Less Effect A at Hydro-Québec
Hydro-Quebec CEO Sophie Brochu
The boss of Hydro-Québec, Sophie Brochu, will reduce her participation in training given by L'effet A, a firm owned by her husband which aims to promote the development women in business.
Effect A does not plan to relaunch the Masterclass with Sophie Brochu, confirmed Philippe Archambault, spokesperson at Hydro-Québec, during an exchange with Radio-Canada.< /p>
According to the state-owned company, the Masterclass given by the CEO will end in a few days, on November 18, and no other broadcasts are planned for the moment.
Under pressure in the file, Hydro-Québec is also changing its rules for awarding contracts with L'effet A and does not plan to send new cohorts of employees there in the coming months.
As recently agreed with the Secretariat for Senior Employment, if new cohorts were to be enrolled in Effect A, a recommendation, along with the profile of the candidates and the alternatives that have been considered, would be presented and approved by the Human Resources Committee of the Board of Directors of Hydro-Québec, said the state corporation in a press release.
This clarification comes the day after a meeting between the Secretariat for Senior Employment (SES) and the management of Hydro-Québec.
According to our information, the SES was satisfied with the discussions and measures taken by the state-owned company. Ms. Brochu was not present during the meeting.
Over the past few days, voices have been raised against the participation of the CEO in these training sessions within L'effet A , a company owned by Médias O'Dandy, whose main shareholder is Mrs. Brochu's spouse, John Gallagher.
Contacted by Radio-Canada, L'effet A confirms that Ms. Brochu's Masterclass page and its video capsules will be removed soon.
There are no plans to reuse the training of Mrs. Brochu. It will be removed within 24 hours. We are going to develop another Masterclass with other women leaders, said Executive Director Isabelle Marquis.
According to the Journal de Montréal, The A received close to $50,000 for training given by Ms. Brochu.
Several cohorts of employees of the Crown corporation had also participated in training since 2016. Hydro-Québec thus paid more than $530,000 to the firm of Ms. Brochu's spouse.
The latter does not, however, completely cut ties with L'effet A. She will continue her collaboration within another formation called the 100 Day Challenge.
She could participate voluntarily, like some twenty or thirty other business leaders who share their experience, specified Mr. Archambault.
Over the past few days, Hydro-Québec has argued that the CEO never intervened in L'effet A's file and that the links with her spouse were well documented.
The business link between her spouse and L effect A, has been the subject of all the declarations of interest inherent in the position she occupies, specified the Crown corporation.
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