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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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. Éric Lachance joined Énergir in January 2017 as Vice President, Finance and was appointed Senior VicePresident, 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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Matthew Akman is Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Power.

In this role, he oversees the corporate strategic planning process as well as renewable power operations and development globally. Matthew joined Enbridge in early 2016 as Head of Corporate Strategy, he also previously held responsibilities for Corporate Development and Investor Relations.

Prior to joining Enbridge, Mr. Akman worked primarily in banking with a focus on institutional equity research. He held Managing Director positions at CIBC World Markets and subsequently at Scotiabank. Prior to this, he worked as a manager of strategic and financial planning for Consumers Gas.

Mr. Akman currently sits as a member of the board of directors of Tennis Canada. He holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in Economics from Queen’s University, and an MBA from the University of Toronto.
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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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Mr. Renaud Faucher joined the 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 an engineer, on the construction management 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 and Chairman of the Board since 2015), Colonial Pipeline (2014), Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline (2018 and Chairman of the Board since 2019), Vertical Bridge REIT, LLC (2019) and Valener (President of the Board since 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 Inc., 2006 2009), of AviAlliance Capital (formerly Hochtief Airport Capital in Germany, 2010-2014), on the Supervisory Board of Budapest Airport (2011-2014), of Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (2006-2014, with 4 years as chair of the Audit Committee), on the members committee of Invenergy Wind LLC (2014-2017), of AES U.S. Investments Inc., of IPALCO (holding companies of Indianapolis Power and Light Company 2015-2019) and of REM Commandité Inc. (2018-2021). 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 the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, of the Ordre des CPA du Québec and of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).
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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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Mary Powell is nationally recognized as an energy visionary, as CEO of Green Mountain Power from 2008 to 2019 she positioned the company as a leading energy transformation company. Delivering clean, cost-effective and highly reliable power to customers all across Vermont, GMP offers cutting-edge products and service to reduce costs and carbon. For the third year in a row, GMP earned a top spot among the top ten most innovative energy companies in the world, landing at number five in Energy as Fast Company released its prestigious list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019. GMP has achieved one of the top scores for mid-sized utilities in the East Region in J.D. Power’s 2018, 2017 and 2016 electric utility residential customer satisfaction study.

Mary initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed GMP, and she has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement. Fast, fun, and effective is her motto. Under Mary’s leadership, GMP became the first utility in the world to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good.

Mary has delivered on an ambitious energy vision to provide low-carbon, low-cost and highly reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, GMP became the first utility to offer to help customers go off-grid, to provide shared storage services in their homes, built Vermont’s largest wind farm, made Rutland, Vermont, the Solar Generation Capital of New England, and installed smart grid technology across GMP’s service territory.

In 2012, Mary led the acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service, with a promise to generate $144 million in savings for customers. GMP has grown from serving 88,000 customers in 2008 to serving over 260,000 customers, with revenues of more than $640 million and $2 billion in assets.

And in 2015, Mary led another partnership with Tesla, with GMP becoming the first utility anywhere to offer customers the Tesla Powerwall battery.

In 2019, Utility Dive named Mary Executive of the Year for delivering storage to customers and being a top disruptor and innovator. In 2018 and 2017, Mary was named one of the top 25 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market by CEO Connection. And Conscious Capitalism Media named Mary Powell to its 2018 list of 30 World-Changing Women in Conscious Business. In 2016 Fast Company named Mary one of the 100 most creative people in business, and in 2015 The Burlington Free Press named her Vermonter of the Year. In 2014, Mary was recognized by PowerGen as the Woman of the Year.

Prior to joining GMP in 1998, Mary served as a banking executive, an operations executive in the mutual fund industry, as a leader within state government and has founded two businesses, one that was just recently recognized by Oprah Winfrey on her annual “favorite things” list.
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Nathalie Viens joined the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec (“CDPQ”) in 2020. She is an Operating Partner supporting the Infrastructure group’s global portfolio. Prior to joining the CDPQ, Ms. Viens was Senior Vice-President of Operations for Eastern Canada at Veolia North America. In this capacity, she managed the activities related to energy and water, environmental solutions and services (ESS) and all oil regeneration and industrial cleaning activities. From 2015 to 2018, Ms. Viens was Vice-President of Sustaining Capital and Consulting Services for SNC Lavalin’s North American Mining and Metallurgy group and, in this capacity, she was responsible for activities related to the mining environment, mines and plants. From 2000 to 2015, Ms. Viens led various projects and teams at Accenture: management of functional and operational teams, program management and major operational transformations, and integration of information and operational systems. Ms. Viens currently sits on the Board of Directors of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIF); she has also been a member of the Board of the following entities: AEMBQ (Association des entreprises en maintenance de bâtiments du Québec) (2019-2020) and the Consortium Santé Montréal (2018-2020). Ms. Viens has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemical engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. She has a professional engineering certificate for the province of Quebec and is also a certified project management professional (PMP).
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