Marie-Jose Nadeau (official)

Marie-José Nadeau

  • Chair, World Energy Council

  • Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Secretary General of Hydro-Québec


Marie-José Nadeau took responsibility as Chair of WEC at the World Energy Congress 2013 in Daegu, Rep. of Korea. She will assume that role until November 2016.  She has been active in the WEC community since 1998.


Her experience as a senior corporate executive in the energy industry and as a board member have given Marie-José Nadeau a wide-ranging business experience and depth.

Graduated from Ottawa University with a Bachelor and a Masters Degrees in Law., Ms. Nadeau joined Hydro-Québec in 1993 and has been a member of the leadership team for 20 years. In her capacity as Executive Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Secretary General, she is in charge of Strategic planning, Legal Affairs, Communications and Public affairs, Government and Institutional Affairs, Industrial Security as well as Environment. Throughout the progression of her career, she has consistently delivered on performance targets while creating a highly functional team. Before joining Hydro-Québec, she held various strategic positions within the Governments of Canada and Québec. She is also a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Electricity Association.

A strong leader with extensive experience in both strategy and operations, she has developed leadership skills in strategic and critical thinking, the ability to build relationships, and to effectively communicate and listen while maintaining exceptional standards of corporate as well as personal ethics.

One of her main accomplishments with WEC is the delivery of an outstanding Congress in Montreal in 2010, bringing together 7000 delegates. She is a past Vice-chair of the Energy Council of Canada. Her experience has given her an understanding of the complex issues facing the energy sector today, the ability to build consensus and collaboration among members and to advance the highest ethical standards for WEC.

In addition to her board experience related to Hydro-Québec, she has extensive board experience in a wide spectrum of interests. She serves on the Board of Directors of Metro Inc., a large retail publicly traded company, is vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra and vice-president of the Board of Concordia University.

Read the WEC Chair’s speeches here:

1. Daegu Closing Remarks (17 October 2013) (157.53 kB)

2. CCIL Speech (16 November 2013) (220.21 kB)

3. Berlin Keynote Speech (17 December 2013) (149.92 kB)

4. WELD Opening speech (21 January 2014) (109.77 kB)

5. Indaba Speech (18 February 2014) (129.14 kB)

6. ECC Speech (13 March 2014) (181.36 kB)

7. Lech Speech (11 April 2014) (191.68 kB)

8 Astana keynote 21 May 2014 (1.95 MB)

9 High-Level Ministerial Dialogue (UNSE4ALL Forum_New York 6 June 2014) Final version (795.92 kB)

10 Conference of Montreal Energy Access Keynote (10 June 2014) (2.03 MB)

11 Conference of Montreal Plenary session (June 10_14) (1.36 MB)

12 Speech Calgary (June 26_14) (2.31 MB)