Pierre Lavallée, Ph.D. (Water)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining the BPR senior management team as president and CEO in January 2008, Pierre Lavallée was President and Chief operating officer in 2006 and 2007, and Senior Vice-President from 2004 to December 2006.
Mr. Lavallée holds a doctorate in water sciences (specialty: environmental, hydraulic and hydrological engineering) from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique – Eau (National Institute of Scientific Research – Water).
After obtaining his degree in 1980, he directed the technical services of the Ministère de l’Environnement du Québec. He created, in 1988, the company Asseau Inc., which specialized in urban hydraulics; it merged with BPR in 1990. Mr. Lavallée then became Senior Vice-President in charge of the Hydraulics-Hydrology division of BPR Group. In December, with the expansion of the company in Europe and the United States, he was appointed president-CEO of BPR CSO, a subsidiary of BPR that specializes in hydraulics.
Mr. Lavallée has also participated in more than 50 juried publications, between 1984 and 2007. He was an associate professor with the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Université Laval from 1991 to 1998, and guest professor at the INRS – Eau from 1988 to 2007.
Mr. Lavallée has sat on the board of directors of the BPR group.
Francois Lebrun C.A., MBA
Vice-President – Finance and Administration
Prior to joining BPR senior management as Vice-President, Finance and Administration, François Lebrun held several financial management positions in manufacturing companies and worked as a consultant.
Mr. Lebrun obtained a bachelor’s degree in administration from Université Laval in 1979 and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Concordia University in 1992. He also studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Mr. Lebrun worked as an auditor and consultant with the firm Ernst & Young. He then worked as a member of the senior financial team of Bridgestone Canada, IPL and Teknion Québec. With a wealth of experience from working with these top level companies, Mr. Lebrun worked as a consultant in the fields of process streamlining (Lean Office), productivity improvement and change management in the seven years that preceded his arrival at BPR.
A member of the Ordre des Comptables agréés du Québec, Quebec’s professional association of chartered accountants, Mr. Lebrun is a member of the board of directors of BPR group.
Denis Harvie, Eng.
Mr. Harvie has over 25 years of experience in heavy industry engineering services. He was a faculty scholar at McGill University while obtaining a Chemical Engineering degree with minor in Management in the early 80s.
Mr. Harvie started his career in the consulting engineering business right out of school by investing in a consulting firm start-up. He acted as a process engineer and project engineer sharing time between mining and metals and petroleum refining plant engineering projects.
He joined Génivel as a shareholder and process manager in 1989, helping to build a multi-discipline engineering office in Montreal. In the mid-90s, he negotiated a merger with the BPR Group and was elected to its Board, position he still holds today. Prior to his current role as executive vice-president at BPR, Mr. Harvie held a variety of positions: functional Manager of Process Engineering, Account/Project Manager, and Vice President of Business Development. In this latter role, he helped develop the BPR Group Industrial division expansion strategy which eventually led to the creation of BPR-Bechtel.
In addition to his involvement on the BPR Group board, he is also a director on several boards of BPR’s business unit.
Mr. Harvie is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.
Daniel Samson, Eng., B.Sc.A.
Prior to joining the BPR executive group as President and Chief Executive Officer of BPR-Bâtiment, Daniel Samson was Executive Vice-President of BPR for seven years.
As a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of BPR, Mr. Samson participates in the organizational decisions and those related to the general orientation of the activities of the BPR group. He is also responsible to these committees for the entire building unit and directs a team of 240 specialists in engineering, project management and construction management.
Mr. Samson obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Université Laval in 1987. From 1987 to 1992 he worked as a structural engineer with BPR, then, in 1993, for Les Consultants Génium. From 1994 to 1998, again with BPR, he worked as an engineer and project leader, after which he was Director of the Building group until 2000. Daniel Samson participated in carrying out several projects in the institutional, hospital, pharmaceutical, educational and industrial sectors, and also in the construction of numerous office and residential buildings.
Daniel Samson is actively involved in his community. Since 1999 he has been a member of the organizing committee of the Ball for the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec and participates as a volunteer in several fundraising activities. In the past years he has also been a member of the committee for large donations for Centraide (United Way) as well as of the steering committee of Fonds BPR of Université Laval. Since 2007 he has also been a member of the organizing committee of the fundraising show for the benefit of the Fondation Le Grand Chemin, which helps adolescents in difficulty.
In the fields of engineering and business, Mr. Samson has made his mark through his involvement in the building committee of the Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec consulting engineers association. From 1999 to 2001 he was on the board of directors of the Sainte-Foy chamber of commerce, as well as being a member of the chambers of commerce of metropolitan Montréal and Québec.
Mr. Samson is a member of the professional group the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and of the Association des gestionnaires de parcs immobiliers institutionnels, (association of managers of institutional real estate parks).
Mr. Samson has sat on the board of directors of the BPR group.
Yvon Tourigny, Eng.
Yvon Tourigny was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of BPR Infrastructure in January 2007, after having been Vice-President, Transportation, of BPR-Infrastructure for seven years. Under his leadership, BPR’s expertise in municipal infrastructure and transportation has grown to such an extent that it boasts more than 600 employees in 2010 and has become one of the major players in this field in Québec.
After earning a degree in civil engineering from Université Laval and in administration from the Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal, Mr. Tourigny held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministère des transports du Québec (MTQ), Québec’s department of transportation, for eight years. During his 28-year career there, he held various positions, from Engineer, Soil and Material Division, in the beginning, to Head of Territorial Operations and Regional Director, and finally, Assistant Deputy Minister and Director General of Transportation Policies and Safety (1998-2000), immediately following his positions of Assistant Deputy Minister and Director General of Montréal.
A pioneer and visionary, from the very beginning of his career Mr. Tourigny established quality control processes on construction sites and left his mark on each of the positions he held by implementation of a client-based approach, participation in establishment of a new territorial and Québec structure for the MTQ, and process evaluation. He was also chair of the committee that created the transportation plan for Montréal region and established the integrated transportation policy and definition of the strategic transportation network for Québec.
In addition to acting as President and Chief Executive Officer of BPR-Infrastructure, Mr. Tourigny is a member of the board of directors of the BPR and of other board of directors.
A member of the Association québécoise du transport et des routes, Mr. Tourigny received the Joseph Hode Keyser Award from this organization in recognition of his contribution to the transportation industry. He is also registered with the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.
Denis Tremblay, Eng., M.Sc.A
Before joining the executive management of BPR as President and Chief Executive Officer of BPR-Énergie, Denis Tremblay had held the position of Director of Transmission Expertise and Technical Support at Hydro-Québec since September 2007.
Mr. Tremblay earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1981 and a certificate in administration from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in 1982. The Université du Québec à Chicoutimi awarded him a master’s degree in project management in 1985. He also completed the executive development program at the CIREM – HEC Montréal International Centre for Research and Studies in Management in 2006.
From 1981 to 1986, he worked as an engineer in charge of projects and system protection in the electrical energy division of Alcan.
From 1986 to 2007, he held the following positions at Cegertec consulting firm: Director, Electrical Department; Vice President, Electrical Sector; Vice President, Operations; Major Projects Director; Senior Vice President, Strategic Development and member of the board of directors. In 2003, Mr. Tremblay and his team were awarded the Grand prix du génie-conseil québécois in the energy category of Québec’s consulting engineering awards for their work on Alcan’s new aluminum plant in Alma.
In the last six years, he has been an active participant in the Association de l’industrie électrique du Québec as a member of its board of directors and founding president of the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean chapter. He has also served as Chair of the Energy Committee of the Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec.
Mr. Tremblay is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, the Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Canada and the Association de l’industrie électrique du Québec. He also sat on the board of directors of the BPR group.