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Tuesday, November 22 - Room Hydro-Québec 400-2

Evolving Business Models for a Successful Energy Transition


Mihaela Stefanov


This session will be offered in French and in English.

The energy transition brings its share of challenges and opportunities that we must seize. For the transition to be successful, it will have to consider the interdependence of ecological, energy, economic and social dimensions, in addition to ensuring equity in access to energy resources and a fair social and territorial distribution of costs and benefits. To achieve this, economic development must be in line with the environmental values of Québec and elsewhere. Companies are already adopting evolving business models in line with this new economic reality.

9:30 a.m.

Opening of the session

9:40 a.m.

Counting on a just transition

Julie Boucher


Christian G. Brosseau

Fonds de solidarité de la FTQ

Sylvain Audette

HEC Montréal

Conference details

This just transition is about greening the economy in a way that is as equitable and inclusive as possible for all people, businesses, communities and nations involved. This new reality can lead to new business models, new visions and may create business and decent work opportunities that leave no one behind.

10:35 a.m.

Introduction part 2

10:40 a.m.

Transforming its business model to remain climate, financial and socially relevant

Conference details

Over the past 15 years, Energir has evolved from a natural gas distributor to a diversified energy company. Some of the reasons for its success in the past are not the same today. In the context of a climate emergency, the company sees this as an opportunity to do things differently, while remaining committed to its energy distribution activities in Québec. Energir has decisively invested in its own transformation by making every effort to contribute to the success of a fair energy transition for all. But questioning a business model and redefining it is not a simple task. In this session, the discussion will focus on the successes and challenges of transforming a business model in this energy transition era.

10:50 a.m.

On the way to carbon neutrality

Sébastien Scherrer

Aluminerie Alouette

Conference details

After more than 30 years of sustainable growth, Aluminerie Alouette, located in Sept-Îles, remains an environmental leader. In the spring of 2022, the company successfully completed the implementation of natural gas in its operations, thus becoming an industrial pioneer in this field in the Côte-Nord region. The presentation will be an opportunity to discuss in more detail this promising project for an entire region. It will also address the various aspects of the organization's strategy to achieve carbon neutrality, to which it is committed by 2050, as well as its other initiatives in the areas of environment, society and governance.

11:00 a.m.

5N Plus: Critical minerals at the heart of photovoltaic energy

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For more than 20 years, 5N Plus has been mining, purifying and processing critical metals into specialized semiconductors and other high-performance materials. Our products are an essential component in applications as diverse as renewable energy, security, medical imaging, pharmaceuticals and many others. Active at the international level, 5N Plus contributes to a circular economy by sourcing its products from metallurgical and industrial waste. The metals recovered in this way are used in the manufacture of solar panels, a key element in the energy transition.

11:10 a.m.

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11:30 a.m.

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