President, Canadian Hydropower Association
Jacob Irving has over ten years of experience as an association manager and stakeholder relations specialist. He is a political science graduate from the University of Ottawa. Jacob Irving currently leads the Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA), whose mission is to promote the technical, economic, social, and environmental advantages of hydropower. The CHA supports the responsible development and use of hydropower to meet present and future electricity needs in a sustainable manner.
Jacob Irving started his career in government with the Library of Parliament in Ottawa from 1995 until 1998. Following this, he worked in Cape Town, South Africa as a project manager for the Western Cape Provincial Parliament to assist with institutional change following the adoption of the new South African Constitution.
Upon his return to Canada, Jacob Irving joined the Alberta oil and gas industry in 2000, where he spent the decade working in all facets of stakeholder relations for some of the world’s largest energy companies. Most recently, Jacob Irving was executive director of the Oil Sands Developers Group in Fort McMurray, where he served as an industry spokesperson and acted as a liaison between his member companies and a wide range of stakeholders.
Jacob Irving’s career has focused on the interaction between economic, social and environmental interests, and he is motivated by achieving the broadest possible benefits from Canadian energy development.