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

Sophie Brochu

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. Finally, she sits on the Board of Directors of La Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon. Ms. Brochu is a member of the Order of Canada.
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Senior Vice President, Talents and Governance

Caroll Carle

Mr. Caroll Carle was appointed Senior Vice President, Talents and Governance in January 2017. Previously, he was Vice President Employees and Culture since January 2012 and was given responsibility for Environmental Oversight in November 2012. He joined Énergir in 2007 as Director, Performance Support and Employee Relations. After studying psychology and social communications at the University of Ottawa, he accrued more than 25 years of experience in various executive positions in human resources and labour relations at large companies operating in Canada—specifically Culinar, Noranda, Nabisco, Nav Canada and Sun Media. Mr. Carle has worked in every province, under both federal and provincial jurisdiction. With more than 200 negotiations to his credit, he has extensive expertise in labour relations and in human resources management in areas such as compensation, succession planning, training, recruitment and performance management.
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Senior Vice-president, Integrated Risk Management

Pierre Fortin

Mr. Pierre Fortin joined the Énergir team in September 2015 as Vice President, Risk Management and Internal Audit and was appointed Senior Vice President on January 1, 2017. He is responsible for maintaining sound risk management practices. In this capacity, he develops various tools to support decision making and to quantify integrated risks associated with the company's strategic challenges and business plan. He also helps conduct cost/benefit analyses for major investment projects.
He has over 20 years' experience in the energy sector, including more than 15 years in risk management. He held various positions at Hydro-Québec, including that of Senior Director, Risk Analysis and Management from 2007 to 2015. His key achievements include implementing information systems and setting up specialized teams to manage the risks associated with Hydro-Québec Production's energy trading floor, and those related to the regulated divisions. Mr. Fortin also worked at SOQUIP and at Québec's Ministère des Finances.
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.
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Senior Vice President, Operations, Transport and Development of new Energies

Martin Imbleau

Mr. Imbleau is Senior Vice President, Operations, Transport and Development of New Energies for Énergir since January 1st, 2017. Mr. Imbleau chairs the subsidiaries of liquefied and compressed natural gas and wind energy at Énergir and Intragaz. He sits on the Board of Directors of Vermont Gas, Trans Québec & Maritimes and Portland Natural Gas Transmission System. He chairs the Ecotech Board and serves on the Cirano Board of Directors, the HEC Energy Management Chair, the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in strategic and diplomatic studies.
He holds a master’s degree in law from the Université de Montréal and is a member of the Barreau du Québec. He is also the author of several books on international human rights law.
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Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Financial Officer

Éric Lachance

Mr. Éric Lachance joined the Énergir team in January 2017 as Vice President, Finance and was appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Financial Officer on January 1, 2018. 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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Senior Vice President, Regulatory, Customers and Communities

Stéphanie Trudeau

Ms. Stéphanie Trudeau is Senior Vice President, Regulatory, Customers and communities at Énergir, the new Gaz Métro. When she was appointed Vice President in October 2012, she was given responsibility for Sustainable Development and Public and Governmental Affairs. Marketing and Innovation and Customer Services were added to her responsibilities in the spring of 2013, Regulatory Affairs and Rate Structure in October 2016, and Sales and Sales and Market Development in January 2017. A communications expert and seasoned strategist, she is as comfortable with strategic and political matters as she is with crisis management or risk communication. Previously, Ms. Trudeau was Vice President, Public Affairs on the Quebec team of Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.; Director, Public Affairs at the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ); and Director, Community Relations, for the Rabaska project.
Ms. Trudeau chairs the boards of Gaz Métro Plus, CCUM, Soupe pour elles, and the Office Québec Monde pour la jeunesse. She is vice president of the board of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) and sits on the board of the Conseil patronal de l'environnement du Québec (CPEQ). She is co-president of the Québec Minister Isabelle Melançon’s Climate Change Advisory Committee, the Switch Alliance, a member of the Conseil des parrains of the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM), and ambassador of La Ruche Montréal, a crowdfunding organization.
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Vice President, Construction and Development of emerging markets

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, Director of the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farm, and Project Director. In April 2016, he joined Énergir as Senior Director, Development, and was appointed Vice President, Construction and Development of emerging markets in January 2017. 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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Assistant Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary

Nathalie Longval

Ms. Nathalie Longval has been Assistant Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary since January 1, 2017. She is responsible for the company’s governance files and 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 25 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, Sales and Market Development

Renault Lortie

Mr. Renault Lortie has been Vice President, Sales and Market Development since January 2017. He joined the Énergir team in 2014 as Director, Sales Major Industries and was promoted to Senior Director, Sales and Market Development in 2016. Previously employed by KPMG and SECOR Consulting as Partner in strategic planning, Mr. Lortie is an expert in the energy, mining and forestry sectors. On numerous occasions throughout his career, he has been a facilitator in the development of natural resources and northern Québec.
Mr. Lortie 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 Quebec Young Executive category and in 2012, the “Prix Relève d’Excellence” from HEC Montreal. He is currently a member of the boards of directors of the Montreal Canadian Club and the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association (QMEA) as well as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Natural Gas Technologies Centre (NGTC).
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Vice President, IT and Logistics

Richard Roy

Mr. Richard Roy joined the Énergir team in October 2016 as Vice President, Information Technologies and Logistics. Before joining Énergir, Mr. Roy was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Quebecor and its subsidiaries for more than 10 years.
He is responsible for managing Information Technologies and Logistics (including goods and services supply chain, contractor contracts, and building and vehicle fleet management), among other duties.
After studying business administration, marketing and informatics at the Université du Québec en Outaouais and the Université du Québec à Montréal, he accumulated more than 20 years of experience in IT and supply management at major companies such as Bell Canada, Fido (Microcell), Rogers and Quebecor.
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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, measurement, engineering, construction, as well as major projects.
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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