Dr. Gaston Ouellet
Gaston Ouellet is an associated professor at HEC Montreal. Until his recent retirement, he was a member of the Executive Committee of Alcan (AL) a leading global supplier of aluminium, and engineered and packaging materials around the world (68,000 employees in 61 countries with revenues of $US23.6 billion in 2006). During his career with Alcan, Mr. Ouellet held various line and staff senior positions in North America, Asia and Europe and built an extensive international experience in business and HR management. In the recent years, he was President of Alcan France responsible for the governance, compliance and service activities in France and representing Alcan in regards to corporate obligations throughout Europe.
During the last 13 years as Senior Alcan Vice President, he was responsible for the overall HR activities of the company and had direct responsibility for the development and implementation of Talent Management, Succession Planning and Senior Executive Compensation systems. He was actively involved in various M&A projects, the latest one being the acquisition of Pechiney in France and played a leadership role in all HR issues arising from those activities such as: organization design, executive coaching and staffing, labour negotiations, restructuring, downsizing and divestments. His international experience includes business and line management responsibilities as Commercial and Operation Manager in Malaysia and managing director of Alcan Toyo Europe a joint venture between Alcan and Toyo Aluminium based in Japan. Mr. Ouellet has a master degree in Industrial Relations from Laval University in Quebec He also completed the International Management Development Program at the Centre d’études industrielles, in Geneva, Switzerland.