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Jacynthe Côté

Candiac, Quebec, Canada

Director since: 2014

Independent Director

Ms. Côté is a Corporate Director. She is Chair of the Safety, Environment & Social Responsibility Committee and is a member of the Human Resources Committee.

Ms. Côté spent most of her career in the metallurgy industry. She joined Alcan in 1988 and held progressively senior positions in a variety of fields, including human resources, environment, occupational health and safety, business planning and development, and production, both in Québec and in England. Following Rio Tinto’s acquisition of Alcan, she headed Rio Tinto Alcan’s Primary Metal business group for a few years, then went on to serve as the multinational’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2014.

Jacynthe Côté holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Université Laval and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. She sits on the boards of Royal Bank of Canada, Transcontinental and was appointed Chair of Hydro-Québec’s Board of Directors in November 2018. She is the first woman to assume this key role. Her mandate includes acting as an intermediary between the Board and corporate management and being accountable for the company’s decisions to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.

Ms. Côté also serves as Chair of the Board of CHU Sainte-Justine Fondation’s and Chair of the Board of Directors of Alloprof, an organization offering homework assistance to students, as well as general education courses to mature students in Québec.