A former deputy minister to Gordon Campbell is set to take the helm of B.C. Hydro.
Jessica McDonald will replace the retiring Charles Reid as president and CEO on July 14, the board of directors of the Crown corporation announced today (May 29).
"I thank Charles for his dedication and leadership and I congratulate Jessica on her new role," Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett said in a news release. "She has the right mix of skills and public and private sector leadership experience to ensure we keep rates down while BC Hydro invests in our electricity system. I look forward to working with her as BC Hydro continues to implement the 10-year-plan."
From 2005 to 2009, McDonald served as deputy minister to the premier, cabinet secretary, and head of the public service. Most recently, McDonald led the provincial government's review of the Industry Training Authority, which wrapped up in April. She's also a director of ICBC.
B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan asserted the appointment shows that more "political mismanagement" is in store for B.C. Hydro.
“B.C. Liberal mismanagement of B.C. Hydro has already driven up rates for British Columbians. Another Liberal appointment will only make things worse,” Horgan said in a news release.
“Jessica McDonald has no experience in the energy sector. Her only relevant experience is as a deputy to the premier who put B.C. Hydro in the mess it's in today.”