The management


François Courchesne, eng.

At the beginning of his career as an industrial engineer, François was called to get involved in the analysis of various production systems in order to improve the process. He quickly took advantage of his interest for computer assisted tools and proposed the use of specialized simulation software.  This allowed his employer, a major steel company, to take optimal investment decisions.

His entrepreneurship skills were solicited in 1997 when promoted to the position of production manager. Indeed, it is at this phase of his career that he became aware of the positive effects that his systematic vision had on the company and of his desire to take part in strategic decisions.

It is in 2004, when Hydro-Québec deployed its Global Plan for Energy efficiency, that François took the decision to start his own business in energy efficiency.  Since the modernization of lighting were the first projects to be realized by C-nergie and became its main business, it quickly made it its area of expertise.

Today, François is proud to lead C-nergie in widening the range of services it offers in order to improve and maximise energy efficiency in its customers businesses.



Samia Ishak, B.B.A
Vice President, Finance

Samia was a member of the Order of Chartered accountants of Quebec during several years. She began her career auditing various clients in a major accounting firm where she was able to manage major team audits from start to finish.  This included planning the audit, doing field work, assessing the adequacy of internal controls, managing budgets, preparing audited financial statements and staff supervision.

Her journey at the “Quebec Securities Commission” exposed her to the world of public financing and securities regulations. Then, as senior supervisor at the Office of the Superintendent of financial institutions Canada, she was especially exposed to the banking industry with its various operational activities such as credit issuance, investments and complex financial instruments.

With extensive experience and by means of her versatility, Samia’s involvement in the start-up of the company and the development of its accounting and internal controls systems have in many ways contributed to the success of the business and ensured a solid financial basis for C-nergie.  As VP finance, Samia makes sure not only of maintaining this strong financial stability but also of the compliance to accounting standards, banking requirements, regulatory and fiscal obligations.



Patrick Timmons, eng. C.E.M.
Director Engineering and Technology

Electrical engineer since 1998 with technical training in building systems, Patrick also has a certification as CEM (Certified Energy Manager) and training in thermography.

Patrick has always been fascinated by technology and strives to learn new things in various areas. During his working years at Canadelle, he introduced and carried out several projects pertaining to energy efficiency in the lighting area but also in ventilation, air conditioning and heating. Following the completion of these projects, he decided to pursue his career in the field of energy efficiency and that’s when he joined C-nergie. He quickly inherited the responsibility of managing major projects such as Kruger, Bombardier, Waterville TG and Domtar, all of which he successfully realized.

As director of engineering, he is responsible for the successful completion of all C-nergie projects as well as participating in the elaboration of new services offered in areas other than lighting.



Nicolas Gélinas, eng.
Regional Director - Western Region

Following his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Sherbrooke, Nicolas made his debut at Regulvar where he had the opportunity to assume the management of several projects in HVAC control - air conditioning, ventilation and heating. Fascinated by new technologies and the technical aspects of electrical engineering, he was also interested in the management side of things. That’s when he decided to begin a certificate in business administration along with studying to get his engineering degree.

Nonetheless, his interest in energy efficiency prevailed at Transcontinental after implementing a system for measuring energy which led to several projects. Since his debut with C-nergie, his professionalism and good business sense have enabled him to be entrusted with significant projects that were successfully brought to term.