Founded in 1998, WaterPower Canada (WPC) is the national, not-for-profit trade association dedicated to representing the waterpower industry. Its many members span the breadth of the sector and include hydropower producers, manufacturers, developers, engineering firms and other organizations. WaterPower Canada members represent more than 95% of the waterpower installed capacity in Canada, advocating for the responsible development and use of waterpower to meet our present and future electricity needs in a sustainable manner.
Waterpower provides more than 60% of Canada’s electricity and is the second largest generator in the world, ensuring our electricity grid is one of the cleanest globally.
Waterpower provides more than 60% of Canada’s electricity making us the second largest waterpower generator in the world, ensuring our electricity grid is one of the cleanest globally.
Areas of Focus
Communities and customers across Canada demand clean, renewable, reliable and affordable electricity. While waterpower delivers and can do even more, one thing is clear: projects must benefit their host communities and respect the rights and interests of Indigenous Peoples. The waterpower industry devotes significant time and resources to fostering long-term relations with communities where it operates. We make commitments that extend over decades. The benefits that our industry provides are meant to foster community development, create economic opportunities, and provide cultural and social support.
Learn more about how Canada’s waterpower industry is working with our communities
Canadian hydropower not only ensures renewable and reliable electricity for Canadians, it can also provide environmental benefits. Hydropower produces no air pollutants and has ultra-low greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, hydropower’s full life cycle greenhouse gas emissions are as low as wind power and in many cases can be even lower. Hydropower can fight climate change while helping Canadians adapt to its effects.
6 out of 10 Canadian homes and businesses are powered by clean and renewable waterpower. In addition to the significant environmental benefits associated with hydroelectric power, the industry also generates substantial ongoing contributions to economic activity in the form of Gross Domestic Product and employment. Throughout its 130 year history in Canada, waterpower has helped develop remote regions, attracted industries, stimulated economic growth, nurtured innovation, and created world-class expertise. Hydropower has been and continues to be a driving force for Canada’s economy.
WaterPower Canada is very active at the national level, collaborating with other organizations, government agencies and policy makers to stay abreast of legislative changes affecting the industry and to ensure our sector can continue to operate its hydropower fleet and develop new sites.
Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin has been working in the natural resources sector for over 12 years. With a post-secondary degree in Political Science, Anne-Raphaëlle focused on studying law, more specifically environmental law, earning a civil law degree and a common law degree from the University of Ottawa. After completing her Master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Management at Dalhousie University, she worked for several years as an Environmental and Social Impacts Management Specialist for Hatch Ltd., an international engineering consulting firm.
In her current role as President of WaterPower Canada she represents the largest electricity sector in Canada – promoting the many attributes of waterpower and the fundamental role it plays in the fight against climate change. Anne-Raphaëlle speaks French, English and Spanish and is certified in project Planning and Controls. She is also a co-founder of the Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity(CanCORE).
In 2019, Anne-Raphaëlle was appointed by the Canadian federal government to serve on the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (Joint Public Advisory Committee), a trilateral organization comprised of Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico, with the mission to promote continental cooperation in ecosystem protection and sustainable economic development, and to ensure active public participation and transparency in the actions of the Commission.
Patrick D. Bateman
Patrick D. Bateman
Patrick D. Bateman is a clean and renewable energy professional who has spent his career working in policy and market development leadership roles in Canada’s electricity industry.
As the Interim President with WaterPower Canada, Patrick serves as the spokesperson for the hydropower sector at the national level, and leads and shapes the association’s involvement in federal legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives including on topics such as climate change policy, environmental assessment, and fisheries, wildlife and habitat stewardship.
Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology from University College Dublin’s School of Biology and Environmental Science (Ireland), and a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy from the University of Reading’s School of Construction Management and Engineering (England).
Patrick’s vision for Canada in 2050 is: 100% emissions-free electricity; electricity as our single largest energy source; and hydroelectricity as the flexible and dependable backbone of the reliable and resilient electricity supply-mix.
Patrick hails from Greystones, a small village on the Irish Sea 25 km south of Dublin (Ireland) and now calls Ottawa (Ontario) home where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Yvonne joined WaterPower Canada in 2009 and is responsible for the associations finances and administration. Yvonne has a diploma in Secretarial and Economics and Law from Stamford Collegiate Vocational Institute. She speaks English and Italian. Prior to joining WaterPower Canada, Yvonne spent her entire career in the hydropower sector while working for a major international consulting engineering firm that specializes in the development, design and construction of hydro projects. From this experience, Yvonne is a strong advocate and promoter of the waterpower industry.
Communications and Public Relations Manager
Communications and Public Relations Manager
Anastasia Smolentseva is a senior purpose-driven communications professional with nearly a decade of experience working with national associations.
In her role as Communications and Public Relations Manager with WaterPower Canada, Anastasia’s responsibilities include developing and executing communications and marketing strategies that build community and awareness around hydropower’s role as a clean and renewable energy resource that is central to Canada’s economic competitiveness, and the transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in North America.
Anastasia’s many accolades include a Master of Communication degree from the University of Ottawa, and an Award of Merit from the Ottawa Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Prior to joining WPC, Anastasia worked for the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA), and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) where she developed her passion and acumen as an advocate for renewable energy and environmental sustainability.
Board of Directors
Founded in 1998, WaterPower Canada is membership-driven and operates under an elected representative Board of Directors. Meet the WaterPower senior experts who help guide WaterPower Canada: