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Born in Lévis, Québec, Sophie Brochu has been active in the energy industry for nearly 30 years. She became passionate about this sector’s related issues while studying economics at Université Laval (Québec City). Understanding early on that energy supply is at the heart of the economy and has an impact on industrial policies, family budgets, the environment and relations between countries, Mrs. Brochu has dedicated her entire working life to this critical sector.
She began her career in 1987 at SOQUIP (Société québécoise d'initiatives de pétrolières) as a financial analyst, and then was appointed Vice President in 1992. She then joined Gaz Métro in 1997 as Vice President, Business Development and moved up the ranks to become Executive Chair and then President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métro, position she is holding since 2007.
Mrs. Brochu has led the transformation of the natural gas distributor, which some had described as “asleep”, into an industry giant by doubling the value of its assets and diversifying its areas of activity to include electricity, wind energy and biomethane. Among other things, Gaz Métro expanded its activities internationally through the acquisition of Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service, two major electricity suppliers in Vermont.
Mrs. Brochu feels that her entire working experience contributed to her success–from the waitress job she had in a Québec City restaurant while studying to a brief stay in Nova Scotia as a liaison officer for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The philosophy she has developed over the years lies on customer satisfaction and decisionmaking based on all the information available.
Actively involved with Centraide of Greater Montreal, Mrs. Brochu is the Chair of Forces Avenir, which promotes and celebrates students’ involvement in their communities. She also sits on the Board of Directors of La Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon.
Committed to making a positive impact on the neighbourhood where Gaz Métro is located, Mrs. Brochu is cofounder of "La ruelle de l'avenir", a non-profit organization aimed at encouraging students in the Centre-Sud and Hochelaga neighbourhoods of Montréal (two of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods) to remain in school. The organization provides children of these neighbourhoods with a refurbished space open at all times, where they can undertake activities that will nurture their physical, intellectual and moral being.
Mrs. Brochu is a member of the Boards of Directors of Bank of Montreal, Bell Canada and BCE Inc.
In autumn 2015, the Canadian organization “Women’s Executive Network” named her one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women. Her contribution as a respected manager and a mentor to women was also recognized with her appointment to the Order of Canada on December 30, 2015.
Sophie Brochu, C.M.