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CEO Seminar: Éric Martel



Tuesday 14 May 2019
From 5PM To 7PM

Eric Martel


Mr Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec, shared his experience during a networking reception gathering researchers and business people.

His presentation was on "Hydro-Québec: Innovative and Forward-looking".


Hydro-Québec is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and, proud of its achievements, is more than ever looking to the future. Hydro-Québec has been built on audacity and innovation, two characteristics that distinguish it and continue to be at the heart of its activities. Faced with the new energy reality, the company must reinvent itself and develop new business models. To remain profitable and competitive, it must offer energy solutions tailored to the needs of its customers. The company also relies on the culture change in place since the arrival of Eric Martel in 2015, to evolve its relationships with customers, employees and partners.

Éric Martel

Éric Martel was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec on June 3, 2015. He took office on July 6. Previously, Mr. Martel was employed by Bombardier, where he worked from 2002 to May 2015. After having served as Vice President, Operations – North America at Bombardier Transportation, he transferred to Bombardier Aerospace in 2005, where he initially held the position of Vice President, Challenger Programs and Dorval Plant. He went on to hold a number of senior management roles at Bombardier Business Aircraft, including that of Vice President and General Manager, Challenger and Global Product Lines. In 2008, he was appointed Vice President, Quality, Achieving Excellence System and Transformation. In this capacity, he implemented a solid quality culture throughout the organization. Two years later, he became Senior Vice President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. In 2011, Mr. Martel was promoted to President, Customer Services and Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft. Under his leadership, the Customer Services team expanded its international footprint with the opening of regional support offices in Singapore, São Paulo, Sydney, Shanghai, Moscow and Johannesburg. At the same time, Mr. Martel spearheaded the deployment of a service centre in Singapore and launched the construction of a similar facility in Tianjin, China. In January 2014, he was appointed President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. In this capacity, he managed some 12,000 employees throughout the world. Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Martel worked for various high-profile international companies, such as Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce in the aerospace manufacturing sector, as well as for Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods. Éric Martel holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (1991) from Laval University. He sits on the board of the Global Sustainable Energy Partnership and chairs the World Economic Forum’s Electricity Industry community. He has been actively involved with Centraide of Greater Montréal since the early 2000s.
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Louise Roy

Now an International Consultant and a Corporate Director, Louise Roy is Chair of the Board and Invited Fellow at CIRANO.

Louise Roy has held senior management positions in the fields of urban transportation, air transportation and the communications industry. She was CEO of the Société de transport de Montréal (1985-1992), Executive Vice-President for the Americas of Air France at its Paris headquarters (1994-1997), CEO of Telemedia Communications Inc. (1997-2000) and Executive Vice-President of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) (2000-2003).

Since September 2003, Ms. Roy has been a Visiting Fellow at CIRANO and, since 2012, she chairs the Board of Directors of this Centre for Applied Public Policy Research. She was Chancellor and Chair of the Board of the Université de Montréal from 2008 to 2018 and was appointed Chancellor Emeritus.

In the course of her career, she has also served as a director of Power Financial Corporation and Intact Financial Corporation, the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Provigo Inc. the Laurentian Bank of Canada, Videotron Ltd. and Domtar Corporation. She has chaired the Board of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, a cultural funding agency. Ms. Roy is currently a director of Montréal International, the Opéra de Montréal, the Fondation du Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) and Aéroport de Montréal.

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16:45 - 17:15
17:15 - 18:00
Éric Martel
18:00 - 18:30
Question Period
Éric Martel, Louise Roy
18:30 - 19:00


1130 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3A 2M8, Canada