Chris O’Riley

Chris O’Riley leads BC Hydro, B.C.’s largest Crown corporation and the fourth largest company in the province as ranked by annual revenue. Powered by water, BC Hydro safely provides reliable, affordable, clean electricity to its five million customers.

To ensure a reliable supply of this critical product, BC Hydro is spending approximately $2.9 billion per year over the next 10 years to refurbish and expand its electricity assets. With construction of the Site C Project currently underway, BC Hydro continues to seek opportunities to support clean energy development in B.C., such as through low-carbon electrification.

Chris built his career at BC Hydro, starting as an engineer-in-training fresh out of university in 1990. He has held positions throughout the organization and across the province during his career, including working with customers, leading operations, overseeing capital projects, and managing risk for BC Hydro’s trading subsidiary, Powerex.

Chris is a Professional Engineer in electrical engineering and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Chris lives in Vancouver with his wife and three children, where he is active in his local community.