Feb 15th – Chamber Luncheon – BC Hydro: Investing in British Columbia’s Future

Chamber Members & Community Are Invited To Attend!

BC Hydro: Investing in British Columbia’s Future

 

Tickets: Chamber Members – $35 / Potential Members $40
Location: Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre
 Tickets are available for purchase through Eventbrite.

 BC Hydro: Investing in British Columbia’s Future 

For more than 50 years, BC Hydro has been providing British Columbians with reliable, affordable and clean power. Today, our four million customers enjoy the benefits of decades of investment in hydro power and in transmission and distribution infrastructure through some of the most challenging terrain in North America.

We are investing more than $2 billion a year for the next decade to maintain and upgrade our aging assets as well as develop new power infrastructure – everything from turbines and seismic upgrading of dams to substations and power poles. These investments are vital to ensuring we continue to reliably meet our customer’s current and future electricity needs.

The power we generate here in BC is 98% clean and we have some of the lowest electricity rates in North America. The Site C Clean Energy Project is one of the keys to keeping our power clean and affordable as we meet our province’s growing electricity demand. After unprecedented research and review, we determined that this was our best long-term option for providing affordable and renewable power. We began construction on this critical project last year and it is on-time and on-budget. It’s one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in British Columbia and more than 1,500 British Columbians are working on this project today.

As an organization, BC Hydro has a huge impact on the lives of the people of British Columbia. Our employees work in communities throughout the province and we draw on a multitude of small and medium-sized businesses to support our efforts. We are proud of the fact that earlier this year, BC Hydro was named the most influential brand in B.C. for 2015 and again in 2016 by B.C. Business Magazine. We have also been named the Number One Employer in Canada by Forbes Magazine.

With these honours comes the responsibility to maintain the trust and respect of our customers and stakeholders. It takes a lot of hard work to uphold our responsibilities. Our crews work in all conditions to keep the lights on and our teams work in some of the most remote locations of the province to generate the power flowing to our cities, homes and businesses. It’s all part of our goal to become the most trusted, innovative utility company in North America – smart about power in all we do.

W.J. Brad Bennett, chair of the board

The B.C. provincial government appointed W.J. Brad Bennett, O.B.C., as the chair of BC Hydro on September 30, 2015.

Bennett is President of McIntosh Properties Ltd., a real estate investment and private equity investment company. Bennett has served on a number of public and private company boards and is currently a director of Kal Tire Holdings Ltd., a director of Exchange Income Corp, and a director of Quails’ Gate Winery.

He is a director of the UBC Properties Trust and is a trustee of the Fraser Institute. Past public service positions include chair of MITACS, chair of the University of British Columbia, chair of Okanagan University College, chair of Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, co-chair of the Central Okanagan Hospice Campaign, and chair of the Rotary Centre for the Arts Building Committee.

Bennett received an honorary Alumni Award from the University of British Columbia in 2007, was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2010, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of British Columbia in 2011. Prior to being appointed Chair, Bennett was a director of BC Hydro from January 26, 2012 to September 30, 2015.

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Northern Lights College for being our 2017 Community Sponsor for Chamber luncheons:
Thank you to our 2017 Chamber Champions:
Sponsorship Opportunities: Would you like to be our “Community Business Sponsor” for this luncheon? Gain direct access to a senior-level audience through enhanced visibility and exposure to attract new business. A wide range of opportunities are available. For more information please contact Lilia Hansen at the Fort St. John & Dist. Chamber of Commerce by email: info@fsjchamber.com or by calling 250-785-6037.