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Board of Directors

A team that brings their
expertise to work

Bruno Larouche


Bruno Larouche spent most of his career in water management with Rio Tinto. Originally from Saguenay, he holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from Université Laval. He began his career at Hydro-Québec in 1989 before joining Rio Tinto in 1991. Over the past few years, he has held the role of expert (consultant) and worked on certain international projects. He has assumed the role of spokesperson for the company on issues related to water management. He also coordinated the activities of Rio Tinto’s water resources group which is responsible for the management of the company’s water systems in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and British Columbia. Now retired from Rio Tinto, since 2022 he has worked for the engineering consulting firm Génitique in Saguenay as an expert in water management.

Samer Alghabra


Engineer and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has 30 years of expertise in hydrology and quality assurance of hydroelectric data. He set up business processes and tools related to the areas of production and planning of hydroelectric production. He is currently responsible for certifying data and improving their quality at Hydro-Quebec.

Robert Verge

Secretary Treasurer

Mr. Robert-H Verge, agronomist, administrator of Solution Mesonet inc. since its founding in 2013. He has 30 years of expertise in agricultural financing and tool development (FADQ) and 5 years in program administration and strategic planning (MAPAQ) as a manager. He has contributed to the creation of several companies (CRAAQ / Les Fleurons du Québec / Les Réseaux Agriconseils / CEGA).

Pierre Therrien


Mr. Therrien obtained a master’s degree in entomology from Laval University in 1983 and a doctorate in plant science from the University of British Columbia in 1986. He has worked for the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks since 1989 where his mandates concern the management of forest pests and the maintenance of the meteorological stations of the Directorate of Forest Protection.

Jean Paquin


Jean Paquin is a water and energy management specialist at Rio Tinto. Originally from Abitibi, he holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Sherbrooke. He began his career at Dessau Inc. in 1999 before joining Rio Tinto in 2001. He plays the role of principal adviser and works on mandates concerning the evolution of hydrology, the production park and energy needs. He coordinates the technical activities of Rio Tinto’s water resources group, including research and development.

Jornette Dangbedji


Ms. Dangbedji holds a master’s degree in rural economics and a bachelor’s degree in agroeconomics from Université Laval. She has worked at the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec and at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where she was an economist in charge of agri-food market analysis. Since 2022, she has been Regional Director at the Financière agricole du Québec, for the Gatineau Service Center. Her mandates cover insurance and income protection programs, geomatics and agricultural financing.
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