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Montreal, QC, H2X 3V4
Arnaud is the Vice President of Public and Governmental Affairs at the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ) since December 2021. He previously held the position of Director from September 2020 and Senior Advisor in Public Affairs in 2019.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and politics from the University of Montreal and has nearly 10 years of experience in active politics, international organizations and in sports on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Arnaud participates in and facilitates several discussion groups related to the environment, including the CPQ’s internal committee on sustainable development.
Marc-André has worked as a political strategist at various levels of government. First on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in various capacities, including as Senior Press Secretary in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition. He then worked as Director of Communications and Senior Government Relations Advisor in the Office of the Mayor and Executive Committee of the City of Montreal. He joined Équiterre in 2019, where he leads the public policy and government relations team. He is Équiterre’s representative on the Board of Directors of SWITCH.
Ms. Lauzon-Gosselin holds 15 years of experience in environmental compliance and sustainable development. Her career began as a consultant in the greenhouse gas (GHG) sector where she carried out numerous GHG quantifications in accordance with ISO14064-1&2 standards in addition to conducting verification mandates according to ISO14062-3. Simultaneously, she managed the implementation of pollution prevention projects in some sixty Quebec SME’s. Finally, during her ten years of consulting, she carried out numerous market studies, comparative analyses of environmental technologies and numerous funding requests for green technologies.
As Manager, Global Regulatory Affairs and ESG at Enerkem for over 5 years, Ms. Lauzon-Gosselin is responsible for the Environment team which provides regulatory monitoring for current and future projects, in addition to guaranteeing environmental compliance. She is also accountable for integrating the principles of sustainable development into all of Enerkem’s activities. Finally, she plays a key role in the communication between engineering, operations, investors, partners, and management teams regarding topics related to the company’s sustainable development.
Two-time graduate of the London School of Economics, Mr. Richard Fahey is a lawyer and Vice President of AppEco. He oversees the General Management of SWITCH, l’Alliance pour une économie verte au Québec.
For 20 years, Mr. Fahey has held senior management positions in public affairs, communications, strategic planning, legal, operations and human resources at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the McGill University Health Center (MUHC), Energir, Tembec or the Québec Government. A dynamic leader, he led multidisciplinary teams, most often in sensitive socio-political or regulatory contexts.
Denis Leclerc is co-President of the Board of Directors of SWITCH. Since 2009, he is the Founding President and CEO of Écotech Québec, the cluster representing the Québec cleantech ecosystem. He is also the Chairman of CanadaCleantech Alliance and of the International Cleantech Network, based in Copenhagen (Denmark).
During his 20 years in the natural resources sector, Leclerc held several senior management positions, including that of Vice-President, Sustainability and Environment for AbitibiBowater. He has been involved of many projects and strategic decisions for companies with operations in Canada, the United-States, Europe and Asia.
On top of her responsibilities at Cycle Capital Management, Catherine Bérubé public and government relations for the Ecofuel Accelerator and sits on the Board of Écotech Québec, Quebec cleantech cluster.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Université du Québec à Montréal and a Master’s degree in Public Communication from Université Laval, for which she also completed an exchange at École supérieure de journalisme de Lille in France.
Mr. Frédéric Krikorian is Vice President, Sustainability, Public & Government Affairs at Énergir since June 2018. He worked in government sectors and with associations before joining Énergir in 2005 where, among other roles, he has been responsible for the development of renewable energy projects from 2012.
Mr. Krikorian has a master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from Nottingham University Business School in the United Kingdom. He has participated in conferences and written articles on implementing social responsibility practices and strategies for companies in the energy sector.
He co-chairs the board of SWITCH, the Alliance for a Green Economy, and sits on the board of directors of Ruelle de l’avenir, Quebec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ) and Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO).
Jean Simard is the Canadian aluminium industry official representative and spokesperson with governments, sectoral associations, NGOs and the media, as well as with international organizations linked to the industry. He possesses extensive professional experience in public and government relations, mainly in sustainable development, energy and environmental affairs.
Martin Vaillancourt is Director General of the Regroupement national des Conseils régionaux en environnement du Québec. He has been contributing to the CRE network since 2012, first as an administrator and then, since 2015, as Executive Director of CRE Chaudière-Appalaches (CRECA). He previously held the position of Senior Advisor in Regional Development at the Conférence régionale des élus de la Chaudière-Appalaches from 2003 to 2015 where he actively contributed to the implementation of sustainable development at the regional level.
Martin Vaillancourt is an expert facilitator notably in matters involving government stakeholders, local decision-makers, organizations and citizen groups. He has developed an expertise in mobilization and awareness in the fight against climate change and energy transition. With a Master’s degree in Business Administration, he has also contributed to the governance, management and development of numerous organizations.
Pauline D’Amboise is Secretary General and Vice-President of Governance and Sustainable Development at Desjardins Group, the fifth largest cooperative financial group in the world. She oversees the organization’s governance, ethics and sustainable development initiatives. She and her team advise Desjardins’s governing bodies and the President and CEO on their roles and responsibilities. Pauline also oversees Desjardins’s contributions to the shift to a greener economy and the cross-sector integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria and climate issues into the organization’s business model. She manages the Desjardins Foundation and the Alphonse Desjardins Historical Society.
Pauline holds a master’s degree in organizational ethics from Université de Sherbrooke and the title of Administratrice de sociétés certifiée (ASC) from Université Laval. She is the chair of the board of Université Laval’s Institut en environnement, développement et société (EDS) and chair of the Carbone Scol’ERE ambassadors committee. She is one of L’effet A’s program leaders and a member of the steering committee of CIRIEC’s Écosystème de laboratoires d’accélération en économie circulaire.
Geneviève Brisson has been working in the energy sector for over ten years. She is currently Senior Director, Global Government Affairs at Enerkem, after having worked at Energir and Hydro-Québec.
Prior to joining the energy sector, Geneviève worked in the political sphere on Northern Development and Aboriginal Affairs files in the House of Commons and the Quebec National Assembly, as well as for the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
She began her career at the Délégation générale du Québec in London in the Finance and Public Affairs teams.
Geneviève obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a focus on policy analysis from the Université du Québec à Montréal and pursued Nordic studies at Stockholm University.
She was also co-chair of the Yukon Innovation Panel at the 2015 Governor General’s Leadership Conference, and is an alumni of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP); the themes of her participation were “Arctic Natural Resources – Stewardship and Governance”.
She sits on the Board of Ecotech Quebec: the Cleantech Cluster, the Alliance SWITCH, the Quebec Association for the Production of Renewable Energy (AQPER) and she co-chairs of the Board of Directors of the Conseil des entreprises en technologies environnementales du Québec (CETEQ).