Hydro-Québec’s management team is diversified and multidisciplinary. Its 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 took office as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec in 2015. In this capacity, he ensures that the company continues to meet the expectations of its customers and shareholder in the rapidly changing power industry, while also maximizing its contribution to the global energy transition.

Previously, Mr. Martel worked at Bombardier from 2002 to 2015. After having served as Vice President, Operations – North America at Bombardier Transport, he transferred to Bombardier Aéronautique in 2005, where he initially held the position of Vice President, Challenger Programs and Dorval Plant. He then went on to assume a number of senior management roles at Bombardier Avions d’affaires. He was appointed Vice President, Quality, Achieving Excellence System and Transformation in 2008 and became Senior Vice President, Bombardier Avions commerciaux in 2010.

In 2011, Mr. Martel was named President of the unit in charge of customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft. Under his leadership, the customer services team expanded its operations abroad. In 2014, he was appointed President, Bombardier Avions d’affaires. In this capacity, he managed some 14,000 employees around the world.

Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Martel worked for various other high-profile multinational companies, such as Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods.

Éric Martel holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Laval University and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. He sits on the board of the Global Sustainable Energy Partnership and chairs the Programme Committee of the World Energy Council. He also serves as Chair of the Electricity Industry Community of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and as a member of the Stewardship Board of the WEF’s System Initiative on Shaping the Energy of the Future.

Mr. Martel has been actively involved with Centraide of Greater Montréal since 1998. In 2018, he heads the Leadership Campaign and acts as a spokesperson for the organization. He also co-chairs the fund-raising campaign of the Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and sits on the board of Robotique FIRST Québec.

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.

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 one of North America’s most extensive power transmission systems, which includes some 34,500 km of lines. It also markets system capacity and manages power flows across Québec. Its assets total more than $22 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 2,500 employees. From 2014 to 2016, he worked in Germany as the senior manager in charge of improving project management and quality assurance for Bombardier’s transportation division. 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 Coordinating Council (NPCC).

Mr. Boucher is also actively involved in the community. He is Campaign President of the Federation of Québec Alzheimer Societies and served as Honorary President of the Special Olympics Québec Festival 2017. He also sits on the board of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.

Éric Filion
President of Hydro-Québec Distribution

Éric Filion took office as President of Hydro-Québec Distribution in April 2018. This Hydro-Québec division supplies the Québec market with electricity and delivers reliable power as well as quality services to 4.3 million customers throughout the province. It has 6,000 employees and annual revenue of nearly $12 billion.

Mr. Filion joined Hydro-Québec in 2016 as Vice President – Customers. In addition to customer service, he was responsible for the advanced metering infrastructure, domestic market development and the integration of new technologies into the grid, including solar power and energy storage solutions.

Previously, he spent 20 years in the aerospace industry where he held several operational management positions, notably in engineering, industrial production, procurement and logistics, product development, and customer relations. He worked at CAE Électronique, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Bombardier, where he was Vice President and General Manager for Challenger business aircraft and successfully carried out a two-year assignment in the UK. Over the course of his career, he implemented several lean transformations that resulted in significant business performance improvements.

Éric Filion earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Master’s in aerospace engineering from Polytechnique 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.

Pierre Gagnon, Ad. E.
Executive Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Chief Governance Officer

Pierre Gagnon was appointed Executive Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Chief Governance Officer of Hydro-Québec in April 2018. In this capacity, he oversees the activities of the corporate secretariat and acts as a key advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Chairman of the Board, the chairs of Board committees, as well as the directors of the company’s subsidiaries. He is also responsible for corporate governance, ethics, access to information, environmental issues and document management.

Mr. Gagnon has been practicing law for nearly 35 years. He began his career at MacKenzie Gervais (now Borden Ladner Gervais), where he became a partner in 1990. He also worked in the telecommunications and broadcasting sector for a dozen years, in particular at Bell Canada and Vidéotron, where he made his way up to Vice President – Public and Regulatory Affairs. In 2003, he joined Hydro-Québec for the first time as General Counsel, a position he held for six years. From 2009 to 2018, he served as Vice President – Legal Affairs, Airport Security and Secretary at Aéroports de Montréal.

Mr. Gagnon holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Université de Montréal and is a member of the Barreau du Québec [Québec bar association], which awarded him the title of Lawyer Emeritus (Advocatus Emeritus) in 2016. In 2014, he also won the ZSA Québec General Counsel Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the business community.

Pierre Gagnon is Chairman of the Board of Arion Orchestre Baroque and a member of the Board of the Raoul-Dandurand research chair in strategic and diplomatic studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal. In addition, he has served on the Board of the Barreau de Montréal [Montréal bar association] and chaired the governance committee of the Barreau du Québec.

Jean-Hugues Lafleur
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Risk Officer

Jean-Hugues Lafleur was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Risk Officer of Hydro-Québec in April 2018. In this capacity, he oversees all financial functions within the company, including financing, treasury, accounting, budget planning, taxation, financial control, risk management, and financial reporting. He also manages the Hydro-Québec Pension Plan and pension fund.

Mr. Lafleur joined Hydro-Québec in the early 1990s. He became Manager – Financial Risk Control in 1996, then went on to serve as Director – Financial Markets and Assistant Treasurer in 1998. He was appointed Corporate Treasurer in 2007 and was promoted Vice President – Financing, Treasury and Pension Fund the following year, a position he held until 2018. In addition to corporate financing and treasury operations, he was responsible for the Hydro-Québec pension fund and information technologies supporting financial and accounting applications.

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

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

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.

Steve Demers
Vice President – Business Development

Steve Demers was appointed Vice President – Business Development of Hydro-Québec in December 2015. In this capacity, he oversees all activities related to Hydro-Québec’s international presence, notably as a leader of the global energy transition. More specifically, he is in charge of prospecting for business opportunities (acquisitions, equity stakes or long-term partnerships) on external markets and making good on them, as well as developing export markets and overseeing the company’s initiatives in transportation electrification both in and outside Québec, including the activities of Hydro-Québec subsidiary TM4 and the Electric Circuit.

Mr. Demers joined Hydro-Québec in 2011 as Hydro-Québec Production’s Senior Director – Energy Trading Floor – Wholesale Markets. Previously, he worked in the banking sector for over 15 years. Having launched his career at Banque Nationale du Canada (BNC) in 1994, he went on to become a portfolio manager for the U.S.-based State Street Bank and Trust Company. In 1998, he returned to BNC as Foreign Exchange Director (Montréal). Four years later, he was appointed General Manager of BNC’s office in London, U.K., then served as Senior Director and Treasurer (Montréal) from 2004 to 2011.

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 Financial Markets Association.

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. In 2018, as part of the prestigious Mercuriades awards held under the auspices of the Fédération des chambres du commerce du Québec [Québec federation of chambers of commerce], she was named Exceptional young businesswoman in the large companies category, in recognition of her leadership in raising Hydro-Québec’s profile.

Ms. Proulx sits on the boards of the Canadian Electricity Association, Montréal International, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

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.