Boyden Executive Search

Boyden Canada Opportunities

Chief Executive Officer

Aluminerie Alouette

Sept-Iles, Québec

About the Organization  

Aluminerie Alouette is the largest aluminum smelter in the Americas.

In early 1970s, major aluminum producers began to consider the idea of building a smelter at Sept-Îles. With the creation in 1985 of a new deep-water terminal at Pointe-Noire, the idea took a more tangible shape.

In 1987, at the initiative of Quebec’s Société Générale de financement (SGF), an international consortium was created with a view to building an aluminum smelter somewhere in Quebec. Thanks to its deep-water port, qualified manpower and proximity to major power grids, Sept-Îles was the obvious choice.

The creation of Aluminerie Alouette in Sept-Îles was officially announced on September 1, 1989. The smelter was built in less than three years and produced its first tonne of “grey gold” in June 1992.

Phase II got under way in September 2002 and was completed in May 2005. It was Quebec’s largest private construction project and has become a world reference in terms of aluminum smelter construction and start-up.   

With over 900 employees and an annual production capacity of 600,000 tonnes of primary aluminium, Alouette is the largest employer in Sept-Îles.

Today, the Aluminerie Alouette consortium is made up of the following five shareholders: AMAG Austria Metall AG (Austria, 20%), Hydro Aluminium (Norway, 20%), Investissement Québec (Canada, 6.67%), Marubeni Metals & Minerals (Japan, 13.33%) and Rio Tinto (Canada, 40%).

Position Description: Chief Executive Officer


The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be responsible for the development and operation of Alouette, including the leadership of all strategic, operational, financial and human capital aspects of the corporation. He/she will maintain a high standard of operations while implementing best-in-class operating practices. The CEO will need to enhance and develop a world-class management team and ensure a strong culture of performance and accountability at all levels of the organization. A relentless commitment to HSE and operations excellence will form the basis of the future success of the organization.

He/she is a critical player within corporate affairs and relationships with external stakeholders such as government agencies. He/she represents the shareholders in any discussion or negotiations with government representatives (national, provincial or regional) and directly manages all regulatory and legal issues and situations. In addition to these critical contacts, the local communities’ situation, with native communities being involved, will always require a very tactful approach from the CEO, adding sensitivity to the community relationship situation.

The CEO represents the company on the Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) with his vis-à-vis from Rio Tinto Alcan and Alcoa. He is also frequently involved in consultative and/or advisory committees.

Key responsibilities

HSE Compliance

Plant Strategic Direction

Operational Management

Budget & Reporting

Leadership, Development, Coaching and Mentoring


Organizational Culture

Risk Management

Candidate Profile: Chief Executive Officer

Ideal Experience

General Management Experience

Experienced Relationship Builder

Critical Leadership Capabilities

Driving Results

Building People Capability

Collaborating and Influencing


This position is based in Sept-Iles, Québec, Canada.

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please submit your resume and information to and indicate the position title and organization you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

We would like to thank all the applicants, but regret that we are only able to personally contact those individuals whose backgrounds best match the requirements for the role.

Submit CV

Related Insights

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.  Learn more