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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.

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So­phie Brochu, C.M.

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