Western Network Lead (Hydrogen)

In our rapidly changing world, economic, social and technological changes are affecting sectors and regions across Canada. The Transition Accelerator is a pan-Canadian charity that works with groups across the country to direct these disruptions to solve business and social challenges while building in viable transition pathways to a net-zero future. Our current priorities are Canada’s hydrogen economy, electric vehicle market penetration, building decarbonization and electrification and grid integration.


There is broad consensus from experts around the world that increased use of hydrogen fuel will be a key to successfully reaching net zero targets. Additionally, transitioning to low- or zero-emissions hydrogen fuel, and away from carbon-intensive fossil fuels, presents a significant economic opportunity for Canada as we are able to produce hydrogen cheaper than almost anywhere else in the world.

To accelerate tangible progress towards an economically viable Canadian hydrogen economy, the Accelerator and the five municipalities of the Alberta Industrial Heartland launched a Task Force in summer 2020. The Task Force’s reports identified necessary action and required steps in a transition pathway to a self-sustaining hydrogen economy (Report 1, Report 2). Concurrently, in concert with six national industry associations and multiple levels of government, the Accelerator developed a hydrogen Node or Hub model, that is a fit-for-purpose model designed to ensure that public and private investments along the full hydrogen value chain lead to a sustainable economy maximizing the short, medium and long-term economic and environmental benefits of hydrogen as a fuel.

The Accelerator is seeking a full-time Western Network Lead to provide strategic and operational leadership and support for its hydrogen economy priority. Working closely with the Director – Hydrogen Economy and staff and partners in an emerging Edmonton Region Hydrogen Hub, the Western Network Lead will be responsible for collaborating with other people and organizations to advance the establishment of hydrogen hubs in Western Canada.

 Main Responsibilities
Reporting to the Director, Hydrogen Economy, the successful candidate will:

  • Build upon the successful work of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Hydrogen Task Force to catalyze the development of a network of strategically-located hydrogen hubs across Western Canada. This work will include:
    • Developing criteria to assess the feasibility of hydrogen hubs;
    • Identifying promising locations for new hubs in Western Canada;
    • Evaluating these locations against the feasibility criteria;
    • Building support among local, regional and national leaders for promising locations;
    • Support the launch of new hubs when and where the opportunity is right;
  • Design and/or lead the engagement efforts as needed to:
    • Promote the work of the Accelerator and its hydrogen hub network;
    • Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders including representatives from industry, government, and indigenous communities;
  • Comprehensively track and measure the impact of their work against strategic objectives;
  • Develop content and engagement tools (e.g. questionnaires, presentations, webinars and/or backgrounders) tailored to targeted audiences.

Experience, Qualifications and Personal Traits

  • An undergraduate degree in a pertinent field (e.g. Economics, Business, Engineering etc.) is required. A graduate degree is preferred;
  • 8+ years of diverse experience ideally including experience forging strategic relationships with and among industry, academia, governments, indigenous interests, non-governmental organizations and others;
  • Knowledge of Canada’s transportation sector and/or energy systems is a strong asset;
  • A well-organized individual, comfortable with trouble-shooting problems and handling multiple work streams, while working virtually and independently;
  • Very strong verbal and written communications skills including a demonstrated ability to present complex concepts in a clear and compelling language;
  • Experience with organizations whose governance involves multiple stakeholders often with differing priorities and needs;
  • Takes responsibility and initiative, and likes to be held accountable for results;
  • Ability to operate and deliver in an environment where information may be incomplete and ambiguous, and there may not full alignment among stakeholders;
  • Experience and interest in systems thinking and transitions;
  • Proficiency with the MS Office suite of computer software required.

Candidates for this position must reflect the values of The Transition Accelerator. These values include:

  • Embracing a positive, forward-thinking attitude in an often unstructured environment with multiple unknown variables;
  • Working collaboratively with diverse, and sometimes opposed views;
  • Grounding all work in evidence-based analyses;
  • Embracing a multi-disciplinary and pluralistic approach;
  • Focusing on innovation over the status-quo;
  • A commitment to help drive change.

 Location and Travel
Work will be conducted in a virtual environment for now and is expected to require some travel within Western Canada. It is preferred that the successful candidate reside in Western Canada. The successful candidate is expected to be available for work during normal business hours 8 am to 4:30 pm MT.


The Transition Accelerator is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants interested in this position are invited to forward their resume and short cover letter to info@transitionaccelerator.ca. Applications will be evaluated as they are received with interviews begin as early as Monday, March 1, 2021, the competition will remain open until the position is filled. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The position has a compensation package benchmarked to sector standards. Come join our team!