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Project Leader


Thunder Bay, ON, CA, P7B 0A3

Req ID:  23261




 Will be drafted by an external recruiter following the approval process.


Job Title: Project Leader


Status: Regular Full Time


Education Level: 4- year university degree in Engineering, Science or Business;

Licensed Professional Engineer (P. Eng) designation is an asset


Location: Thunder Bay, ON


Travel: up to 25%


Deadline to Apply: January 25, 2021


BE THE GENERATION to challenge and change.

At OPG, our values are our strengths. They are fundamental truths about us that don’t change. Safety. Integrity. Excellence. People and Citizenship.  We operate a diverse portfolio of generation assets including nuclear, hydroelectric, biomass and solar, and offer challenging and unique work opportunities. BE THE GENERATION to power tomorrow.


Job Overview

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is looking for a professional to join our team in the role of Project Leader in our Thunder Bay, ON location

Reporting to the Section Manager - Projects, the Project Leader is responsible for leading a portfolio of multidisciplinary projects in support of the operation and sustainment of OPG facilities in the Northwestern Ontario.  This role is accountable for leading matrix project execution teams and coordinating project planning and execution.


This is an exciting opportunity to work in an environment where you will contribute to Ontario Power Generation’s continued growth and success in being Ontario’s low cost electricity generator of choice


Key Accountabilities

  • Lead and administer the organization, coordination and execution of industrial multidiscipline project portfolios, comprising such projects as generation and associated with the generation portion of the Bulk Electricity System. Lead matrix project execution teams. Coordinate and be responsible for project documentation. Ensure appropriate Project Management and Contract Management governance is followed.
  • Undertake the organizing, coordinating and controlling of all stages of project management in accordance with Project Management governance for assigned projects or project packages from participation in development and approval to safe execution to final acceptance, or its transfer to a dedicated project unit, as circumstances dictate.
  • Provide input into the preparation of project background information, contribute to scope and constructability reviews, and assist in the preparation of Business Case Submissions to senior management, the Executive Office and the Board of Directors, for project approval and the release of funds.
  • Prepare and coordinate the preparation of all information pertinent to an assigned project and alternatives to be considered for input into planning.
  • Prepare, review, provide input into, and accept project charters for assigned projects.
  • Initiate and coordinate estimates, schedules, execution plans and contract performance specifications.
  • Develop structures for estimating and controlling project funds.
  • Gather input from stakeholder departments and agencies to ensure project requirements are captured and detailed in the estimate and execution plans.
  • Arrange for application to, and negotiate with internal and external agencies for all necessary approvals, licenses, permits or clearances required.
  • Ensure proper process is followed when defining labour requirements and arranging for labour resources.
  • Coordinate the clarification of design and specification requirements, and arrange for necessary changes.
  • Co-ordinate and participate in the preparation of specifications, bid packages, evaluation of tenders, and purchasing recommendations.
  • Arrange and lead meetings to coordinate the requirements of, and progress by designers, suppliers, construction and operations before and after contract award.
  • Maintain close liaison with field construction forces and operations on matters involving design, schedules, costing, and other related issues.
  • Provide immediate and higher management with regular project or work package reports.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on cost and schedule, and manage changes.
  • Review cost variance reports, provide explanations and recommendations for disposition of variances, and take corrective actions when required.
  • Evaluate project plans at every stage for project risk and develop mitigation plans. Execute other project management functions as required by corporate policies and procedures.
  • Perform all aspects of the Contract Administrator role as defined by Contractor Management governance and as assigned. Act as the Constructor’s Supervisor as defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, or Contract Monitor as required.
  • Manage contractors according to Contractor Management governance, providing oversight and verification. Review and approve as required contractor submissions, schedules, work methods and quality procedures. Ensure contractor is prepared to work safely by applying Contractor Management governance and following the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Corporate Safety Rules, the Contractor Safety Manual, and other applicable guidelines. Recommend to Supervisor the assignment of additional resources as required. If contract administration or contract monitoring activities are undertaken by others in the project team, work closely with the team to ensure all project and contract requirements are communicated, and roles are clearly defined and properly understood.
  • Maintain communication with internal and external stakeholders, regulatory bodies and agencies, and cooperate in exchange of relevant information as required to meet the project objectives.
  • Arrange and chair meetings involving appropriate stakeholders with a given project. Guide and direct discussions involving internal staff, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and the like, in an effort to efficiently and effectively meet project objectives.
  • Coordinate the preparation of project turnover documentation and ensure completeness. Document and address outstanding project deficiencies.
  • Visit various site locations, manufacturers, and suppliers as required. Be prepared to observe plant sites and installations in Canada and outside the country to observe manufacturing progress, techniques, equipment, etc. Provide input as required, and utilize knowledge gained for Ontario Power Generation application.
  • Maintain awareness of, and keep all project parties informed of latest construction, budgeting, estimating and scheduling practices and other corporate procedures. Review and maintain awareness of all corporate and local procedures pertinent to project control and administration. Maintain process compliance during project execution and advise supervisor if compliance cannot be achieved.
  • Participate in programs to dispose of surplus equipment which become available, consequent to cancelled construction projects, such as unused turbines, generators and the like or are being disposed of as part of a project. Meet with potential buyers and attempt to influence same to accept such equipment in lieu of other purchases.
  • Maintain an awareness of technological advancements in project management, engineering and construction fields. Review technical publications and other literature. Communicate with project management counterparts internally and externally to discuss views on improved processes, designs, products, methods and techniques.
  • On a periodic basis, where dictated by circumstance, be responsible for supervision. Assemble job information and plan work as necessary. Assign portions of the work, and provide advice and direction as required. Check and assume responsibility for the work issued.
  • Perform other duties as required.



  • 4-year university degree in Engineering, Science or Business or the equivalent amount of training and experience
  • PMP certification is a considered is a desirable asset
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng) designation is a desirable asset



  • 6+ years of experience in industrial project management, specifically, in developing project requirements and plans; preparing cost estimates; participating in contract bidding and award processes, managing projects in execution phase, and managing project closeout. 
  • Multiple years experience managing multidiscipline projects in a heavy industrial environment.  Preference will be given to applicants with heavy industrial electrical background/experience.
  • Prior experience in managing conflicting priorities of scope, schedule, cost and quality. 
  • Sound knowledge and familiarity with equipment and processes in generating stations or similar heavy industries. 
  • Excellent problem solving abilities and the ability provide guidance. 
  • Experience and knowledge of cost accounting and forecasting as it relates to project management.
  • Prior experience applying commercial contracting methods, contract management, construction methods, codes and standards, quality assurance and health and safety. 
  • Proven ability as a team player to understand and manage the interrelationships of various internal and external groups in order to facilitate objectives and ensure projects satisfy stakeholder requirements. 
  • Demonstrated experience addressing environmental protection and associated concerns. 
  • Experience in managing projects of increasing complexity is considered a necessary requirement; project complexity would normally be defined by multiple-contract, multiple stakeholder projects with schedule constraints.
  • Requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills and highly developed organizational skills. 
  • Must possess a valid G driver’s license in good standing.


The successful candidate will exhibit uncompromising integrity and commitment to upholding corporate values, and the OPG Code of Business Conduct.



As Ontario’s largest clean energy generator, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) offers an exciting combination of challenging opportunities and career diversity in a work environment where safety is a fundamental value. Being an OPG employee means you can apply your knowledge, broaden your skills and make a valuable contribution to an organization that is vital to Ontario's success.

At OPG our values are our strengths.  They are fundamental truths about our organization that don’t change.  Safety. Integrity. Excellence. People and Citizenship.  


Here's why OPG might just be the ideal workplace for you:

  • Exceptional range of opportunities province-wide
  • Long-term career growth and development opportunities
  • Electricity is vital to the province


If you are looking to learn from others and be part of something important, and you are excited about the future of power generation, you will find the right fit at OPG.


Our promise to you

  • We care about the safety and the well-being of our employees. It is our utmost priority.
  • A supportive work environment where you can be your best every day.
  • Opportunities to stretch and develop in our diverse lines of business.
  • Provide spaces for innovative thinking and solutions,
  • Offer different ways for you to give back to communities where we operate.
  • We support employment equity and diversity.




Please submit your application online at by 11:59 PM E.S.T., January 25, 2021.  OPG thanks all those who apply; however, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.



OPG is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and supported. If you require accommodation during the application or interview process, please advise us as soon as possible so appropriate arrangements can be made.


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