Mr. Jean-Yves Benoit graduated with honors from Montréal University and received a Master of science in Economics. He worked for many years in the private sector before joining Quebec’s Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wild Life and Parks in 2006. Jean-Yves represents the government of Québec in the Western Climate Initiative and is a member of the WCI Board of Directors.
For the last several years Mr. Benoit has been working on the establishment of a cap-and-trade carbon market in Quebec. This market will be a key driver for Quebec to achieve the targeted 20% reduction in GHG levels by 2020.
Because of their mutual commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gasses, Quebec and California have agreed to work to link their two markets in 2013. Mr. Benoit is the director of the Carbon Market Division leading the team that is responsible for both developing and implementing Quebec’s cap and trade system as well as linking Quebec’s market with that of Califoria.