Montréal, September 15, 2023
Two expanded mandates to achieve Hydro-Québec’s priority strategic objectives more quickly
Hydro-Québec is facing historic challenges as the demand for electricity rises rapidly and climate change is having an impact on the grid. Given this context, electricity production must be ramped up while the use of this precious resource must be optimized. Measures must also be taken to ensure that Quebecers enjoy reliable, high-quality service.
Such objectives call for an organization focused on strategic priorities, with simplified and accelerated decision-making. To achieve this, two experienced Hydro-Québec managers will take on broader mandates.
Claudine Bouchard is named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Infrastructure Officer
Claudine Bouchard, currently in charge of the design and management of the energy system will now also become responsible for the operation and maintenance of the energy system as well as ensuring its resiliency in the face of increasingly extreme weather conditions.
Bringing together these complementary activities within a single group will allow the company to simultaneously pursue the increase in capacity that Québec needs while also improving service to customers. The health and safety of employees and the public will also be at the heart of her mandate.
Claudine Bouchard counts more than 20 years of experience at Hydro-Québec in a wide range of fields, including communications, operation and maintenance, organizational transformation and infrastructure project management.
Dave Rhéaume is named Executive Vice President – Energy Planning and Customer Experience
In addition to his current responsibilities for energy needs planning and risk management, Dave Rhéaume will also oversee customer experience, energy efficiency and rates.
This adjustment demonstrates our desire to put customers at the heart of our decisions, from integrated resource planning to the marketing of our offers to different market segments.
Dave Rhéaume has worked in the energy sector for more than 10 years, having occupied roles in rates, regulatory affairs and supply planning.
“Claudine and Dave have extensive expertise in the energy sector and deep knowledge of Hydro-Québec. I am confident in their ability to mobilize teams to meet the major challenges ahead,” said Michael Sabia, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec. “Together with the rest of the management team, this fall we will work on an action plan that will lead to a clear road map and initiatives to be carried out quickly, in conjunction with community partners.”
The appointments announced today will go into effect on October 2, 2023.
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