Our Mission

Founded in 1991, the Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) brings together Canada’s three primary producers of aluminium, Alcoa, Aluminerie Alouette and Rio Tinto. A non-profit organization, it represents the Canadian primary aluminium industry towards the population, end-users, public authorities, and key environmental and economic stakeholders. The AAC strives to ensure that the Canadian primary aluminium industry is considered a world-class model of sustainable prosperity.

Our Members

Alcoa

In Canada, in addition to primary aluminum production at the Baie-Comeau, Deschambault and Bécancour (ABI) smelters, Alcoa transforms aluminum for the aerospace (Alcoa Cast Products), automotive (Alcoa Wheel & Transportation Products) and construction (Kawneer) markets. Operations are located mainly in Québec, Ontario and Alberta. The company employs more than 3,000 people.

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​Aluminerie Alouette Inc.

Aluminerie Alouette, an independent producer, optimizes its production by applying world-class business principles aimed at improving its processes and assets. As a company committed to sustainable development, Alouette maintains high health, safety and environmental standards in order to be recognized as a responsible corporate citizen. Aluminerie Alouette employs about 1,000 people. With an annual production of 600,000 metric tonnes of aluminium, its smelter in Sept-Îles, Quebec, is the largest in the Americas. Thanks to its innovative practices, including the deployment of AP40LE technology, Alouette is an eminently modern company with its sights set on the future.

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Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto has six primary aluminium smelters in Quebec and British Columbia, an alumina refinery in Quebec and a coke calcining plant in Alberta. It also holds a 40% stake in Aluminerie Alouette in Sept-Îles, Quebec, and owns 25% of the aluminium smelter in Bécancour, Quebec. Rio Tinto’s global headquarters are in Montreal.

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Our Board of Directors

Gervais Jacques
Gervais Jacques - Rio Tinto

Gervais Jacques

Chairman of the Board, AAC Managing Director - Atlantic Operations, Aluminium

Rio Tinto

Effective August 1, 2016, Gervais Jacques is the Managing director – Atlantic operations, Aluminium. Previously, he held the CCO position for Bauxite, alumina and aluminium, at Rio Tinto, the global leader in the aluminium industry.

Originaire de Thetford Mines, M. Jacques est marié à Nancy Jean et est père de trois enfants : Magalie, Charles et Antoine.

Following his graduation, Gervais joined Rio Tinto in 1991 as a chemical engineer. He has gone on to hold numerous positions at the company, ranging from Supervisor of Operations and later Superintendant and Manager at the Vaudreuil plant in Jonquière and Beauharnois, to Director of HR for the Primary Metal Group at the Aluminium head office in Montreal, as well as several management roles including COO, B&A Atlantic operations.

In 2004, he was nominated from a select group to complete a one month mandate in Australia/New Zealand for the Leadership Development Program of the Commonwealth countries, for case studies on leadership in the workforce in various service industries and corporations. In 2012, he completed the Strategic Leadership Program at the London Business School.

Gervais has been invested in community initiatives throughout his career. He is currently involved with “Pathways to Education,” a program that helps youth in low-income communities stay in school, graduate and pursue post-secondary education. He is also often called upon to represent the Aluminium product group at a wide variety of company functions.

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Patrice L’Huillier
Patrice L’Huillier - ​Aluminerie Alouette Inc.

Patrice L’Huillier

President and CEO

​Aluminerie Alouette Inc.

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.

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Jean-François Cyr
Jean-François Cyr - Alcoa Canada

Jean-François Cyr

Vice President Operations, Americas and President

Alcoa Canada

Jean-François Cyr, CPA, joined Alcoa’s ranks in 2004 as a Regional Financial Analyst. In 2007, he was named Chief Executive Officer of the Bécancour Rod Plant before returning to Montréal to occupy, in 2009, the position of Regional Director of Finance. He was then appointed to the Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products board of directors. In 2011, he was entrusted with a new responsibility, that of the Engineering segment, and later, at the beginning of 2014, that of the Quality segment (ABS), thus changing his position to Vice-President, Finance, Engineering and Quality (ABS). In September 2014, he was appointed Vice-President, Operations – Canada and Iceland, inheriting the overall operational responsibility for primary products production at the smelters in Baie-Comeau, Deschambault and Bécancour, the Fjardaal smelter in Iceland, and the anode plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the United States.

Previous to joining Alcoa, Jean-François was Director of Finance of the company Blinds To Go from 1998 to 2004. He began his career in 1993 at Arthur Anderson’s Montréal offices where he first worked in the audit services department, and later, in the company’s fiscal services department.

Jean-François has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Cité de la santé de Laval since 2008. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Mouvement Québécois de la Qualité since February 2014.

Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Jean-François is a chartered accountant and member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec since 1995.

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Our Team

Jean Simard
Jean Simard

Jean Simard

President and CEO

Aluminium Association of Canada

As President and Chief Executive Officer of the AAC, Jean Simard serves as the aluminium industry representative and spokesman in dealings with governments, industry associations and media, and provides liaison with the various international organizations with which the AAC is connected.

He holds a degree in civil law from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Barreau du Québec. Following almost 20 years as a public affairs and government relations consultant, mainly in the fields of the environment and energy, he joined Gaz Métro as vice-president, Sustainable development and government relations.

Mr. Simard chairs the Canadian International Aluminium Conference (CIAC), is a member of the Board of directors of AluQuébec, the Quebec Aluminium Cluster, the Quebec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), the Aluminium Research and Development Centre of Quebec (CQRDA), as well as the Fondation des conservatoires du Québec. He also chairs the public affairs committee at the Conseil du Patronat du Québec, and is a member of the executive committee of Switch, the Alliance for a Green Economy in Quebec.

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Anik Dubuc
Anik Dubuc

Anik Dubuc

Vice-President, Sustainable Development

Aluminium Association of Canada

As Vice-President Sustainable Development of the Aluminium Association of Canada, Anik is the industry’s official representative on sustainability issues with governments, business associations, international organizations linked to the industry, as well as with environmental, health and safety organizations. She is also responsible for certain standing committees of the Association and ensures the implementation of the objectives set by the industry and good communication with stakeholders.

She served for eight years in various environmental management positions on production sites. She subsequently joined a corporate team managing environment, health and safety matters of international concern. She was also assigned for five years to the Major Project Team as the main Environmental Coordinator, participating in engineering the impact studies of new smelters, as well as spokesperson at BAPE public hearings.

Anik Dubuc holds a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of Sherbrooke and graduated from Laval University in Biology-Agronomy, Environmental specialization. She has over fifteen years experience in the industrial production of aluminum.

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Carole Lacroix
Carole Lacroix

Carole Lacroix

Executive Assistant and Communications Coordinator

Aluminium Association of Canada

As Executive assistant and communications coordinator of the AAC, Carole’s main functions are to guide and support the administrative team, coordinate activities of the senior executives, and work collaboratively with the Board of Directors. She also ensures the coordination of the AAC’s communication tools and activities.

Carole has a solid experience in management and communications thanks to a career that spans over 20 years in various communication agencies and public relations firms.

She holds a certificate in public relations from Université de Montréal and is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

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Business Ecosystem

Our Members

Our common ground

Association de l'aluminium du Canada

Our cross-cutting activities

Market intelligence
Documentation
Representation
Research
Communication

Our orientations

Integration of aluminium

  • Industry
  • Training
  • Government Procurement
  • AluQc
  • Recycling
  • Responsible procurement

Regional economic development

  • Decision-makers
  • Regions
  • Influencers

Global performance

  • International treaties
  • Standards and practices

Christian-Van-Houtte Award

In the fall of 2015, the Aluminium Association of Canada created the Christian Van Houtte Award of Honour in memory of its founder, Mr. Christian Van Houtte, president of the association for 18 years, to highlight his contribution to the industry’s evolution.

The AAC Christian-Van-Houtte Award of Honour recognizes the outstanding contribution of a person or group to aluminium industry development in Quebec, aluminium use, or aluminium applications in the economy.

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