2002 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Keynote Presentation—“Aluminum and Energy--an International Perspective"

February 17–21 · 2002 TMS ANNUAL MEETING · Seattle, Washington



“Aluminum and Energy--an International Perspective”
Daniel Gagnier
Senior Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs, Alcan Inc.

A review of the effects of regional energy and trade issues on the global aluminium industry and its markets and possible future international trends and scenarios.

Born in Montreal in 1946, Mr. Gagnier is a graduate of Loyola College and McGill University, and a fellow of the Australian National University in Canberra.

Prior to joining Alcan in 1994 as vice president, corporate affairs, Mr. Gagnier held a number of positions with the governments of Canada, Ontario and Saskatchewan. From 1972 to 1982, the Department of External Affairs posted him overseas to diplomatic assignments in countries including Mexico, Yugoslavia and the United Kingdom, as well as to functions in Ottawa. Between 1982 and 1984, he was the executive director of the Canadian Unity Information Office, part of the federal Department of Justice, following which he was appointed by the Privy Council Office as assistant secretary to the Cabinet (Communications). In 1985, Mr. Gagnier joined the Saskatchewan government as deputy minister, economic development and trade, a position he held until 1987.

He returned to Ottawa in 1987 to become assistant secretary to the Cabinet, economic policy and programs, at the Federal-Provincial Relations Office. From 1988 to 1990, he worked for the Ontario government in Toronto as deputy minister of energy, deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs, special adviser to the Cabinet and chief of staff of the Premier’s Office. Following this period at Queen’s Park, Mr. Gagnier returned once again to Ottawa, where he served as deputy secretary to the Cabinet (Communications) and adviser at the Privy Council Office until 1992. From 1992 to 1994, he was the president of the Brewers Association of Canada.

Mr. Gagnier was appointed vice president, corporate affairs, in December 1994, and has been assuming added responsibilities as Senior vice president, corporate and external affairs since September 1, 2000. Since 1995, he is responsible for environment, occupational health and safety for Alcan on a worldwide basis and continues to occupy this position.

Other keynote presentations by the world leaders in the energy arena will include the following:

The Perspective and Affects of Energy and Industry
Brett Wilcox
President and Owner, Golden Northwest Aluminum, Inc.

Dealing with the Energy Crises by Reducing Demand
Paul E. Norman
Senior Vice President, Power Business Line, Bonneville Power Association

Energy Policy Position of the Aluminum Association
Robin King
Vice President Public Affairs, The Aluminum Association

Aluminum and Energy--an International Perspective
Daniel Gagnier
Senion Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs, Alcan Inc.

New and Emerging Technologies
Gary L. McVay
Deputy Associate Laboratory Director Energy Sciences and Technology Division Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


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