Reorganization takes place at Canadian utility BC Hydro

The chief executive officer of BC Hydro, Jessica McDonald, has reorganized the company’s executive team, creating new business units and promoting former Executive Vice President Chris O’Riley to deputy CEO. This is according to reports by multiple Canadian news sources.

O’Riley will take over a new business group called Capital Infrastructure Project Delivery. He also will be responsible for supervising the human resources and corporate legal departments, which previously reported to McDonald. O’Riley also is responsible for dam safety, strategic emergency management, aboriginal relations and environmental risk management.

O’Riley has been with BC Hydro for 20 years and has been executive VP of generation since 2007.

McDonald took over the reins at the provincial Crown corporation in July 2014, after the retirement of President and CEO Charles Reid.

News sources indicate O’Riley’s open position, under which he managed the day-to-day operations of the company’s generating facilities, will be filled. In fact, the Vancouver Sun reported that McDonald indicated this reorganization will offer “five leadership roles that will be open for competition.”

BC Hydro owns 31 hydroelectric plants with total capacity of 10,927 MW. It is currently working on a 1,000-MW expansion of its Mica facility on the Columbia River.

A call to BC Hydro to verify the veracity of the above statements was not returned. A visit to the website indicates that it has not yet been updated, as it contains the below information with regard to BC Hydro executives:

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