Management team

A team of top-notch professionals will help Énergir, hold a steady, profitable course into the 21st century. We are proud to introduce to you the following executives:
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President and Chief Executive Officer

Éric Lachance

Mr. Éric Lachance joined Énergir in January 2017 as Vice President, Finance and was appointed Senior Vice President, Regulatory, IT, Logistics and Chief Financial Officer on June 1, 2018. After holding these positions in the company, he became President and Chief Executive Officer, position he is holding since January 1st, 2020. From February 2000 to December 2016, he held various positions at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the last 3 years as Regional Director – Europe within its subsidiary CDPQ Paris where he led the team responsible for ensuring the supervision and valuation of the Caisse’s European infrastructure investment portfolio. He represented Caisse as a board member for many portfolio companies such as Fluxys Belgium, Colonial Pipeline, Keolis and Heathrow Airport.

Mr. Lachance holds a degree in business, finance and economics from McGill University and has been a chartered financial analyst since 2000.
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Executive Vice President, Québec

Stéphanie Trudeau

Stéphanie Trudeau is Executive Vice President, Québec at Énergir. Appointed Vice President in October 2012, she was given responsibility for sustainable development and public and governmental affairs, then quickly were added marketing and customer services. She was then promoted to Senior Vice-President, Regulatory, Customers and Communities in December 2016. A reorganization in June 2018 gave her new responsibilities as Senior Vice President for Customers and Operations vice-presidencies, which include sales, marketing, customer services, new construction, engineering, geomatics, network maintenance, and regional business offices. A communication expert and seasoned strategist, Stéphanie previously was Vice President, Public Affairs – Québec at Labatt Brewing Company Ltd., Director, Public Affairs at the SAQ.

Stéphanie chairs the boards of Gaz Métro Plus, Énergir, chaleur et climatisation urbaines (ECCU), and Soupe pour elles and is first vice president of the board of the FCCQ. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Observatoire québécois des inégalités, the Conseil des parrains of the JCCM, ambassador for La Bourse du carbone Scol’ERE and ambassador founder of La Ruche Montréal, a crowdfunding organization.
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Vice President, Employees and Culture

Claudine Beaudet

Claudine Beaudet joined Énergir in June 2017 as Director, Compensation, labor relations and talent acquisition. She was then appointed Assistant Vice President, Employees and Culture in January 2018 and Vice-President for the same sector on January 1, 2019.
She previously held the post of Vice-President of Talent Management at the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec, where she helped transform the institution between 2010 and 2017.
Her field is human resources, specifically supervision of business partner teams, compensation, labour relations, talent acquisition, training, organizational development and occupational health and safety. Diversity and inclusion are also part of her work with the company.
Ms. Beaudet has more than 30 years of experience in human resources management during organizational transformations. She has developed the skills to support businesses such as Agropur, Gaz Métropolitain and the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec during large-scale changes. In doing so, she supported numerous managers in the development and implementation of management practices aimed at supporting organizational and cultural transformation and employee mobilization. She was also responsible for the human resources component during the creation of eight international business offices at the CDPQ.
Ms. Beaudet holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from the Université de Montréal and is a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (OCRHA).
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Vice President, Information Technologies

Charles Brenn

Mr. Charles Brenn is Vice President, Information Technologies at Energir since July 2019. In this role, he oversees all aspects of information technology including architecture, project planning, development, operation and information security. Mr. Brenn has more than 20 years of experience in technology, more specifically in digital products development, e-commerce as well as modernisation and implementation of major systems. Before joining Energir, he held Vice President positions at Sogema Technologies and Outbox Technologies. Previously, he also held various I.T. management positions at Québecor and Mediagrif.
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Vice President, M&A, Development and Major Projects

Étienne Champagne

Mr. Étienne Champagne started his career at Boralex in 2003 after studies in mechanical engineering at the Université Laval. While with the company, he held the positions of Project Manager, Director of Wind Farm Development and Project Director notably for the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farm. In April 2016, he joined Énergir as Senior Director, Development, and was promoted to Vice President, Construction and Development of emerging markets in January 2017. Since January 1st, 2020, he was appointed Vice President, M&A, Development and Major Projects. Over the years, Mr. Champagne has participated in developing and implementing many natural gas, biomass, and wind energy sites in Canada and in the United States. He has built up extensive experience in acquisitions, commercial negotiations, and project financial and technical planning. He is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and earned an MBA from the Université de Sherbrooke.

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Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Mary Chronopoulos

Mary Chronopoulos has joined Énergir in April 2020 as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. She has more than 20 years of experience in managing the financial affairs of major companies. She notably worked as Groupe BMR’s Chief Financial Officer, and as the Vice President, Finance of Aldo Group, Saputo’s Bakery division, and of Quebecor Media’s Les Éditions CEC.
CPA, CMA of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec, Mary Chronopoulos has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Concordia University, as well as an Executive MBA from its John Molson School of Business.
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Vice President, Sustainability, Public & Government Affairs

Frédéric Krikorian

Mr. Frédéric Krikorian is Vice President, Sustainability, Public & Government Affairs at Énergir. He has 20 years of experience in public affairs as well as an expertise in corporate social responsibility with an emphasis in the natural resources and energy sectors. He worked in government sectors and with associations before joining Énergir in 2005 where, among other roles, he has been responsible for the development of renewable energy projects.
Mr. Krikorian has a master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from Nottingham University Business School in the United Kingdom. He has participated in conferences and written articles on implementing social responsibility practices and strategies for companies in the energy sector.
He co-chairs the board of SWITCH, the Alliance for a Green Economy, and sits on the board of directors of Ruelle de l’avenir, Quebec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ) and Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO).

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Assistant Vice President, Legal Affairs

Nathalie Longval

Ms. Nathalie Longval has been Assistant Vice President, Legal Affairs since January 1, 2017. She is responsible for all the legal aspects of Énergir’s activities. Ms. Longval began her career at Énergir in 1989 as legal counsel, before going on to hold various manager and director positions within the company’s Legal Affairs department. Ms. Longval has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1988. Through her 30 years of service at Énergir, she has acquired a broad knowledge of the company and its operations, and has contributed greatly to its growth over time.
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Vice President, Customers and Gas Supply

Renault Lortie

Renault Lortie has been Vice President, Customers and Gas Supply since January 2020. In this role, he is responsible for all sales, renewable gas sector development and customer service teams, and for purchasing and transportation of natural gas to Québec.
Mr. Lortie joined Énergir in 2014 as Director, Sales Major Industries, and was then promoted to Senior Director, Sales and Market Development. In 2017, he was appointed Vice President, Sales and Market Development, and in June 2018, he was named Vice President, Customers, a position that he held until his latest promotion.
Previously employed by KPMG and by SECOR Consulting as Partner in strategic planning, Mr. Lortie is an expert in the energy and natural resources sectors. He holds an MBA from HEC Montréal and is a member of the Barreau du Québec. In 2014, he won the ARISTA Provincial Contest in the Québec Young Executive category. He is currently a member of the boards of directors of Green Mountain Power, Gaz Métro Plus and Énergir urban heating and cooling.
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Vice President, Operations

Stéphane Santerre

Mr. Stéphane Santerre joined the Énergir team in 2001 as Supervisor of Operations. In 2012, he was made Director, Network Maintenance and Eastern Quebec Business Offices. Following his May 27 2014 nomination to Sales Director, Major Accounts and Datech Group, he was promoted Head of Operations in March 2016. Since January 2017, Mr. Santerre has been named Vice President, Operations; he oversees the full range of operations regarding the network, LSR plant, transmission, construction, and network and measurement engineering.
Before joining Énergir, Mr. Santerre had worked eight years at Alstom, where he held various positions in a crescendo of responsibility, ultimately as Operations Manager at Work Site Erection and After-Sales Services. Mr. Santerre’s credentials are in Mechanical Engineering (1993).
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