Sophie Brochu first woman to be appointed chief executive of Hydro-Québec

A 2016 file photo of Sophie Brochu. She is the first woman to become chief executive of Hydro-Québec. Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Paul Chiasson/Global News

The former head of Energir will be the first woman to become chief executive of Hydro-Québec.

Sophie Brochu takes over for Eric Martel on Monday, the same day he becomes chief executive of Bombardier Inc., replacing Alain Bellemare. The Quebec government announced the appointment Wednesday.

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Brochu will work beside Jacynthe Côté, who is chairwoman of the public utility.

Brochu joined Energir in 1997, when it was known as Gaz Metropolitan, as vice-president of business development. She held various positions before becoming president and CEO in 2007.

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Under her leadership, the company purchased Green Mountain Power, Vermont’s main electricity distributor, in addition to getting into the production of wind and solar energy.

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Martel was appointed CEO of the government owned utility in 2015 after 13 years at Bombardier. He put forward a plan to double Hydro-Quebec’s revenues and profits by 2030.

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