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.

Sophie Brochu
President and Chief Executive Officer

Sophie Brochu took office as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro‑Québec on April 2, 2020. She is the first woman in the company’s history to hold that office on a permanent basis.

Ms. Brochu has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector. She began her career in 1987 as a financial analyst with Société québécoise d’initiatives pétrolières (SOQUIP), a Québec government corporation responsible for developing the natural gas network in the province. In 1997, she joined Énergir (formerly Gaz Métro) as Vice President, Business Development, and subsequently went on to head other departments, including those in charge of sales and customer services, regulatory affairs and community relations. In 2007, she became Énergir’s President and Chief Executive Officer, a position she held until the end of 2019. Under her guidance, the Québec natural gas distributor added renewable natural gas to its supply portfolio and became an important player in the wind and solar energy spaces, in both Canada and the U.S. In the mid‑2000s, Énergir acquired Vermont electric utility Green Mountain Power, which later acquired Central Vermont Public Services, creating a customer‑centric electricity provider.

Sophie Brochu holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Université Laval and sits on the board of Banque de Montréal (BMO). Very active in the community, she has been involved with Centraide of Greater Montreal for many years and co‑founded ruelle de l’avenir, a non‑profit organization that encourages students in the Centre Sud and Hochelaga neighborhoods of Montréal to stay in school. She chairs the board of Fondation Forces AVENIR, which supports activities designed to foster and celebrate community involvement by high school, college and university students. In addition, she is a leader of L’effet A, an initiative whose aim is to promote the participation of women at all organizational levels. Ms. Brochu was awarded honorary doctorates by Université de Montréal (HEC Montréal) and Bishop’s University. She is a member of the Order of Canada.

David Murray
Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President – Generation, Health,
Safety and Environment

After having served as Chief Operating Officer of Hydro-Québec and President of Hydro‑Québec Production from 2018 to 2020, and as Chief Innovation Officer of Hydro‑Québec and President of Hydro‑Québec Production from 2020 to 2021, David Murray became Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President – Generation, Health, Safety and Environment in February 2021, when Hydro‑Québec transformed its operating divisions into groups. As Chief Innovation Officer, he is tasked with developing an overall innovation vision and strategy to develop the full potential of the company’s technologies for the benefit of Québec’s energy future. He also spearheads the company’s R&D efforts and the activities of its commercial subsidiaries, including Hilo, EVLO, Dana TM4 and the Electric Circuit. As Executive Vice President – Generation, Health, Safety and Environment, he manages the operations, development and maintenance of the company’s generating facilities, whose total installed capacity exceeds 37,000 megawatts, as well as electricity sales and energy trading on wholesale markets. He also oversees occupational health and safety, as well as environmental governance and expertise.

Mr. Murray joined Hydro‑Québec in 2015 as Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies and was promoted President of Hydro‑Québec Distribution in 2016. Previously, 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. He also worked for Flextronics, Nortel Networks and Rolls Royce.

David Murray holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from HEC Montréal. He is a governor of the Mouvement québécois de la qualité, co‑chair of the Canadian Red Cross Campaign – Emergency Support When You Need It currently under way in Québec and a member of the board of Centraide du Grand Montréal.

Claudine Bouchard
Executive Vice President – TransÉnergie and Construction
President and Chief Executive Officer of Société d’énergie de la Baie James

Claudine Bouchard was appointed Executive Vice President – TransÉnergie and Construction at Hydro‑Québec in February 2021. In this capacity, she oversees the operation and development of Hydro‑Québec’s power transmission system, which ranks among the most extensive in North America, as well as the marketing of system capacity and the management of power flows across Québec. In addition, she is responsible for the design and execution of construction and refurbishment projects related to the company’s generating and transmission facilities. She also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Société d’énergie de la Baie James (SEBJ).

A seasoned manager known for her human leadership, Ms. Bouchard has over 20 years’ experience at Hydro‑Québec, where she has held positions of increasing responsibility in wide‑ranging fields including communications, community relations, operations and maintenance, occupational health and safety, environmental governance and expertise, the management of major cross‑functional projects and crisis management. She was Vice President – Distribution System from 2017 to 2019, Vice President – Corporate Transformation from 2019 to 2020 and Chief Transformation Officer and Vice President – Strategic Procurement from 2020 to 2021.

Ms. Bouchard holds a Bachelor of Science from Université de Montréal and an MBA from Université du Québec à Montréal and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, as well as a Master’s Certificate in Marketing Communications Leadership from York University. She also completed a business negotiations program at Harvard. Certified by the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés, she sits on the board of the New York–based Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC), is a member of the executive committee of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) and chairs the Federation’s HR committee. Moreover, she serves as an ambassador in the Women’s Leadership program of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Saguenay‑Le Fjord and has led Hydro‑Québec’s Centraide Leadership campaign since 2018.

Éric Filion
Executive Vice President – Distribution, Procurement and Shared Services

Éric Filion was appointed President of Hydro‑Québec Distribution in April 2018. He also assumed responsibility for Hydro‑Québec’s shared services in May 2020 and for strategic procurement in February 2021, at which time his division was replaced by a group and he became Executive Vice President – Distribution, Procurement and Shared Services. In this capacity, he is responsible for supplying the Québec market with electricity and delivering reliable power and constantly evolving services to 4.4 million customers throughout the province. In addition, he oversees the procurement of goods and services and the provision of essential services to the entire company, including materials, real estate and vehicle fleet management, as well as food, lodging and air transportation services.

Mr. Filion joined Hydro‑Québec in 2016 as Vice President – Customers. Previously,
he spent 20 years in the aeronautics 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 and an enhanced customer experience.

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 and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Deeply involved within the community, he sits on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and the Institut du cancer de Montréal. He has chaired the fund‑raising campaign of Maison Tangente, a hostel for young adults in difficult circumstances, since 2017, and is codirector of the Industry/Transportation division of Centraide of Greater Montreal’s 2020 campaign.

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.

Jean‑Hugues Lafleur
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jean‑Hugues Lafleur was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hydro‑Québec in 2018. In this capacity, he is in charge of all financial functions within the company, including financing, treasury, accounting, budget planning, taxation, corporate control and financial reporting. He also oversees management of the Hydro‑Québec Pension Plan and pension fund. He concurrently served as Chief Risk Officer from 2018 to 2020 and was Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec from mid‑March to early April 2020.

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.

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 (UQAH), which later became the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

Jean‑Hugues Lafleur holds a bachelor’s degree in administration from UQAH and a Master’s in finance from Université de Sherbrooke.

Julie Boucher
Vice President – Customer Experience, Communications and Community Relations

Julie Boucher was appointed Vice President – Customer Experience, Communications and Community Relations at Hydro‑Québec in November 2020. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing an innovative, integrated customer experience and marketing strategy for the company and its subsidiaries, ensuring open and constructive communications with the general public and all Hydro-Québec stakeholders, including governments, and maintaining privileged relations with local and Indigenous communities.

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, culminating in her appointment as Vice President – Communications, Government Affairs and Indigenous Relations in March 2020. 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 Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) and also did a year of study in sciences at UQAC. She sits on the boards of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) and the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (CORIM) and is a member of the advisory board of the energy sector management chair at HEC Montréal.

Pierre Despars, FCPA, FCA
Vice President – Corporate Strategy and Business Development

Pierre Despars was appointed Vice President – Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Hydro-Québec in November 2020. In this capacity, he is responsible for mapping out and updating corporate strategies, developing electricity export markets and accelerating the company’s growth by seizing business opportunities (acquisitions, equity stakes or long-term partnerships), both in Québec and beyond its borders.

Prior to joining Hydro-Québec, Mr. Despars served as Chairman of the Board of Standard Solar, a subsidiary of Énergir (formerly Gaz Métro) specialized in the development and management of photovoltaic solar facilities in the United States, from 2017 to 2020. Previously, he enjoyed a 26-year career at Énergir where he held several key positions, mainly in finance. As Vice President – Finance (1996–2003) and Chief Financial Officer (2003–2017), he oversaw an ever increasing number of corporate functions over the years, including corporate, legal and regulatory affairs, information technologies, gas supplies, and goods and services procurement, as well as environmental and quality management. From 2007 to 2017, he also managed Énergir’s investments in the Vermont natural gas and power distribution sectors.

Pierre Despars holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from HEC Montréal and an MBA from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business and is a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec [Québec order of chartered professional accountants] (FCPA, FCA). He was also recognized for his achievements by the Québec Chapter of Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), which presented him with the Ace of Finance award in the “Financial executive of a large corporation” category in 2014.

Nathalie Dubois
Vice President – Talent, Culture and Evolution

Nathalie Dubois was appointed Hydro‑Québec’s Vice President – Talent, Culture and Evolution in February 2021. She plays a key role in implementing strategies to support Hydro‑Québec’s evolution and growth in the rapidly changing energy sector. She oversees activities and programs related to talent acquisition and retention, total compensation, skills development, labor relations, organizational performance and corporate culture. Her responsibilities also include the security of the company's facilities, assets and revenue.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Dubois has led several major organizational transformation and change management projects, particularly in the manufacturing sector where she worked for 20 years. As Production Supervisor and Human Resources Manager at General Motors of Canada from 1990 to 1998, she implemented processes and strategies designed to improve productivity and labor relations. She also made her mark at Pratt & Whitney Canada, where she held positions of increasing responsibility in human resources management in the Operations, Aftermarket and Customer Services sectors for 12 years, from 1998 to 2003 and from 2005 to 2011. She was Director of Human Resources at Cirque du Soleil from 2003 to 2005.

Ms. Dubois joined Hydro‑Québec in 2011 as Director – Human Resources at Hydro‑Québec Distribution. Appointed Director of Operational Services – Human Resources in 2012, she
set up and supervised a service center to efficiently meet the needs of the company’s 20,000 employees. In 2016, she joined Desjardins Group as Vice President, Human Resources Service Centre (HR) and HR Officer in the General Insurance sector, a position she held for a year. She returned to Hydro‑Québec as Vice President – Human Resources in 2017 and served in that capacity until 2021.

Ms. Dubois holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from the Université de Montréal. She has also completed executive training programs at Queen’s University in Ontario and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in the United States. She is a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec.

Pierre Fortin
Vice President – Integrated Risk Management

Pierre Fortin was appointed Vice President – Integrated Risk Management at Hydro-Québec in June 2020. In addition to maintaining sound financial risk management practices, he is in charge of developing various tools to support decision-making and quantify integrated risks related to the company's strategic challenges. He also oversees economic and cost/benefit analyses aimed at maximizing the benefits of major investment projects.

Mr. Fortin has some 30 years of experience in the energy sector, including more than 20 years in risk management. From 2015 to 2020, he worked for Énergir (formerly Gaz Métro), first as Vice President, Risk Management and Internal Audit, and then as Senior Vice President, Integrated Risk Management. Previously, he held various positions at Hydro-Québec, including that of Senior Director – Risk Analysis and Management from 2007 to 2015. The implementation of information systems and the creation of specialized teams to manage the risks associated with the company’s energy trading floor and regulated divisions rank among his key achievements. Mr. Fortin also worked at the Société québécoise d’initiatives pétrolières (SOQUIP) and Québec’s Ministère des Finances [finance department].

Mr. Fortin holds a bachelor's degree in economics and an MBA in finance, both from Université Laval. He is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.

François Laurin
Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies

François Laurin took office as Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies (ITC) at Hydro‑Québec in January 2021. In this capacity, he spearheads the company’s ongoing digital transformation, sees to the security of its systems and networks, and ensures that it has the technological and digital means to successfully carry out its business operations.

Mr. Laurin has over 30 years of experience in information technology. Prior to joining Hydro‑Québec, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Groupe Aldo. Previously, he held executive positions in several other renowned companies, such as SNC‑Lavalin, Sobeys, Cirque du Soleil, Microcell Télécommunications (Fido) and Téléfilm Canada. Over the course of his career, he oversaw a wide range of critical IT functions, including planning and strategic alignment, managing portfolios and major projects, delivering business solutions, improving processes and managing change, as well as data and systems security. At Sobeys, he and his team were awarded two prestigious prizes for the business transformation they brought about, namely an SAP Gold Medal for Best Implementation in North American Retail and a Transformation Trophy from the ESSEC Business School.

François Laurin holds a master’s degree in applied science from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Geneviève Fournier
Senior Director – Customer Experience and Marketing

Geneviève Fournier was appointed Senior Director – Customer Experience and Marketing at Hydro-Québec in November 2020. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing an innovative, integrated customer experience and marketing strategy for the company and its subsidiaries. She also acts as a spokesperson for Hydro-Québec’s customers and keeper of the corporate brand, two roles that have earned her a seat on the management committee.

Convinced that a great customer experience hinges on a positive employee experience, Ms. Fournier is a member of Hydro-Québec’s health and wellness network and has taken on the role of standard-bearer for health within the company. As such, she seeks to develop a better understanding of the concept of overall health by managers and employees, to promote the use of available awareness and support tools, and to foster the establishment of an ongoing dialogue on health issues, along with a culture of caring throughout the organization.

Geneviève Fournier joined Hydro-Québec Distribution in 2016 as Director – Customer Transformation and was promoted Senior Director – Customer Experience, Sales and Loyalty in 2018. A seasoned and passionate manager, she quickly initiated a major digital shift and developed a genuine customer culture within the division.

Previously, she held a number of management positions in major companies including Videotron, Rogers and Fido, where she gained recognition as an expert in customer service and experience.

Ms. Fournier holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and two MBAs, one from UQAM and the other from the Université Paris-Dauphine. She is a member of the Canadian Electricity Association’s Customer Council and sits on the board of the Caisse Desjardins Hydro. She also serves as the Hydro-Québec ambassador of L’effet A, a professional development program designed to showcase women’s talent, boost their ambition and help propel them forward in their careers, for the benefit of participants, their employers and society as a whole.

Réal Laporte
Strategic Advisor to the Management Committee

Réal Laporte has served as a strategic advisor to Hydro‑Québec’s management committee since June 2020.

Mr. Laporte has over 35 years’ experience in designing and carrying out infrastructure projects and managing strategic business functions. He joined Hydro‑Québec in 1988 and personally supervised a number of jobsites, including the major Eastmain‑1‑A/Sarcelle/Rupert hydropower project, before being appointed President of Hydro‑Québec Équipement and President and Chief Executive Officer of Société d’énergie de la Baie James (SEBJ) in 2005. He also assumed responsibility for the company’s shared services center in 2010, and for its R&D initiatives in 2016.

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. He is a member of the boards of Hydro‑Québec IndusTech and Société du Plan Nord, and serves on the Committee on Sustainability of McGill University’s Board of Governors.

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.