Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Apr 7, 2019

Hydro OnePoweska is currently BC Hydro’s Executive Vice President, Operations, with responsibility for all aspects of the company’s electricity generation, transmission and distribution operations. His appointment as President and CEO of Hydro One reinforces a focus on operational excellence and exceptional, affordable service, the utility says.

Throughout his career, Poweska has prioritized safety, customer service, driving efficiencies, and improving the reliability of the electricity system.

“Mark’s proven record in building a strong safety culture, exceeding customer expectations and improving operational performance will help to ensure that Hydro One is strong now and into the future,” says  Tom Woods, Chair of the Board of Hydro One.


Poweska is an engineer with experience at all levels of the electricity industry, from front line to executive responsibility, in all three parts of the business: generation, transmission and distribution. He has a proven ability to build and maintain excellent relationships with industry partners, unions, Indigenous communities, regulators and all levels of government.


“I am very excited for the opportunity to take on this leadership role at Hydro One, which plays a critical part in the lives of everyone in Ontario,” says Poweska. “I am committed to Hydro One being a customer-friendly company delivering safe, affordable and reliable power. I look forward to getting to work and to developing a strategic plan to deliver on these goals.


"My immediate priorities include getting to know the Hydro One team, establishing a positive working relationship with all of our key stakeholders, Indigenous communities and the Government of Ontario, and working to earn the ongoing trust and confidence of the investment community."

Poweska succeeds Acting President and CEO Paul Dobson, who will remain with the organization for a period of time to provide support during the transition.

Poweska joined BC Hydro in 1993 and has worked in several parts of the organization, including engineering, construction and procurement. He was Director, Generation Engineering (2007-2010); General Manager, Generation Operations (2010-2013); and Senior Vice President, Transmission & Distribution Engineering, Design and Customer Connections (2013-2015). He was appointed as Senior Vice President, Training, Development & Generation in 2015 and Executive Vice President, Operations in October 2017.


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CSAClimate change and its associated impacts will play a central role in Canada's electricity future. In fact, the Conference Board of Canada estimates that approximately $347.5 billion will need to be invested in electricity infrastructure to maintain the system reliability we have today. Making smart investments now can improve the system and help to avoid more severe climate related costs in the future.

“The critical infrastructure we rely on to power our daily lives must remain resilient to more damaging and frequent extreme weather events,” says Mary Cianchetti, President of Standards at CSA Group. “Standards play a critical role in making that happen.

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BCEA Victoria Trade Show

The BC Electrical Association in conjunction with the Victoria distributors and manufacturers committee on Vancouver Island will be holding a tradeshow and golf tournament on May 2, 2019 at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort.

This will be a table top trade show. Distributors have agreed not to hold their own tradeshow three months on either side of this date to ensure a successful event.

 

 



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EE LightingBy Blake Marchand

Energy Efficient Lighting is a LED lighting manufacturer with nearly 30 years of industry experience. One that was founded on principles of environmental sustainability and responsibility to future generations. Based out of Markham, Ontario, Energy Efficient Lighting are established veterans within the LED lighting industry. And with the prominence of LED lighting being a fairly recent industry trend, it is a claim that a select few can make. They offer complete lighting solutions for commercial and industrial applications. Their product lines include conventional lighting fixtures, LED retrofit kits, complete LED luminaires, LED systems, drivers and electronic ballasts.

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