Michel Letellier, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Michel Letellier first joined Innergex in 1997 as Vice President – Finance. He was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2003, and later appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2007. Mr. Letellier is responsible for providing strategic leadership and overseeing all of the Company’s business activities, in order to ensure its sound financial management and long-term sustainability.
Prior to joining Innergex, Mr. Letellier worked at Boralex Inc. from 1990 to 1997, where he was involved in the development and operation of several run-of-river hydroelectric projects and where he held positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to that, he spent two years as a member of the Corporate Finance group at Brault Guy O’Brien Inc. Mr. Letellier holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from Université du Québec à Montréal (1986) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Université de Sherbrooke (1988).
Jean Perron, CPA,CA
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
Jean Perron joined Innergex in December 2003 as Vice President and Treasurer. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2007 and Senior Vice President in 2011. Mr. Perron is responsible for the Company’s accounting, taxation, and budgeting processes. He also provides leadership and coordination in developing the Company’s corporate structure in close cooperation with the legal department.
Prior to joining Innergex, Mr. Perron worked for KPMG LLP for more than 13 years, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, lastly as Senior Manager in taxation for a diversified clientele of private and public companies. Mr. Perron holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Université du Québec à Montréal (1990) and has been a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant since 1992.
Jean Trudel, MBA
Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President - Communications
Jean Trudel joined Innergex in 2002 as Vice President – Corporate Development and was named Vice President – Finance the following year. He was appointed Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President – Communications in May 2011. Mr. Trudel is responsible for the execution of the Company’s investment strategy, which includes optimizing its capital structure, financing projects under development, and leading the evaluation, negotiation, and financing process for potential acquisitions. He is also responsible for overseeing corporate communications, which includes public relations, media relations, and investor relations.
Prior to joining Innergex, from 1999 to 2002 Mr. Trudel worked for Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (formerly Clarica) as Director, Investment Project Finance for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Prior to that, Mr. Trudel spent three years as a member of the Corporate Banking Group at Bank of Nova Scotia. Mr. Trudel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) degree from HEC Montréal (1993) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University (1996).
Richard Blanchet, P.Eng., M.Sc.
Senior Vice President – Western Region
Richard Blanchet joined Innergex in 2001 as Vice President – Development and was appointed Senior Vice President – Western Region in 2011. Mr. Blanchet is responsible for overseeing the Company’s activities in Western Canada, providing leadership and guidance to the development, engineering, and construction teams.
Prior to joining Innergex, Mr. Blanchet worked as a specialist and project manager at Group RSW Inc. for more than 13 years. Mr. Blanchet holds a Master of Science degree (1989) and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree (1986), both from Université Laval. Mr. Blanchet has been a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec since 1988, and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia since 2002.
Renaud de Batz, Geologist, M.Sc., MBA
Senior Vice President – Hydroelectric Development
Renaud de Batz joined Innergex in 2002 as Project Manager and was appointed Vice President – Hydroelectric Development in 2005. Mr. de Batz is responsible for overseeing the development of hydroelectric projects, including supervising construction and engineering activities and coordinating the multi-disciplinary teams involved at all project stages, from development to commissioning. He is also responsible for identifying and evaluating potential hydroelectric projects.
Prior to joining Innergex, Mr. de Batz worked at RSW Inc. for more than 12 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility in Canada and abroad, lastly as Project Director and Specialist. Mr. de Batz holds a Master of Science (Geology) degree from Université de Marseille (1985) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Université du Québec à Montréal (2003). Mr. de Batz is a member of the APEGBC as a Professional Geoscientist.
Peter Grover, Eng.
Senior Vice President - Project Management
Peter Grover joined Innergex in 2005 as Vice President – Project Management. He was appointed Senior Vice President – Project Management in 2011. Mr. Grover is responsible for overseeing Innergex's development activities in wind and solar energy, including the development, construction, and operation of the Company’s co-owned wind farm projects under the Cartier Wind Energy joint venture.
Prior to joining Innergex, Mr. Grover worked for Alstom for more than 20 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility in the renewable energy sector in Canada and abroad, lastly as Director of Project Management. Mr. Grover holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Concordia University (1986) and has been a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec since 1992.
Senior Vice President - Operations and Maintenance
François Hébert joined Innergex in 1999 as Vice President – Operations and Maintenance. He was appointed Senior Vice President – Operations and Maintenance in 2011. Mr. Hébert is responsible for overseeing the operation and maintenance activities for the Company’s hydroelectric facilities, in order to maximize their productivity and life expectancy. He also plays an active role in the design and commissioning of electromechanical equipment for hydroelectric projects under construction.
Prior to joining Innergex, Mr. Hébert worked for Alstom for 12 years, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, lastly as the automation department’s Electrical Coordinator. Mr. Hébert holds a diploma in Electronics from Cégep de Sherbrooke (1986) and a diploma in instrumentations and controls from Cégep du Vieux-Montréal (1987).
Vice President – Organizational Development and Talent Management
Anne Cliche joined Innergex in June 2011 as Vice President – Organizational Development and Talent Management. Mrs. Cliche works in close collaboration with the senior management team to ensure the implementation of the Company’s strategic plan. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of human resources strategies, programs, and tools, and for optimizing the Company’s organizational structure in order to support its growth.
Prior to joining Innergex, Mrs. Cliche worked for three years as an independent consultant specializing in organizational development and change management. From 2005 to 2008, Mrs. Cliche was National Director of Organizational Development and Training for Saputo. Prior to that, Mrs. Cliche was National Director – Operations and Project Management within the Corporate Communications team at Microcell from 2000 to 2003, and National Training Director – Sales and Customer Service Training with Fido from 1996 to 1999. Mrs. Cliche holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Université Laval (1983).
Matt Kennedy, M.Sc., R.P.Bio.
Vice President, Environment – Western Region
Matt Kennedy joined Innergex in 2011 as part of the acquisition of Cloudworks Energy Inc., where he had been Vice President – Environment for over a year. Mr. Kennedy is responsible for managing all environmental issues pertaining to the Company’s activities in British Columbia and Western North America, namely ensuring the monitoring of facilities in operation and projects under construction, the completion of environmental studies and receipt of permits/approvals for development projects, as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders.
Prior to joining Cloudworks, from 2005 to 2010 Mr. Kennedy worked as Development Manager and Environmental Manager (BC) at Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc. Before entering the renewable energy sector, Mr. Kennedy was a consulting aquatic biologist for over 10 years. Mr. Kennedy holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario (1995) and he has been a Registered Professional Biologist in British Columbia since 2004.
Claude Chartrand, P.Eng., B.A.Sc.
Vice President – Engineering
Claude Chartrand joined Innergex in February 2012 as Vice President – Engineering. Mr. Chartrand is responsible for managing the newly created Engineering department for the Western Region, whose mandate is to provide engineering services for projects in development, to participate in the coordination of activities during project construction, and to provide assistance to the operations team.
Prior to joining Innergex, Mr. Chartrand worked for AECOM (formerly RSW Inc.) for more than 23 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility, lastly as Vice-president, Regional Business Line Leader, Energy, Canada West. Prior to that, Mr. Chartrand worked as an engineer on numerous projects in the energy sector, particularly in hydroelectric power generation, at Monenco Consultants Ltd. (1981-1988), Société d’ingénierie Cartier (1977-1981), and Montreal Engineering Co. (1975-1977). Mr. Chartrand holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) degree from École Polytechnique de Montréal (1975). He is a member of several professional engineers associations, namely those of Ontario and British Columbia. Mr. Chartrand is also a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec since 1977.