Senior Policy Advisor, Clean Transportation

SEEKING a strategic thinker and energetic leader to join our policy team’s efforts to advance clean transportation priorities in Canada.


The Senior Policy Advisor is responsible for developing, advocating for and implementing strategies to advance policies and programs that support Canada’s transition to a clean transportation future. A typical work day could include undertaking unique research and presenting it in a dynamic, accessible way; developing policy positions and advancing them through government relations and communications activities; building alliances; and supporting stakeholder convening. 

To succeed in this role, the Senior Policy Advisor must have the following qualities:

  • A strategic thinker who can find the “acupuncture points” for advancing clean transportation priorities in Canada.
  • An entrepreneurial and energetic leader who can build trusted relationships with key government, business, and industry leaders to find areas of common ground. 
  • A self-motivated project manager who can thrive working alone or as part of a team. 
  • A detail-oriented advisor who delivers top quality work products with research we can trust.
  • A strong communicator with excellent writing and engaging presentation skills.
  • A passionate advocate who is dedicated to reducing emissions in Canada’s transportation sector, transitioning to cleaner vehicles, and positioning Canada to be a leader on electric vehicle and battery technology development. 


Develop Strategy 

  • Support strategy development  to advance policies in areas such as: increasing the uptake of zero emission cars, buses and trucks; promoting Canada’s competitive advantage in manufacturing EVs and their batteries, and ensuring Canada maintains stringent emissions standards for all sizes of vehicles.
  • Provide advice and contribute to policy discussions federally and, where appropriate, at provincial levels of government. 

Create Policy

  • Monitor the clean transportation policy landscape and stay up to date on new developments in Canada and relevant jurisdictions.
  • Conduct research and provide policy analysis on clean transportation issues such as climate and zero-emission vehicle policies, vehicle emission standards, automotive sector trends, lithium-ion battery technology and supply chains.
  • Develop clean transportation policy positions based on global best practices and tailored to Canada’s political and economic context.
  • Draft reports, policy briefs, government submissions and slide decks. 

Lead Advocacy

  • Work with governments and politicians of all stripes to advance policy asks.
  • Participate in government briefings, consultations and legislative committee hearings on behalf of Clean Energy Canada in consultations and stakeholder meetings.
  • Passionately present Clean Energy Canada’s work and positions on issues in the media, on panel discussions, at conferences and at other events.

Support Communications

  • Draft media materials such as blogs, key messages and op-eds. 
  • Support other communications initiatives such as developing media statements in response to actions taken by a government.

Build Alliances

  • Collaborate with governments, industry, civil society groups and other stakeholders to find areas of common ground on clean transportation policies.
  • Leverage partnerships through the creation of events that showcase a depth and breadth of stakeholder support for a policy or issue, such as designing a webinar panel discussion or convening a roundtable dialogue to help provide advice on how to implement a policy or program.

Evaluation and Reporting

  • Lead or participate in regular evaluation of programs, campaigns, projects and other activities. 
  • Draft quarterly reports, develop and measure against defined metrics of success (outcomes and activities), and support staff conducting fundraising.


  • The Senior Policy Advisor reports to the Clean Transportation Program Manager. 


  • University degree in a relevant discipline such as public policy, environmental sciences, political science etc.
  • Prefer a minimum of 3 years work-related experience in a related field.
  • Prefer experience developing, implementing and analysing the effectiveness of programs and policies.
  • Prefer experience in government relations and communications. 
  • Prefer experience in strategic or business planning.
  • Prefer experience in facilitating / convening.


  • This position is ideally based in Toronto, Ottawa, Victoria or Vancouver although other locations will be considered.
  • Some travel is required for government relations, stakeholder meetings and events, and may include up to three trips a year for staff meetings. 


Clean Energy Canada offers a competitive 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 cover letter and resume as a single PDF file named using this convention: LastName-FirstInitial_SenioPolicyAdvisor_Application_2022.pdf 
  • Limit your cover letter to no more than two pages and address it to Joanna Kyriazis, Clean Transportation Program Manager. Please indicate how you learned of this opportunity.


Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

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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