Western Network Lead (Hydrogen) – The Transition Accelerator

Overview

The Transition Accelerator (the Accelerator) is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to creating positive, transformational system changes while moving Canada down viable pathways to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. To achieve this, the Accelerator harnesses existing economic, social, and technological disruptions already affecting multiple industry sectors and regions. Using momentum underway in these sectors, it acts as a catalyst and convenes innovators, progressive industry, researchers, and key stakeholders into collaborative teams that advance Canada down credible and compelling pathways to a stronger future.  The Accelerator’s four-step ‘transition pathways’ methodology provides the intellectual foundation for our work and was developed with input from experts and practitioners across Canada and from around the globe.

The Accelerator works in two ways to build out credible, capable, and compelling pathways to realize transformative change in key sectors and regions. First, we mobilize knowledge, develop tools, and build collaborative relationships with government and other stakeholders to enhance understanding of a pathways approach, allowing these groups to make better decisions about the transition to net zero, and helping them apply the methodology and tools in their own sectoral or regional contexts. Second, we directly initiate pathway projects in strategically significant systems/ sectors. The Accelerator engages with innovators, progressive industry, and other stakeholders, to apply our 4-stage methodology to develop and advance net zero pathways.

By combining both approaches we can focus our core efforts, gain experience in pathway development across a range of contexts, while accelerating diffusion and scale up of the overall effort.

Background

On behalf of the Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) recently published the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada. The strategy noted that Canada has the potential to be one of the world’s lowest cost producers of low carbon (clean) hydrogen, thereby creating new domestic and export opportunities for fuel hydrogen and helping to advance market opportunities for the nation’s already robust fuel cell sector. In doing so, hydrogen could help Canada accelerate the transition to a net-zero emission energy system while attracting foreign investment, creating economic opportunities, jobs, and an improved quality of life for Canadians.

In addition to the federal strategy, provincial governments are actively developing provincial hydrogen strategies and roadmaps to advance hydrogen economy. But for these plans to be realized, hubs are needed at the appropriate scale to speed development of investable opportunities, by creating new value chains and focussing on creating markets.

As noted in the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada, regional hydrogen HUBS can provide the environment to achieve this objective. To quote from the Strategy: “Early deployment HUBs will set Canada on a path for widespread deployment in the mid- / long- term where hydrogen’s decarbonization potential can be fully realized.”

The Accelerator is seeking a full-time Western Network Lead to provide strategic and operational leadership and support developing the hydrogen economy. Working closely with the Energy Systems Architect, Transition Accelerator Staff, and partners in the Edmonton Region Hydrogen Hub, the Western Network Lead will be responsible for collaborating with governments and organizations to advance the establishment of hydrogen hubs in Western Canada.

Main Responsibilities

A successful candidate will catalyze the development and linkage of a network of strategically located hydrogen hubs across Western Canada. This work will include:

  • Identifying promising locations for new hubs in Western Canada;
  • Developing strong relationships with key stakeholders including representatives from industry, government, and indigenous communities;
  • Developing a strong quantitative and qualitative understanding of each local regional energy system, including data and geospatial visualization
  • Promoting and utilizing the Accelerator’s methodology
  • Promoting the work of the Accelerator and its hydrogen hub network;
  • Independently conducting and facilitating technoeconomic analyses, stakeholder engagements, and report writing;
  • Developing content and engagement tools (e.g., questionnaires, presentations, webinars and/or backgrounders) tailored to targeted audiences.
  • Comprehensively tracking and measuring the impact of their work against strategic objectives.
  • Developing systems of communication and knowledge sharing to link new hubs
Experience, Qualifications and Personal Traits

 We are seeking a candidate with:

  • An undergraduate degree in a pertinent field (e.g., Economics, Business, Engineering etc.) is required;
  • Ideally 8+ years of diverse experience ideally including experience forging strategic relationships with and among industry, academia, governments, indigenous interests, non-governmental organizations and others;
  • Strong organizational skills and comfort in 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;
  • Ability to operate and deliver in an environment where information may be incomplete and ambiguous, and there may not full alignment among stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of Canada’s transportation sector and/or energy systems is a strong asset;
  • Experience and interest in systems thinking and transitions;
  • Proficiency with the MS Office suite of computer software required.
Values

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 system-level 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.  The successful candidate resides in Western Canada. The successful candidate is expected to be available for work during normal business hours 8 am to 4:30 pm MT.

Application 

The Transition Accelerator is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants interested in this position are invited to forward their resume and a short cover letter to info@transitionaccelerator.ca.  Applications will be evaluated as they are received. 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!