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 of Hydro‑Québec
and President of Hydro‑Québec Production

David Murray was appointed Chief Innovation Officer of Hydro‑Québec and President of Hydro‑Québec Production in June 2020. As Chief Innovation Officer, he is responsible for 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, while also overseeing the company’s R&D efforts and the activities of Hydro‑Québec IndusTech’s subsidiaries, including Hilo (energy efficiency and demand response), Dana TM4 (electric motors and drivetrains), EVLO (energy storage systems) and the Electric Circuit (electric vehicle charging infrastructure). As President of Hydro‑Québec Production, 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.

Mr. Murray joined Hydro‑Québec in 2015 as Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). He served as President of Hydro‑Québec Distribution from 2016 to 2018 and as Chief Operating Officer of Hydro‑Québec and President of Hydro‑Québec Production from 2018 to 2020. As Chief Operating Officer, he coordinated operational activities and oversaw company‑wide functions such as continuous improvement, occupational health and safety, environmental management, and ICT.

Mr. Murray has over 25 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. Previously, he 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.

Marc Boucher
President of Hydro‑Québec TransÉnergie et Équipement
President and Chief Executive Officer of Société d’énergie de la Baie James

Marc Boucher joined Hydro‑Québec in 2016 as President of Hydro‑Québec TransÉnergie and was appointed President of Hydro‑Québec TransÉnergie et Équipement in June 2020. This division operates and develops Hydro‑Québec’s power transmission system, which ranks among the most extensive in North America, markets system capacity and manages power flows across Québec. In addition, it oversees the design and execution of construction and refurbishment projects related to the company’s generating and transmission facilities. Mr. Boucher is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Société d’énergie de la Baie James (SEBJ).

Marc Boucher began his career in the transportation and aeronautics industries, where he worked for over 25 years. After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force as the officer responsible for the maintenance of CF‑18s, he moved on to Bombardier, where he held a number of strategic management positions from 1996 to 2016. In particular, he was instrumental in establishing a presence in Mexico as Vice President of Operations and carried out an ambitious two‑year mandate in Germany aimed at improving project management and quality assurance for the company’s transportation division. Over the course of his career, Mr. Boucher developed solid expertise in operations and organizational performance, as well as the execution of complex, large-scale projects.

Mr. Boucher holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Université Laval and a graduate certificate in aerospace engineering from the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering. He also completed the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors and earned ICD.D certification. He currently sits on the board of the New York–based Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC).

Mr. Boucher is also actively involved in the community. Among other things, he currently serves on the board of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.

Éric Filion
President of Hydro‑Québec Distribution et Services partagés

Éric Filion was appointed President of Hydro-Québec Distribution et Services Partagés in June 2020. This division supplies the Québec market with electricity and delivers reliable power and constantly evolving services to 4.4 million customers throughout the province. In addition, it provides 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 and was promoted President of Hydro-Québec Distribution in 2018. 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.

Claudine Bouchard
Vice President – Corporate Evolution and Strategic Procurement

Claudine Bouchard was appointed Vice President – Corporate Evolution and Strategic Procurement at Hydro‑Québec in June 2020. In this capacity, she is responsible for major cross-functional projects that will allow the company to keep evolving with optimum efficiency, in such a way as to fully play its role as a leader of the energy transition and a driver of Québec’s economic recovery in a rapidly changing industry. Strategic procurement, occupational health and safety, and environmental management are key components of this mandate.

A seasoned manager known for her human leadership, Ms. Bouchard has over 20 years’ experience at Hydro‑Québec, where she worked in wide‑ranging fields including communications, community relations, governance, operations, occupational health and safety, cross-functional project management and crisis management. From 2017 to 2019, she was Vice President – Distribution System, overseeing the operation and evolution of Hydro‑Québec’s distribution grid, which serves 4.4 million customers across Québec. In 2019, she became Vice President – Corporate Transformation.

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 Masters Certificate in Marketing Communications Leadership from York University. She also completed a business negotiations program at Harvard.

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 – 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].

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).

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.