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BC Hydro
Executive Vice President, Operations

Clean, abundant electricity is key to BC’s economic prosperity and our quality of life. BC Hydro is a Crown corporation, owned by the government and people of British Columbia. It’s our job to generate, purchase, and deliver reliable, affordable electricity for our customers.

We act with integrity in all of our business relationships, complying with all applicable laws, following best practice guidelines in corporate governance, and providing a healthy and safe workplace for all our employees.

Reporting directly to the President & Chief Operating Officer (President), the Executive Vice-President, Operations (EVP) contributes broadly on the Executive Team and is personally responsible for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the systems and assets needed to generate and deliver electricity to customers throughout British Columbia. The Operations business group is comprised of Line Field Operations; Stations Field Operations; Generation System Operations; Transmission and Distribution Operations; Construction Services; Program & Contract Management; and Distribution Design & Customer Connections.

The EVP is accountable for leading thousands of employees in every corner of the province, overseeing $500M in capital development projects annually contributing to the successful delivery of approximately $1.6B in annual capital development initiatives. The mandate calls for a talented individual who can deal with the business drivers and complexity of BC Hydro’s diverse operations and maintenance programs, in Generation, Transmission and Distribution. This multi-faceted role requires a leader who will work effectively with the executive team, the Board of Directors and its various committees, plus Indigenous communities, as well as a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders including unions, contractors, and government.

This is a critically important senior leadership role that will influence planning, building and supporting the organization’s entire infrastructure, and taking a lead role in overseeing all operations across BC.  Beyond the requisite understanding of the complexities of a massive utility, the new EVP must bring personal qualities, including adaptability, engagement, visibility and tenacity. It is a role unlike any other at BC Hydro; the EVP must be able to pivot from a strategic level to connecting with employees in the field. Cool under pressure and committed to safety above all else, the successful candidate is focused on the reliability of BC Hydro, which provides one of life’s most essential services.

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