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 GMi 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. He sat on the board of Innovassur, Assurances Générales inc. Mr. Houde was also Vice-Chairman of the board of JOA Groupe Holding and he sat on the audit and human resources committees of this French corporation.
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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 (Société québécoise d’initiatives pétrolières). 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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Ms. Mary-Ann Bell worked for over 30 years in the telecommunications sector. An industrial engineering graduate from the École Polytechnique de Montréal (1982) and holding a Master’s of Science from the Institut national de la recherché scientifique (INRS) (1986), she began her career at Bell Canada in 1982 where she held various operational and financial positions. In 2006, she participated in the setting up of Bell Aliant Inc., where she was Senior Vice President for Québec and Ontario until she retired from Bell in 2014. A certified corporate director and member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Ms. Bell has sat on various boards of directors for over 15 years and has several years of audit committee experience. She has chaired the boards of the Montreal Women’s Y, Nordia inc., Proximedia inc., the Institut international des Télécommunications and the Institut national de recherché scientifique, a research university which is part of the Universités du Québec network. She is a member of the board of Cominar Real Estate Income Trust (of which she chairs the Compensation Committee and is also a member of the Investment Committee), the board of Nav Canada (of which she is also a member of the Human Resources Committee, the Safety Committee and the Customer Service Fees Committee), and the board of Cogeco Inc. (of which she chairs the Governance Committee and is a member of the Human Resources Committee).

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The Honorable Marie Deschamps received a Licentiate in Laws from the Université de Montréal in 1974 and an LL.M. from McGill University in 1983. The Université de Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke each awarded her an honorary doctorate, respectively in 2008 and 2014; she received from the Law School of McGill University the F. R. Scott award for distinguished service in 2013. She received the distinction Lawyer Emeritus from the Quebec Bar in 2014. She was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada in 2013. She was called to the Quebec Bar in 1975 and practised as a litigator at Martineau Walker and Sylvestre et Matte in family, civil and commercial law, then at Rouleau, Rumanek and Sirois in criminal law and finally at Byers Casgrain in civil and commercial law. She was appointed judge to the Quebec Superior Court in 1990, to the Court of Appeal in 1992 and to the Supreme Court in 2002. She retired from the judiciary in August 2012. She has been an adjunct professor at the law schools of University of Sherbrooke since 2006 and of McGill University since 2012. She rejoined the Quebec Bar in 2013. She continues to serve as chair or member of policy review committees and as member of boards of directors. She is regularly invited to give lectures and conferences to various audiences, mostly on constitutional and commercial law and on governance and ethics.
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Renaud Faucher joined the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in 2006. He is currently Regional Director, Asset management in the Infrastructure group where he is responsible for the management of the infrastructure investments in North America. From 1986 to 1990, Mr. Faucher worked as a project engineer on the construction of large 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 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 and Chairman of the Audit Committee since July 2017) and of AES U.S. Investments Inc. and IPALCO (holding companies of Indianapolis Power and Light Company, 2015). 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 Énergir and Enbridge, 2006-2009), of AviAlliance Capital (formerly Hochtief Airport Capital, 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) and on the members committee of Invenergy Wind LLC (2014-2017). Mr. Faucher holds a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal, as well as an MBA from Concordia University and a DESS (specialized graduate diploma) in Accounting from ESG-UQAM. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA).
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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. François Gervais is a corporate director. He was an investment banker at CIBC World Markets from 1977 to 2003 and at RBC Capital Markets from 2003 to 2008. During a career in corporate finance that has spanned more than 30 years, Mr. Gervais has been involved in numerous share and bond issues and merger and acquisition transactions for corporations in a variety of industries. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université Laval and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He also holds the CPA and ICD.D designations. He was a director of Nurun Inc. from 2003 to 2008 and of Groupe Dessau inc. from May 2014 to September 2015. Mr. Gervais is a director of Valener and its subsidiaries. He is also a director of the Fondation de l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec since October 30, 2017.
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Mr. Jean-Luc Gravel has been Executive Vice President, Equity Markets, with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec’s Investment Management sector since April 2009. He oversees the global equity markets segment and sits on the Executive Committee. Prior to this newest appointment, he had been Senior Vice-President of the Caisse’s Canadian Equity team since 2004. Mr. Gravel began his investment career in the securities market in 1982. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and an MBA graduate from the University of Ottawa and holds a B.Sc. from the Université de Sherbooke. In 1985, he became a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. Mr. Gravel was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Montréal Exchange from 1995 to 1998. He is currently a member of the board of directors of First Eagle Holdings Inc.
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As Vice President, Corporate Development, Mr  Colin Gruending leads teams responsible for acquisitions and divestitures; structuring and oversight of Enbridge’s sponsored vehicles; and raising capital privately with financial partners. During his 18 years at Enbridge, Mr. Gruending has performed a number of progressively challenging executive roles, most recently Vice President, Treasury and Tax while acting as CFO for Enbridge Income Fund and Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. Previously he served as Corporate Controller and also led enterprise Investor Relations and Pension Investments. Prior to Enbridge, Mr. Gruending held finance roles at Canadian Airlines and KPMG. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst.
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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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Mr. Pierre Monahan has been a corporate director and business management consultant since 2008. Previously, he was President of Bowater Canadian Forest Products Inc. and Executive Vice President, Building Products at Bowater Inc. until his departure in 2007. Mr. Monahan received his bachelor’s degree in commerce from HEC Montréal in 1968. Over the course of his career, he has held a number of executive positions in the forestry industry. He has also occupied financial management positions in major corporations, including Vice President, Finance and Treasury, and Executive Vice President, Business Expansion, at Tembec Inc.; Vice President and CFO of Domtar Inc. and President and CEO of a spinoff corporation, Alliance Forest Products Inc. Mr. Monahan has sat on the boards of the Forest Products Association of Canada, the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (Paprican), the Forintek Canada Wood Products Research Institute and the FERIC Forestry Research Institute, and has served as chairman of the board of each of these organizations. He was also a member of the boards of Uniboard Canada Inc., Équipements Comact Inc. and Fortress Paper Ltd, as well as of AXA Insurance (Canada), for which he served as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the investment committee until Intact Insurance Company took over the company in June 2011. In 2004, Mr. Monahan was awarded an honorary doctorate in forestry science from Université Laval, Québec, and in 2006, he received the Pulp and Paper Excellence Award (PCPP) from the Québec Forest Industry Council. Mr. Monahan is also chairman of the boards of Valener Inc. and its subsidiaries, Gestion Solifor inc. and the Centraide of Greater Montreal Foundation.
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Mr. Vern Yu is the Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Enbridge Inc. Mr. Yu leads Enbridge's Corporate Development team in driving "step-out" growth opportunities, while also establishing capital allocation parameters and portfolio mix. Additionally, Corporate Development will continue to be responsible for strategic planning, optimizing Enbridge’s sponsored vehicles, and evaluating and co-ordinating Enbridge’s mergers and acquisitions opportunities. Mr. Yu will also continue to provide executive oversight to Enbridge’s energy services group, Tidal Energy. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning and Chief Development Officer. Mr. Yu joined Enbridge in 1993 in Toronto and has since taken on roles of increasing responsibility with Enbridge’s corporate and financial functions. Mr. Yu previously served as the Vice Chair of the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Board of Trustees and was the 2016 Chair of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. Before joining Enbridge, he worked as an engineer at TransCanada Pipelines Limited and Bow Valley Industries. He has an MBA in Finance from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. (Applied Science) from Queen’s University.
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