Opening keynote session




HydroVision International 2019 is focused on bringing in the top thought leaders in the industry to see how they envision a hydro future. The content team is actively seeking out industry superstars to address the 3,000+ people in attendance. As speakers are secured, this page will be updated with speaker information. 

Opening keynote

Tuesday July 23, 2019 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Meet Janet Herrin

Bonneville Power Administration
Chief Operating Officer

Janet Herrin joined BPA’s leadership team as chief operating officer in January 2017. Herrin is responsible for Power Services; Transmission Services; Environment, Fish and Wildlife; Customer Support Services; and the Business Transformation Office.

Herrin came to BPA from the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., where she served as a senior adviser to the secretary, providing strategic counsel on rapidly changing industry issues. She has also worked closely with BPA, including on its development of a best-in-class human resources organization.

Herrin previously spent 35 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority, where she began her career as a civil engineer and advanced to chief administrative officer. In that role, she led efforts to strengthen the safety culture; improve employee engagement; recruit and maintain a talented and diverse workforce; and implement successful cost-management efforts. Before becoming chief administrative officer, Herrin was senior vice president of River Operations, where she directed the operation and maintenance of TVA’s 29 hydroelectric dams, 20 non-power dams, one pumped storage plant and 14 navigation locks on the 650-mile Tennessee River system.

She has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; a Master of Science in civil engineering from Colorado State University; and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and physics from Willamette University. She was a registered professional engineer in Tennessee. In addition, she has served as a voluntary board member of Bicentennial Volunteers, a not-for-profit organization that helps TVA and other governmental agencies fulfill their missions through public-service projects and gives TVA retirees paid and volunteer service opportunities. She also served on the TVA Retirements System Board and numerous public service boards.


Meet David Murray

Chief Operating Officer and President of Hydro-Québec Production

David Murray was appointed Chief Operating Officer and President of Hydro-Québec Production in April 2018. In this capacity, he ensures the coordination of operational activities and the integration of company-wide initiatives that require a global vision. He is also in charge of strategic planning and managing most subsidiaries involved in the commercialization of Hydro-Québec’s innovations, as well as all power generation activities, including facility operations and electricity sales and energy trading on wholesale markets.

Mr. Murray joined Hydro-Québec in 2015 as Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies. The following year, he was appointed President of Hydro-Québec Distribution. In this capacity, he was responsible for supplying electricity to the Québec market, operating the distribution system and providing customer services.

Mr. Murray has over 20 years’ experience in large corporations. Before joining Hydro-Québec, he held a number of strategic management positions at Bombardier Aéronautique, where he contributed to the launch of Bombardier Avions d’affaires and served as Vice President and General Manager responsible for the Learjet 70/75 programs and the Learjet plant in Wichita, Kansas. An executive member of the Aeronautical Industries Association of America and representative of the General Aviation Manufacturing Association, he also oversaw Bombardier’s relations with Kansas government authorities. Previously, he worked for Flextronics, Nortel Networks and Rolls Royce.

A dynamic and inspiring leader, he has played a pivotal role in bringing about organizational changes through the implementation of enterprise resource planning systems and other technological tools designed to increase efficiency and productivity.

Mr. Murray earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from HEC Montréal in 1992. He is a governor of the Mouvement québécois de la qualité and sits on the boards of Centraide du Grand Montréal, the Institut du cancer de Montréal and Caisse Desjardins Hydro.


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