Montréal, April 1, 2020

Press Release

Sophie Brochu appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec

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. Ms. Brochu will also sit on Hydro-Québec’s board. She will take office on April 6.

Sophie Brochu has over 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 that of President and Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2019. A seasoned manager, 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. 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.”

François Legault, Premier of Québec

“I’m delighted that Ms. Brochu was appointed President and CEO of Hydro-Québec. Her expertise and knowledge of the energy industry, combined with her management skills and proven leadership, make her the ideal person to head the company. I look forward to working with her on the implementation of our government’s plan to develop a greener, more prosperous economy.”

 Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources

“On behalf of Hydro-Québec’s board of directors, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Sophie Brochu. She joins a strong, capable management team, as well as 19,500 employees committed to providing reliable power and high-quality services to Québec customers, who are currently very hard hit. Sophie’s leadership style is both unifying, which is something we really need right now, and visionary, which will allow us to seize extraordinary opportunities in the longer term.”

 Jacynthe Côté, Chair of the Board, Hydro-Québec  


“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.”

 Sophie Brochu, newly appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro-Québec




Manuel Dionne 
Media Relations Director
Cabinet du premier ministre
Tel.: 418 643-5321


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