Sr Industrial Symbiosis Practitioner / Industrial Symbiosis Practitioner (Full Time)


As a mission-driven social enterprise, Light House is dedicated to advancing the green economy, improving standard practices, promoting business-to-business collaboration, and educating governments and organizations on how to be part of the solution.


CLOSING SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST

Light House is hiring a Sr. Industrial Symbiosis Practitioner (“Sr. Practitioner”) and an Industrial Symbiosis Practitioner (“Practitioner”) to help us deliver an exciting 18 month industrial symbiosis pilot project in Greater Vancouver. We will be piloting the UK-developed, internationally implemented National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) model, with an aim to engage more than 150 businesses during the pilot.  For more details about the Canadian adaptation of the NISP model, please click here.

The Practitioners will be responsible for engaging and managing relationships with businesses of all sectors and sizes, helping to identify and implement business-to-business symbiosis opportunities. More specifically, the Sr. Practitioner will play a lead role in publicising the pilot; facilitating business workshops; and providing technical support to businesses implementing symbiosis. The Sr. Practitioner will also be responsible for regular performance reporting, liaison with funders, and, ultimately, in evaluating the lessons learned from the pilot to support the development of a long-term program model in Canada. The Practitioner will provide support to the Sr. Practitioner.

Ideally, the Sr. Practitioner brings a technical background combined with at least 10 years’ experience, and the Practitioner a technical background and at least 3 years’ experience, working with or in industry, especially manufacturing; biobased industries; or clean tech. Both Practitioners are confident, results-oriented team players with excellent networking and problem solving skills. Knowledge of industrial symbiosis, industrial ecology, and/or circular economy principles and practices will be considered an asset.

The Sr. Practitioner will report to the Program Manager, and will also work closely with a multi-stakeholder Regional Advisory Committee. The Sr. Practitioner will be responsible for supervising the Practitioner as well.
These are full-time, 18 month contract positions based in Vancouver, BC. Interviews will be scheduled for September 13/14, 2017. The target start date will be between September 18 and 29, 2017.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV in a single PDF labeled with your surname to Tracy Casavant, Program Lead, NISP-Canada Pilot at by Sunday September 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

About the NISP model:

NISP is an internationally renowned model for building business opportunities around industrial symbiosis (e.g., waste–to-resources linkages), with proven and significant economic and environmental benefits. Initiatives based on NISP are running in 22 countries. NISP’s success is linked to four key elements: facilitated workshops to identify opportunities (versus waste audits or waste exchange databases); locally-based, NISP practitioners dedicated to working with businesses to implement opportunities; free up-front participation for businesses; verified and quantified economic and environmental performance for every opportunity implemented.

The success of the NISP model is that it achieves industrial symbiosis without the requirement for expensive and time consuming waste audits. Furthermore, only industrial symbiosis opportunities with a business case that is readily apparent to the participating parties are implemented. The NISP engagement model begins with ‘working with the willing’ and gradually brings in supply chains, sectors that are ‘missing’, obvious candidates (not only companies) that could benefit.