Board of Directors

The Société du Plan Nord’s board of directors is composed of 9 to 15 members, including the chair of the board and the president and chief executive officer. Also, the majority of the board members must be from the area covered by the Plan Nord. At least the majority of the board members, including the chair, must qualify as independent directors. Also, rhe majority of the board members must be from the area covered by the Plan Nord, and its chair must reside there.

 

Members

Élizabeth Blais

Elizabeth BlaisChair of the Board of Directors

Date appointed to the Board: March 11, 2015
Chair end date: March 10, 2018
Status: Independent member from the territory that the Plan Nord covers

Élizabeth Blais graduated from the Université du Québec à Rimouski in 1983 and holds a certificate in administration. She worked for nearly 15 years in the federal public service in the transportation sector. Since 1989, she has been the general manager and owner of the Hôtel Les Mouettes in Sept-Îles. She is also an active member of the Club Sélect Hôtelier du Québec. In the late 1990s, Ms. Blais served as president of the Chambre de commerce de Sept Îles for two years. She was also a member then the chair of the board of directors of the Sept-Îles Port Authority between 2005 and 2008. At the same time as her entrepreneurial and other activities, Ms. Blais is pursuing a master’s degree in organizational management.

René Dufresne

President and Chief Executive Officer

Date appointed to the Board: June 26, 2018
Term end date: June 26, 2023
Status: Member

René Dufresne was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Société du Plan Nord on June 26, 2018. Since January 2017, he served as assistant secretary, total compensation policies and quantitative analyses in the Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor.

Mr. Dufresne joined the Québec public service in 1991 and has occupied several management positions. He served as director in the Ministère des Finances from 2001 to 2006, the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune from 2006 to 2008, the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones from 2008 to 2012, and the Secrétariat au développement nordique from 2012 to 2014.

A Québec City native, Mr. Dufresne holds a master’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science.

Adamie Delisle Alaku

Adamie Delisle AlakuDate appointed to the Board: March 11, 2015
Term end date: March 10, 2017
Status: Member from the territory that the Plan Nord covers

Adamie Delisle Alaku is a native of the Northern village of Salluit and pursued postsecondary studies in pure and applied sciences at the Collège Marie-Victorin de Montréal. He served as human resources coordinator at the Raglan mine for the Kiewit Nuvummiut joint venture from 2000 to 2007, then as general foreman of the mine for three years. Mr. Delisle Alaku was subsequently the manager of the Salluit Coop Hôtel for the Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec, before joining Makivik Corporation in 2011. He initially served as an administrative assistant at Makivik Corporation, then joined the executive in 2014. Mr. Delisle Alaku has occupied since then the position of Vice President responsible for the Renewable Resources Department of Makivik Corporation.

Other boards of directors on which the member sits:

  • Makivik Corporation
  • Air Inuit Limited
  • Bradley Air Services Ltd
  • Halutik Enterprises Inc.
  • Kautaq Construction Inc.
  • Nunavik Creations Inc.
  • ArticNet Inc.
  • Nunavik Geomatics Inc.
  • Nunavik BioSciences Inc.
  • 8703914 Canada inc.
  • Air Nunavik Ltd
  • Nunacell Inc.
  • Coopérative de gestion du parc national des Monts-Torngat
Johanne Jean

Johanne JeanChair of the audit committee

Date appointed to the Board: March 11, 2015
Term end date: March 10, 2019
Status: Independent member

Johanne Jean is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Université Laval and a master’s degree in project management from the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Since 2004, she has been the Rector of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. From 1999 to 2004, she served as vice rector (teaching and research) at the same university and as a professor in the Unité d’enseignement et de la recherche en sciences de la gestion since 1992. She also sits on the regional ACCORD committee with its niches of excellence and economic development sectors in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region overall. From 1987 to 1992, she worked as a project manager with companies operating in the mining sector.

Other boards of directors on which the member sits:

  • Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue et son comité exécutif
  • Assemblée des gouverneurs et son comité exécutif de l’Université du Québec
  • Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI)
  • Bureau des gouverneurs — Fondation communautaire de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue • Conseil régional des partenaires du marché du travail de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Fondation de l’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Institut national des mines
  • Presses de l’Université du Québec et son comité exécutif
Rémy "Kak’wa" Kurtness

Rémy KurtnessMember of the audit committee

Date appointed to the Board: August 11, 2015
Term end date: August 10, 2019
Status: Independent member

Rémy Kurtness holds a certificate in human resources management from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and a bachelor’s degree in recreology from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. From 1979 to 1983, he was the program director of the Conseil des Montagnais du Lac-Saint-Jean. From 1983 to 1990, he served as director of human resources of the Conseil de la police amérindienne. Mr. Kurtness was chief of the Conseil des Montagnais du Lac-Saint-Jean from 1989 to 1997 and combined his duties with those of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation de développement Pekuakami Ilnuatsh. From 1997 to 2005, he served as chief negotiator for the Conseil tribal Mamuitun mak Nutakuan in the negotiation leading to the signing of the agreement in principle of the First Nations from four Innu communities with the Québec and federal governments. From 2006 to 2010, he served as director general of the Conseil des Montagnais du Lac-Saint-Jean. He has worked since 2010 as a consultant.

Hélène Lauzon

Member of the governance, ethics and human resources committee

Date appointed to the Board: March 11, 2015
Term end date: March 10, 2019
Status: Independent member

Hélène Lauzon was appointed President of the Quebec Business Council on the Environment (QBCE) in May 2008. The QBCE is the voice for Québec businesses in the realm of the environment and sustainable development. For over 20 years she practised environmental law as a partner with Lavery, a leading Montréal law firm. Ms. Lauzon possesses a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in urban planning. She is a lawyer and urban planner. She is a member of several national and provincial task forces and highlights the concerns and contributions of Québec businesses in the realms of the environment and sustainable development.

She is also co-chair of Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change Isabelle Melançon’s advisory committee on climate change. In 2016 and 2017, Ms. Lauzon chaired the expert panel mandated by federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr to formulate recommendations on the modernization of the National Energy Board Act. In December 2017, she was also appointed to the advisory committee on green growth and clean technologies in the Ministère de l’Économie, des Sciences et de l’Innovation (MÉSI).

Other boards of directors on which the member sits:

  • Montreal Port Authority
  • Québec Mining Association (observer)
  • Quebec Business Council on the Environment
Marc Lefebvre

Marc LefebvreMember of the governance, ethics and human resources committee

Date appointed to the Board: March 11, 2015
Term end date: March 10, 2017
Status: Independent member from the  territory that the Plan Nord covers

Marc Lefebvre holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Ottawa and began his career as the director of sports for Baie-Comeau, a position that he occupied for over 10 years. He went into business in 1984 and became a committed entrepreneur recognized in the community. Entrepac inc., of which he is the President and founder, specializes in services intended for Québec aluminum smelters. The company has for several years been integrating the new generation of managers and Mr. Lefebvre is sharing the general management of the SME with his daughter. He has also chaired for 10 years the regional ACCORD committee with its niches of excellence and economic development sectors in the Côte-Nord region overall. In 2014, he received the title of member of the Ordre de Baie-Comeau, an award that the municipality confers on its most dedicated residents.

Other boards of directors on which the member sits:

  • Corporation de gestion du port de Baie-Comeau
  • Entrepac inc.
  • La Maison du Premier Ministre (Maison Brian Mulroney)
Michèle Perron

Michèle PerronChair of the governance, ethics and human resources committee

Date appointed to the Board: March 11, 2015
Term end date: March 10, 2019
Status: Independent member from the territory that the Plan Nord covers

A graduate in business administration of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Michèle Perron also holds master’s degrees in adult and general education. Throughout her career, she has worked in the education sector in the territory that the Plan Nord covers. She worked as a teacher and educational consultant and in 1988 became the director of the Centre des adultes et de la formation professionnelle of the Commission scolaire de Chapais-Chibougamau. From 1998 to 2016, as director general of the James Bay School Board, she was responsible for the school board with the largest territory in Québec. She currently works as a management consultant.

Other boards of directors on which the member sits:

  • Institut national des mines
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