Director, Policy

Director, Policy



Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director of Policy will:


  • Work with the ESAC team and Board of Directors to develop and implement government relations strategies that promote and protect industry interests;

  • Develop policy positions in collaboration with ESAC staff and in partnership with ESAC member companies;

  • Draft policy papers, submissions, briefs and other materials and appear before government committees to discuss those positions when required;

  • Work with partner organizations and external counsel on legislation, regulations and government policies affecting the development, sale and marketing of entertainment software products, services and platforms in Canada, including intellectual property, international trade, privacy, e-commerce, marketing and advertising, video game regulation, finance and tax incentives, immigration and skills development, etc.;

  • Provide advice and support to the President & CEO on policy matters, work with the Public Affairs team to ensure alignment on communications activities and actively participate in the execution of lobby events; 

  • Work with the President & CEO on federal and provincial government relations matters, including traveling to provinces to meet with government officials;

  • Represent ESAC at government and industry meetings and events in Canada and abroad; and

  • Assume other responsibilities as required.


Skills and Attributes


  • Excellent ability to work in a team environment along with the ability to work independently;

  • Ability to multi-task and/or pivot from file to another as priorities shift;

  • Excellent customer service disposition with an acute understanding of the critical importance of delivering value for the membership;

  • Expert knowledge of government functions and of the legislative process;

  • Experience analyzing legislation & regulations and identifying & understanding their impacts on the Canadian business environment;

  • Excellent public speaking skills;

  • Knowledge about the video game industry is an asset;

  • Legal training and/or experience is an asset; and

  • Proficiency in French is an asset.