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
Renewal date : June 5, 2019
Term end date: June 4, 2023
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. Since 2016, she has pursued a master’s degree in organizational management. She has completed the requisite 13 courses (39 credits) and is completing her intervention project in order to obtain her degree. She is pursuing her studies at the same time as her activities as an entrepreneur and various forms of involvement. Ms. Blais worked for nearly 15 years in the federal public service in the air transport 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, an independent hotel group. Ms. Blais served as president of the Chambre de commerce de Sept Îles for two years in the late 1990s, president of the Association régionale touristique de Duplessis, and first vice-president of the Associations touristiques régionales associées du Québec from 2001 to 2004. She was also a member then the chair of the board of directors of the Sept-Îles Port Authority from 2005 to 2008.

Jonathan Gignac

Interim President and Chief Executive Officer

Date appointed to the Board: June 26, 2019
Status: Member

Biography coming soon.

Johanne Jean

Johanne JeanChair of the audit committee

Date appointed to the Board: March 11, 2015
Renewal date : June 5, 2019
Term end date: June 4, 2023
Status: Independent member

Johanne Jean is 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. She was appointed President of the Université du Québec in 2017, having previously served as rector of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue since 2004. From 1999 to 2004, she served as vice rector (teaching and research) at the same university and professor in the Unité d’enseignement et de la recherche en sciences de la gestion since 1992. From 1987 to 1992, she worked as a project manager in businesses in the mining sector.

Other boards of directors on which the member sits:

  • Assemblée des gouverneurs et son comité exécutif de l’Université du Québec
  • Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI)
  • Bureau des gouverneurs — Fondation Québec Philanthrope
  • Foundation de l’Université du Québec
  • Institut national des mines
  • Commission des partenaires du marché du travail
  • Savoir média
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

Rémi 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 between four Innu First Nations communities and 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 at since 2010 as a consultant and negotiator. Mr. Kurtness retired in 2017.

Other boards of directors on which the member sits:

  • Société de développement économique ilnu
  • Comité du Fonds de réserve de la Traversée internationale du Lac Saint-Jean
Hélène Lauzon

Member of the governance, ethics and human resources committee

Date appointed to the Board: March 11, 2015
Renewal date : June 5, 2019
Term end date: June 4, 2023
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.

Ms. Lauzon serves on several boards of directors. She has also been part of various working groups and government committees. She served as co-president of the Advisory Committee on climate change for successive provincial Environment Ministers from 2012 to 2018. She was entrusted in 2016 and 2017, by the Federal Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Jim Carr, to serve as co-chair of the National Energy Board (NEB) Modernization Expert Panel. She was also entrusted, in December 2017, to serve on the Advisory Committee of the ministry of the Economy, Science and Innovation (MÉSI), on Green growth and Clean technologies. She is a member, since 2018, of the Conseil Québécois sur l’eau and of the Great Lakes St-Lawrence Collaborative Expert Panel (GLSL). She has been appointed in 2019, a member of the Sustainable Development Advisory Council of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Michèle Perron

Michèle PerronChair of the governance, ethics and human resources committee

Date appointed to the Board: March 11, 2015
Renewal date : June 5, 2019
Term end date: June 4, 2019, 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.

Josée Bélanger

Date appointed to the Board: June 5, 2019
Term end date: June 4, 2019
Status: Independent member from the territory that the Plan Nord covers

Josée Bélanger graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke with a degree in business administration and obtained the title of CPA auditor in 1997.  Since graduating she has been in accounting practice and has operated her own firm since 2008.  She has been a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés since 1997.  In recent years, she has sat on the boards of directors of several organizations in the Nord-du-Québec region.

Robert Prévost

Date appointed to the Board: June 5, 2019
Term end date: June 4, 2019
Status: Member from the territory that the Plan Nord covers

For nine years, first as an employee and now as a partner in the consulting firm Atmacinta, Robert Prévost has guided elected officials from the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach in the economic, social and environmental development of their community and territory.

He previously worked at the Union des producteurs agricoles for the Fédération des producteurs maraîchers du Québec from 2004 to 2006, then for the Fédération des producteurs de bovins du Québec from 2008 to 2009, where he occupied positions related to marketing development and agri-environmental questions.

Mr. Prévost has a multidisciplinary profile. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences and the environment, a certificate in company management and a master’s degree in public administration. He is completing a major in economics.

 

Michael Petawabano

Date appointed to the Board: June 5, 2019
Term end date: June 4, 2019
Status: Member from the territory that the Plan Nord covers

Michael Petawabano is a Cree member of the Cree Nation of Mistissini nearly 30 years of experience in local and regional development. He graduated from Canadore College in 1983 with a Vocational Diploma in Carpentry. After 5 years working in the Cree Nation of Mistissini he enrolled at the Institut de police du Québec where he received his diploma for Basic Training in Policing. From 1987-2002 he served as the Director of Police in his home community.  From 2002-2015 Michael worked as a Coordinator of Territorial Programs, focusing on sectoral development for growing areas of opportunity across Eeyou Istchee including Construction, Mining, Forestry, Tourism and Telecommunications. During this time, Michael was also elected as a Band Councilor for the Cree Nation of Mistissini for a term of 4 years.  From 2015-2016 he was the Director of Community Development for the Cree Nation of Mistissini, aiding the restructuring and new strategic planning within this department. Since 2016. Michael has worked as the Deputy Executive Director of the Cree Nation Government.

Other Boards on which the member sits include:

  • Eeyou Communications Network Board of Directors
  • Cree Quebec Forestry Board
  • Cree Quebec Economic Forestry Council
  • Cree Nation of Mistissini Economic Review Board
Michel Cadoret

Date appointed to the Board: June 5, 2019
Term end date: June 4, 2019
Status: Independent member from the territory that the Plan Nord covers

Marcel Cadoret obtained a degree in geodesy (surveying) from Université Laval in 1984 and has been a member of the Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec since 1985 and a member of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors since 2001. He has mainly worked in the Côte-Nord region in his professional practice and is the President of Groupe Cadoret, arpenteurs-géomètres inc. Mr. Cadoret has served on the boards of directors of the Fonds régional d’exploitation minière (1999-2002), the Chambre de commerce de Baie-Comeau (1999-2003), the SDC du Centre-ville du plateau (2002-2007), the Groupe de la Côte (Norfil, Transport adapté, Propet) (2005-2017), the Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres (2013-2016), Homme-Aide Manicouagan (2014-2017) and the Corporation du port de Baie-Comeau (2014-2018). He continues to be active on the Conseil régional des partenaires du marché du travail, the Board of Directors of ID Manicouagan and the Zec de Godbout.

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