Board of Directors

For the proper functioning of the company, several people sit on Énergir's Board and help the various decisions. The members of the Board of Directors are :
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Mr. Jean Houde has acquired extensive financial sector experience with major financial institutions, including Investissement Québec, National Bank of Canada and Société générale de financement du Québec. He was the Chairman of the Board of Finance Montreal, a non-profit organization, from November 2010 to March 2014.  Mr. Houde was also the Deputy Minister of Finance for Québec from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Houde has been Chairman of the Board of National Bank of Canada since April 2014 and member of the conduct review and corporate governance committee. Mr. Houde has been Chairman of the Énergir Inc. Board since December 2011. Mr. Houde is President of the board of the Violons du Roy. He is also a member of the board of Capsana, a non-profit organization.

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Ms. Brochu has been active in the energy industry for 30 years. Graduate in economics from Université Laval, she began her career in 1987 at SOQUIP, a Quebec Crown Corporation. In 1997, she joined Énergir, as Vice President, Business Development. After holding various positions in the company, she became President and Chief Executive Officer of Énergir, position she is holding since 2007. Ms. Brochu sits on the Board of Directors of Bank of Montreal, Bell Canada and BCE Inc. Involved with Centraide of Greater Montreal, Ms. Brochu is the Chair of Forces Avenir which promotes students involvement in their communities. She is cofounder of “ruelle de l’avenir”, a project aimed at encouraging students in the Centre-Sud and Hochelaga neighbourhoods of Montréal to remain in school. Ms. Brochu is a member of the Order of Canada.
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Allen C. Capps was appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Investment Review at Enbridge in June 2019. Residing in Calgary, Canada he is responsible for capital allocation, investment review and corporate business development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of DCP Midstream Partners.

Prior to assuming his current role, Allen served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Enbridge and before that Vice President and Controller of Spectra Energy. In these roles he was responsible for the company's financial accounting and reporting functions, FP&A and internal controls. He previously served as Vice President of Business Development for Union Gas Limited in Ontario, Canada. In that capacity, he oversaw the business development activities for storage and transmission assets as well as asset optimization, gas supply acquisition, product and service development, gas management and gas control, contract billing and capacity planning and management. Prior to that he served as Vice President and Treasurer for Spectra Energy, responsible for all financing and capital market activities, credit and risk management, interest rate management, liquidity and cash management, and relationships with major banks and credit rating agencies.

Prior to joining Spectra Energy, Allen held various senior level finance roles at both Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and TEPPCO Partners, LP and was an auditor with both Ernst & Young, LLP and Arthur Andersen, LLP. Before starting his business career, Allen served more than four years on active duty in the U.S. Army.

Allen graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Adminstrtation degree in accounting and a Master of Science degree in finance. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Business Administration degree. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Chartered Global Management Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
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Renaud Faucher joined Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in 2006. He is currently Managing Director, Infrastructure where he is responsible for the management of infrastructure investments in North America. From 1986 to 1990, Mr. Faucher worked as a project engineer on the construction of infrastructure projects in Canada and Europe, including the Channel Tunnel project. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Faucher worked on the financing and management of independent power plants across Canada. From 1998 to 2006, he held different positions within wholly owned international subsidiaries of Hydro-Québec as Director Investments, Vice President Finance and Vice President Risk Management. Mr. Faucher sits on the Boards of Noverco (2014), Colonial Pipeline (2014), Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline (2018 and Chairman of the Board since February 2019), REM Commandité Inc. (August 2018) and Vertical Bridge REIT, LCC (June 2019). Previously, Mr. Faucher was a member of the LLC committee of Cross-Sound Cable Company LLC (a submarine power cable between Connecticut and Long Island, NY, 2003-2006), a director of Sedna (long-term healthcare services provider in Québec, 2006-2007), of Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline (an interstate pipeline in the United States, 2006-2009), of Noverco (a holding company with investments in Energir, 2006-2009), of AviAlliance Capital (formerly Hochtief Airport Capital in Germany, 2010-2014), on the Supervisory Board of Budapest Airport (2011-2014), on Heathrow Airport Holdings (2006-2014 with 4 years as chairman of the Audit Committee), on the members committee of Invenergy Wind LLC (2014-2017) and on AES U.S. Investments Inc. and IPALCO (holding companies of Indianapolis Power and Light Company - 2015 until June 2019). Mr. Faucher holds a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal, an MBA from Concordia University and a DESS (specialized graduate diploma) in Accounting from ESG-UQAM. He is a member of l’ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, of CPA Québec and of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
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A graduate in administration from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Mr. Ghislain Gauthier is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Following a few years with the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada, Mr. Gauthier joined the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in 1982 where he worked primarily in private placements. While at the Caisse, he has been responsible for the management and growth of a substantial North American and European portfolio of corporate securities in the energy and infrastructure sectors. From January 2010 to September 2013, he was Chief Investment Officer of Citi Infrastructure Investors in New York and was Chair of its Investment Committee. Mr. Gauthier has been a director of many corporations, including BAA Plc (London), Vantage Airport Group (Vancouver) and Itinere Infraestructuras, S.A. (Madrid). He is also a member of the Board of Directors and of the Investment Committee of Fiera Infrastructure and of Standard Solar inc.
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Mr. Jean-Luc Gravel is Strategic Advisor to the President at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”). In this role, he supports the President and Chief Executive Officer to steer CDPQ’s orientations and design growth strategies. Mr. Gravel was Executive Vice-President, Equity Markets with the Investment Management group of CDPQ between 2009 and 2018. In this role, he developed strategies and explored new opportunities for all CDPQ’s equity market activities. A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute, he began his career in the financial industry in 1982. He began as an analyst, and later held management positions in large financial institutions established in Montréal, including Nesbitt Burns, Newcrest Capital and TD Newcrest Securities. He has also been a financial reporter for the investment section of the newspaper Les Affaires. He worked at CDPQ for two years in the 1980s and later returned in 2004, where he held the position of Senior Vice-President, Canadian Equity, until 2009, overseeing a team of 25 portfolio managers and financial analysts. He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and holds a Bachelor of Science from the Université de Sherbrooke. Mr. Gravel sits on the Board of Directors of First Eagle Holdings, an American corporation. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Montréal Exchange from 1995 to 1998 and of the International Financial Centre of Montréal (IFC Montréal) from 2010 to 2016.
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Ms. Hansen was appointed Executive Vice President, Utilities and Power Operations, on February 27, 2017. She is responsible for the overall leadership and operations of Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas, two of Canada’s largest natural gas utilities, as well as Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, Gazifère and St. Lawrence Gas. She also holds responsibility for the operations of Enbridge’s power generating assets, which currently include renewable energy investments in wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric, as well as waste heat recovery facilities and power transmission lines owned in whole or in part by Enbridge. Ms. Hansen has more than 19 years of experience working in operational, financial and safety leadership roles within Enbridge including President, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Senior Vice President, Operations within Liquids Pipelines. Prior to joining Enbridge, she worked as a Principal for PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a member of Calgary-based Enbridge Inc.’s Executive Leadership Team. Ms. Hansen serves on the board of the Ontario Energy Association, Energy Council of Canada, and the University of Alberta School of Business Advisory Council. In the past, she has served on the boards of the Canadian Gas Association, the Canadian Energy Pipelines Association (CEPA), the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and NorQuest College, among others. She was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network and was recognized as a Canadian Business Leader by Catalyst Canada.
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John Whelen was appointed Enbridge’s EVP and Chief Development Officer (CDO) on June 1, 2019. Previously the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, in his new role John oversees corporate strategy, corporate development, including new growth platforms, capital allocation and investment review. It also has oversight for energy marketing (Tidal) and a stand-alone power business (commercial and operations). He will continue to be accountable for the ERP Program until the detailed design phase is complete.

John has been part of the Enbridge team since 1992, when he assumed the Manager of Treasury role at Consumers Gas (now Enbridge Gas Distribution). Since that time, he has held a series of executive positions with increasing responsibility, including treasury, risk management, corporate planning and development, and financial reporting. John served as the chief financial officer, and then president, of former Enbridge sponsored affiliate Enbridge Income Fund, during which time he led the business through a period of significant growth. Most recently as EVP/CFO, he held responsibility for the company’s financial reporting function, as well as for Enbridge’s tax, treasury and risk management functions.

Throughout his history with the company, John has developed extensive experience in capital markets, and has been instrumental in securing billions of dollars in growth capital funding for Enbridge.

John holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in finance from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., and a bachelor of science (BSc) degree in economics from the University of Victoria.
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