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, public authorities, current and future aluminium users, 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

Nicole Coutu
Nicole Coutu - Alcoa Canada

Nicole Coutu

Chair of the board, AAC president

Alcoa Canada

Nicole Coutu joined Alcoa in 1989 as an Environmental Chemist at the Bécancour Smelter. During her career, she held various positions at ABI. In 2008, Nicole was appointed Manager of Alcoa's carbon plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She returned to Canada in the summer of 2011 as Director, Environment and Health and Safety for the region's Primary Products Group, before accepting the position of Director of Production and Maintenance at ABI, a position she held until 2012, when she was appointed Operations Manager.

In May 2020, Nicole Coutu was appointed to the role of President of Alcoa Canada, in addition to her position as Operations Manager of the Bécancour Smelter (ABI). She also acts as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Aluminum Association of Canada.

Ms. Coutu holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the Université de Sherbrooke.

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Yvon Pronovost
Yvon Pronovost - ​Aluminerie Alouette Inc.

Yvon Pronovost

Vice President Finance and Business Development

​Aluminerie Alouette Inc.

Yvon Pronovost, from Trois-Rivières, Quebec (Canada), holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the University of Sherbrooke. Member of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Quebec, he has more than 30 years of experience in finance, including more than fifteen years as a manager within large mining companies operating in Canada and New Caledonia.

Over time, he worked as a controller, director and vice-president, gaining solid experience nationally and internationally. Since January 2020, he has been officially nominated as Vice-President, notably responsible for Financial Services and Information Technology, Supply Chain and Business Development.

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Samir Cairae
Samir Cairae - Rio Tinto

Samir Cairae

Managing director - Atlantic operations, Aluminium

Rio Tinto

On October 7th, 2019, Rio Tinto Aluminium welcomed Samir Cairae as managing director, Atlantic Operations, covering operations and investments in Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and the Middle East. He took on a leadership role based in Montreal and joined the RTA senior leadership team.

Samir has over 25 years’ experience as an operational and business leader in capital-intensive industries. He comes to RTA from global natural resources company Vedanta Resources, where he was chief executive officer of its aluminium and power business as part of Vedanta’s diversified metals portfolio. Previously, he held a number of senior leadership roles at multinationals such as Schlumberger and Lafarge, leading teams in France, the Philippines, China and India.

Having worked across international markets, Samir has a wealth of leadership experience in safety, continuous improvement and business transformation. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and earned his master’s degree in business and management at the HEC School of Management in Paris.

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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 Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) since 2009, Jean Simard is the industry’s official representative and spokesperson with governments, business associations and the media, as well as with international organizations linked to the industry.

Mr. Simard holds a degree in Civil Law from the University of Ottawa, and is a member of the Barreau du Québec. He possesses extensive professional experience in public and government relations, mainly in sustainable development, energy and environmental affairs. Prior to joining the AAC, he was Vice-President Sustainable Development, Public and Governmental Affairs, at Gaz Métro, a Quebec-based energy company.

Mr. Simard represents the AAC at the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) and at the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). He is a member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the Quebec Industrial Aluminium Cluster (AluQuébec), as well as a member of the Board (Treasurer) of the Conseil patronal de l’environnement du Québec (CPEQ), and of the Quebec Aluminium Research Development Centre (CQRDA). Co-founder and member of the Steering committee of SWITCH, the Alliance for a greener economy, he is one of the Leaders of the Canadian Smart Prosperity initiative. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the newly created Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. He is a member of the Steering Committee of Forum Concertation on Circular Economy and of the Public Affairs Committee of the Quebec Employers Council. He chairs the Board of Directors of the Quebec Music & Art Conservatories Foundation and is a member of the Board of Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal. He is also a member of the Ambassador Circle of Nature Conservancy Canada’s, Quebec Chapter.

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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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