Pierre Baril - Canadian Commissioner and Chair

D. Pierre Baril

Dr. Pierre Baril is an agricultural engineer who has spent the last 20 years with the Government of Québec, occupying a variety of executive roles: Vice-President of the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (Quebec Centre for Industrial Research), Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy at the Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs  (Quebec Ministry of Environment, Fight Against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks), Executive Director of Ouranos and President of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (Bureau of Environmental Public Hearings). 

Over the course of his professional career, Dr. Baril has acquired significant experience and knowledge in the field of consulting engineering, as well as expertise in environmental policies, water management and climate change – most recently, he led a team dedicated to the modernization of environmental regulations in Québec. 

Dr. Baril has also served on boards of directors at numerous non-governmental associations, such as Nature Québec, Réseau Environnement (Environment Network), the Réseau International des Organismes de Bassin et l’Office International de l’Eau (International Network of Basin Organizations and the International Office for Water) and the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR). 

Dr. Baril is married with two children and lives in Montréal. 



PhD., Agricultural Engineering, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland 

MSc., Environmental Engineering, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland 

BScA., Agricultural Engineering, Université Laval, Québec