Management Team

Patrice L’Huillier

President and Chief Executive Officer


Patrice L’Huillier, originally from France, is a civil engineer from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration jointly granted from Kingston Business School in London and the National Academy of Economy in Moscow. He has an extensive international experience, where he has held senior management positions, primarily in operations. He has worked with major mining and metallurgical producers in France, Russia, Kazakhastan and more recently in Ukraine.


In 2018, after more than 20 years in various European industrial companies, he joins Aluminerie Alouette as President and Chief Executive Officer. With his applied knowledge, Mr. L’Huiller is recognized for his visionary and dynamic leadership qualities. 



Gérald Charland

Vice President Finance and Business Development


A native of the Montreal’s South Shore, Quebec (Canada), Gérald Charland holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Quebec in Montreal and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Quebec Chartered Professional Accountants Association. He has accumulated over 25 years of experience in financial management and strategic development which he acquired from his assignments in large manufacturing companies operating in transportation and aerospace.


Over the years, Gérald has held strategic management positions such as Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President both in Canada and abroad, which have allowed him to gain international experience. Nominated as Vice-President Finance and Business Development in July 2013, Gérald is responsible for all of Alouette’s purchasing, finance, procurement and business development activities.



Jules Côté

Vice President Engineering and Plant Processes


From his native Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec (Canada), Jules Côté holds a BA in Unified Engineering (mechanical) from the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi. Specialising in maintenance, he acquired his experience in his native region before making his way to Sept-Îles in 1991. First as a Maintenance Engineer at Alouette, he was assigned various positions in different plant areas which prepared him to later become Vice-President Operations and then, Vice-President Business Improvement and Asset Management.


In 2018, he became Vice-President Engineering and Plant Processes, responsible for project and automation, technology and process engineering and potroom services.


Jean-Pierre Bérubé

Senior Director, Metal


Jean-Pierre Bérubé, originally from Rimouski, Quebec (Canada), holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University. He began his career on the North Shore in the pulp and paper industry which led him to settle in the municipality of Port-Cartier in 1997. He then held various roles in industrial maintenance and continued his professional development in operations, process controls as well as in energy production. He joined Aluminerie Alouette in 2006 as Director of Maintenance. He subsequently held positions in the continuous improvement department as well as in the casthouse, metal shipping and energy sectors.


In 2019, he became Senior Director, Metal. He is responsible for the operation and optimization of the potrooms, the gas treatment centers and the casthouse.










Éric Bourque

Senior Director, Anodes and Raw Material


Éric Bourque, a native of Quebec City, Quebec (Canada), holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University. He joined Aluminerie Alouette in 1998 as a supervisor at the casthouse. Since his arrival, the engineer has held several positions, both in the areas of operation and maintenance. He has notably been Superintendent Casthouse Superintendent Material Handling & Gas Treatment Centers and Superintendent Rodding Shop. He is Director of the anode plant since September 2011.


In 2019, he was appointed Senior Director, Anodes and Raw Materials.











Tony Dresdell

Senior Director, Asset Management and Maintenance


Tony Dresdell, originally from Sept-Iles, Quebec (Canada), holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management and a Masters in Productivity Management from Sherbrooke University. After leading the operations of a local SME, he joined Aluminerie Alouette's Human Resources department in 2003 during the Phase 2 project. Since his arrival, he has acquired a vast knowledge of Aluminerie Alouette since he occupied several positions in the different areas of the plant, for both human resources and operational services. He had been Director of Training and Continuous Improvement, Superintendent of Rodding Shop, Director of Potroom Services and Maintenance, and Director of Human Resources.


In 2019, he became Senior Director, Asset Management and Maintenance. His responsibilities include asset management, operation services and maintenance management.