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.
The CHA is searching for a new President. Interested in learning more about this role? Click here.
Ed Wojczynski, Interim President
Ed Wojczynski is a hydro development expert with over 33 years of experience in resource planning, preliminary project planning/evaluations, environmental/social assessment, public regulatory approval, community consultations and indigenous engagement. He was the Manitoba Hydro preconstruction manager for the 200 megawatt (MW) Wuskwatim Hydropower and the 695 MW Keeyask Hydropower projects and the preliminary phase of the 1485 MW Conawapa project. He was the executive responsible for developing/implementing the indigenous partnership approach for new generation. He most recently has been engaged as an independent consultant.
He has been the Chair of the Board of CHA and, prior to that, active on the CHA Board and working groups. Additionally, he has actively participated in the International Hydropower Association and the Canadian Electricity Association.
Prior to his hydro career, Mr. Wojczynski was a Research Associate in Power System Reliability at the University of Saskatchewan and an oil/gas Geophysical Exploration Engineer in Southeast Asia. He has a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a MSc in Power System Planning.
He was selected as a recipient of the 2017 Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower, at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress.
(613).751.6655 x 3
Jennifer Gardiner, Acting, Director Government Relations and Public Affairs
Jennifer Gardiner is on secondment to the Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) from Ontario Power Generation (OPG). She has a degree in political science and communications and a post-graduate diploma in public affairs.
As a communications professional with over 12 years of experience, including nine years in OPG’s hydroelectric sector, Jennifer has cultivated expertise in media relations, external communications and stakeholder relations. She will be with the CHA until the end of year 2018.
(613).751.6655 x 2