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Business Development and Communications Coordinator

Full Time, Permanent

Location: Flexible


Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) is a collective of Canada’s leading climate change planning professionals. We are an innovative workers cooperative that collaborates with clients to develop meaningful, creative strategies to integrate ecological, economic and social sustainability in their projects, organizations, and communities. We pride ourselves in working closely with our clients to achieve real, on the ground, social and ecological change through projects of unusual integrity. As a team, we demonstrate that the whole is much more than the sum of its parts – we build on each other’s experiences, enthusiasm, skills and innovation. SSG’s approach to work is unique because it embodies the following principles:

  • Action-focused
  • Based on solid theory
  • Considers the whole picture
  • Participatory in design and implementation
  • Fosters social change
  • Takes care of the commons

Our vision is a world of decarbonized, equitable, healthy communities for everyone. We are urban climate change planners, incorporating many skill sets and experiences in our team.



The purpose of this position is to coordinate SSG’s business development and communications activities. The Coordinator will perform many diverse tasks, including leading the RFP monitoring and proposal writing process, researching new business opportunities, maintaining SSG’s customer relationship management (CRM) software, and managing SSG’s web and social media presence. The Coordinator will work with SSG Principals and staff to ensure that SSG’s efforts align with the goals in its business development and communications strategies, updating the strategies where required.

SSG works closely with its sister company, whatIf? Technologies Inc (WiT). SSG’s and WiT’s business development and communications efforts are one in the same. The position will work closely with – and carry out a number of tasks directly for – WiT.


  • Administration and streamlining of SSG’s process for monitoring and responding to requests for proposal (RFPs)
  • Researching business opportunities for new markets and new services
  • Coordinating and administering meetings of SSG / WiT joint Business Development Group
  • Planning and coordinating SSG’s participation at various conferences
  • Leading communications efforts in all areas – including maintenance of the website, management of social media, newsletters and marketing materials – as guided by SSG’s Marketing Communications Group
  • Monitoring all business development and communications activities to ensure they align with SSG’s business development and communications strategies
  • Working with SSG Principals to update business development and communications strategies as required



The successful candidate will have the following qualities and attributes:

1. Excellent project management skills

2. Excellent communication skills, written and oral

3. A high degree of self-motivation and ability to navigate ambiguity

4. A commitment to continual improvement and best practice

5. Flexibility to adapt to different levels of workloads and schedules

6. Proven track record of success working on project teams

7. Ability to think critically and creatively

8. Strong attention to detail

9. Strong problem-solving skills

10. Comfort with working virtually with a distributed workforce

11. Familiarity with and/or enthusiasm for workers co-operatives

12. Ability to work in a non-hierarchical environment

The successful candidate will have the following technical skills and proficiencies

  1. Proficiency with GSuite (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.) and/or MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  2. Experience managing web and social media platforms for professional organizations

The following technical skills and proficiencies are considered assets but are not requirements for the successful candidate:

  1. College or University degree in Project Management or Event Planning or Communications
  2. Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud design applications (i.e. Spark, Photoshop, InDesign)
  3. Familiarity with city governance as it relates to urban/community planning, and knowledge of sustainable development practices
  4. Familiarity with and/or enthusiasm for workers co-operatives


SSG workers are paid according to a salary scale that factors in years of professional experience and years worked at SSG. SSG workers are paid an hourly rate based on monthly hours worked. SSG expects salary of the successful candidate to fall close to $30/hour.

SSG offers a generous benefits package.

This position will be eligible for membership in the cooperative (i.e. co-ownership) within roughly six months. SSG distributes a minimum of 50% of its annual net income back to its members. Income distribution is in the form of shares or as cash, as determined by SSG’s Board of Directors.


Some travel may be required (maximum estimate 10-15 days per year).

Occasional overtime may be required.

SSG offers flexible work hours.


If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Colin MacDougall at colin (at) no later than midnight on November 24, 2019. In the cover letter, we encourage you to speak to your interest in working with a worker’s cooperative.

For more information about worker co-ops in Canada, see the following resources:

Depending on the number of responses, we may be able to contact only those candidates whom we wish to interview.

We’re growing! Welcome to 4 New SSG Associates.

New Associates Petronella Tyson, Dermot McGuigan, Dr. Gabor Sass, and Melanie Jellett join the SSG Team. 

Petronella Tyson

Petronella specialises in optimizing organisational capacity for burgeoning enterprises in social and environmental change. She is a trusted intermediary whose work has also been to broker collaborations across cultures and disciplines with potentially conflicting organisations to solve complex problems and challenges in dealing with change, presently peace in post Brexit Britain. She enjoys designing processes around operational systems and communications whilst also shouting from the rooftops about winning ideas, connecting people and organisations to those ideas.

Dermot McGuigan 

Dermot has spent a lifetime advocating for and writing about sustainable & renewable energy. He was introduced to district energy decades ago and since then has been an advocate for several projects, most proposed as non-profits or hybrid projects. Dermot has also developed and consulted on wind farms, hydropower and cogeneration projects.

Dr. Gabor Sass 

Dr. Gabor Sass is an ecosystem scientist and sustainability expert with over 15 years of research and consulting experience studying and reporting on the hydrology, ecology and related sustainability problems of boreal, agricultural, and urban landscapes across Canada. Dr. Sass applies a combination of airborne and space based monitoring techniques to characterize ecosystem patterns using principles of ecosystem science to infer the dominant processes and assess the ecosystem services behind these patterns. Dr. Sass’ work can be found published in a variety of book chapters, articles, and reports.

Melanie Jellett

Melanie is a skilled researcher, communicator, and project manager with over 10 years of experience working in the field of environment and sustainability planning, in both an academic and non-governmental organization setting. Mel has taken the lead on conceptualizing and designing projects, while working with various organizations, researchers, and practitioners. Her post-secondary education includes a Masters of Science where her research involved looking at local agricultural adaptation to climate change, with a specific emphasis on sea-level rise and local knowledge in SouthEast New Brunswick. She conducted community-level vulnerability research using qualitative and quantitative methodology, while working with some of Canada’s leading scientists.

How do you convince your CFO or the City Council that your triple bottom line proposal will benefit the environment, society and the economy?

Key financial tools in sustainable community development and how to use them

How do you convince your Chief Financial Officer or the City Council that your triple bottom line proposal will benefit the environment, society and the economy?
Mark Pezarro shares several tools and techniques to make a persuasive argument for sustainability in financial terms. This webinar focuses on specific tools and approaches for “making the case” for sustainability projects and introduces real world examples ranging from district energy systems to urban agriculture.
It begins with an overview of key economic and financial concepts for evaluating the financial viability of major capital investments, and then delves into a number of techniques to foster triple bottom line decision making before wrapping up with some examples of how this works in practice.

Watch Part I here and register for Part II here!



We’re recruiting!

SSG is looking for two inspiring additions to our team as we expand and require additional support.

  1. Finance Coordinator and Administrator: 3 days a week* to start on Thursday 10th March 2016
  2. Communications Specialist: 5 days a month to start Monday 14th March 2016

*Candidates in Ottawa interested in a full-time position should specify this in their covering letter. One of SSG’s partners La Siembra is hiring a part-time bookkeeper as well and opportunities exist to build full-time hours between the two organisations:

The deadline for applications is 26th February 2016 midnight in Eastern Time.

Please contact if you have any queries.

As a workers cooperative, we believe it is the most equitable, accountable and active business model that enables cultural change from within. Our members’ expertise crosses disciplines, cultures and generations to create a different working experience that makes essential sustainability impacts possible.

FCM Guidebook for Brownfield Strategies makes top 5 resource for municipalities

The Brownfields Strategy Guidebook has been selected by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as one of their top five resources for municipalities in 2016.
SSG contributed to the Guidebook which provides guidance on how to design and implement an effective brownfield strategy. It is part of a series of guidebooks produced for the Green Municipal Fund’s Leadership program (LiBRe), which is structured around a best practices framework for becoming a municipal leader in brownfield renewal. The program supports participants’ progress through seven key steps to becoming a brownfield champion municipality. This guidebook provides an outline of different types of brownfield strategies and what they typically include, outlines best practices for successful brownfield strategy development, and offers guidance on selecting the right brownfield incentives for your municipality.
To read more and download the guide, visit the FCM website.