Marie-José Nadeau

 Chair, World Energy Council





Marie-José Nadeau took responsibility as Chair of the World Energy Council at the World Energy Congress 2013.  As such, she is regularly invited as a Keynote speaker in international forums. Previous to that, she has been active in the World Energy Council community since 1998.


After graduating in Law from Ottawa University (Canada), Ms. Nadeau served as a senior advisor to the Ministers of Environment and Energy of Quebec before joining Hydro-Quebec (Canada) in 1993 as a senior executive where she was a member of the leadership team for over 20 years.

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.

She also sits on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Advisory Board on SE4All; the Advisory Council of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA); and China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) Initiative.  She is also Vice President of the Selection Committee for the Zayed Future Energy Prize, based in the United Arab Emirates, and a committee member of the Leadership Excellence for Women Awards (LEWA) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In addition, she is a Director on the Boards of publicly traded companies and has led numerous fundraising activities to the benefit of organizations active in the fields of culture, health and education.


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”