The Halifax Climate
Investment Centre (the Centre) is a new organization tasked with administering
the Low Carbon Cities Canada https://lc3.ca/ efforts in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Centre is a subsidiary of EfficiencyOne https://www.efficiencyone.ca/
isn’t just an organization; it’s a movement. We come to work every day because
we want to help people build a better world, and we believe we can contribute
to a more prosperous, sustainable future.
EfficiencyOne is seeking a visionary leader
who can combine long-term, strategic
thinking with day-to-day management to develop and lead
the successful operation of the newly created Halifax Climate Investment Centre
as part of the Low Carbon Cities Canada efforts
in Halifax. This position reports
directly to the Chief Executive
Officer and will work closely with the Board of Directors.
Cities Canada is a partnership between seven of Canada’s largest cities and the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Canada cannot reach its climate targets
without reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its cities, yet many
promising urban low-carbon solutions fail to progress from a proven concept to
full-scale implementation. The Halifax Climate Investment Centre’s purpose is
to accelerate urban climate solutions and play an important role in shaping
Halifax’s future in reaching its full GHG emissions reduction potential while
also contributing to the low carbon economy.
is an outstanding people-person, with exceptional leadership qualities and
written and verbal communication and presentation skills. They are passionate
about climate change and the need to move to the low carbon economy and to net-zero
by 2050. They understand the importance of financing products in assisting in
this transition and the role of addressing local climate change risks and
opportunities for global impact. The
incumbent thrives on community engagement, is well-versed in project
management/investment with a strong aptitude in financial markets, and driven to
see results. The Executive Director and Chief Climate Investment Officer is
ambitious, goal-oriented, a self-starter, and has the ability to “look around
corners” to anticipate future opportunities.
- Manage, monitor, and be accountable for the
successful operation of the Centre and reporting on compliance and fund
results. This includes managing a small team and supporting their positive
professional growth and development.
- Lead the strategic planning process and implementation
with input from the CEO, Board of Directors, Advisory Group, Investment Committee
and others as required.
- In collaboration with the Board of Directors,
establish an Advisory Group and act as its Chair.
- In collaboration with the Board of Directors, recruit
an Independent Investment Committee member for the Investment Committee of the
Board and sit as a member of the Investment Committee.
- Act as a thought leader who embraces the
opportunity for the Centre to play a central role in scaling urban low-carbon solutions.
- Identify, recommend and negotiate direct
investment opportunities to accelerate GHG reductions including loans (including
senior debt, subordinated and other debt, and warehousing), debentures,
mortgages, performance contract financing, purchase order financing, options,
debt securities and loan guarantees.
- Develop and implement strategies to leverage the
initial endowment to secure third-party capital for investment in projects and
- Lead all aspects of risk management, including the
assessment and mitigation of market, credit, and operational risks.
- Lead the development and execution of requests
for proposals (RFPs) for new project investments as required.
- Develop and maintain relationships/partnerships
with the community and other stakeholders, key influencers thought leaders and
advocates as well as like-minded external organizations to advance the Centre’s
purpose and offerings.
- Act as the Centre’s primary spokesperson.
- Promote and explain the Centre’s vision,
strategy and objectives to community and government stakeholders as well as to
potential investors and partners.
- Work with Halifax Regional Municipality on its
climate change mitigation priorities.
- Act as the local representative on the Low
Carbon Cities Canada Executive Committee, by liaising with other Centres and
the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to share learnings and improve GHG
- Provide prudent fiscal management of the
Centre’s resources, including tracking and monitoring the performance of
investments to ensure sufficient return to fund Centre operations.
- Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors,
keeping them abreast of all external and internal issues that could affect the organization.
- Provide subject matter expertise related to the
Centre’s GHG reduction programs and investment activities.
- Stay abreast of sustainability trends, financing
products, and legislation that directly impacts the Centre’s operations, strategy,
and long-term plans.
- Ten years’ experience in a senior operations
leadership role leading a collaborative team in the private, public or non-profit
sector, preferably in the climate change and/or energy field involving investing,
philanthropy, fundraising, and sustainable climate financing.
- Strong knowledge of sustainable finance
community, existing and developing sustainable finance and/or climate-focused
funds, nationwide foundations, and environmental philanthropic efforts.
- Experience in holding accountability within a
formal governance structure and working closely with a Board of Directors.
- Strong influencing and negotiation skills, and a
clear and articulate communicator who is at ease speaking to senior leaders and
diverse audiences with a strong ability to build relationships and connect with
- Experience in integrated strategic planning,
direction and management of staff and external partners in a complex
environment with a focus on evidence-based decisions.
- Project management experience including the
coordination and completion of projects involving multiple stakeholders on time
within budget and scope.
- Excellent understanding of urban GHG reduction
efforts, opportunities, and challenges.
- Positive “can-do” attitude, hands-on, results-driven,
and independent thinker coupled with a demonstrated high degree of initiative
and a strong personal desire to effectively contribute to significant local GHG
More about the Halifax Climate Investment Centre
Climate Investment Centre is a new organization, created to administer Low
Carbon Cities Canada activities in Halifax.
The Centre has an independent Board of Directors
and is a subsidiary of EfficiencyOne, a non-profit organization based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. As Canada’s first energy efficiency utility, EfficiencyOne has successfully
created and implemented a range of energy efficiency initiatives, both
independently as well as through partnerships with various organizations under
the Efficiency Nova Scotia brand. Under this brand, activities over the last
ten years have contributed to 25% of the GHG emission reductions in Nova Scotia.
Named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers six years in a row, and an Atlantic
Canada Top Employer in 2019, 2020, and 2021, EfficiencyOne will further add to
its successful track record by overseeing this new subsidiary.
Director and Chief Climate Investment Officer must be an exceptional person;
one who has all the above qualifications and displays compassion, confidence,
and humility. If this describes you, please submit your resume and a letter by
clicking ‘apply’ explaining clearly how your background and experience
will meet the needs of HCIC. If you have
questions about this opportunity, please contact Jody Bayers at (782) 414-9855.
EfficiencyOne is committed
to fostering a culture that is supportive and values others; one that is
grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome applications from all
qualified candidates, including women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with a
disability, racially visible persons, persons of minority sexual orientations , and gender identities.