President & CEO, Powerex
Tom Bechard was appointed as President & CEO of Powerex effective December 11, 2017.
Tom joined BC Hydro in 1990 and held various roles in engineering and operations until moving to Powerex in 1997. He has held various leadership roles, was instrumental in building the natural gas business for Powerex, and for the past seven years, has been a Managing Director for the Trading team with a primary focus on the Alberta trading business, as well as the organization’s natural gas trading business. Tom holds a Professional Engineering designation in BC and a degree in engineering from UBC.
Powerex is the electricity marketing subsidiary of BC Hydro. Established in 1988, Powerex works closely with BC Hydro to maximize the value of Hydro’s electric system for the benefit of all BC Hydro customers. Powerex trade activities enhance BC Hydro’s energy reliability and help keep domestic electricity rates low. In addition, Powerex is a key participant in energy markets across North America, buying and supplying physical wholesale power, natural gas, ancillary services, and environmental products with an ever-expanding list of over 450 trade partners.