January 9, 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 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 Director of Business Development. The Director of Business Development is responsible for building, managing and executing effective business strategies to secure the revenue required to enable CanWEA to deliver its core membership services; develop, evaluate and pilot new revenue generation initiatives; and develop and oversee the strategic direction of CanWEA’s events and 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 January 24th, 2019.

Key Accountabilities

Strategy and Leadership:

  • Work as part of CanWEA’s senior leadership team on issues related to the organization’s future development and the establishment of its annual strategic objectives and budget;
  • Participate in CanWEA’s quarterly Board of Directors meetings and provide updates and strategic advice on issues relating to membership, events, sales and new initiatives;
  • Lead direct reports and provide ongoing professional mentoring, assist in their expansion of learning, provide them with the tools to help build their knowledge, skills, and growth capacity; and serve as a knowledgeable resource for new and current staff;
  • Manage the overall operational / budgetary / financial activities of the department;
  • Plan and allocate resources to effectively staff and accomplish the work to meet departmental productivity and quality goals;
  • Make business decisions that are financially responsible, accountable, justifiable, and defensible in accordance with organization policies and procedures; and
  • Ensure the Business Development team works in a collaborative manner with others in CanWEA to support the achievement of optimal organizational outcomes.

Sales and New Revenue Generation:

  • Accountable for all sales activity for the association
  • Develop strategies and business plans to secure revenue to fund core membership services and support the achievement of CanWEA’s strategic objectives;
  • Build and strengthen relationships with top members;
  • Continually evaluate services and identify gaps to improve or launch new services to members;
  • Generate, evaluate and pitch new revenue generation ideas to the CanWEA Board of Directors;
  • Pilot new initiatives and assess feasibility to continue with effort; 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.

Membership Program:

  • Lead strategic direction and provide oversight for CanWEA’s membership program;
  • Ensure annual membership renewal campaign is executed effectively and efficiently, striving to secure all renewals by second quarter of the calendar year;
  • Monitor the effectiveness and impact of members communications and make recommendations and adjustments as required;
  • Develop and implement membership initiatives; bring forward analysis and recommendation on evolving membership needs based on trends, patterns, member satisfaction measures in an effort to maximize member satisfaction;
  • Collect and analyze all membership related data used for evaluating membership as well as historical and future planning purpose; and
  • Put in place infrastructure, systems and processes to support efficient membership program activities.


  • Lead strategic direction and provide oversight for all activities related to CanWEA events;
  • Determine pricing on event registration, exhibition and sponsorship based on market research and competitive analysis;
  • Lead marketing efforts to effectively promote events to member base and prospect list; and
  • Evaluate profitability of events annually and provide recommendations for adjustments, evolution or termination.

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 in sales or business development in the private sector and / or a membership based non-profit organization;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of client interaction, customer service and membership based programs that drive revenue opportunities;
  • At least 3 years of supervisory experience, including: managing, mentoring, and developing staff;
  • Understanding of membership life cycle – including recruitment/acquisition and retention, reinstatements, membership reporting and budgeting – would be an asset;
  • 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.


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


  • 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 (10-15% of time); travel consists of quarterly CanWEA Board meetings within Canada and regional travel to support CanWEA and industry events roughly 4-6 times per year.

Green Financing Taiwan: Corporate Renewable Energy Sourcing and Community Wind


Corporate Renewable Energy Sourcing is a one of the most important trends in the renewable energy industry right now and is attracting huge interest around the world, becoming a new source of financing for wind and other renewable energy sources globally. According IRENA, companies sourced renewable electricity in 75 countries either through corporate PPA, utility green procurement programs or other schemes. There is no doubt that corporates are hungry for more renewable energy across the world.

Community wind is another type of financing for small scale wind farms. With Taiwan’s onshore wind potentials and government target of 2.5 GW, there is significant potential for wind development if community ownership can be introduced to the Taiwan market.

This one-day Conference is designed to talk about the opportunities and challenges for Corporate Renewable Energy Sourcing and community ownership of wind farm in Taiwan and how the wind industry can take advantage of the financing potential of these trends. From business models for Corporate RE sourcing, to policies and legal barriers for each type of business models of corporate sourcing of RE and the Community ownership of wind farm – we will dive into how companies can be part of a new age of green financing in Taiwan.

This event follows GWEC’s corresponding event Global Offshore Wind Summit : Taiwan on the 24-25 April 2019. For more information about this event, visit the event website here

January 8, 2019

Company Profile

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. is a global player with an extensive and growing portfolio of assets in Canada, the United States, France, Chile and Iceland. The Company develops, acquires, owns and operates hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar parks and geothermal plants exclusively producing renewable energy.

Sustainable development producing positive social, environmental and economic results guides our actions. We are not only proud of the work we do, but also of the way we do it. Our many accomplishments and continued successes are made possible by our outstanding team of employees.

Innergex, a publicly traded company, has offices in Longueuil, Vancouver, Lyon and San Diego.

The chosen candidate will be based at the company’s head office located in Longueuil, steps away from the Longueuil-Université de Sherbrooke metro station.

Role and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director – Project Management, the Project Manager – Wind & Solar Energy’s main responsibilities are as follows:

  • Participate in project acquisition processes, including due diligence on technology, construction and operations strategy, scope and costs;
  • Manage project preliminary designs and studies required for the projects in collaboration with internal and external technical experts and the development team;
  • Develop and manage procurement strategies to ensure competitiveness in the request for proposal (RFP) processes and in the development of green field projects;
  • Develop, review and manage construction and procurement RFP packages to be issued to suppliers and service providers;
  • Review contracts and participate in contract negotiation with suppliers and service providers;
  • Establish and manage suppliers and service providers relationship and ensure they provide committed deliverables on time, cost, with the required quality;
  • Support finance team by providing and reviewing clear and concise inputs to financial models;
  • Perform or support project risk assessment and propose and/or establish mitigation actions and plans;
  • Ensure efficient transition between project development and project construction phases;
  • Consolidate and organize cost breakdowns and provide costs estimates;
  • Update project costs and information database;
  • Improve and develop project management tools and processes;
  • Ensure effective coordination and information sharing within the multi-disciplinary project team;
  • Accomplish all related tasks.


  • Strong understanding of renewable energy project development and organisation aptitudes and attention to detail;
  • Service-oriented with commitment to working within a multidisciplinary team environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, self-starter and energetic;
  • Available to travel in and outside the country, approximately 20 to 25% of the time.

Professional Requirements

  • Mechanical, civil or electrical engineering degree, or similar. A specialization or Master’s degree in wind or solar energy would be an asset;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the development, implementation and/or management of energy projects or a similar position;
  • Proficient with the MS Office suite (especially Excel, Word and PowerPoint);
  • Proficient in French and English, both oral and written.

To apply, please send your cover letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 8, 2019.

Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Last year, the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) celebrated its 10 year anniversary. And there was no better way to mark the occasion than the creation of the new Wind Wildlife Research Fund.

AWWI was founded by leaders of the wind industry in 2008 to maximize wind energy’s conservation potential through collaboration and research. A group of environmental advocates and members of the wind industry came together with a goal to improve wind’s already strong environmental performance, and the results have been astounding.

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The new Wind Wildlife Research Fund represents the U.S. wind industry’s commitment to wildlife conservation by directly funding research projects to improve our understanding of how wildlife interacts with wind development. It will also explore technologies and methods that can be deployed to minimize or eliminate wind impacts on wildlife. Wind companies will fund the initiative, and additional funding will come from conservation groups.

“This first-of-its-kind fund will make it possible to continue to expand wind energy development while also protecting and conserving wildlife populations,” said Greg Wolf, CEO of Leeward Renewable Energy. “It speaks volumes about the wind industry’s values that so many companies have stepped up to invest in the fund.”

“The fund is a tremendous step forward and further evidence of the wind industry’s commitment to responsible wind development,” said Tristan Grimbert, CEO of EDF Renewables. “A significant amount of important research about how to make wind energy safer for wildlife has been done since AWWI was founded in 2008, but collectively, we recognize that there is more to know, and we are pleased to support this initiative.”

The Fund is one more effort to improve on wind’s environmental performance. Studies show that wind has the lowest impact on wildlife and their surrounding habitat of any large-scale way to generate electricity. Wind farms already leave 98 percent of their footprint undisturbed. Except for the physical turbine towers and small access roads, wind farms can remain a suitable habitat for local wildlife.

On top of that, wind farms offer other enticing environmental benefits. For example, wind can significantly reduce local air pollution that is harmful to humans and wildlife. Reducing carbon emissions and other forms of air pollution lessens climate impacts and instances of asthma. Wind farms also reduce water consumption by billions of gallons a year. In 2017, wind avoided over 95 billion gallons of water use—the equivalent of 723 billion bottles of water. These benefits are great for people and wildlife alike.

So far, 28 companies have signed onto the research fund. Expect more to come on wildlife conservation as the wind industry strives to take its environmental record to the next level.

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