Marie-José Nadeau

 Chair, World Energy Council





Ms. Nadeau graduated in Law (Bachelors and Masters Degrees) from Ottawa University (Canada). She served as a Senior Policy Advisor and then Chief of Staff to the Ministers of Energy and Environment of the Government of Quebec. In 1993, she joined Hydro Quebec, Canada’s largest electric utility, where she was Secretary General and Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs until her retirement in 2015.

Along with her responsibilities as Secretary General of the Corporation, she overlooked activities and issues related to strategic planning, legal services, communications and public relations, government and institutional relations, industrial security and environmental reporting. Her responsibilities were both strategic and operational. As a senior executive, she has taken an active part in the company’s strategic decisions for 22 years. She has been on Hydro-Québec’s Board of directors as Secretary General for just as long.

Ms. Nadeau was elected Chair of the World Energy Council in 2012. Based in London UK, this international organization represents the entire energy spectrum and brings together more than 3000 member organizations located in close to 100 national committees.  She is a regular speaker in international energy conferences.

She sits on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Advisory Board on Sustainable Energy for All, on the Advisory Council of the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and China Energy Fund Committee, on the Advisory Council – Women Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) Program (UAE) and on the selection committee of Sheik Zayed’s Energy Prize (UAE).

She is also a Director on the Boards of publicly traded companies and has led numerous fundraising activities in the fields of health, education and culture.

Read the Chair’s speeches here:

World Gas Conference Paris 2015_How Smart and Digital are Shaping the Future of Utilities (3 June 2015) (1.45 MB)

MJ Nadeau June 9_15 speech_ Redrawing the Global Energy Map (1.69 MB)

WGC Paris 2015 Women in Energy (June 5_15) (397.84 kB)

World Hydropower Congress Beijing_Water-Energy Nexus (May 20_15) (401.65 kB)

World Hydropower Congress Beijing_The Future of Hydropowr and its Role within the Global Energy MIX (May 19_15) (405.19 kB)

Energy Security Summit_Opening Statement (7 May_15) (2.75 MB)

Montreal Council on Foreign Relations CORIM (3.57 MB) (2.37 MB)19 March 2015:
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“L’énergie dans le monde: La perspective du Conseil mondial de l´énergie” (French)

4th European Energy Forum – On the way to COP21_Paris(13 March, 2015) (2.37 MB)
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“Discours de Cloture du Forum / Closing Speech” (French and English)

Women in Energy Forum Johannesburg –  16 Feb 2015:
(2.25 MB)
“The global energy landscape for women”
(2.25 MB)

7th Annual Africa Energy Indaba Johannesburg – 17 Feb 2015 (2.22 MB):
“From Vision to Reality – Unlocking Africa’s Energy Potential”

Abu Dhabi Sustainable Week – 21 Jan 2015 (1.83 MB):
“Gas and Renewables – Partners or Opponents?”

North American Energy Forum, Calgary –  26 Jun 2014 (1.36 MB):
“The Evolving Energy Landscape”

Conference of Montreal – 10 Jun 2014 (1.36 MB):
“The Energy Revolution”

High-Level Ministerial Dialogue (UNSE4ALL Forum_New York) – 6 Jun 2014 (795.92 kB):
“Energy in the Post 2015 Development Agenda”

World Energy Leaders’ Summit Astana – 21 May 2014 (1.95 MB):
“Energy in Transition – Opportunities & Emerging Risks”

Energy Forum Lech – 11 April 2014 (191.68 kB):
“Global Energy Market: What Allies for Europe and what Impact will the Crisis in Ukraine have?”

Energy Council of Canada Forum – 13 Mar 2014 (181.36 kB):
“An Evolving Energy Landscape – the World Energy Council’s Perspective”

Africa Energy Indaba – 18 Feb 2014 (129.14 kB):
“Establishing Enabling Environments”

World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue Abu Dhabi – 21 Jan 2014 (109.77 kB):
“Trilemma Challenges – the Need for an Inclusive Governance”

Annual Conference Weltenergierat Berlin – 17 Dec 2013 (149.92 kB):
“Finding the right Balance between Energy Security, Social Equity and Environmental Sustainability”

Canadian Council on International Law – 16 Nov 2013 (220.21 kB):
“International Trade Rules”

World Energy Congress Daegu – 17 Oct 2013 (157.53 kB):
“Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today”