Candidate Documents

As part of the application process, candidates must upload the following five documents:

  1. Letter (maximum 500 words) Candidates are required to submit a letter outlining why he/she wishes to be an Action Canada Fellow. Letters must discuss the:
    • Importance of the program at this stage of the candidate’s education or career;
    • Candidate’s future career plans;
    • Importance to the candidate of a commitment to civic engagement in public issues and to making a contribution to Canada;
    • Candidate’s ability to transform ideas into action; candidate’s ability to respect and understand new and different perspectives in addressing public policy issues;
    • Candidate’s views on how an individual creates change and the circumstances for change.
  2. Statement (maximum 500 words) The candidate’s statement should respond to the following question: Governments around the world – and across Canada – have begun to address the social, economic, political and environmental implications of climate change. What must Canada do as a country to prepare our industries, our communities and our people for the future of global energy policy?
  3. Curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages). A CV of more than 3 pages will not be read.
  4. Scanned copy of university/college transcripts or transcript of most recent educational institution attended.
  5. Letter of endorsement from applicant’s employer, academic supervisor or equivalent. This letter should demonstrate the that the applicant’s employer, academic advisor or equivalent is aware of his/her intention to participate in this program. The letter should include information that confirms the applicant, if successful, will be granted time away from the office to complete all study tours in person.
  6. Two references (name, title, phone number, email address, and relationship with candidate). References should have an established personal or professional relationship with the candidate and should not be a member of the individual’s family, including through marriage.

All documents must be uploaded and submitted by 5:00 pm Pacific, 21 April 2017. Incomplete or late submissions may not be considered. Hard-copy, faxed and emailed documents are not accepted. It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that the online application is successfully submitted by the deadline.

FAQs

Must individuals be nominated for the Your Energy Future program?

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No. All candidates must apply for this program.

Is there an age limit for participation in Your Energy Future program?

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Yes, candidates must be between the ages of 18-35 at the time of application.

What is the deadline for the submission of applications?

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All application documents and supporting letters must be uploaded and submitted online by 5:00 pm Pacific Time Friday, 21 April 2017.  

What is the difference between the candidate’s letter and statement? The candidate’s letter should include information about:

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  • importance of the program at this stage in the candidate’s life
  • the candidate’s future career plans
  • importance of civic engagement to the candidate, and desire to make a contribution to Canada
  • candidate’s ability to transform ideas into action
  • candidate’s ability to respect and understand new and different perspectives in addressing public policy issues
  • candidate’s views on how an individual creates change and the circumstances for change

The candidate’s statement should respond to the following question:

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Governments around the world – and across Canada – have begun to address the social, economic, political and environmental implications of climate change. What must Canada do as a country to prepare our industries, our communities and our people for the future of global energy policy?  

Should the candidate submit the letters of reference? Should the referees email or mail them directly to the Public Policy Forum?

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No. The candidate is to provide, online, the contact information for two referees. The Public Policy Forum will contact each referee, as needed during the selection process.

To whom should I address my application?

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Applications should be addressed to the Your Energy Future, National Selection Committee.

Must applicants to Your Energy Future program be enrolled in graduate studies, or have post-secondary or graduate/professional degrees?

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No. Your Energy Future program is directed towards individuals between the ages of 18-35 with demonstrated leadership potential, as well as interest and passion in public policy, especially energy-related issues. There are no degree requirements.

Is Your Energy Future program open to all disciplines or only those related to public policy and leadership?

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Yes, Your Energy Future is open to individuals from all walks of life. Prior or current studies in a particular discipline or a specific type of work experience are not requirements of this program.

Must candidates be Canadian citizens?

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Yes, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Is Your Energy Future a full-time program?

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No. While the commitment to participate in Your Energy Future is substantial, participation in this program is to be undertaken in conjunction with the applicant’s regular work or studies.

What is the time commitment for participation in the Your Energy Future program?

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The time commitment is substantial. Participants must be available to travel and participate in four to five, four-to-eight-day (scheduled around weekends) intensive study tours during the program. Study tours will be held in different cities across Canada, including but not limited to Calgary, Winnipeg and Montreal.

When does the Your Energy Future program begin and end?

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The program will begin on 1 June, 2017 and conclude on 31 March, 2018.

Are costs related to participation in the study tours covered by the Public Policy Forum?

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Travel and accommodation costs for all components of the program are covered by the Public Policy Forum, according to federal government travel directives. Meals are also provided as part of each study tour program.

I have a prior commitment the weekend of one of the conferences, can I still apply?

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Selected participants must attend all working conferences from beginning to end, without exception.

What if I am neither a student or employed during the duration of the program?

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If you are neither a student nor employed at the time of application, please write a letter explaining this, and sign it yourself. Please upload it in the field reserved for the letter of endorsement.

Candidate Selection Criteria

  • Record of leadership and/or extraordinary achievement apart from academic studies.
  • Superior character, open-mindedness, energy, courage, demonstrated teamwork ability and interest in working with others
  • A passion for Canada; the potential to become a Canadian leader and the commitment to make a positive contribution to Canada.
  • Record of excellent post-secondary academic achievement, or other demonstration of outstanding intellectual ability.
  • A strong interest in public policy, particularly with respect to the energy sector (academic, professional or other).
  • The dates for the 2017/2018 working conferences are:
    • 13-17 June 2017
    • 8-13 August 2017
    • 10-15 October 2017
    • 8-13 January 2018
    • 7-9 March

Candidate selection process

All application documents and supporting letters must be uploaded and submitted online by 5:00 pm PT Friday, 21 April 2017. The Forum will not review incomplete or late applications. It is the responsibility of candidates to complete and submit their application by the deadline above. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview. The first interview will be one-on-one, via Skype, and will take place before 30 April 2017. Applicants who successfully complete the first interview will be invited to a second interview that will take place via Skype on 5 or 6 May 2017. Details regarding the two interviews will be sent by email to the shortlisted candidates. Reference checks may be conducted. Additional references may be requested and references may be contacted via telephone or email. To ensure that the selection of participants reflects Canada’s diversity, the selection committee may take into consideration factors such as gender, language and regional representation. The Public Policy Forum will not provide feedback at any stage of the selection process. Selected candidates must accept an offer to participate in Your Energy Future, in writing, and submit signed documentation to the Public Policy Forum by the deadline outlined in the offer documents. Late returns or non-responses may be considered a forfeit of participation.

Timeline

5:00 pm PT Friday, 21 April 2017

all application documents and supporting letters must be uploaded and submitted by this deadline. 24 April 2017 – deadline for candidates to receive invitation to an interview

24 April 2017

deadline for candidates to receive invitation to an interview

30 April 2017

candidates invited for a Skype interview will have those interviews completed by this date

6-7 May

shortlisted candidates participate in National Selection Committee interviews by Skype

Mid-May 2017

selection of the Your Future Energy leaders. The Forum will contact candidates via email with an invitation to participate in this program.