Chief Executive Officer

Founded in 1998, WaterPower Canada (WPC) is the national, not-for-profit trade association dedicated to representing the waterpower industry. Its members span the sector and include hydropower producers, manufacturers, developers, engineering firms, and other organizations focused on promoting the various advantages of waterpower and its responsible development. WPC operates under an elected representative Board of Directors, made up of experts in the industry. As WPC looks to the future, they are seeking their next Chief Executive Officer.

Based in Ottawa, the CEO of WaterPower Canada is responsible for pursuing the Association’s mission and strategic direction and managing its affairs. In conjunction with the Board Chair, the CEO recommends the orientations and priorities for the Association. They also represent the Association in a variety of external contexts to maintain high visibility for the industry in a context of the ongoing energy transition, Canadian climate change mitigation commitments made in Paris, and regulatory changes. The CEO is responsible for budget administration and consultant activity in service of the various Working Group and Board activities.

This successful candidate brings a mixture of desired and required experience to the role, including:

  • A tenure of leadership success working in a member-driven organization with a proven ability to build strategic relationships across diverse stakeholder groups.
  • An understanding of association operations with deep experience in government relations, policy analysis, and membership & industry communications.
  • Experience in highly regulated industry associations, able to translate technical subject matters into key messages for political, bureaucratic, and public stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of the mechanisms of government decision making, along with a network from all levels of governments, industry, and other relevant associations.
  • A university degree in a relevant field of study.
  • The ability to legally register as a federal lobbyist under the Lobbying Act, and the ability to legally work in Canada.
  • Fluency in both of Canada’s official languages (French and English) is considered highly desired.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online at We thank all those who express an interest, however only those chosen for further development will be contacted.

WaterPower Canada is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and WaterPower Canada throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

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