Vacancy at Canadian Hydropower Association

11 January 2019

The Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) is currently hiring for the position of Manager, Regulatory & Government Affairs. Reporting to the President of the CHA, the Manager, Regulatory & Government Affairs is a full-time, permanent position requiring 7-15 years of relevant work experience in government, industry or the environmental non-governmental sector.

Based in Ottawa, Ontario, this position requires a significant amount of environmental research, policy development/analysis, committee management, stakeholder interaction/collaboration, and advocacy with the federal government.

Key Responsibilities:

Issues Management and Analysis

  • Work closely with CHA working groups and members to manage the following issues: Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA); Fisheries Act (FA); Species at Risk Act (SARA); Navigation Protection Act (NPA); Federal climate action policies (e.g., national price on carbon, Clean Fuel Standard, etc.)
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of existing and proposed legislation, regulations, policies and proposals and potential implications for the hydropower sector.
  • Develop publications, position statements, submissions to government.
  • Contribute to development of speeches and preparing presentations.
  • Work closely with all members to develop consensus that help promote the hydropower industry.
  • Act as CHA’s main point of contact for Government Relations activities, including coordinating external meetings with government officials/stakeholders and participate in these meetings.
  • Keep current on provincial, regional and international policies and initiatives pertaining to the hydropower sector.
  • Review and analyze relevant publications and submissions, providing analysis for CHA staff and members.
  • Respond to information requests from members and external stakeholders.
  • Act as CHA representative on federal government’s committees.

Committee Management

  • Organize and lead committee conference calls, webinars, and face-to-face meetings, keeping track of agreed upon action items.
  • Provide input at quarterly Board of Directors meetings; participate and present at those meetings.
  • Ensure content and editorial accuracy of documents before final publication/submission/or sharing with members and other external stakeholders.
  • Assist with other related-task group activity when requested by the President.


  • A Bachelor or Master’s level degree in Public Policy, Law, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies.


  • 7 to 15 years of work experience of direct relevance in government, industry or non-for-profit sector.
  • Demonstrated experience in policy development and analysis.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of Canadian federal environmental policy, including climate action policies.


  • Superior analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent time management.
  • Consensus builder.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently and with a team.
  • Strategic thinker.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Willingness to travel, on occasion.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English – capabilities in French considered an asset.
  • Must be able to register and act as a lobbyist.

Expected start date is as soon as possible.

The CHA provides an excellent salary package commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Please send your resume and a one-page cover letter with two references to [email protected]

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