Co-op Position Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Strategic Policy and Analytics Branch

The Ministry intends to hire a motivated masters-level or advanced undergraduate policy co-op student for the Winter 2019 term (January-April). Primarily located within the Ministry’s Strategic Policy and Research Unit (Energy), the successful candidate may also have opportunities to participate in projects conducted in partnership with other Ministry units.

The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines works with many partners inside and outside of the government to develop a balanced plan to provide cost-effective, clean and reliable energy to Ontarians and plays an important role in bringing novel technologies from lab to market.

Consider working for the Ministry and contribute to the strategic development of Ontario's energy sector!

What can I expect to do in this role?

Depending on your specific skill set, you will:

  • lead and carry out studies/projects on a variety of files, such as climate resilience, emerging technology trends, and export and innovation strategy, to develop and recommend strategies and policy options
  • research and analyze ministry policies, programs, and Cabinet submissions, develop in-depth reports, present policy options and recommendations to ministry senior management for decision making purposes
  • build stakeholder relationships, gather intelligence, develop consensus, collaborate on policy development or research, and resolve concerns and issues

How do I qualify?

Interpersonal and communication skills:

  • interpersonal and persuasion skills to build and maintain strong relationships with partner branches and ministries, and gain support for ministry policy and program initiatives
  • demonstrated communication skills to prepare reports, briefing notes, cabinet submissions, and correspondence; presentation skills to provide explanations, advice and policy/program recommendations

Research and analytical skills:

  • demonstrated research, analytical and evaluative skills to undertake qualitative and quantitative research, environmental scans and trend analysis
  • ability to process and distill information from a range of sources, and develop policies or solutions to achieve the ministry's and the government's goals.

Specific technical knowledge would be an asset, but is not required:

  • knowledge of the broad economic, environmental, legal, and political issues underlying policy development in the energy sector
  • knowledge of (climate) resilience and climate change adaptation
  • knowledge of provincial and ministry strategic directions, policy, commitments and legislation related to the energy sector

The Ministry is committed to a respectful, diverse, inclusive and accessible workplace. We encourage candidates from traditionally under-represented groups to self-identify and especially welcome applications from Indigenous candidates.

How do I apply?

Please direct applications and inquiries to Joerg Wittenbrinck ( Submit your application electronically by Tuesday, November 20, 2018 and include, preferably as a single PDF file:

  • a cover letter
  • your resume

Interviews, in Toronto or via teleconference, are planned for the week of November 26-30.

Student Poster Opportunity at the Building Science Symposium

As a part of our October 31 Building Science Symposium in Federation Hall, we are providing the opportunity for students to present their research to individuals from the government, industry and academic communities. There are 20 student poster spots available for showing and the first 10 to apply will be given financial assistance up to $50.00 CAD for printing costs.

Panel presentations, posters & discussions will focus on:

  • The Business of Future Low-Carbon Buildings
  • Innovation in Achieving Low-Carbon Buildings
  • Technologies for a low-carbon future

We ask that you forward this opportunity to interested colleagues and students.

Please contact Jessica Strickler to register or for more information:

Congratulations to the 2018 Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Research Fellowship Recipients


Civil & Environmental Engineering


Management Sciences


Science, Bioscience, Technology & Public Policy

Geography & Environmental Management

Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sustainability Management


Sustainability Management


WISER: Women in Sustainable Energy Research

Written by Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Fellows Bronwyn Lazowski and Stephanie Whitney


As two women scholars in the early stages of our academic careers, we were thrilled to take part in a Research Communication Workshop on February 26, 2018. This full-day workshop included a half-day of training on op-ed writing and a half-day of training on media interviews. The event was organized by the Women In Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) group, using funds from an NSERC Connection Grant, and run by Informed Opinions.

Energy, behavior, decisions: these are just 3 of dozens of important subjects that are significantly underrepresented in the Canadian mainstream media when women’s voices are missing as subject matter experts in newspaper articles and broadcasts. A new study, commissioned by Informed Opinions, reviewed over 1,400 articles and broadcast segments from seven Canadian newspapers and media outlets from October to December 2015, and found that men accounted for 71% of experts quoted or interviewed for newspaper articles and broadcast segments.

As our research focuses on the nexus of these subjects – Bronwyn researches smart grid technologies in the residential context, and Stephanie examines energy management decision-making in the commercial sector – we were keen to equip ourselves with knowledge and tools about how to promote our research findings to a broader, non-academic audience.

Here are five things we learned about each writing op-eds and preparing for media interviews. We hope that these tips are useful for our female and male colleagues alike.

Writing Op-Eds

  • Write your thesis statement
  • Identify at least 3 supporting pieces of evidence
  • Anticipate and concisely refute an expected counter-argument
  • Identify a hook that links your issue to the news
  • Pique curiosity with your opening sentence

Media Interview Skills 

  • Take opportunities to build relationships with media outlets that cover topics that you are interested in and can add value to with your opinion
  • If contacted for an interview, find out what the news story is about and what the interview entails
  • Pay close attention to what the reporter thinks he/she needs, and determine how your expertise can add value to the news story
  • Practice delivering your key messages in short sound bites, using simple terms and vivid examples or analogies
  • Learn to bridge away from irrelevant questions or statements that you don’t support

We both left the workshop feeling motivated, encouraged, and empowered to actively participate in local, provincial, and national conversations about energy, behaviour, and decision-making by policy-makers and other key stakeholders in this space. If/when our research is showcased in the media, WISE will make this information available to its membership.

Learn more about WISER on their website:

Join us for lunch!

We frequently host a lunch for WISE faculty and their students. This provides a terrific opportunity to meet other researchers in a relaxed setting.

Sign up for notices by filling out our online form.

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