Pembina Institute

Come change Canada with us.

Pembina Institute staff

Leading Canada's transition to a clean energy future

We deliver clean energy solutions — backed by solid research and analysis — into the hands of Canada’s decision makers and key influencers.

Join our dynamic team of nationally-recognized professionals working on Canada's most pressing energy and environmental challenges.

Just some of the benefits

Beyond the intangible benefits of working in an entrepreneurial and fast-paced environment with smart, strategic and values-driven people, Pembina Institute staff enjoy the following:

  • extended health and dental 
  • four weeks of holidays per year
  • RRSP plan
  • training and development opportunities
  • competitive ENGO salaries  

Current Openings


Request for Proposal - Auditor

Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development (Pembina) is issuing this Request for Proposal for audit of Pembina financial statements.

To download this RFP click here.


To advance clean energy solutions through innovative research, education, consulting and advocacy.


The Pembina Institute envisions a world in which our immediate and future needs are met in a manner that protects the earth's living systems; ensures clean air, land and water; prevents dangerous climate change; and provides for a safe and just global community.


Pembina is an organization unlike any other working to protect Canada’s environment today.  Pembina combines the research and technical capacity of a ‘think tank’ with the values and advocacy of an environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) and the entrepreneurial and business sense of a for-profit consulting firm.  This equips us with a unique ability to employ multi-faceted and highly collaborative approaches to change.

Pembina has approximately 40 staff in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and the Northwest Territories who use research, advocacy and consulting as tools toward the goal of leading Canada’s transition to a clean energy future.

Pembina’s integrated approach of advocacy and consulting advances policies that create the space needed for optimal environmental performance, while allowing us to consult directly with organizations to design and implement clean energy solutions.

This approach enables the Pembina team of engineers, scientists, lawyers and environmental policy experts to stay up to date on today’s energy-related challenges, while maintaining the real-world technical expertise that makes this organization effective.  This approach also helps Pembina to advance on-the-ground clean energy solutions and ensures that its stated policy advocacy and research remains grounded and science-based.

Board of Directors

The Pembina Board of Directors provides governance, support and operational strategic direction for the organization. The board meets regularly throughout the year.

The Board comprises experienced and insightful professionals who bring to the table diverse perspectives on environmental priorities, business administration, and societal responsibility. Board members serve as volunteers.

Purpose of Audit

Your audit report of Pembina:

  • serves to satisfy the Board of Directors and the by-laws of the organization
  • is often provided with the financial statements to prospective granting organizations in their evaluation of Pembina as a recipient of funds
  • is used in the satisfaction of government filing requirements

Administrative Description

Fiscal year-end is December 31; the audit is requested in February following year-end.

Accounting software is Sage’s AccPac, used in conjunction with ABAK project management software.  Payroll is handled in house.

Pembina has recently relocated its head office to Calgary.  This move included a complete turnover of accounting staff including the Director of Finance.

RFP Requirements

A complete proposal will include:

  • a description of the product to be delivered
  • an outline of your firm’s experience with similar organizations
  • five references
  • estimate of the length of time for audit
  • in the first year
  • in subsequent years
  • an indication of your firm’s availability to accommodate our schedule
  • a list of the resources required to be made available to accommodate your auditors, including Instructions or support in the electronic transfer of files and supporting schedules
  • at least a preliminary indication of anticipated areas of risk
  • a description of the involvement of the Board of Directors required during the audit process
  • an estimate of cost, including an indication of the formulation used in development of the estimate
  • as a separate item, the cost of filing annual Federal and Provincial tax returns
  • a discussion of the nature of a secondary engagement, which will be ongoing availability of your firm on a consultative basis
  • the number and format (hard copy, electronic) of audited financial statements that will be made available

Deliverables of the audit engagement will include:

  • audit report
  • a report addressed to executive and senior management of Pembina that includes an assessment of internal controls and opportunities for efficiencies or business improvement

Other Resources

The financial statements for the last four years are available upon request. Please contact Monica Micallef at

The Director of Finance & Administration Calgary will be available for one pre-proposal conference, and any questions you have should be presented at this time.


Three hard copies, plus electronic submission (.pdf) is requested by September 15, 2014 and should be addressed to Monica Micallef, CMA, Director of Finance & Administration at

Evaluation of proposals will take place during September and October, and a recommendation will be presented to the Pembina membership for vote, at aSpecial General Meeting to be convened once proposals have been reviewed.

Director of Development, Pembina Institute and Executive Director,The Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education (Calgary, Toronto or Vancouver)

Position Overview

To download the full job description, click here.

If your dream job involves working every day with smart, strategic and values-driven motivated people who are leading Canada’s transition to a clean energy future, we would love to meet you.

The Pembina Institute and the Pembina Foundation are looking for a single individual to fill two distinct positions:

  • Director of Development of the Pembina Institute (70%), reporting to the Executive Director of the Pembina Institute.
  • Executive Director of The Pembina Foundation (30%), reporting and directly accountable to The Pembina Foundation Board of Directors.

The full-time position may require some travel and occasional work on evenings and weekends.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary rate is competitive for a senior development professional in the environmental non-profit sector and will be based on skills, experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Benefits include:

  • extended health and dental 
  • four weeks of holidays per year
  • RRSP plan
  • training and development opportunities

Further terms of employment will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.

Roles and Responsibilities

As the Director of Development of the Pembina Institute, you will lead the fundraising efforts of the Pembina Institute (PI) in support of the Institute’s strategic priorities, to strengthen and further diversify the organization’s sources of revenue. This includes:

  • Overseeing all of the Institute’s Strategic Partnerships activities and continuing to build internal fundraising infrastructure in support of the fundraising activities of all Pembina Institute staff.
  • Securing annual revenue from a combination of foundations, major donors, annual and monthly donors (direct mail and online appeals), special events, and corporate sponsors.
  • Building and managing the Strategic Partnerships team.
  • Engaging in internal processes to define organizational strategic direction.
  • Serving as a member of the senior management team.

As the Executive Director of The Pembina Foundation, a registered charity, you will be responsible for attracting, collecting, overseeing and distributing funds in a manner that is consistent with the mandate and charitable objects of the Pembina Foundation. This includes providing:

  • Clear and strategic guidance to The Pembina Foundation’s Board of Directors to aid decision making.
  • Effective oversight and management of the organization’s environmental research and education projects, finances, records and official donor correspondence.
  • Fund development expertise and management with respect to:
  • Attracting philanthropic support to the Pembina Foundation
  • Building a legacy donor campaign
  • Producing Pembina Foundation annual reports
  • Updating and maintaining the content of the Pembina Foundation website
  • Effective donor stewardship and strengthening of the annual donor base

Skills and Qualifications

Candidates must clearly address the following points in their application:

  • Seasoned fundraising professional with solid prior fund development training (this can take many forms).
  • Staff management experience in the charitable and non-profit sector.
  • Experience managing a group budget within a frugal organizational culture.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to maintain excellent relationships (often remotely via virtual tools) with Pembina Institute staff, volunteer Pembina Foundation Board of Directors, foundation funders, industry executives, major donors, individual donors, service providers, and partners.
  • Highly collaborative, consultative and comfortable with decision making in a consensus-oriented, flat organizational structure.
  • Ability to understand the function of the Pembina Foundation and facilitate the role it plays in gathering, managing and distributing funds and projects in a manner that is consistent with the goals of the Foundation. This requires:
  • A cautious approach, sound judgment and respect for established policies, procedures and guidelines
  • An ability to be accountable to two separate entities (Pembina Foundation Board and the Managing Director of the Pembina Institute).
  • A working familiarity with current requirements of the Canada Revenue Agency for charities and non-profit organizations.
  • Experience in supervising complex agreements that adhere to CRA guidelines and financial controls.
  • Experience managing and providing both leadership and administrative support to a volunteer Board of Directors.
  • Comprehensive experience with grant applications and reporting.

For a complete list of qualifications, click here.

To Apply

Email your cover letter and resume to Please ensure the following:

  • The subject line includes “PI STP Director/PF ED” and your last name.
  • Your cover letter (maximum two pages) explains why you are interested in working with the Pembina Institute and Pembina Foundation, and how your skills and qualifications meet the criteria outlined for this position.
  • Your resume outlines your relevant skills, education and experience.
  • Cover letter and resume are saved as one PDF document using the naming convention lastnamefirstletter-application-position-year.pdf (example: smithm-application-STP-2014.pdf)

Review of applications will begin immediately and the search will remain open until the position is filled.

The Pembina Institute and The Pembina Foundation are equal opportunity employers. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Recent Competitions

Senior Accountant (Calgary)

This position has been filled.  Thank you for your interest in the Pembina Institute.

Advisor, Consulting (Calgary)

This competition has closed, and applications are being reviewed. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the Pembina Institute.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are no volunteer positions open at this time.

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