Sophie Brochu honored by Université Laval

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Université Laval awards her the George-Henri Lévesque Medal for her remarkable contribution to the energy industry in Quebec.

MONTREAL, May 15, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Gaz Métro President and CEO Sophie Brochu was in Quebec City today to receive the Georges-Henri Lévesque Medal. This honor, awarded by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Université Laval, recognizes over 20 years of noteworthy contributions by a Laval graduate to society, whether here in Canada or abroad. The medal was officially presented to Ms. Brochu during the 53rd annual conference of Société canadienne de science économique, where Ms. Brochu was appearing as a guest speaker.

"This recognition from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Université Laval touches me deeply," said Ms. Brochu upon receiving the medal. "I owe a great deal to my alma mater and to the professors who inspired my actions and my thinking over the years."

The medal is named in honor of Father Georges-Henri Lévesque, a pioneer of Quebec's Quiet Revolution and the founder, in 1938, of the School of Social, Economic, and Political Sciences, which later became the Faculty of Social Sciences. Other leading Quebec figures who have received this honor over the past 20 years include Alban D'Amours, Pauline Marois, and Jean-François Lépine.

About Sophie Brochu
Ms. Brochu graduated in economics from Université Laval in Quebec City, where she specialized in the energy sector, and has been active in the energy industry for over 25 years now. She began her career in 1987 as a financial analyst with SOQUIP (Société québécoise d'initiatives pétrolières). In 1992, she was promoted Vice President. In 1997, she joined Gaz Métro as Vice President, Business Development. In 2005, Ms. Brochu was appointed Executive Vice President. Since 2007, she has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métro. She also sits on the boards of directors of the Bank of Montreal, Bell Canada, and BCE Inc.

Gaz Métro at a glance
With over $5 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec, where its 10,000-km underground network of pipelines serves 300 municipalities and more than 185,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity and natural gas to cater to the needs for some 300,000 customers. Gaz Métro is actively involved in the development of innovative, sustainability-oriented energy projects such as the production of wind power, the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and the development of biomethane as a renewable energy source. Gaz Métro is committed to ensuring the satisfaction of its customers, providing support to businesses, local organizations, families and communities, and meeting the needs of its partners (Gaz Métro inc. and Valener) and employees. www.gaz.metro.com

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