Lorne Silvertson

Senior Resource Economist

Lorne Sivertson holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics and has broad national and international experience in the energy and mining sectors gained from his work in industry, banking, government service and consulting.

He established Columbia Power Corporation in 1994 and was its CEO until he retired from that position in 2006 to form his consulting firm. At Columbia Power, Lorne Sivertson was responsible for the permitting, financing, development, power sales negotiations and operations of a combined total of 800 megawatts of run-of-river hydroelectric power projects.  One of these projects won the International Hydropower Association’s Blue Planet Prize at the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change in Montreal in 2005.

Mr. Sivertson is a member of and was formerly Vice Chair of the Canadian Hydropower Association. As a consultant in British Columbia Lorne Sivertson has negotiated long-term power sales agreements, helped firms find project financing, assisted on regulatory and policy matters, advised on project procurement arrangements and on public private partnerships (P3s). His clients include major engineering and construction firms, private power producers, a world-class electromechanical equipment supplier, an industry association, British Columbia Crown Corporations and government agencies. In 2010 Mr. Sivertson delivered papers on hydropower procurement issues at the HydroVision Conference in Charlotte, NC and at the Renewable Energy World Asia 2010 Conference in Singapore. In September, 2013 his article “Hydroelectric Projects – Risks and Management” was published in the Wiley Periodicals Natural Gas & Electricity journal. In January, 2015 his article “Canadian Hydropower in the Pacific Northwest” was published in the Wiley Periodicals Natural Gas & Electricity journal.