Board of Directors
Richard Drouin, CC, OQ, QC – President
Richard Drouin is a Senior Counsel in the McCarthy Tétrault LLP He is Chairman of the North American Electric Reliability Council (responsible for monitoring and regulating the reliability of North American electrical transmission systems). From 1988 to 1995, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec. Until recently, Richard Drouin was Chairman of Abitibi-Consolidated and Stelco. He studied at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and studied law at Laval University.
Richard Drouin sits on several boards, including those of Aéroports de Montréal, American Superconductor (Boston), British Airports Authority (BAA), Gesca (French newspapers) and President’s Choice Bank. Mr. Drouin is a member of the Board of Governors of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Mr. Drouin is a Companion of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the National Order of Quebec. He is the recipient of the Gloire de l’Escole Medal from Laval University and holds an honorary doctorate from Université Lumière de Lyon. He is Honorary Consul of Great Britain at Quebec. In 2002, Richard Drouin was named “Personality of the Year” by the Canadian Energy Council.
Stéphane Bertrand, Executive Director
Since November 2007, Stéphane Bertrand has been the Executive Director of the 2010 World Energy Congress.
Previously, between 2003 and 2007, Mr. Bertrand was the Prime Minister’s Office Director. His duties led him to participate closely in the development of Québec’s government policies and budget.
Stéphane Bertrand worked for several years at Gaz Métropolitain, where he held the position of Director, then Vice-President, Communications, Public and Government Affairs. Previously, he worked as a consultant for a communications consulting firm in Montreal, where, among other things, he headed two major gas pipeline projects, as well as vice-president, Planning and Development, Société Financière des Caisses. Desjardins. Mr. Bertrand was also director of cabinet and economist, responsible for press relations, the office of the Minister for Finance and Privatization and the office of the Minister of Cultural Affairs of Quebec.
Mr. Bertrand holds a master’s degree in economics from the Université de Montréal and is a member of the board of directors of the UQAM Chair in Public Relations and the Fondation des étoiles. He has also been a member of the boards of directors of Carbone 14, president of the Fondation des Jeux du Québec, president of the public affairs committee of the Canadian Gas Association and member of the board of directors of Info-Excavation and the Pipeline Association.
André Boulanger, Treasurer
André Boulanger joined Hydro-Québec in July 2003 as President of Hydro-Québec Distribution. In this role, he is responsible for the reliability of the distribution network and the security of electricity supply for some 2.9 million customers. The division, which has assets of more than $ 10 billion, operates a network of 108,344 kilometers of distribution lines and 24 thermal power stations supplying off-grid independent networks. Its workforce is 7,800 employees.
Originally an engineer in 1975 at Bell Canada, Mr. Boulanger was then charged with energy saving projects at J.-M. Lagacé and associates, consulting engineers, from 1975 to 1981. Then, he was head of the Energy Saving section of the Roche Consulting Group from 1981 to 1983.
In 1983, Mr. Boulanger joined Gaz Métropolitain Limited Partnership, where he held various strategic executive positions for 20 years.
André Boulanger graduated from Laval University with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in science in 1974 and 1976 respectively. After receiving a doctoral scholarship, he spent a year in 1977 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In the summer of 1995, Mr. Boulanger completed management training at Western Business School in London, Ontario.
Mr. Boulanger is Chairman of the Board of Pro Musica. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Cancer Institute and Domaine Forget.
Marie-José Nadeau, Administrator
Marie-José Nadeau is Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and General Secretary of Hydro-Québec. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a law degree in 1975 and a master’s degree in public law in 1980.
A member of the Barreau du Québec, Ms. Nadeau articled at the Supreme Court of Canada. Early in her career, she was a lawyer in the federal government, where she worked for 10 years, particularly in administrative law, before practicing in private practice.
Joining the Quebec government in 1987, Marie-José Nadeau held various strategic positions at the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Energy and Resources.
Ms. Nadeau joined Hydro-Québec in 1993. She successively held the positions of Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs. In this capacity, she is responsible for strategic planning, legal affairs, communications, government and institutional affairs, industrial safety and the environment. She is also secretary of the board of directors of Hydro-Québec and its subsidiaries.
Ms. Nadeau is a member of the Board of Directors of Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation Limited. She is Vice Chair of the Board of the Canadian Energy Council and chairs the Communications and Outreach Committee of the World Energy Council, of which she is a member of the Board of Directors. She also chairs the board of directors of the Hydro-Québec Foundation for the Environment.
Marie-José Nadeau is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Orchester symphonique de Montréal. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Metro Inc., the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Center for International Studies and Research at the Université de Montréal. Ms. Nadeau was also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Electricity Association in 2000.
Chris Huskilson, Administrateur
Chris Huskilson est reconnu pour ses qualités de chef, ses connaissances techniques poussées et sa vaste expérience de plusieurs aspects du secteur de l’énergie de la côte Est du Canada. M. Huskilson a commencé sa carrière chez Nova Scotia Power en 1980. Au départ, il travaillait dans le domaine du génie informatique. Il était chargé de l’installation des systèmes de surveillance et de la mise en service de la centrale marémotrice d’Annapolis. Il a occupé les postes de surveillant général de la production hydroélectrique du système hydroélectrique de Mersey, de planificateur principal des activités au centre de contrôle de l’énergie, de directeur d’usine des systèmes de génération de Lingan et de Glace Bay, de vice-président de la transmission et de la distribution, et de premier vice-président des activités. En juillet 2003, il a été nommé directeur de l’exploitation d’Emera et de Nova Scotia puis, en 2004, il a été nommé président et chef de la direction d’Emera.
Mr. Huskilson is a member of the Executive Council of the Canadian Electricity Association and the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia. He is currently President of the Bangor Hydro-Electric Company, President of the Greater Halifax Partnership, Director of the Nova Scotia Community College and President of the Energy Council of Canada. Chris Huskilson holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick.
Andrew Stephens, Administrator
Andrew Stephens was appointed Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations for Petro-Canada in 2007. In the performance of his duties, he is responsible for Petro-Canada’s human resources and communications with its internal and external stakeholders. As a member of the executive team, Mr. Stephens is also involved in the strategic direction of the company.
Mr. Stephens began his career in 1977 as a process engineer at Gulf Oil Canada’s Port Moody refinery. He was responsible for projects, planning and economic evaluations. Since joining Petro-Canada as a process engineer in 1979, Andrew Stephens has held senior management positions in the upstream, downstream and shared services business units. He has been a member of Petro-Canada’s management since 1993.
Mr. Stephens has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.
Mr. Stephens has been a member and President of the Youth Science Foundation. In addition, he was President of the Canadian Energy Council.
Élie Saheb, Permanent Guest
Elie Saheb holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Science (Engineering) from the University of Kansas. In 1973, he obtained a doctorate in applied sciences from École polytechnique de Montréal.
Upon obtaining his master’s degree, Mr. Saheb was hired as a designer (Synchrocycloton Particle Accelerator) at the Enrico Fermi Institute, affiliated with the University of Chicago.
Élie Saheb joined Hydro-Québec in 1974 as a Specialist Engineer at the Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station. From 1983 to 1990, he was a researcher and then a project director at the Hydro-Québec Research Institute. He then held the position of project administrator for the Bécancour and Tracy thermal power plants, from 1990 to 1994.
From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Saheb was director of the Bas-Saint-Maurice projects, which concern the following plants: Shawinigan-2, Shawinigan-3, La Gabelle, Grand-Mère and the Tracy power station.
From 1996 to 1997, Élie Saheb was a director of the project related to the construction of a 1250 MW thermal power plant in Jorf Lasfar, Morocco. This BOT project was carried out by the CMS-ABB consortium.
In July 1997, Mr. Saheb was appointed Senior Director – Capital Projects and President and CEO of the James Bay Energy Corporation (SEBJ). He was appointed Executive Vice President – Engineering, Procurement and Construction in 1999 and has continued as President and CEO of SEBJ. In June 2001, Élie Saheb became President of Hydro-Québec – Engineering, Procurement and Construction. From 2002 to 2003, in the wake of the revival of Hydro-Québec projects, Mr. Saheb devoted himself full-time to the position of President and CEO of SEBJ.
Since October 2003, Élie Saheb has been President of Hydro-Québec – Technology and Industrial Development. In 2006, he became Executive Vice President – Technology. In this capacity, he is responsible for the Hydro-Québec Research Institute, telecommunications and information technology for the entire company, the development of technology and the Hydro-Québec subsidiary. IndusTech.
In 2002, the Order of Engineers of Quebec awarded Elie Saheb his Grand Prix of Excellence for his outstanding career and the fact that he is a model for his peers. Mr. Saheb was elected to the Canadian Academy of Engineering in June 2004, in recognition of a remarkable track record and contribution to society, the country and the engineering profession.