Richard Drouin is counsel at the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault. He is also Chairman Emeritus of Stonebridge Financial. He received his diploma of college studies from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and his law degree from Université Laval.
Until recently, Richard Drouin was the Chairman of the North American Electric Reliability Council (which oversees and regulates the reliability of power transmission networks in North America). From 1988 to 1995, he was the Chairman and CEO of Hydro-Québec. In 2002, he was nominated the Canadian Energy Person of the Year by the Energy Council of Canada. He was the Chairman of the Organizing Committees for both World Energy Congress, held in Montréal in 1989 and 2010.
Richard Drouin was the Chairman of Abitibi-Consolidated Inc., Collège des administrateurs de sociétés, Fortis Ontario, Stelco Inc., as well as of Université Laval. He was also member of several boards of directors, including: Aéroports de Montréal, American Superconductor (Boston), British Airports Authority (BAA), President’s Choice Financial, Canada Trust, Coca-Cola, Gesca (French newspaper), Nstein Technologies, Provigo and Groupe TVA Inc.
Richard Drouin is companion of the Order of Canada and officer of the Ordre national du Québec. He is a recipient of the “Gloire de l’Escolle” Medal of the Université Laval and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Université Lumière in Lyon. In 2011, he was awarded the title advocatus emeritus by the Québec Bar in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements.
In 1999, he served as Chairman of the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission for federally appointed judges for a four-year term. From 1998 to 2017, he was Honorary Consul of England in Quebec City.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society of Canada.