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BC Hydro CEO appointment sparks controversy – BiV

Jessica McDonald praised for her grounding in environmental issues, but critics label the former Gordon Campbell deputy minister a ‘Liberal partisan’

British Columbia energy observers are split on whether Jessica McDonald is an inspired choice as BC Hydro CEO – or is too close to the B.C. government.

“We’re disappointed that they haven’t brought in somebody with extensive utility experience,” Richard Stout, executive director of the Association of Major Power Consumers, told Business in Vancouver. “What is needed here is a major change in culture and outlook at BC Hydro.”

McDonald was named chief executive officer of the Crown corporation on May 29. She replaces Charles Reid, a former BC Hydro CFO who stepped into the CEO role after the departure of Dave Cobb.

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