Jessica L. McDonald
Chair of the Board of Directors
Jessica L. McDonald is Chair of the Board of Directors.
Ms. McDonald has extensive experience in senior public sector management from a career spanning more than 25 years.
She held many positions in the British Columbia government, including as a deputy minister. From 2005 to 2009, she held the most senior public service position in the provincial government as deputy minister to the premier, cabinet secretary and head of the BC Public Service, responsible for overseeing all aspects of government operations.
From 2014 to 2017, she served as President and CEO of BC Hydro, one of Canada's largest energy suppliers. She was also Chair of the Board of Directors of Powertech Labs, one of the largest testing and research laboratories in North America, and on the Board of Directors of Powerex Corp, a key participant in energy trading markets in North America.
She has served as Vice Chair of the Insurance Corporation of BC, serves as a Board Member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, and is a member of the BC Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, and the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada. She has been named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40, and Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the IPAC/Deloitte National Gold Award for Public Sector Leadership.
Ms. McDonald is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.