BC Hydro/Powertech Invited Lectures

Lecture 2: “BC Hydro’s Future Grid Modernization”

March 4 | 12:00 – 2:00 pm | KAISER 2020/2030

This is the second lecture of BC Hydro/Powertech’s series of presentations for 2020. This presentation will describe the plans of BC Hydro to modernize its grid in the next years. This is a one-hour presentation with an extra half an hour for networking with BC Hydro engineers.


Mr. Papadoulis current role is to lead the Future Grid and Modernization Team of BC Hydro to prepare a Roadmap to plot out the future power system and to align with and operationalize CleanBC as well as the Phase 2 of the BC Government Review. The theme of the Strategy and Roadmap is to ensure that BC Hydro is ready for all that the future brings, and to learn to quickly adapt to the changing climate, the evolving energy industry, and the needs of its customers. In addition to the technical work, we must propel the boundaries on policy, regulation, influence legislation, and recognize we may have to do things differently in the future. Along with looking into the future, the Future Grid and Modernization Team performs Asset Management functions for Revenue Metering, Electric Vehicle Charging, and Automation which are vital components of the Strategy and Roadmap.


Jim Papadoulis received a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from The University of British Columbia in 1992. He has been in industry for 27 years (18 with BC Hydro). He is a Registered Professional Engineer in BC since 1996. He has a Certificate as a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute, 2006, and a Certificate in Asset Management from the Institute of Asset Management, 2019. His current title at BC Hydro is Manager, Future Grid & Modernization.