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.

Senior Analyst: Ontario Transportation and Urban Solutions Program (Toronto)

Are you passionate about transportation and urban development issues in Ontario, with a focus on the GTA? Are you a great master of quantitative analysis and number crunching? Do you love the challenge of trying to find data, reconcile apples and oranges and build creative Excel models, all with the goal of improving the quality of life and environment of our great city and province?

The Pembina Institute needs someone like you to join our vibrant and creative Toronto team, working with strategists, communications specialists and policy analysts to advance smart transportation and land use planning in the region.

Click here for a complete job description.

Roles and Responsibilities

While the ideal candidate for this position has the necessary skill set, you are not just a numbers nerd.  This role requires a great deal of strategic thinking and coming up with creative approaches to research and analysis in order to advance Pembina’s policy objectives.

You should be passionate about the change we are trying to make in our city and in the world, and are keen to contribute to the overall design of the program and the projects we work on.

Skills and Qualifications

Candidates must clearly reflect the following skills and experience in their application:

  • Degree in engineering, planning, economics or equivalent
  • Masters degree is preferred, as well as post-graduate technical degree in transportation or planning
  • Experience working on transportation and/or urban planning issues
  • Strong knowledge of and familiarity with the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Big Move and other provincial and municipal transit and development planning policy
  • Demonstrated experience writing technical reports
  • Demonstrated quantitative skills with proficiency in Excel; other program knowledge such as GIS is a benefit
  • Experience in methodological analysis, ability to build basic Excel models and measure metrics
  • Knowing where to access data needed to conduct analyses (StatsCan, Metrolinx, other government sources, etc.)
  • Ability to access and calibrate data from a variety of sources to suit a specific project scope and objectives
  • Ability to communicate highly technical information in a way that is understandable and accessible to a broad audience including the media, general public, policy makers, and elected officials
  • Ability to manage work plans and project budgets, and to supervise other project staff

Click here for a complete job description.

To Apply

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

  • Subject line includes Transportation Analyst and your last name
  • Cover letter (max. two pages) explains why you are interested in working with the Pembina Institute and how your skills and qualifications meet the criteria outlined for this position
  • 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-transportationanalyst-2014.pdf

Application deadline: Midnight on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

The Pembina Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Recent Competitions

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Senior Accountant (Calgary)

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Advisor, Consulting (Calgary)

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Volunteer Opportunities

There are no volunteer positions open at this time.

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