President and Chief Executive Officer, CDPQ Infra
Jean-Marc Arbaud has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CDPQ Infra since January 2021. In this role, he is responsible for the team as well as for developing and overseeing infrastructure projects, most notably the creation of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) and the development of the REM de l’Est project. He is also Director of CDPQ Infra’s Board of Directors. Formerly, he was Deputy Managing Director, then Managing Director, of the subsidiary since its creation in July 2015.
Mr. Arbaud has over 30 years of experience developing, planning, financing, executing and operating public and industrial infrastructure projects on all continents.
Before joining CDPQ in January 2014, he was President of Infra-Diagnox, a consulting company that he founded in 2012, which provides expert advice for the acquisition of major road transport and electrical transmission infrastructure projects in Brazil, India, Mexico and the United States. From 2005 to 2011, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of InTransitBC, the Concessionaire for the Canada Line, the automated electric public transit system that connects downtown Vancouver to the Vancouver International Airport and the city of Richmond. This unique experience gave him the opportunity to oversee all phases of the project: design, financing, execution and operation.
Mr. Arbaud also worked for the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin for several years, where he held various positions from 1997 to 2005. In 2011 and 2012, he assumed the role of Vice-President of Operations for the firm’s global operations (Global Power) and Vice-President and Managing Director of its Brazilian division. He started his career in France as an engineer at Pingat Ingénierie, a firm based in Reims, France.
He holds an engineering degree from ENSIAA (France) and a specialization in applied mathematics and computer science from ISAA.