Phase 2 of the Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro

The objective of the Phase 2 of the Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro is to create a strategy, for the benefit of British Columbians, for BC Hydro to continue to provide its customers with clean energy at competitive rates through the continuing evolution of BC Hydro in response to changes in climate, consumer demand, technology and B.C.'s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Nations.

Following completion of Phase 1 of the Review of BC Hydro in February 2019, Government initiated Phase 2 in July 2019. This second phase will be a broad, transformational review that will examine some of the significant changes and shifts taking place in B.C. and continental energy sectors and will produce recommendations to strategically position BC Hydro and the Province for long-term success, including BC Hydro’s role in achieving the electrification goals set out in CleanBC. Phase 2 will leverage BC Hydro’s strengths and focus on:

  • BC Hydro’s role in supporting CleanBC and meeting the Province’s legislated 2030, 2040 and 2050 greenhouse gas reduction targets;
  • future opportunities or new roles for Indigenous Nations and for communities in the energy sector;
  • integrating new technologies and electricity market trends into BC Hydro’s structure, services and assets while keeping rates affordable; and
  • new opportunities for BC Hydro to expand its business in markets outside B.C. to the benefit of ratepayers.

Phase 2 will be guided by the Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro Phase 2 - Terms of Reference (PDF, 121 KB). The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources will work with BC Hydro; energy industry experts with extensive experience in North American utility operation, technology, regulation and electricity markets; and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, to produce an interim report before the end of the year.

Stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples will be asked to provide feedback on interim Phase 2 results.

A final report with recommendations will be completed in early 2020.

The following external energy industry experts will inform Phase 2:

David Bibby, North Vancouver, B.C.

David Bibby has over 25 years of experience in strategic technology leadership within growth-oriented global organizations. He has been the head of Global Digital Services at Finning International since January 2016. Prior to this, he held positions as the vice-president, Information Technology, at Vancity Savings and the senior vice-president of technology at Canaccord Genuity Corporation.

Gwenne Farrell, White Rock, B.C.

Gwenne Farrell worked as a vice-president of MoveUp from May 2005 until November 2018. Prior to that she worked as a financial analyst with BC Hydro. In the spring of 2007, Gwenne was also elected to the office of secretary-treasurer of Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE), Local 378’s national union. 

Mark Jaccard, Vancouver, B.C.

Mark Jaccard has been a professor since 1986 in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University. From 1992 to 1997 he served as chair and chief executive officer of the B.C. Utilities Commission. He has published over 100 academic papers, most of these related to his principal research focus: the design and application of energy-economy models that assess the effectiveness of sustainable energy and climate policies. 

Stephen Koch, Ottawa, Ontario

Stephen Koch is the director of emerging issues at the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), the national voice of electricity in Canada. As director of the National Emerging Issues Committee, Stephen works with senior CEA members and industry experts to identify, predict, and prepare for technological innovations and potentially disruptive market changes across the energy sector. Stephen was previously president of the Oil Heat Association, executive director of NAIMA Canada, and held other leadership roles which included chairperson of Envirocentre.

Caitlin Liotiris, Salt Lake City, Utah

Caitlin Liotiris has expertise in electricity market development, regional transmission planning and policy, and energy procurement arenas. Her work includes advocacy at regional forums, performing market and regulatory evaluations, and facilitating the incorporation of new policies and market structures into modelling tools.  She is a principal at Energy Strategies.

Annita McPhee, North Vancouver, B.C.

Annita McPhee is from the Tahltan/Tlingit Nations in British Columbia. An expert in Aboriginal engagement and communications, Annita is the principal of Annita McPhee Strategies and provides strategic advice to industry and numerous First Nations communities. As the former three-term president of the Tahltan Central Government, she was instrumental in negotiating more than $2 billion worth of agreements on behalf of the Nation for BC Hydro’s northwest transmission line and associated run of river projects. Annita’s academic background includes having a degree in law, a Bachelor of Social Work, and public relations.

Liisa O'Hara, West Vancouver, B.C.

After a lengthy career as an executive in the energy transportation business, Liisa O’Hara served as commissioner to the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) for 10 years. As BCUC commissioner, Liisa participated in oversight of the province’s natural gas and electricity utilities, the regulation of rates, and the development of new facilities. As commissioner, she also developed a strong interest in clean energy solutions. 

Blake Shaffer, Calgary, Alberta

Blake Shaffer has extensive experience in the energy sector, with a specific focus on electricity markets. Blake’s 15-year career has taken him from the trading arm of BC Hydro, to Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital in New York as a senior energy trader, and director of energy trading at Transalta Corporation in Calgary, Alberta. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Calgary, department of economics.

Dan Woynillowicz, Victoria, B.C.

Dan Woynillowicz is an accomplished non-profit leader working to identify and implement climate solutions. An experienced analyst, strategist and advocate, he has significant knowledge and experience in the fields of energy and environmental policy. He joined Clean Energy Canada in December 2012 as policy director.