Brad Bennett appointed new chair of BC Hydro

Premier Christy Clark today announced Brad Bennett would be replacing Stephen Bellringer as the chair of the BC Hydro board of directors.

Brad Bennett is president of McIntosh Properties Ltd, a real estate and private equity investment company. He is also the grandson of W.A.C. Bennett.

Stephen Bellringer served as BC Hydro chair starting in November 2012, and his term expires today.

He’s also been chair of the Powerex board since October 2014 – prior to that he had served on the BC Hydro board as director for nine years, over two separate terms.

In addition to the final investment decision to proceed with the Site C dam, Bellringer has oversaw the launch of a capital plan that will re-invest over $2-billion a year in BC Hydro’s aging system, and the release of an Integrated Resource Plan which maps BC Hydro’s future needs for the next generation.

Also during his term, BC Hydro completed the Northwest Transmission Line, which is opening new economic opportunity in British Columbia’s northwest region, installed and commissioned a fifth generating unit at the Mica dam and generating station, and began the modernization of the BC Hydro electricity grid.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Steve over the two years I have been Minister of Energy and Mines,” said Bill Bennett. ” I am also excited about the future of BC Hydro and look forward to working even more closely with new chair, Brad Bennett. Welcome Brad, and thank-you Steve. The utility remains in good hands.”

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