Wesgroup’s continued growth now calls for the creation of a District Energy Manager role. This is an exciting and unique opportunity as River District Energy (RDE) is a publicly-regulated district energy utility (DEU) with plans to connect over 7.2 million square feet of customer building floor area and to serve over 12,000 residents. The DEU offers a number of benefits related to energy efficiency. This includes the ability to meet peak local energy demands without overproduction, the ability to better capture and reuse waste heat, and greater flexibility to change fuel sources as needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce costs. The District Energy Manager is responsible for managing the operations and continued expansion of Wesgroup’s River District energy utility. This role reports to the Director, Development.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for system planning, capital improvements/construction, system operations and maintenance, regulatory approvals, and customer experience
  • Provide technical oversight for a complex, existing system
  • Responsible for all British Columbia Utilities Commissions (BCUC) filings and approvals including annual reporting, tariff rate applications and system update
  • Systems and infrastructure planning, including delivery of a permanent energy centre, evaluating options for introducing and expanding low carbon energy, forecasting energy demands, conducting pro forma analysis, preparing capital and operating budgets, etc.
  • Project management responsibilities which include management of engineering resources, materials supply and construction contracts, and construction management
  • Lead a diverse multi-disciplinary staff team and consulting team
  • Provides input to, and coordinates with, Wesgroup’s in-house Development, Construction, Customer Care and Property Management group
  • Develop strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders

Qualifications and Knowledge:

  • University degree or technical diploma in Engineering, preferably with a Major in Sustainable Energy
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience specifically in the area of district energy and/or renewable building energy systems
  • A high degree of business acumen
  • Demonstrated success managing and expanding large projects with expertise in sustainable energy systems and hydronic heating/cooling systems
  • Knowledge of BCUC processes, including CPCN approval processes and rate applications
  • Demonstrated experience building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to analyze pro forma financial models, capital and operating budgets and forecasts
  • Strong leadership, verbal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to proactively resolve conflicts in a timely and effective manner