Job Posting: Clean Economy Program Manager

SEEKING a Program Manager eager to join Clean Energy Canada’s policy team and lead its clean economy initiatives. You are a strategic policy advocate up for the task of maintaining and advancing our high standards for research, analysis, policy perspectives, and communications.


The Clean Economy Program Manager is responsible for developing, advocating and implementing strategies to advance policies and programs that support Canada’s transition to a clean energy future, with a current focus on industrial decarbonization and a national buy clean strategy as building blocks of a clean economy. An entrepreneurial and energetic leader, the Program Manager  will continually monitor and assess policy and private-sector trends and developments, identify strategic opportunities and initiatives for Clean Energy Canada, and set the overall direction for the organization’s clean economy program. This role will include: building trusted relationships and partnerships with key government, business, and industry leaders to find areas of common ground; leading unique research that is presented in a dynamic, accessible way; and contributing to the development of compelling communications. A strong project manager and strategic thinker, this individual can thrive working alone or as part of a team. 



  • Continually monitors and assesses policy and private-sector trends and developments in support of Canada’s transition to a clean economy.
  • Provides leadership / oversight and sets direction for the clean economy program by identifying strategic opportunities and developing corresponding initiatives.                                             

Program, Project and Staff Management 

  • Manages staff dedicated to the clean economy program. 
  • Develops program / project goals, objectives, timelines and deliverables; leads execution, evaluation and reporting on these.
  • Develops and signs off on external contracts; manages contractors providing support to the clean economy program.

Policy and Advocacy

  • Leads policy analysis on clean economy solutions, with a current focus on industrial decarbonization and enabling policies.
  • Focuses on finding the “acupuncture points” to inspire government leadership and develop strategies to advance relevant policies and other supportive actions. 
  • Leads / contributes to government meetings to advance policy recommendations; contributes to constructive government processes and events, including but not limited to public consultations, appearances before legislative committees, press conferences, etc.
  • Writes policy briefs, powerpoint presentations, etc. as well as overseeing this work of the clean economy team.


  • Passionately represents Clean Energy Canada’s work and position on clean-economy-related  issues.
  • Leads / contributes to research and writing for reports, reviewing all final communications products in the clean economy program.
  • Leads / contributes to shaping key messages / developing media materials (press releases, op-eds, blogs, etc.)

Convening / Stakeholder Engagement / Partnerships

  • Leads engagement on initiatives with governments, businesses and other civil society groups to find areas of common ground on clean economy-related policies or issues; identifies and executes strategic convening opportunities to support policy development.
  • Develops Clean Energy Canada events that draw on partnerships and showcase a depth and breadth of stakeholder support for clean economy-related policies or issues.
  • Enthusiastically presents Clean Energy Canada’s work and position on clean economy policies and issues at industry-led conferences and events.


The successful candidate is

  • An advocate – with experience developing and implementing strategies to affect policy outcomes.
  • Independent – a self-starter who is able to work independently.
  • Entrepreneurial – motivated to create and implement new initiatives.
  • Efficient – able to effectively manage and execute projects and triage priorities.
  • Interpersonal – with a collaborative style and the ability to build and maintain relationships with senior people in industry, business, government, and the funding community.
  • An excellent communicator – possessing exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
  • A manager – with a successful track-record managing staff.


  • University degree in relevant area such as public policy, environmental sciences, etc. required
  • Minimum five years of work-related experience— media and government relations skills will be viewed as an asset


  • The Clean Economy Program Manager reports to the Executive Director 


  • Position is based in Toronto, Ottawa, Victoria or Vancouver
  • Some travel is required for government relations, stakeholder meetings and events, and may include up to three trips a year for staff meetings (in non Covid times)


Clean Energy Canada offers a competitive non-profit salary, vacation, and health benefits package.  

If you think this position sounds like a great fit for you, please submit a cover letter and resume to, following these instructions: 

  • Format your resume, cover letter, and portfolio as a single PDF file named using this convention: LastName-FirstInitial_CleanEconomyProgramManager_Application_2022.pdf 
  • Limit your cover letter to no more than two pages and address it to Merran Smith, Executive Director. Please indicate how you learned of this opportunity.

Applications will be reviewed as received, and the position filled as soon as possible.

Clean Energy Canada is an equal-opportunity employer. While we appreciate all expressions of interest, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

About Clean Energy Canada 

Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. We work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology. We conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, and build citizen engagement.

We strive to be innovative, collaborative, data-driven, and responsive to shifts in the political and policy landscape. We work in a fast-paced environment where clear and engaging communications matters and where each individual’s contribution counts. 

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