Watch our fourth episode of Urban Green Live, hosted by Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck. This livestreamed interview series features industry experts from NYC and around the globe to talk about solutions for a zero-carbon future.
On July 8, 2020, we were delighted to welcome Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec, to the program. In this episode, John and Sophie discussed how hydropower can reduce New York City’s carbon emissions. They explored questions about the benefits and opportunities of tapping Québec’s hydro for low-carbon power, the scope of infrastructure needed to maintain continuous power generation, and the impact on local communities.
Published July 8, 2020
Chief Executive Officer
John joined Urban Green Council in 2018 as its first-ever CEO. He capped a 25-year career as Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation having done business in 53 countries. He’s an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business and also served as a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. John is the founding chair of the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Green Building Council and a former board chair of Urban Green. He is co-author of the book Food Foolish and has published about sustainability in Harvard Business Review.
President and CEO Hydro Québec
Sophie Brochu took office as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec in April 2020. Brochu has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector. She began her career in 1987 as a financial analyst with Société québécoise d’initiatives pétrolières, a Québec government corporation responsible for developing the natural gas network in the province. In 1997, she joined Énergir as Vice President, Business Development, and subsequently went on to head other departments. In 2007, she became Énergir’s President and Chief Executive Officer, a position she held until the end of 2019. Under her guidance, the Québec natural gas distributor added renewable natural gas to its supply portfolio and became an important player in the wind and solar energy spaces, in both Canada and the U.S.