Press Releases
April 11st 2018
A new President at Aluminerie Alouette

Sept-Îles, April 11, 2018 - After almost 4 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aluminerie Alouette Inc., and more than 30 years in the aluminium industry, Mr. Claude Boulanger has decided to retire next September 1st. Mr. Boulanger is a firm believer of the health and safety importance and he is convinced that every injury can be avoided. He will have worked in this direction throughout his career. Through his fervor and innovative approach in this matter, he will have enabled the deployment of new tools in prevention and better guidance of subcontractors and visitors, thus allowing a significant reduction of injuries. In addition, thanks to his leadership, the company will have progressed in terms of competitiveness, a must in a difficult global market. Aluminerie Alouette and its owners wish to acknowledge Mr. Boulanger's considerable contribution and thank him for his positive impact on the organization's results.


“My mandate at Aluminerie Alouette has been a great adventure,” said Mr. Boulanger. “I was fortunate to cooperate with a team of committed employees in a welcoming and dynamic community. This link that unites the company and its environment is also exceptional” added the one who has worked in different places in the world.


It is with great enthusiasm that Mr. Knut Meel, President of the Owners’ Committee, announces today the appointment of Mr. Patrice L’Huillier as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Aluminerie Alouette. His appointment will be effective April 30, 2018 and a transition period is planned with Mr. Boulanger.


With a vast international experience of more than 20 years in the aluminum (Pechiney, Rusal) and mine industries (Eramet, ENRC), Mr. L'Huillier is currently Technical Director/ Director of Mining Operations of the ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih plant in Ukraine. His deep industry knowledge will be a major asset for Aluminerie Alouette, which must remain at the forefront of innovation and improvement. Visionary and dynamic, Mr. L'Huillier is recognized for his leadership style. He will lead Alouette in its development and allow it to take advantage of all the situations and opportunities in that direction.


“I am very proud to take on the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Aluminerie Alouette, whose reputation crosses borders.” said Mr. L’Huillier. “I am thrilled and eager about the new challenges within an organization also recognized for its unique culture. Together with the employees, the partners and the community, we will continue to grow and strengthen Alouette’s footprint. I am fervently anticipating the discovery of my new North Shore home.” Mr. L'Huillier also stated.


About Alouette

Inaugurated in 1992, Aluminerie Alouette is an independent aluminium production company. With 900 employees and an annual production capacity of more than 600,000 tonnes of primary aluminum, it is the largest private employer in Sept-Îles and the largest aluminium smelter in the Americas. The Sept-Îles smelter places sustainable development at the heart of its actions.

About Aluminerie Alouette
Inaugurée en 1992, Aluminerie Alouette est une entreprise indépendante de production d’aluminium.
Avec près de 850 employés, elle est le plus important employeur privé de Sept-Îles.
Sa capacité de production annuelle de plus de 620 000 tonnes d’aluminium de première fusion en fait la plus importante aluminerie des Amériques.
L’usine de Sept-Îles place le développement durable au cœur de ses actions.