Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications and Chief of Staff
As Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications and Chief of Staff, Élise Proulx is in charge of internal and external communications, including public and government affairs, media relations, donation and sponsorship, reputation management and corporate branding.
A seasoned manager with more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Proulx joined Ivanhoé Cambridge in March 2020. She was previously Vice President, Communications, Government Affairs and Indigenous Relations, at Hydro-Québec. Before holding that position, she founded her own public relations firm, where she quickly acquired an enviable reputation for leadership, team spirit and intellectual rigour. She advised numerous decision makers in various areas of the public and private sectors, including culture, luxury goods and customer service, as well as several Quebec municipalities and a regional county municipality. Before starting her own business, she served as Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, at HydroOttawa and as Strategic Advisor and Corporate Spokesperson at Hydro‑Québec.
In the 2018 edition of the prestigious Mercuriades contest held by the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce, she was named an Exceptional Young Businesswoman in the large companies category, in recognition of her leadership. She sits on several boards of directors, including that of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and Montréal International.
Ms. Proulx holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and an Executive MBA from UQAM’s École des sciences de la gestion. She also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is an accredited sommelier for her own enjoyment.