HDR's Hydropower Team Adds Dynamic Duo: Gill and Perron

Two renowned hydropower experts have joined HDR’s team, adding formidable strength to a program already ranked in the top two by Engineering News-Record.

Jim Gill

Jim Gill, senior client manager, is an industry leader experienced in asset management, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
licensing and safety. In nearly 15 years with Pacific Gas & Electric, Gill rose to become the director of power generation asset management and compliance, responsible for improving the maturity of the power generation FERC and North American Electric Reliability Corporation/Western Electricity Coordinating Council compliance organizations and restructuring the asset management program. Jim developed and led the Arc Flash Hazard and Flame Resistant clothing program for PG&E.

“I’m excited to continue the same excellence in hydropower consulting services I experienced as a client of HDR,” Gill said.

Gill is a professional engineer and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana.

Francois-René Perron

François-René Perron, power generation program manager, is a rotating equipment expert and highly skilled mechanical engineer. He spent 16 years at Voith Hydro, where he was a program manager responsible for a $250 million portfolio. Perron oversaw the upgrade of three vertical Francis turbine-generator units from 36 megawatts to 58 megawatts, involving unprecedented civil work to fit larger machines into existing turbine pits of an operating powerhouse. His depth of understanding of low rotational machines brings clients unique, valuable insight during the planning process.

Perron is a professional engineer with a professional certification in project management. He has an Executive MBA from Kellogg-Schulich School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Concordia University.

“Jim and François are known for their skilled expertise in the hydropower industry," said Rick Miller, hydropower practice leader at HDR. "I’m proud to have them on board, and I’m excited we’re adding greater depth and insight for our clients as they work to build clean, resilient energy into their mix."

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.