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Carolynn Ryan

Senior Vice-President, People & Chief Human Resources Officer

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Carolynn Ryan

Carolynn Ryan is BC Hydro’s Senior Vice-President, People & Chief Human Resources Officer and has been with the company since 2018. She leads the team of HR professionals who support employees through the entire employment life cycle from recruitment to retirement.  

Carolynn’s portfolio includes recruitment, people development, inclusion and diversity, labour relations, benefits and ethics. Her team works collaboratively with many groups across the organization to support managers and employees to do their best work, recognizing that everyone comes to work every day wanting to add value and be valued. 

Carolynn has worked in HR for her entire career, specializing for many years in Labour Relations and collective bargaining. Before joining BC Hydro, she worked at WorkSafeBC for 25 years in progressively more senior positions in Human Resources, with her final positions as Director of Labour Relations & Strategic Partnerships and Director, HR Operations - Worker and Employer Services. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Law Society of BC as a Bencher for four years and as HR Committee Chair for several non-profit childcare Boards. 

Carolynn was born in Prince George, raised in Kamloops and briefly lived in Mississauga, but she’s called Vancouver home for many years. She lives by the motto “lead, learn, share” recognizing that when we lead by example, learn from one another, and are open to sharing our knowledge and experience, we all grow.