Pattern Energy Group

  • Director, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Canada

    Job Locations CA-ON-Toronto
    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/7/2018 4:27 PM)
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  • Overview


    Pattern Energy is an independent, fully integrated energy company that develops, constructs, owns and operates renewable energy projects and transmission assets across North America and Japan. The company focuses primarily on wind, solar, storage, and transmission assets.

    Pattern Energy has a history as one of the top North American renewable energy and transmission providers in the industry and is currently the largest operator of wind energy assets in Canada. The team is dedicated to delivering the highest value for our customers, partners, financial supporters, and the communities where we work, while exhibiting a strong commitment to promoting environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility.

    Pattern Energy operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan, with offices in San Francisco, Houston, San Diego, New York, Toronto, Mexico City and Tokyo.  Our corporate headquarters are in San Francisco, California, and our Operations Control Center that manages our asset fleet is in Houston, Texas. Our Toronto office includes professionals in law, business, finance, accounting and construction.



    Advance Pattern’s business objectives in Canada through regulatory engagement, public policy advocacy, asset defense, and market creation. Provide strategic leadership in building effective relationships with regulatory and government officials and their staff and coalitions with other companies, industries, associations and business and community leaders.


    Key responsibilities include as a minimum the following:

    • Build and maintain high-level relationships with energy market stakeholders, regulatory agencies, commercial energy off-takers, and government officials to preserve and enhance the value of operating renewable energy assets, to develop conceptual design and policy for future market initiatives, and to influence regulatory activities and market developments that may affect the renewable energy business
    • Review, analyze, and evaluate regulatory proceedings including integrated resource plans, market restructuring activities, renewable energy procurement plans, and other policy and regulatory initiatives. Assess the impacts, opportunities, and challenges for Pattern presented by these initiatives. Develop and implement strategies to shape outcomes aligned with the company’s principles and priorities
    • Assess and translate policy-influencing market competition, industry trends, emerging customer challenges and changes in the marketplace to assist the Operations team, the Development team, and the Power Marketing team to develop market strategies and product offerings
    • Assess the political environment and report on political threats and opportunities to management. Develop and implement political engagement strategies at the provincial and federal level in order to advance business interests
    • Represent Pattern in interactions with provincial and federal government, system operators, crown utilities, industry associations, and a cross section of energy industry stakeholders
    • Work with the operations and asset management team to protect the business environments that support the commercial viability of the company’s operational and development assets

    Activities supporting key responsibilities include at a minimum the following:

    • Leverage our investment in membership organizations by ensuring association positions align with our priorities and sharing information with various internal departments
    • Support project completion by actively identifying and overcoming external affairs challenges and coordinating with developers to negotiate resolutions to conflicts
    • Compose key messages and talking points for projects and policy issues to accurately and effectively convey Pattern’s positions
    • Work with the communications and media team to help coordinate media responses and support organization-wide media relations efforts
    • Write briefing and marketing materials on policy matters; compose written and oral testimony; testify when needed before governmental bodies
    • Assist in the creation of the External Affairs annual department budget and project budgets for external affairs activities


    Required Education / Experience / Qualifications


    • Degree from accredited University; Graduate school or professional development preferred


    • Minimum 10 years regulatory affairs and/or government relations experience associated with electricity issues, preferably with utility-scale renewables
    • Experience working with and influencing Ontario government and IESO decisions
    • Experience working in a variety of provinces’ regulatory and legislative regimes
    • Experience serving as external spokesperson for a company or other organization

    Additional Requirements

    Must possess strengths in the following:

    • Thorough understanding of the structure and relationship of the federal, provincial, municipal and First Nation levels of government and how they impact the energy sector
    • Ability to analyze and interpret proposed legislation and regulation; develop position papers
    • Strong quantitative, analytical and communication skills
    • Well-developed interpersonal skills, including negotiation and facilitative skills
    • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills
    • Excel at explaining technical concepts to internal and external stakeholders
    • Strong oral and presentation skills; ability to negotiate and persuade
    • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and deal with rapidly changing priorities
    • Quick learner, able to work cross-functionally and independently at all times
    • Ability to interact with all levels of management and manage staff and vendors
    • Enthusiastic team player and self-starter; serious commitment to hard work and excellence
    • Ability to judge risks and benefits and make a persuasive case for taking or avoiding risks
    • Apply sound judgment and innovative thinking to resolve problems without precedent

    Technical Skills

    • Strong Microsoft Office capabilities, especially Power Point, Word, Excel
    • Fluency in French is an asset



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