Hydro-Québec’s Management Team is diversified and multidisciplinary. It’s role consists of managing company operations and the associated risks. Its members are highly competent women and men, firmly committed to Hydro-Québec.

Éric Martel
President and Chief Executive Officer

Éric Martel was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec on June 3, 2015. He took office on July 6.

Previously, Mr. Martel was employed by Bombardier, where he worked from 2002 to May 2015. After having served as Vice President, Operations – North America at Bombardier Transportation, he transferred to Bombardier Aerospace in 2005, where he initially held the position of Vice President, Challenger Programs and Dorval Plant. He went on to hold a number of senior management roles at Bombardier Business Aircraft, including that of Vice President and General Manager, Challenger and Global Product Lines.

In 2008, he was appointed Vice President, Quality, Achieving Excellence System and Transformation. In this capacity, he implemented a solid quality culture throughout the organization. Two years later, he became Senior Vice President, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

In 2011, Mr. Martel was promoted to President, Customer Services and Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft. Under his leadership, the Customer Services team expanded its international footprint with the opening of regional support offices in Singapore, São Paulo, Sydney, Shanghai, Moscow and Johannesburg. At the same time, Mr. Martel spearheaded the deployment of a service centre in Singapore and launched the construction of a similar facility in Tianjin, China.

In January 2014, he was appointed President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. In this capacity, he managed some 12,000 employees throughout the world.

Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Martel worked for various high-profile international companies, such as Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce in the aerospace manufacturing sector, as well as for Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods.

Éric Martel holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (1991) from Laval University. He sits on the board of the Global Sustainable Energy Partnership and chairs the World Economic Forum’s Electricity Industry community. He has been actively involved with Centraide of Greater Montréal since the early 2000s.

Lise Croteau, FCPA, CPA, ASC
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Lise Croteau was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hydro-Québec in 2015, after having served as Vice President – Accounting and Control since 2008. Her mandate includes orienting, developing and overseeing all financial, regulatory and management accounting activities, as well as financial planning, taxation, financial control and risk management. In addition, she is responsible for Hydro-Québec’s financial statements and reports.

From May to July 2015, Ms. Croteau also served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec, thus becoming the first woman to head the company. During this period, she represented Management on the Board of Directors.

She began her career in 1982 at the accounting firm Bélanger Hébert (today Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton). In 1985, she moved on to Charette, Fortier, Hawey/Touche Ross (today Deloitte), where she handled audit mandates. She joined Hydro-Québec in 1986, successively holding management positions in various fields of accounting. In 2004, she was appointed corporate controller — a first for women at Hydro-Québec. In this role, she oversaw the application of complex new accounting standards and was instrumental in their update, while also ensuring the implementation of strict corporate controls.

A chartered professional accountant since 1984, Lise Croteau holds a Bachelor’s in business administration from Université de Sherbrooke. In 2008, she was named a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables professionels agréés du Québec (FCPA, FCA) in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the profession. In 2016, she obtained ASC certification from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés. That same year, she ranked among Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners, a distinction bestowed by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) to honour the leadership skills and outstanding accomplishments of Canadian women from all walks of life. Her professional accomplishments were also recognized in 2017 by the Québec chapter of Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), which presented her with the Ace of Finance award in the Financial Executive of a Large Corporation category. She is the first senior manager of a government corporation to win such an award and the first woman to be recognized in this category. In addition to her executive functions, Ms. Croteau continues to be actively involved in training her staff, promoting gender equality and coaching women who aspire to management positions.

Ms. Croteau also lends her managerial and financial expertise to the community. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and chairs its Audit and Financial Administration Committee. She also sits on the Montréal Heart Institute Foundation board and audit committee and is a director and governor of Université de Sherbrooke’s Fondation de Recherche en Administration (FRAUS).

Richard Cacchione
President of Hydro-Québec Production

Richard Cacchione was appointed President of Hydro-Québec Production in April 2005. He joined Hydro-Québec in June 2002 as President of Hydro-Québec Équipement and was also President and CEO of the Société d’énergie de la Baie James (SEBJ) between 2003 and 2005.

As President of Hydro-Québec Production, he directs all generation activities, including generating station operation and development projects. He is also responsible for electricity sales and trading on wholesale markets. Previously, as President of Hydro-Québec Équipement, he was in charge of engineering, procurement and construction activities for construction projects located south of the 49th parallel, and for projects north of the 49th parallel as Chief Executive Officer of the Société d’énergie de la Baie James.

From 1999 to 2002, Richard Cacchione held positions in various industries in the new technologies sector. From 1992 to 1999, he worked for Aéroports de Montréal (ADM). Starting out as Vice President of Finance and Administration, he became President and Head of Operations of the ADM-Capital subsidiary, then Executive Vice President of Operations and Marketing, and ultimately, President of the company.

From 1984 to 1992, he worked for the Lavalin Group, initially as Director of Finance, then Director of Finance and Administration, followed by Vice President of Administration and Treasurer. Prior to 1984, he held various positions in companies such as Brown Boveri Canada, Équipements Rocbec, the Coopérative fédérée du Québec and Raymond Chabot Martin Paré.

Mr. Cacchione obtained an accounting degree from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) in 1978. He holds FCGA and FCPA designations from the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec and Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

In addition to being a member of these associations, he sits on the boards of the Fondation de Polytechnique Montréal and the Fondation de l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont. He is also actively involved in other charitable organizations.

Marc Boucher
President of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie

Marc Boucher joined Hydro-Québec in June 2016 as President of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie. This division operates and develops North America’s most extensive power transmission system, which includes some 34,000 km of lines. It also markets system capacity and manages power flows across Québec. Its assets total more than $20 billion and its annual revenue exceeds $3 billion.

A mechanical engineer, Mr. Boucher has over 25 years’ experience in transportation and aeronautics. After a few years of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force as the officer responsible for the maintenance of CF-18 aircrafts, he moved on to Bombardier, where he held a number of strategic management positions. As its Vice President of Operations, he was instrumental in establishing a presence in Mexico, where he oversaw 24,500 employees. From 2014 to 2016, he worked in Germany as the senior manager in charge of improving project management and quality assurance for Bombardier Transportation. Over the course of his career, Mr. Boucher has acquired solid experience in operations and organizational performance as well as the execution of complex, large-scale international projects.

Marc Boucher holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Université Laval (1991) and a graduate certificate in aerospace engineering from the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering.

He sits on the board of the New York-based Northeast Power Coordination Council Inc. (NPCC).

He is also actively involved in the community, serving as Honorary President of the Special Olympics Québec Festival 2017, as Campaign President of the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies and as a board member of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.

David Murray
President of Hydro-Québec Distribution

David Murray took office as President of Hydro-Québec Distribution in September 2016. This Hydro-Québec division provides a secure supply of electricity to the Québec market by means of a distribution grid comprising more than 112,000 km of lines. The division has 6,000 employees serving 4 million customers throughout Québec.

From October 2015 to September 2016, he was Hydro-Québec’s Vice President of Information and Communications Technologies. In this capacity, he was responsible for activities related to computer and telecommunication systems.

Mr. Murray has over 20 years’ experience in large corporations, having worked for Bombardier, 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.

Prior to 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. From March 2014 to September 2015, he 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.

Mr. Murray sits on the boards of Centraide of Greater Montreal and Caisse Desjardins Hydro. He also serves as a governor of the Mouvement québécois de la qualité.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration (1992) from HEC Montréal.

Réal Laporte
President of Hydro-Québec Innovation, équipement et services partagés
President and Chief Executive Officer, Société d’énergie de la Baie James

Réal Laporte was appointed President of Hydro-Québec Innovation, équipement et services partagés in September 2016, when Hydro-Québec’s research institute (IREQ) was added to this business unit. At that time, he was also confirmed in his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Société d’énergie de la Baie James.

Mr. Laporte was previously President of Hydro-Québec Équipement et services partagés and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Société d’énergie de la Baie James. In April 2005, he became responsible for construction and refurbishment projects for Hydro-Québec’s generating and transmission facilities, and in January 2010 he also assumed responsibility for the company’s shared services centre.

Since joining Hydro-Québec in 1988, he has been in charge of a number of jobsites, studies and infrastructure projects. He had previously held a variety of positions at different construction companies.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in civil construction from the École de technologie supérieure and a Master’s in project management from Université du Québec à Montréal. He has over 30 years’ experience in management and developing large-scale projects.

Johanne Duhaime
Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies

Johanne Duhaime was appointed Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies at Hydro-Québec in September 2016. In this role, she is responsible for all activities related to information and telecommunications systems, including system performance and stability, enterprise architecture, governance, maintenance, as well as project portfolio management.

Ms. Duhaime has more than 30 years of experience in information technology and operations in large organizations. She was previously Vice-President, IT Delivery Management for the Personal, Business, Marketing and Operations Group at National Bank, and has also held several senior positions at Cognicase and Hydro-Québec.

A seasoned leader known for creating dynamic work teams, Ms. Duhaime has driven several transformation initiatives designed to improve process efficiency and streamline work methods in order to add value to organizations. She has also headed several major technological projects, and has contributed to the restructuring of complex transactional systems.

Johanne Duhaime holds an Executive MBA from UQAM and a certificate in business administration from McGill University.

Ms. Duhaime’s interests reach into the community. She sits on the board of Special Olympics Québec, is a mentor in Hydro-Québec’s professional mentorship program geared to new immigrants, and has led the Hydro-Québec employees and pensioners’ Centraide campaign since 2017.

Nathalie Dubois
Vice President – Human Resources

Nathalie Dubois has served as Hydro-Québec’s Vice President of Human Resources since June 2017. In that capacity, she is responsible for talent acquisition, total compensation, skills development, labour relations and organizational performance, along with third-party and company asset security, including ITC security. She also supports corporate development.

In her close to thirty years in HR, she has managed many large-scale projects in the areas of continuous change and business transformation. She worked in the manufacturing sector for 20 years, first at General Motors of Canada, where she was in charge of developing operational processes, improving labour relations and solving production problems with a view to increasing productivity, then at Pratt & Whitney Canada, where she held the positions of HR Manager – Operations, and Senior HR Director – Aftermarket Customer Services. She also spent two years at Cirque du Soleil as HR Manager and assistant to the Human Resources Vice President.

After joining Hydro-Québec in 2011 as HR Director at Hydro-Québec Distribution, in 2012, she was appointed Director of Operational Services, Human Resources, where she set up and supervised a service centre for some 20,000 company employees. From early 2016 to June 2017, she worked for Mouvement Desjardins as Vice President, HR Service Centre, and HR Officer (in general insurance).

Ms. Dubois holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Université de Montréal and has completed a variety of training programs, including the Queen’s University Executive Program and the ACE certification program. She is a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et en relations industrielles agréés du Québec [Quebec human resources and industrial relations professional governing body].

Élise Proulx
Vice President – Communications and Government Affairs

Élise Proulx was appointed Vice President – Communications and Government Affairs at Hydro-Québec in January 2017. In this capacity, she is in charge of internal and external communications, public and government affairs, marketing and community relations.

A seasoned manager with over 20 years of experience, Ms. Proulx joined Hydro-Québec in 2013 as Director – Communications. Prior to that, she ran her own public relations firm, where she soon built an enviable reputation for her leadership, team spirit and intellectual rigor. She advised numerous decision-makers in various areas of the public and private sectors, including culture, luxury goods and customer service, as well as several Québec municipalities and regional county municipalities. Before setting up her own business, she managed the communications department at Hydro Ottawa and served as spokesperson and strategic advisor at Hydro-Québec.

Élise Proulx holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications (public relations) from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and an Executive MBA from UQAM’s School of Management. She is also an accredited sommelier, for her own enjoyment. She sits on the boards of the Canadian Electricity Association, Montréal International, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

Stella Leney, Ad. E.
Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Secretary General

Stella Leney was appointed Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Secretary General at Hydro-Québec in January 2017. In this capacity, she is notably in charge of ethics, access to information, environmental issues, sustainable development and document management. She also provides governance oversight and support for the activities of the Board of Directors and Board committees as well as Hydro-Québec subsidiaries. In addition, Ms. Leney is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement.

Ms. Leney joined Hydro-Québec in 1982. Until 1993, she worked in environmental law and acted as a liaison with government agencies. During that time, she was also the company’s spokesperson for various hydroelectric projects. In 1993, she became Assistant Secretary of Hydro-Québec.

From 2004 to 2016, Ms. Leney also served as General Manager – Environment and Corporate Affairs. Her duties included supervising environmental matters, managing Hydro-Québec’s corporate secretariat and overseeing access to information, ethics and the protection of personal information.

She obtained an undergraduate law degree from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) in 1978 and a degree in administration from McGill University in 1982. She also earned certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors in June 2008. She is a member of the Québec Bar and was awarded the title of Lawyer Emeritus (Advocatus Emeritus) in 2016.

Ms. Leney is Chair of the Board of Directors of Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui. She also sits on the boards of the Institut Hydro-Québec en environnement, développement et société at Université Laval, the Québec Business Council on the Environment and the Space for Life Foundation.

Sandro Cellucci.
General Counsel and Vice President – Legal Affairs

Sandro Cellucci was appointed General Counsel and Vice President – Legal Affairs at Hydro-Québec in April 2017. In addition to his supervisory duties, he advises Senior Management in all aspects of the company’s business, and major legal proceedings in particular.

He also serves as Vice President – Legal Affairs and Compliance at Hydro-Québec’s American subsidiaries H.Q. Energy Services (U.S.) Inc. and Hydro Renewable Energy Inc. In this capacity, he represents Hydro-Québec in its dealings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Mr. Cellucci joined Hydro-Québec in 2005 as the lawyer responsible for energy transactions on external markets. Previously, he worked for seven years in the Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright) Corporate and Commercial Practice Group.

Sandro Cellucci holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Université de Montréal and a Bachelor of Finance from HEC Montréal. He was a finalist in the Legal Services Manager of the Year category of the ZSA Québec General Counsel Awards in 2016, and again in the Litigation Management category of the 2017 Canadian General Counsel Awards.

Jean-Hugues Lafleur
Vice President – Financing, Treasury and Pension Fund

Jean-Hugues Lafleur was named Vice President – Financing, Treasury and Pension Fund in September 2008. He joined Hydro-Québec in 1991 and has held different management positions since.

Mr. Lafleur holds a Bachelor’s degree in administration from Université du Québec à Hull and a Master’s in finance from Université de Sherbrooke.

He began his career as a securities broker with the firm Lévesque Beaubien (now Financière Banque Nationale). In the late 1980s, he was also a lecturer in portfolio management at Université du Québec à Hull.

After joining Hydro-Québec in the early 1990s, he held a number of finance-related positions, including responsibility for Commodities Risk Management. In 1996, he became Manager – Financial Risk Control. Two years later, he was appointed Director – Financial Markets and Assistant Treasurer with the Direction principale du financement et de la trésorerie. In 2007, he became Corporate Treasurer, followed by his appointment in September 2008 as Vice President – Financing, Treasury and Pension Fund. In this capacity, he is responsible for corporate financing, treasury operations and the Hydro-Québec pension fund, as well as the information technologies that support financial and accounting applications.

He is also Chairman of the Board and President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec CapiTech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro-Québec. 

Mr. Lafleur has been a member of the board of Jeunes entreprises du Québec since 2005. He also chaired the 2009 fundraising campaign of the Fondation Ressources-Jeunesse.

Michel Ménard
Vice President – Corporate Transformation, Health and Safety

Michel Ménard was appointed Vice President – Corporate Transformation, Health and Safety at Hydro-Québec in January 2017. In this capacity, he is in charge of the transformation of the corporate culture and is also responsible for workplace health and safety.

Mr. Ménard joined Hydro-Québec in 1978 as Internal Auditor – Projects and Construction. He then went on to hold a variety of positions within the company, including Accounting Manager, Control Manager, Operations Auditing Manager, Operations Director in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, Acting Vice President – Distribution and Customer Services – Richelieu Region, Director – Customer Service Expertise and Support, Director – Customer Service Projects and Development, International Project Director for Hydro-Québec Distribution, Territory Director for the Centre de services partagés (Hydro-Québec’s shared services unit) and Real Estate Director.

He also fulfilled various mandates abroad on behalf of Hydro-Québec International, including serving as Assistant Accounting Manager for the state utility Électricité de Guinée (EDG) and as General Director of Panamanian hydro generation company Empresa de Generación Eléctrica Fortuna, S.A. (Fortuna).

From 2007 to 2016, he was Hydro-Québec’s Senior Director of Shared Services. In this capacity, he was responsible for providing procurement, real estate management and materials management services, as well as transportation, food and accommodation services to all Hydro-Québec divisions and corporate units. His primary mandate was to develop a partnership with these internal clients to enhance their financial performance while allowing them to focus on their core business. From 2010 to 2017, he also sat on the boards of the real estate firms held by Hydro-Québec’s pension fund.

Mr. Ménard earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from HEC Montréal in 1976.

Steve Demers
Vice President – Business Development

Steve Demers was named Vice President – Business Development in December 2015. In this capacity, he is in charge of the activities pertaining to Hydro-Québec’s international presence. He initially joined Hydro-Québec in September 2011 as Senior Director – Energy Trading Floor – Wholesale Markets.

Mr. Demers previously served as Senior Director and Treasurer (Montréal) at Banque Nationale du Canada (BNC), a position he held since 2004. From 2002 to 2004, he was General Manager of BNC’s office in London, U.K. From 1998 to 2002, he held the position of Foreign Exchange Director at BNC’s Montréal headquarters. In 1997 and 1998, he was employed as a portfolio manager by the U.S. State Street Bank and Trust Company.

Mr. Demers earned a Master’s in management sciences, specialization in finance, from HEC Montréal as well as a Bachelor’s in business administration from Laurentian University. He also holds a diploma from ACI The Financial Markets Association.

Mario Laprise
Internal Auditor

Mario Laprise has been Hydro-Québec’s Internal Auditor since September 2014.

He has an extensive background in security and governance, with over 25 years of management experience.

From 1979 to 2005, he worked for the Sûreté du Québec, where he was involved in implementing anti-organized crime structures and strategies. Among other achievements, he spearheaded Operation Carcajou in Montréal and Québec as well as Operation Printemps 2001, which he directed as provincial coordinator in the fight against organized crime. This operation mobilized nearly 2,000 police officers and led to the arrest of some 150 members of organized crime groups.

From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Laprise was head of industrial security at Hydro-Québec, where he was instrumental in deploying different measures to safeguard employees and corporate assets.

In 2012, Mr. Laprise was appointed director general of the Sûreté du Québec. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing a workforce of over 8,000 while ensuring the protection of citizens and their property as well as the State and its resources. He also helped oversee large-scale operations such as the response to the catastrophic events at Lac-Mégantic and L’Isle Verte. In addition, he worked closely with l’Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC), the Commission of Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry (Charbonneau Commission) as well as various government agencies and police departments.

Mr. Laprise is renowned for his integrity and efficiency. His in-depth knowledge of Hydro-Québec and its safeguards, as well as his graduate studies in public administration, are assets that he puts to good use in fulfilling his responsibilities as Internal Auditor.

Joëlle Thibault
Corporate Ombudsman

Joëlle Thibault has served as Hydro-Québec’s Corporate Ombudsman since May 1, 2012.

A lawyer since 1989, Joëlle Thibault holds a Master’s in advanced studies in commercial law and a PhD in law, with a specialization in amicable settlement of disputes, from Université Paris II (France). She also obtained a certificate in international contract law from the University of Cambridge (U.K.).

Ms. Thibault articled at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris and has worked for various arbitrators and mediators in Europe. From 2000 to 2001, she was Vice President at eResolution, a company specializing in the management of online negotiation, mediation and arbitration services for conflicts involving consumer, insurance and commercial transactions.

Between 2001 and 2010, she worked as Ombudsman for clients and Vice President of Human Resources at Banque Nationale du Canada. In this capacity, she negotiated various agreements and resolved multiple conflicts.

In addition to her part-time position as Hydro-Québec’s Corporate Ombudsman, Ms. Thibault takes on private mandates in mediation, training and complaint management process optimization.