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.

Jean‑Hugues Lafleur
Acting President and Chief Executive Officer

Jean-Hugues Lafleur became Acting President and Chief Executive Officer on March 12, 2020. In this role, he is responsible for the execution of the strategies laid out in Hydro‑Québec’s Strategic Plan 2020‑2024. He also sits on the company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Lafleur was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Risk Officer of Hydro‑Québec in April 2018. In this capacity, he oversaw all financial functions within the company, including financing, treasury, accounting, budget planning, taxation, financial control, risk management, and financial reporting. He also managed 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‑Hugues Lafleur holds a Bachelor’s degree in administration from Université du Québec à Hull and a Master’s in finance from Université de Sherbrooke.

Éric Martel
Outgoing President and Chief Executive Officer

Éric Martel served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro‑Québec from 2015 to March 12, 2020. In this capacity, he ensured that the company met 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 (Davos) and is one of the stewards responsible for leading the organization’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. He serves as co-chair of the organization’s 2019 campaign. He also co chairs the fund-raising campaign of the Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal. He sits on the board of Robotique FIRST Québec and is a member of the advisory board of Concordia University’s Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. In addition, he was Honorary President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec’s Soirée de l’excellence en genie 2019, a gala evening celebrating excellence in engineering.

David Murray
Chief Operating Officer and President of Hydro-Québec Production

David Murray was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Hydro‑Québec and President of Hydro‑Québec Production in April 2018. In this capacity, he coordinates the operational activities and company‑wide functions that require a global vision, such as continuous improvement, occupational health and safety, environmental management, and the operation and evolution of information and communication technologies. He also manages the subsidiaries involved in the commercialization of Hydro‑Québec’s innovations and oversees all power generation activities, including facility operations and maintenance, as well as 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 and the Institut du cancer de Montréal.

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 $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 of Société d’énergie de la Baie James

Réal Laporte has served as President of Hydro-Québec Innovation, équipement et services partagés and President and Chief Executive Officer of Société d’énergie de la Baie James (SEBJ) since 2016. In this capacity, he oversees the activities of Hydro-Québec’s research center and the Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage, as well as the design and execution of construction and refurbishment projects related to the company’s generating and transmission facilities. He is also responsible for corporate procurement and for managing the company’s real estate, materials, vehicle fleet, and food, lodging and air transportation services.

From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Laporte was President of Hydro-Québec Équipement et services partagés and President and Chief Executive Officer of SEBJ. In 2010, he also assumed responsibility for the company’s shared services center.

Mr. Laporte has over 35 years’ experience in developing and managing infrastructure projects and personally supervised a number of studies and jobsites. Prior to joining Hydro-Québec in 1988, he held various positions at different construction companies.

Réal Laporte 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 is also a graduate of the McGill Executive Institute’s Directors Education Program.

Lyne Desmarais
Acting Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Risk Officer

Lyne Desmarais became Acting Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Risk Officer at Hydro-Québec on March 12, 2020. In this capacity, she oversees all financial functions within the company, including financing, treasury, accounting, budget planning, taxation, financial control, risk management, and financial reporting. She also manages Hydro-Québec’s pension plan and pension fund.

Ms. Desmarais has over 35 years of experience in accounting and control. After starting her career in auditing at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, she joined Hydro-Québec at the end of the 1990s. She became a manager in 2003, and held various positions, including Transactional Process Controller at Hydro-Québec Distribution before being appointed Senior Director – Corporate Control in 2015.

Lyne Desmarais has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Université du Québec à Trois‑Rivières (UQTR).

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

Pierre Gagnon was appointed Executive Vice President – Corporate and Legal Affairs and Chief Governance Officer of Hydro-Québec in December 2018. In this capacity, he manages the activities of the corporate secretariat and acts as a key advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Chair of the Board and the chairs of Board committees. He is also oversees the legal affairs of the company and its subsidiaries and is 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 until 2009. He then served as Vice President – Legal Affairs, Airport Security and Secretary at Aéroports de Montréal for nine years before returning to Hydro-Québec in April 2018 as Executive Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Chief Governance Officer.

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.

Julie Boucher
Vice President – Communications, Government Affairs and Indigenous Relations

Julie Boucher was appointed Vice President – Communications, Government Affairs and Indigenous Relations at Hydro Québec in March 2020. In this capacity, she is in charge of internal and external communications, public and government affairs, marketing communications and strategies, as well as relations with local and Indigenous communities. She is also responsible for Hydro-Québec’s transportation electrification initiatives, including the Electric Circuit.

Ms. Boucher joined Hydro-Québec in 2007 as a media spokesperson in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region and became a manager in 2009. In the following years, she held various positions of increasing responsibility in community relations, government and public affairs, and communications, including that of Senior Director – Communications and Public and Government Affairs. Earlier in her career, she was a journalist for TQS and Radio-Canada television for seven years.

Julie Boucher holds a bachelor’s degree in geography with a minor in political science from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) and also did a year of study in sciences at UQAC. She serves as Vice Chair of the board of WaterPower Canada (WPC) and sits on the board of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (CORIM).

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].

Simon Richard
Vice President – Corporate Strategy and Business Development

Simon Richard was appointed Vice President – Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Hydro-Québec in July 2019. In this capacity, he oversees all activities related to the company’s international presence, in particular as a leader of the global energy transition. His responsibilities include seizing business opportunities (acquisitions, equity stakes or long-term partnerships) on external markets, developing export markets, as well as mapping out and updating corporate strategies.

Mr. Richard is a lawyer by profession. Prior to joining Hydro-Québec, he served as vice president of various units at Camso, an off-road tire manufacturer, from 2014 to 2019. One of his mandates involved overseeing strategy and corporate development. Previously, he held management positions at CAE, where he worked in global business development, and at McKinsey, a private consulting firm. Mr. Richard began his career in 1999 at the law firm Stikeman Elliott.

Simon Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from York University, a bachelor’s degree in law (BCL/LLB) from McGill and a Master’s in Public Administration with a specialization in applied microeconomic and financial market analysis from Harvard. He has been a member of the Barreau du Québec [Québec bar association] since 1999.

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.