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BC Hydro announces change to executive governance

VANCOUVER: BC Hydro announced today a change to its governance structure with Chris O’Riley moving into the role of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after more than two years as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. O’Riley was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in July 2017 after BC Hydro’s Board of Directors consolidated leadership, appointing Ken Peterson to the role of Executive Chair. As a result of this latest change, Mr. Peterson will be taking on the role of Board Chair, focusing on strategy and Board development.

Mr. O’Riley started with BC Hydro in 1990 as an engineer-in-training. He has since held a number of positions throughout the organization and across the province, including roles working with customers, leading operations, and overseeing capital projects. He has been a member of BC Hydro's Executive Team since 2007, and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2015.

Mr. Peterson was appointed Executive Chair at BC Hydro on July 19, 2017. His 40-year career spans a wide range of duties in the electricity industry including CEO of Powerex from 1994 to 2005. Powerex is the marketing and trading subsidiary of BC Hydro.

This governance change is effective immediately following approval from BC Hydro’s Board of Directors in early September.

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