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 division in charge of customer services. Under his leadership, this division 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 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia University in 2019. He is also a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. He chairs the Electricity Industry community of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is a member of the Stewardship Board of the WEF’s System Initiative on Shaping the Energy of the Future. Moreover, he sits on the board of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership.
Mr. Martel has been actively involved with Centraide of Greater Montreal for over 20 years and is co-chair its 2019 campaign. 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. In addition, he served as Honorary President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec’s Soirée de l’excellence en genie 2019, a gala evening celebrating excellence in engineering.