Pierre Alarie (MA [Public Administration], College of Europe, Bruges, 1982) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1982. While in Ottawa, Mr. Alarie served as a trade desk officer with the European bureau. He served abroad as second secretary in Lagos, Nigeria and as first secretary in Santiago, Chile.
After his assignment in Chile, Mr. Alarie joined the private sector. Between 1991 and 1993, Mr. Alarie was Vice-President, Business development of Bombardier’s transportation group. In 1994 he became Vice-President, Business development, for SNC-Lavalin International in Mexico City. Subsequently, Mr. Alarie became the Managing Director, Latin America, for the real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec. In 1998, he joined the Bank of Nova Scotia as Country Representative in Mexico City, a position he held until 2004.
In 2004 and 2005, Mr. Alarie was Director, Mergers and acquisitions, with Hydro-Québec International. He then acted as Adviser for the Mergers and acquisitions team of Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and worked out of both Montréal and Santiago, Chile. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Alarie was Vice-President of Mergers and acquisitions with National Bank Financial in Montréal. In 2009, Mr. Alarie became Vice-President, Business development and sales, with the Canadian Commercial Corporation in Ottawa.