17 October 2017 8:00 am Hôtel Château Roberval

Claude Villeneuve

Professor and Director of the Canada Research Chair in eco-Council

conference : An opportunity to fight against climate change

Claude Villeneuve is a biologist. For more than 40 years, he has divided his career between higher education, research and field work in the environmental sciences. Author of 13 books including “Vivre les changements climatiques, réagir pour l’avenir” (Live climate change, react for the Future) with François Richard (Éditions Multimondes, 2007) and “Est-il trop tard ? Le point sur les changements climatiques” (Is it too late? The point on climate change)(Éditions Multimondes, 2013). He has received numerous awards for the quality of his work, including the title of “Scientist of the year 2001”, member of the circle of Phoenix in environment since 2002 and the Circle of Excellence of the Universities of Quebec since 2006.

He has been Director of the European Institute for the environment Council of Strasbourg (France) (1993-94) and Editor-in-Chief of the journal ÉCODÉCISION (1994-97). He has acted as Commissioner or as an expert in several public consultations.

He currently teaches in the Department of basic sciences of the UQAC where he is Professor and Director of the Canada Research Chair in eco-Council, since its creation in 2003.

Mr. Villeneuve received the Silver Award of the Canadian Environment Awards in the section Climate Change in 2006, and in 2010 received the Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins awards from the Department of International Relations for his contribution to the international influence of Quebec. In 2016, he was named personality of forestry in the region of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint Jean.

17 October 2017 8:00 am Hôtel Château Roberval
17 October 2017 12:00 pm Hôtel Château Roberval

Bob Rae

Legal counsel and senior partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

conference : The agreements with First Nations

A senior partner at OKT – Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, Mr. Bob Rae works with First Nations across Canada as legal counsel, advisor, negotiator, and arbitrator. His legal practice focuses on First Nations, Aboriginal and Governance issues..  He acts as Advisor to the Matawa Chiefs Tribal Council respecting the potential development of the area in north western Ontario known as The Ring of Fire. Mr. Rae brings decades of experience as a lawyer and public leader at the highest levels of government. He also has a strong background in negotiations, strategic planning, and community and economic development.

Throughout his career, Mr. Rae has been strongly committed to advancing Aboriginal rights and the critically important goal of reconciliation between Aboriginal people and all Canadians.  While Premier of Ontario he developed the “Statement of Relationship” which set the framework for a new political relationship based on mutual respect and consultation between First Nations and the province. He also served as a mediator during the Burnt Church fishing dispute in New Brunswick.

Mr. Rae was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario Legislature between 1978 and 2013. He served as Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995 and Interim Federal Leader and foreign affairs critic for the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011- 2013..  In 2011 he was chosen by his colleagues as Parliamentarian of the Year. Mr. Rae resigned from Parliament in 2013 to return to legal practice.

Mr. Rae graduated as a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University in 1971 and University of Toronto Law School in 1979.  He has received numerous Honorary Degrees and Awards from universities, colleges, and a wide assortment of organizations across Canada and abroad for his public service.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Rae teaches at the University of Toronto as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG). He is also a panel member of ADR Chambers where he assists parties in expeditious and cost- effective dispute resolution. Finally, Mr. Rae is past President and founding Chairman of the Forum of Federations (where he remains a Fellow). Mr. Rae has served and continues to serve on the Boards of a number of public companies, arts and sports organizations and charities.

Mr. Rae has written five books:  “What’s Happened to Politics?”, “From Protest To Power”, “The Three Questions”, “Canada in the Balance” and “Exporting Democracy”. As a student he co-authored a report on governance entitled “Towards Community in University Government”. He is bilingual



17 October 2017 12:00 pm Hôtel Château Roberval
17 October 2017 12:00 pm Hôtel Château Roberval

Julie-Anne Pariseau

Associate at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

conference :  The agreements with First Nations

Julie-Anne Pariseau is an associate at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP. Her practice is focused on advising First Nations and First Nation-owned businesses on corporate and commercial transactions. This includes the negotiation of impact benefit agreements in the natural resources sectors and transactional work arising from aboriginal partnerships in the renewable energy and electricity sectors.

Before joining OKT, Julie-Anne practiced in a class action law firm in Montreal, and later as in-house counsel for a Canadian renewable energy company. During that period, Julie-Anne built expertise in plaintiff side litigation, regulatory law, public consultation, and environmental law. She also developed her practice in the compliance and regulatory obligations of large-scale renewable energy projects in North America.

Julie-Anne received her LL.B. from the University of Montreal in 2009. She recently completed a graduate degree at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto with a research focus on large-scale renewable energy projects, indigenous law, and conflict resolution.

Julie-Anne is a member of the Quebec Bar and is in the process of completing her common law equivalencies to practice in Ontario. She is fluent in both English and French, and conversant in Spanish.


17 October 2017 12:00 pm Hôtel Château Roberval
17 October 2017 6:30 pm Hôtel Château Roberval

Pierre Pettigrew

Executive Advisor, International at Deloitte Canada

conference : The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Between Canada and the European Union

The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew is Executive Advisor, International at Deloitte Canada. He is also the Government of Canada Special Envoy for the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement (CETA).

Pierre has had success in both the public and private sectors. While a consultant at the Deloitte Montreal office from 1985-1995, he emerged as a strong voice for business on international trade issues and unity matters that brought him an appointment to the Federal cabinet in 1996.

Pierre served as a Minister for 10 years, most notably as Minister of Human Resources Development, as Minister for International Trade and Foreign Minister. He represented in Parliament the Montreal district of Papineau now represented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Pierre is on the advisory board of Forbes Manhattan, a Toronto-based private merchant bank specialized in commodities. He sits on a number of profit and non-profit boards. He is the only Canadian on the board of the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington.

Pierre regularly arbitrates international trade disputes between countries at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.

17 October 2017 6:30 pm Hôtel Château Roberval
18 October 2017 8:00 am Hôtel Château Roberval

David Murray


David Murray, President of Hydro-Québec Distribution

David Murray took office as President of Hydro-Québec Distribution in September 2016. This Hydro-Québec division provides a secure supply of electricity to the Québec market by means of a distribution grid comprising more than 112,000 km of lines. The division has 6,000 employees serving 4 million customers throughout Québec.

18 October 2017 8:00 am Hôtel Château Roberval
18 October 2017 Hôtel Château Roberval

Maxime Savignac

Vice President, Human Resources, and Communications & External Relations at the Iron Ore Company

Mr. Maxime Savignac is currently the Vice President, Human Resources, and Communications & External Relations at the Iron Ore Company. Prior to joining IOC in 2017, he was with Rio Tinto for over 11 years in a variety of Human Resources Business Partner roles within namely the Aluminum division and Technology & Innovation, being exposed to a range of global challenges in Major Projects, Business development, and Operations, amongst others.

Mr. Maxime was employed with the National Bank of Canada as a Senior Advisor in the areas of integrated risk management and performance and process optimization. He started his career with his private law practice.

Mr. Maxime holds an MBA from the University of Birmingham (UK) and a law degree from the University of Ottawa.

18 October 2017 Hôtel Château Roberval
18 October 2017 6:30 pm Val-Jalbert

Pierre Arcand

Minister of Energy and Natural Resources

conference : The Northern Plan

Pierre Arcand began his career in the 1970s. He worked primarily in radio as a journalist, news director, vice-president, general manager and co-owner of the station. In the early 2000s, he was appointed president of Corus-Québec, which then owned 14 radio stations throughout Québec. He also served on the boards of directors of Tel-Aide and the Fondation pour enfants diabétiques.

He was elected MNA for Mont-Royal riding in 2007. During his political career, he has served, for example, as Minister of International Relations, Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Parks. He previously served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade and the Minister of Tourism, and to the Minister of Finance and the Chair of the Conseil du trésor. He was also vice-president of the Committee on Education and a member of the Comité ministériel de la prospérité économique et du développement durable.

Mr. Arcand was re-elected MNA for Mont-Royal riding for the fourth consecutive time on April 7, 2014. Since February 22, 2016, he is the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, the Minister responsible for the Plan Nord and the Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region.

18 October 2017 6:30 pm Val-Jalbert