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BC Hydro’s Strategic Procurement

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As the third largest electric utility in Canada, BC Hydro serves customers in an area containing over 94% of British Columbia’s population. BC Hydro endeavours to provide energy solutions to its customers in an environmentally and socially responsible way by balancing British Columbians’ energy needs with the concerns of the environment. Through the efficient and reliable supply of electricity, BC Hydro supports the development of British Columbia and has constructed a world-class integrated hydroelectric system. Due to this efficient, reliable system, British Columbians enjoy some of the lowest electricity rates in North America.

But as many plants are coming to the end of their life cycle an intensive capital investment is planned for the next 5-10 years. Our speaker, Bill Earis, will provide an overview of BC Hydro’s upcoming planned Capital Program including an explanation of the strategic plan, where they are going for procurements, what is the meat of the capital plan and immediate projects many under $50 million.

Bill Earis manages BC Hydro’s Generation Engineering Construction Management Division. The Division is responsible for ensuring Construction Projects at Generating Stations and Reservoirs are completed safely, on time and within budget. Bill is a Professional Engineer, a Project Management Professional and has a Masters degree in Construction and Project Management from UBC.

When:
Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Being Prepared: Day to Day Transportation of People and Goods During the 2010 Winter Games

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Individuals and companies have started to ask how they should plan their day to day operations and activities during the period of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (“the Games”). Part of the question involves having an understanding of what the transportation plan for Vancouver and surround will look like and how staff and goods will move through and around the City during this period.

Dale Bracewell is a professional engineer and has worked in the Transportation Division of Engineering Services at the City of Vancouver for the last nine years. He holds a Master’s degree in Transportation and his experience includes working for both municipal and provincial governments and the private sector. Dale is currently the Director of Olympic Transportation and is responsible for coordinating the City’s transportation planning and operations with VANOC (Vancouver Organizing Committee) and other transportation partners for the Olympics.

Dale will discuss the City’s proposed transportation concept plan for the period of the Games, the various objectives, challenges, considerations and alternatives that lead to the development of this concept plan.

When:
Thursday, January 22, 2009

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