Canadian Hydropower Association
Founded in 1998, the Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) is the national trade association dedicated to representing the interests of the hydropower industry. Its members span the breadth of the industry and, with nearly 50 members, include hydropower producers, manufacturers, developers, engineering firms, organizations and individuals interested in the field of hydropower. CHA members represent more than 95% of the hydropower capacity in Canada.
The Association is governed through an elected representative Board of Directors.
We, the Canadian hydropower industry, promote the technical, economic, social, and environmental advantages of hydropower. We advocate the responsible development and use of hydropower to meet our present and future electricity needs in a sustainable manner.
Hydropower leads the way for reliable, renewable, clean energy.
Jacob Irving, President
Mr. Jacob Irving has over 10 years of experience as an association manager and government relations specialist. He holds a B.S.Sc. in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.Most recently, Mr. Irving was Executive Director of the Oil Sands Developers Group (OSDG), where he acted as spokesperson for that association with a wide range of stakeholders in the energy industry, including municipal, provincial and federal governments, and aboriginal groups.
Before his time at OSDG, Mr. Irving worked in government and in the petroleum energy sector in Canada and overseas. From 1995 until 1998 he was an Information Officer in the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, and in 1998-1999 he served as a Project Manager for the Western Cape Provincial Government in Cape Town, South Africa. In 1999-2000 he was Project Manager for the World Petroleum Congress for Foreign Affairs and International Trade/Industry Canada. From 2000 until 2006 Mr. Irving worked as Government and Public Affairs Advisor, for BP Canada and Devon Canada Corporation.
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Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, Director Government and Public Affairs
Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin is a public affairs and environmental management specialist with experience working in both the private and public sectors. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Business Administration from the University of Nantes, France, as well as Civil Law and Common Law degrees from the University of Ottawa. She also earned a Master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University.
Before joining the Canadian Hydropower Association, Anne-Raphaëlle was an Environmental and Social Impact Management Specialist for an international engineering consulting firm for several years. In that role, she worked on a variety of local and international assignments, including stakeholders consultation and engagement, environmental planning, corporate social responsibility, government affairs and project management. Prior to engineering consulting, Anne-Raphaëlle was involved in the public sector working and volunteering with local non-profit organizations. This work included legal reform projects and communication planning for both non-governmental and government agencies.
Anne-Raphaëlle speaks French, English and Spanish and is certified in Project Controls and Planning.
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