The government of Québec has appointed Sophie Brochu as president and chief executive officer of Hydro-Québec, as recommended by the company’s board of directors. Brochu takes office on April 6 and also will sit on Hydro-Québec’s board.
Brochu replaces Eric Martel, who announced in mid-March that he was leaving Hydro-Québec to become president and CEO of plane and train manufacturer Bombardier, starting April 6.
Hydro-Quebec says Brochu has more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector and “is renowned for her human and unifying leadership style.” In 1997, she joined Énergir (formerly Gaz Métro), where she held various senior management positions, including president and CEO from 2007 to 2019. She is also very active in the community, particularly with organizations involved with youth, women and underprivileged people.
“I’m extremely proud of the fact that our government has appointed Sophie Brochu as Hydro-Québec’s first female president and chief executive officer,” said Francois Legault, Premier of Quebec. “Québec will emerge from these difficult times and I’m convinced that, with Ms. Brochu at its helm, Hydro-Québec will play a key role in our recovery. Her in-depth knowledge of the energy sector will be an undeniable asset in making Québec the battery of North America.”
Brochu said: “It’s with a great deal of humility and enthusiasm that I accept the mandate entrusted to me. At a time when public service is more important than ever, I’m delighted to team up with the thousands of men and women at Hydro-Québec who are passionate about their work and more determined than ever to innovate in order to help customers, support their communities and contribute to Québec’s economic recovery. In spite of the current challenges we face, we will continue to play our part in the global energy transition, which remains essential.”
Hydro-Quebec gets the vast majority of its electricity supply from hydroelectric generating stations. It is in the unique position of both owning plants that are more than 100 years old and actively building new hydro powerhouses.