Québec's Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change
David Heurtel was first elected to the Québec National Assembly in December 2013 as MNA for Viau, a riding in the east part of the Island of Montréal. He was re-elected in the April 2014 general elections and appointed Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change on April 23, 2014. He is also a member of the Committee for the Implementation of the Maritime Strategy, and the Economic and Sustainable Development Committee, making him a key player in advising the government on transitioning to a greener economy and a society more resilient to climate change impacts.
David Heurtel was born in Montréal, where he graduated from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, prior to completing an LL.B. at Université de Montréal in 1993. He joined the Québec Bar the following year. From 1994 to 1998, he was an attorney with the Montréal law firm Lavery. After practicing law for several years, he studied sales and marketing at HEC Montréal business school and subsequently studied communications at the Kellogg School of Management in Illinois. In 2011, he also took advanced courses at the École des sciences de la gestion of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
Before his appointment as president and CEO of the Montréal Olympic Park in 2011, he held management positions at various organizations including Director of International Television Sales for the Just for Laughs Group, Deputy Director of the Seattle Center, and Director of Public and Corporate Affairs at the events promoter company Evenko.
Since the beginning of his career, Mr. Heurtel has contributed actively to the development and vitality of society. He chaired the Québec Cinéma board of directors, in addition to serving on the boards of directors of several other organizations, including the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, Tourism Montréal, the Canadian Festivals Coalition, Marketing Communications Executives International and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys).
In Quebec, all revenue from the carbon market is reinvested in implementing the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan for projects that will result in reducing GHG emissions, but that will also enable Quebec society to deal with the impacts of climate change.