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Last Wednesday was an important day for American wind power at the federal level. Over 160 members of the U.S. wind industry met with almost 250 House and Senate legislators and their staffs. That’s like meeting with nearly half of all of Congress.

How did 160 people accomplish this impressive feat? By participating in Wind Power on Capitol Hill (WPOCH) 2019, of course!

AWEA’s annual fly-in is a 1.5-day event that gives wind workers the chance to tell legislators about wind power and the difference it makes in people’s lives. It also provides an opportunity to educate lawmakers about what’s needed to propel American wind power forward. This year’s attendees included wind farm owners and operators, project developers, manufacturers, students, educators, embassy officials, and construction companies.

Attendees started out with an advocacy training day on March 5th, which armed them with the tools they’d need on Capitol Hill the next day. Not only did participants receive an overview of the 116th Congress and wind energy market update, hone their social media skills, and learn best practices for engaging with a Hill audience, they also heard from Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD-05).

Sen. Gardner addresses attendees.

Senator Gardner and Congressman Hoyer excited the crowd with their remarks, offered us advice for our forthcoming advocacy, and highlighted the critical role American wind power plays in creating a strong economy and clean future. They even stuck around to take a few questions from attendees while I racked up my step-count, running around the room with the microphone!

However, the excitement went up a big notch the next day as attendees prepared to meet with Congress. While a few turbine technicians from Indiana gave me a hard time for complaining about the weather, it was COLD. Nevertheless, we persevered—despite the 15-20-minute walk from the conference location to Capitol Hill, and the long lines outside of House and Senate buildings to get inside, everyone was in high spirits. The energy was palpable.

After snagging some snazzy pics in front of the U.S. Capitol Building, I made my way over to the Russell Senate Office Building to meet with a few staffers who work Senator Cory Gardner. We had a great conversation about important wind policy priorities, like a storage investment tax credit (ITC) and the importance of adequately funding the Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office.

WPOCH attendees enjoy the D.C. sights.

The policy conversations were important, but the biggest impact on both lawmakers and myself came from the personal stories told by advocates who live and work in wind-rich communities across the country.

In one of my meetings, a military veteran shared his story about becoming a wind technician. He shared how the skills he learned in the armed forces allowed him to transition smoothly to employment on a wind farm, helping him secure a high-quality job that let him to stay in his hometown after finishing active duty. From another conference attendee, I learned that some military bases even host wind technician training programs on-site, because the military has identified the wind industry as a significant employment opportunity for former military personnel.

WPOCH attendees also explained that wind projects make a real difference for family farms across the country. One attendee noted that because of the land lease payments his family members have received from hosting turbines, they’ve been able to weather the brunt of volatile farming conditions and keep the farm in the family.

Sun sets on a productive AdvocacyDay in DC with AWEA #windworksforamerica pic.twitter.com/MTiwWox4tg

— Gary Kanaby (@KanabyG) March 6, 2019

Hearing these stories was the most valuable part of my experience. As someone that works in D.C., it’s easy to get caught in the “Beltway bubble” and forget that my job is part of something much bigger, something that extends into every state and thousands of communities across the nation. Hearing from the people who often don’t often travel to DC gave me renewed excitement to do my job and support AWEA’s mission to keep growing wind. That will help farmers continue farming, increases the number of employed veterans, and move us towards a more sustainable future.

The day closed with an evening reception held in the Hart Senate Office Building, overlooking the sunset and the National Mall. We were joined by a handful of House and Senate Members of Congress, who spoke to our crowd about the important work the advocates had done that day to move the industry forward. They conveyed their commitment to a future that relies more heavily on clean energy technologies.

The wind is blowing on Capitol Hill today, and it’s not just weather! #powerofwind #windworksforamerica #SGRE pic.twitter.com/QBsqMVb2Qt

— Abby Watson (@notabigail17) March 6, 2019

After the reception ended, I looked around the room. Things were finally quiet, the sun had set, and months of planning finally came to fruition. I breathed a great sigh of relief knowing the conference and advocacy day had finally finished. More than feeling relieved, I was proud, hopeful, and encouraged. Handfuls of attendees had never met with their federal legislators. Before the conference, they were nervous to engage with their lawmakers and had no idea what to expect. By the end of the advocacy day, all attendees engaged with anywhere between five and eight congressional offices. It was clear how accomplished everyone felt and how much a difference everyone knew they had made.

After going through my first Wind Power on Capitol Hill, it’s impossible to not be excited for the future of wind power in America—and of course, next year’s Wind Power on Capitol Hill!

March 13, 2019

Manager of Events – 20 month contract

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 the wind energy community — organizations and individuals who are directly involved in the development and application of wind energy technology, products and services.

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 Manager of Events. The Manager of Events is responsible for the strategic development, management and successful execution of CanWEA events taking place across the country throughout the year.  Events include but are not limited to CanWEA Connections Networking Receptions, 2 Annual Golf Tournaments, Spring Forum and Operations and Maintenance Summit.  The Event Manager is also responsible for CanWEA’s Annual conference programming.  Activities in this area include, but are not limited to program development, speaker line-up, onsite logistics and execution. Must be self-motivated with the ability to multi-task and perform with minimal supervision and should have sound judgment. The candidate must be detail-oriented, highly organized and comfortable with technology.

This role is 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 March 27th, 2019.

Key Accountabilities

Financial Management

  • Create and manage the approved budget associated with any confirmed CanWEA event:
    • Establish contracts for pricing and services; and
    • Report on budget and expenses associated with all events and recommend corrective actions to be taken to achieve financial targets.
    • Develop and manage the overall expenditure for each event;
    • Recommend fee structure for participants;
    • Negotiate and ensure due diligence for contracts to ensure CanWEA is leveraging best pricing.

Event Planning

  • Develop work plan for each event including timeline for program development, marketing plan, and event logistics;
  • Collaborate with Director of Membership and Business Development to produce sponsorship brochure and associated benefits for each event;
  • Research available venue and pricing, as well as event suppliers.

Program Development

  • Coordinate event planning sessions with identified members to identify event topics and potential event speakers;
  • Creation and management of online abstract submission and review system;
  • Extend speaker invitations and act as primary point of contact for confirmed event speakers;
  • Coordinate and facilitate conference calls with all speakers and moderators prior to the event;
  • Provide pre-event and on-site assistance to moderators and speakers with respect to their presentations.

Implementation

  • Marketing Materials & Printed Collateral:
    • Coordinate online program and hard copy materials content required for the event (website, program, mobile app and other external communications);
    • Collaborate with the Marketing Team to develop timelines for production of promotional and marketing material for all events;
    • Manage delivery of event material in a variety of formats.
  • Collaborate with the chosen facility to make necessary arrangements for all resources (participant hotel rooms, banquet hall, food, etc.);
  • Negotiate and ensure due diligence for contracts with suppliers to ensure CanWEA is leveraging best pricing;
  • Report on budget and expenses associated with all events and recommend corrective actions to be taken to achieve financial targets;
  • Manage fulfillment of sponsorship benefits;
  • Develop signage plan and work with suppliers to create and produce required event signage;
  • Registration management:
    • Develop and manage an outsourcing plan for onsite services;
    • Manage full on-site logistics for events.

Post Event

  • Develop and deliver a participant survey after each major event:
    • Analysis of results and recommendations for actions to address areas of development.
  • Debrief with stakeholders and suppliers on the event to determine what went well and what could be improved for future events;
  • Produce a post event report following each major event.

What you will need to be successful:

Experience:

  • 5+ years’ experience in national events planning;
  • Strong knowledge of software systems including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, MS Project (or equivalent);
  • Thorough knowledge of the Request for Proposal process and costing/procurement procedures;
  • Experience with event participation with international attendees;
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to collaborate across the organization and effectively run concurrent tasks; and
  • Ability to delegate.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Acrobat);
  • Ability to learn and comfortably work with new and evolving technology;
  • Advanced communications skills;
  • Attention todetail;
  • Good judgment;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision; work effectively and efficiently under pressure; organize and set priorities;
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work flexibly within the parameters of the project;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage projects;
  • Works well in a team environment;
  • Available to work weekends, evenings and travel when required.

Education:

  • Post–‐secondary education that includes an accredited Event Management Program (or courses) business management (including finance reporting) project management; and
  • CMP designation would be an asset.

Language:

  • Proficiency in English (written and spoken) is required;
  • Proficiency in French (written and spoken) would be an asset.

Travel Needs:

  • This role requires limited travel (10% of time); travel consists of national travel within Canada.

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March 11, 2019

The Opportunity

We are currently looking for an energetic Business Development Manager for our Wind Power department.

Responsibilities:

  • Primary focus is to expand company’s market share in Wind Power markets
  • Create marketing strategy to assure sustainable revenue growth in this sector
  • Develop promotional materials and targeted delivery methods
  • Prepare and deliver client presentations and marketing campaigns
  • Develop and maintain relationship with clients.
  • Identify key decision makers. Manage and grow business relationships
  • Travel throughout North America to meet with clients
  • Monitor Wind Power market for emerging projects/contracts opportunities
  • Review and clarify projects/contracts requirement
  • Review and assess clients’ inquiries for products and services
  • Collaborate with Customer Service team to identify and resolve client concerns
  • Conduct Customer Satisfaction Surveys and analyze results and respond to concerns
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of business development experience, preferably in Wind Power Industry
  • A Bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • A demonstrated ability to manage and grow business relationships (client interface)
  • Exceptional analytical, multi-tasking, organizational and verbal and written communication skills
  • Mechanical and electrical aptitude is required
  • Knowledge of electric motors/Wind Turbine is an asset
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Must be an energetic team player with a demonstrated ability to perform in a high-paced environment

Start your career with Sherwood Electromotion Inc. today and be part of a team that rewards quality and integrity with competitive pay, employee benefits and, profit sharing.

While we appreciate all candidates who express interest only those selected for an interview will be contacted