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Province names Site C oversight board

The B.C. government has named 10 members of a new oversight board for the $16-billion Site C dam.
An overview of the Site C right bank structures, including the spillways, stilling basins, intakes, penstocks and the powerhouse, April 2021.

The B.C. government has named 10 members of a new oversight board for the $16-billion Site C dam.

The province said Friday the Project Assurance Board is to provide independent due diligence and oversight to ensure the project is "completed safely within the lowest cost and approved schedule."

An economic and geotechnical review of the dam, released earlier this year, included 17 recommendations to improve management and oversight of the project amid budget overruns and construction delays.

"The majority of members are independent external advisors with expertise in capital project construction and management, delivery of major civil projects, commercial negotiations, construction-related claims settlement and other areas," the Ministry of Energy said in a statement.

"These changes will help bolster the collective skill set of the board and ensure it can provide independent advice to both government and the BC Hydro board of directors."

The 10 members are:

  • Mitchell Gropper, independent chair

  • Fred Cummings, independent external advisor

  • Joseph Ehasz, independent external advisor

  • Amanda Farrell, independent external advisor

  • Daryl Fields, director, BC Hydro

  • Doug Foster, assistant deputy minister, Ministry of Finance

  • Les MacLaren, assistant deputy minister, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation

  • Cathy McLay, independent external advisor

  • Catherine Roome, director, BC Hydro

  • Lorne Sivertson, independent external advisor

The province said the board will be supported by the dam's independent oversight advisor, Ernst and Young.

In February, Premier John Horgan said the province would finish building  Site C  following the economic and geotechnical reviews.

The updated $16-billion cost of the dam includes a one-year delay that pushes the dam’s in-service date to 2025, which the province said was primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic and foundation enhancements needed for the dam’s spillway and powerhouse.

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