André Caillé

2002 Economic Economic

André Caillé is a great builder, a skilled executive and one of the most respected leaders in the Quebec and Canadian environment and energy sectors.

Mr. Caillé’s arrival at Gaz Métropolitain in 1982 marked the beginning of his career in the energy sector. Following an initial mandate as Vice-President of Corporate and Public Affairs, he was appointed Senior Vice-President of Administration and Public Affairs in 1983 and became Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer in 1985. Two years later, he was named President and Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until 1996, when he left to take over the helm at Hydro-Québec.

Mr. Caillé completed his education at Université de Montréal, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in specialized chemistry (1965), a master’s degree in physical chemistry (1966) and a PhD in physical chemistry (1968).

He was a professor and coordinator at Québec’s Institut national de la recherche scientifique until 1974. Subsequently, he was appointed Director of Québec’s environmental protection services and served as Deputy Minister of the province’s environment department until 1981.

Quebecers will remember Andre Caillé as the man on the front lines during the 1998 Ice Storm. His accessibility and ability to unify, motivate and communicate earned him the admiration of his peers and citizens during the 28-day crisis that would go into the annals of Quebec history.

In 1998, Mr. Caillé was inducted into the Order of Merit of the Association des diplômés de l’Université de Montréal in recognition of his role in enhancing the university’s influence and promoting social development. In 2000, the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal conferred its Medal of Merit for his support of scientific research, health and education and created a student scholarship in his name.

In 2000, the Institut national de la recherche scientifique awarded him an honorary doctorate. A year later, he received the Pierre-DeCelles Prize from the Institut d’administration publique de Québec.

Former Chairman of Noverco and former president of the board of governors of the Fédération québécoise pour le saumon atlantique, André Caillé also serves on the boards of Hydro-Québec International, the World Energy Council, Enbridge and the Conference Board of Canada.

His work at Hydro-Québec has not prevented Mr. Caillé from actively engaging in humanitarian causes and philanthropic endeavours in Quebec. He was responsible for industry  fundraising in the Centraide 2002 campaign and has successfully done the same for, among others, Université de Montréal, Centre Marcel-De-La-Sablonnière and the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal.