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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 :

Ghislain Gauthier - Chairman of the Board

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), and has therefore had the opportunity to intervene in various aspects of human resource management. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and of the Investment Committee of Fiera Infrastructure.

Éric Lachance - President and Chief Executive Officer, Énergir

Éric Lachance joined Énergir in January 2017 as Vice President, Finance and was appointed Senior Vice President, 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 La 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 CDPQ as a board member for many portfolio companies such as Fluxys Belgium, Colonial Pipeline, Keolis and Heathrow Airport.

Committed to the energy transition, Éric Lachance thinks of energy not as a product, but as a service that must best meet various needs, including the need to move towards a lower carbon economy. For Mr. Lachance, the challenges posed by the transformation of the energy industry over the next 20 years will require creativity and flexibility.

Mr. Lachance holds a degree in business, finance and economics from McGill University and has been a chartered financial analyst since 2000.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of La Fondation des Petits Rois, whose mission is to promote the education and development of children living with an intellectual disability. Since January 2020, he has been a member of the Industry / Transportation Divisional Committee under the campaign cabinet of Centraide of Greater Montreal

Renaud Faucher

Mr. Renaud Faucher joined the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in 2006. He is currently Managing Director, Infrastructure, 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 Chair of the board since 2015), Colonial Pipeline (2014), Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline (2018 and Chair of the board since 2019-2021), Énergir Development (Chair of the Board since 2019) and Mercury Taiwan Holding Limited – Greater Changhua SE Holdings and Offshore Wind Farm SE Ltd. since 2021. 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 Énergir 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), of REM Commandité Inc. (2018-2021) and of Vertical Bridge REIT, LLC (2019-2021). Over the course of his career, he has sat on the human resources committees of several companies in the pipelines and health sectors. He is currently a member of the compensation committee of Colonial Pipeline Company. 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).

Jean-Luc Gravel

Mr. Jean-Luc Gravel served as Strategic Advisor to the President at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”) from 2018 to 2020. In this role, he supported 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. In 2023, Mr. Gravel joined the Investment Committee of the Mira Foundation. Since 2022, he has been a member of Bromont’s Environmental Advisory Committee. 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.

Jean-Christophe Lincourt-Ethier

Mr. Jean-Christophe Lincourt-Ethier joined the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”) in 2012. He is currently Senior Director, Infrastructures where he is responsible for the management of investments in North America in the energy and transport sectors.

From 2015 to 2018, he participated in the creation of the CDPQ Infra subsidiary and in the development of the Réseau express métropolitain (“REM”): a 67 km light rail metro in the greater Montreal area. From 2018 to 2021, he took over the financial operations of the REM in addition to sitting on the boards of directors of REM Commandité inc., Réseau express métropolitain inc. (also on the Audit Committee) and InfraMTL Inc. as an executive.

Mr. Lincourt-Éthier also sits on the boards of A25 Concession, a public-private partnership comprising 6.0 km of four-lane highway and 1.2 km of six-lane toll bridge crossing the Rivière-des-Prairies between Montreal and Laval.

Before joining the CDPQ, Mr. Lincourt-Ethier participated in the financing and realisation of infrastructure projects at SNC-Lavalin Capital, including the Restigouche Hospital Center in New Brunswick, the Highway 407 Extension in Ontario and the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.

Mr. Lincourt-Ethier holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, specializing in finance and accounting, from HEC Montréal and has been a member of the Ordre des CPA du Québec.

Delphine Persouyre

Delphine Persouyre joined CDPQ (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Quebec) in October 2022 as an Operational Partner in the Infrastructure group. She is based in Montreal and is mainly focused on North American assets.

Before joining CDPQ, Delphine worked for 20 years in the energy sector. She has held various support functions in finance, strategy, purchasing and IT as well as operational functions internationally. From 2019 to 2022, Delphine was President and General Manager of TotalEnergies Marketing Canada, a subsidiary dedicated to the production and distribution of lubricants in Canada. She was also Country Chair of TotalEnergies in Canada and in charge of the development of renewable energies in the country.

Delphine graduated from HEC Paris. Among her community involvements, she sits on the Board of Directors of Les Petits Frères, an organization dedicated to the cause of isolated seniors in Quebec. Delphine is also a Board Member of the CCIFC (Chamber of Industry and Commerce of France in Canada). In 2021, she received the distinction of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (France).

Marie-Pier St-Hilaire

Ms. St-Hilaire is the founder of AFI Expertise (since 2000) and CEO of Edgenda (since 2017), and as such, she is reinventing the traditional world of organizational transformation consulting by placing skills development at the heart of business strategies. She inspires organizations to rethink their know-how and soft skills as well as adapt and grow in a thriving digital environment. She pursues the company’s mission by bringing together technology and people to develop the full potential of individuals, teams, and organizations. Over the past 20 years, she has been able to achieve her entrepreneurial vision and produce organic, continuous, and profitable growth for her company. She has also led several acquisitions, including that of Apprentx, which, with its B12 application, has consolidated the group's position as the Canadian leader in skills development. Ms. St-Hilaire holds a bachelor's degree in business management and a MBA, specializing in information technology, from Université Laval, and is a graduate of Université Laval and of the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School. In 2020, she became a certified business coach and started professionally accompanying other leaders in their growth processes. She also shares her time and expertise as a speaker and volunteer. Ms. St-Hilaire currently sits on the boards of Amerispa (since April 2022) and Entrepreneuriat Laval (since September 2021).

Keri Sweet Zavaglia

Ms. Keri Sweet Zavaglia joined one of New York State’s largest credit unions, Empower FCU, as SVP & General Counsel in June 2023. She is responsible for the legal affairs of the organization as well as compliance, enterprise risk management, fraud, and information and physical security. Previously, she worked 17 years at National Grid, one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in America serving more than 20 million people throughout New York and Massachusetts. From 2019 to 2023, she served as the U.S. General Counsel, and was responsible for all corporate, commercial, governance, litigation, employment, finance and securities, real estate, and federal and state regulatory legal matters across the company’s service territory. Prior to this role, Ms. Sweet Zavaglia served as the Vice President, Performance and Strategy for National Grid's three New York operating companies (2015-2018) and as the Acting Vice President of Upstate New York Gas Operations (2014-2017). Prior to joining National Grid, Ms. Sweet Zavaglia served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia (2002-2005). Ms. Sweet Zavaglia was named by the National Diversity Council to its 2022 Power 50 list and recognized as one of the global INvolve Heroes 100 Executives Role Models in 2022. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Trinity Health of New York Hospitals (2022) and is a member of Women Executive Directors in Energy (2023). She was the Chair of the American Heart Association’s 2022 CNY Heart Challenge and serves as member of the Executive Leadership team. Ms. Sweet Zavaglia earned her Juris Doctorate from Temple University Beasley School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism also from Temple University.


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