Jacynthe Côté ICD.D
Chair, Hydro-Québec, Alloprof, CHU Sainte Justine Foundation; Director, Royal Bank of Canada, Transcontinental Inc., Finning International Inc.
Jacynthe Côté was appointed Chair of Hydro-Québec’s Board of Directors in November 2018. She is the first woman to assume this key role.
Mrs. Côté holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Université Laval. She spent most of her career at Alcan, where she held a series of management positions in areas including human resources, environment, health and safety, business planning and development, and production, in both Québec and England. After Alcan was acquired by Rio Tinto, she headed the Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal group for a number of years. From 2009 to 2014, she was the multinational’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
She serves on the boards of Banque Royale du Canada, Transcontinental and Finning International. She also chairs the boards of Alloprof and the Fondation CHU Sainte Justine. She was awarded honorary doctorates by Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and Université de Montréal (HEC Montréal). She holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.