Mr. Gagnier was formerly Alcan Inc.'s senior vice president, Corporate and External Affairs. In this position, his responsibilities icluded corporate communications, government relations and environment, health and safety. Prior to joining Alcan in 1994, Mr. Gagnier held a number of senior positions with the governments of Canada, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
Mr. Gagnier was Chair of the International Organization's technical committee on Environmental Management (ISO/TC 207). Mr. Gagnier is the past Chairman, Board of Directors, for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, past chair of the Canadian Standards Association, and past chair of the International Emissions Trading Association. He is currently the Chairman of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a member of the Board of Governors, McGill University, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Asia-Pacific Foundation as well as Sustainable Development Technology Canada.