by 2030. However, there are still a number of regulatory challenges to be addressed in order for project developers to be able create PPAs that are bankable from the point of view of international project finance. This workshop is targeted at companies that have an interest in learning more about opportunities and developments in the wind industry in Vietnam, and challenges they may face when setting up their business. Attendees will hear about the outlook for renewable energy in Vietnam, updates on the latest policy, market and regulatory environment, as well as some case studies from companies already established in the market, who will outline some lessons learnt based on their experience of setting up business in the market.

Speakers include:

  • H.E. Mr NGO TIEN DUNG – Vietnamese Ambassador to Spain
  • Mr Van Thinh Bui – CEO, Thuan Binh Wind Power Joint Stock Company, and Chairman of Binh Thuan Wind Energy Association
  • Adam Bruce, Global Head, Corporate Affairs, Mainstream Renewable Power
  • Thibault Desclée de Maredsous, Chief Marketing Officer, GE
  • Kresten Ørnbjerg, Head of Global Public Affairs Vestas
  • Steffen Brauns, Regional Sales Manager Asia-Pacific Enercon
  • Moderator: Liming Qiao, Asia Director, GWEC

Global Wind Report Launch
3 April I 15:15-16:45 I Level 5 Room 1A

The Global Wind Report is the flagship publication of GWEC – and this year’s edition contains more exclusive insights, country profiles, and trend analysis than every before. Join us as we launch the report with a Press Conference followed by a networking reception and pick up your copy and the global wind industry’s most anticipated report!

GWEC Board Meeting and AGM – MEMBERS ONLY
4 April I 9:00-12:00 I Level 5 Room 1B

GWEC Board Members will come together to discuss the next steps in expanding GWEC activities and influence. For questions about the meeting, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

B2B Lunch with Qin Haiyan
4 April I 12:30-14:00

An exclusive chance to meet with Mr Qin, Secretary General of Chinese Wind Energy Association from China. Open to GWEC members, this closed-door breakfast meeting will be organised for a limited number of companies. Would you like to make the most of this opportunity, but not yet a member? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The latest data released by the Global Wind Energy Council shows that the total new installed capacity of wind energy reached 51.3 GW in 2018. Since 2014, the global wind market’s growth has been stable, installing above 50 GW of new capacity each year.

Despite a 3.9% decrease in the global installed onshore market, there was promise shown by growth in developing regions such as Latin America, South-East Asia and Africa which were responsible for 10% of new onshore installations in 2018 (3.9 GW).

In this webinar, we will share insights on key market developments during 2018, covering topics such as:

• Highlights from the Global Wind Report 2018
• What are the main growth drivers for the global wind market in 2018 and going forward
• Which markets have experienced the most growth and which markets show the most potential for future growth
• Forecasted Market Outlook beyond 2018
• GWEC’s 2019 Activities to Support the Global Wind Energy Market

Speakers:

• Karin Ohlenforst, Director of Market Intelligence, GWEC
• Feng Zhao, Strategy Director, GWEC

March 22, 2019

Who we are:

CanWEA, the Canadian Wind Energy Association, is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. A national non-profit association, CanWEA is Canada’s leading source of information on wind energy’s social, economic, health and environmental benefits for Canadian communities and provincial economies. Established in 1984, CanWEA represents more than 170 companies active in Canada’s wind energy market, including: wind turbine manufacturers and component suppliers, wind farm developers, owners and operators, and a broad range of service providers to the industry.

Who we are looking for:

CanWEA has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, creative and enthusiastic individual to join our dynamic team as our Membership Director. The Membership Director is responsible for defining, developing and evolving our value proposition for CanWEA Members and for building, managing and executing effective business strategies to secure the member support required for CanWEA to deliver its core membership services. This individual will develop and oversee the strategic direction of CanWEA’s membership program.

This is a senior role located in Ottawa and reports to the CanWEA President. 

All interested candidates please e-mail your CV and a one-page cover letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please note, our application deadline is April 12th, 2019.

Key Accountabilities

 Strategy and Leadership:

  • Work in collaboration with CanWEA’s senior leadership team on issues related to the organization’s future development and the establishment of its annual strategic objectives and budget;
  • Prepare updates and strategic advice for the CanWEA Board of Directors on issues relating to membership, sales and new initiatives;
  • Manage the overall operational / budgetary / financial activities of CanWEA’s membership program;
  • Work effectively to meet program productivity and quality goals;
  • Make business decisions that are financially responsible, accountable, justifiable, and defensible in accordance with organization policies and procedures; and
  • Ensure effective collaboration with CanWEA’s Events Manager and Member Program Specialist while working in a collaborative manner with others in CanWEA to support the achievement of optimal organizational outcomes.

Membership Program:

  • Lead strategic direction and provide oversight for CanWEA’s membership program;
  • Clearly define and communicate the value propositions offered to CanWEA Members in exchange for their support;
  • Responsible for recommending overall membership structure including membership categories, dues, etc., and management of any changes to this structure (i.e., pricing changes, etc.)
  • Work with CanWEA’s Member Program Specialist to ensure the annual membership renewal campaign is executed effectively and efficiently, striving to secure all renewals by second quarter of the calendar year;
  • Collaborate with CanWEA’s Communications Team (including the Member Program Specialist), ensuring regular reporting to CanWEA Members on CanWEA activities and monitoring the effectiveness and impact of communications with CanWEA Members and making recommendations for adjustments as required;
  • Build and strengthen relationships with CanWEA’s top members;
  • Collect and analyze all membership related data used for evaluating membership as well as for historical and future planning purposes;
  • Put in place infrastructure, systems and processes to support efficient membership program activities;
  • Develop and implement strategies to attract and recruit new members for the association;
  • Recommend, develop and implement new membership initiatives in response to evolving membership needs based on trends, patterns, and member satisfaction measures in an effort to maximize member satisfaction;
  • Work with CanWEA’s Events Manager to define revenue generating opportunities associated with CanWEA Events and take on responsibility for all sales activity for the association in conjunction with such events (e.g., sponsorships); and
  • Participate in discussions about any “special asks” of CanWEA members to ensure they do not represent a threat to CanWEA core membership services and funding.

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

What you will need to be successful:

Experience and skills:

  • 5-7 years of experience working on membership in a membership based non-profit organization;
  • Experience with business development and sales in the private sector and / or a non-profit association;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of client interaction, customer service and membership based programs that drive revenue opportunities;
  • Understanding of membership life cycle – including recruitment/acquisition and retention, reinstatements, membership reporting and budgeting;
  • Good general knowledge of the renewable energy industry is an asset;
  • Effective track record of strategic planning while applying operations experience;
  • Superior communication skills including oral, listening and written, including the ability to compose summary reports;
  • Superb analytical skills and ability to think things through, anticipate solutions and next steps, and see the bigger picture, while offering fresh ideas;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; familiarity working with online tools; and an openness to embracing new technology; and
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and to complete a high volume of work and meet deadlines with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Education:

  • A bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, or a related field; having a master’s degree is a plus but not required.

Language:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required; and
  • Bilingual in English and French (written and spoken) would be a strong asset.

Travel Needs: This role requires travel on a somewhat regular basis (10% of time) to support CanWEA and industry events roughly 4-6 times per year.