Cogeco Communications

Senior leadership team

Get to know our senior leadership team, a seasoned group of executives who combine discipline and boldness, supported by skilled, committed and experienced employees, to deliver the best possible service offering for our customers and the best possible return on investment for our shareholders.

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    Philippe Jetté
    Eng.

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc.

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    Philippe Jetté was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and of Cogeco Communications Inc. in September 2018.

    Mr. Jetté was previously President of Cogeco Peer 1 as of October 2015. Before that, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cogeco Communications Inc. starting in 2013 and served as the Company’s Vice President, Chief Technology Officer from 2011 to 2013.

    With more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Jetté combines practical technological know-how, mastery of complex network engineering, years of strategic planning, and experience in development, marketing and sales with an extensive knowledge of the market.

    Prior to joining Cogeco, Mr. Jetté was President, PJCS Inc. between 2008 and 2011. He served as Vice President, Wireless Data Solutions, Bell Canada between 2006 and 2008, as well as General Manager, Enterprise Marketing between 2005 and 2006 and Director, Wireless Technology between 2000 and 2005 for Bell Mobility.

    Mr. Jetté holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from École Polytechnique (Montréal) where he acts as a Governor of the Alumni Association.

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    Frank van der Post

    President, Atlantic Broadband

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    Frank van der Post joined Cogeco in November 2019 as President of Atlantic Broadband. Frank worked at KPN, a Dutch multi-service telecommunications operator with more than seven million customers in the residential and enterprise markets, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer and was a member of the firm’s Management Board from 2015 to 2018.

    Before joining the telecom company, Mr. van der Post spent several years in the airline and hospitality industries, having held senior leadership roles for top organizations across the world including British Airways, where he was Managing Director and Executive Board Member, InterContinental Hotels Group, where he worked for over 20 years and rose to the position of Vice President Operations, Eastern US and the Caribbean, and Jumeirah Group in Dubai where he was Chief Operating Officer.

    Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and a Master of Science degree in Hotel Administration from the F.I.U. School of Hospitality Management in Miami Florida.   

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    Ken Smithard
    MBA

    President, Cogeco Connexion

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    MBA
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    Ken Smithard joined Cogeco in 1999 and was named President of Cogeco Connexion in 2016. Ken has held several positions throughout his career at Cogeco, ranging from: Director, Consumer Sales and Marketing to Senior Director positions in Residential Sales, Installation Services, and Warehouse, before moving to Vice President, Performance, Organizational Efficiency and Information Technology in 2014.

    Ken has a 360-degree view of the company and extensive industry knowledge, in addition to a strong financial acumen and background. Previous to Cogeco, he held various senior level management positions at Canadian Tire Financial Services.

    Ken holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Concordia University.  He also sits on the Board of Directors of Cable 14 in Hamilton, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

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    Christian Jolivet
    LLB, LLM

    Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

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    LLB, LLM
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    Christian Jolivet joined the Company in 1997 as Director, Legal Affairs and has held various positions since then. In 2002, he became Chief Legal Officer, supervising all legal activities of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc., as well as their respective business units. Since 2002, he has also been Corporate Secretary of the Boards of Directors of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. In 2013, Mr. Jolivet also took on the role of Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc.

    Before joining the company, he practiced law in a firm specialized in communications law.

    Mr. Jolivet received the 2012 Québec Corporate Counsel Award in the category Accomplishment, Business Strategy.

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    Marie-Hélène Labrie
    M.Sc.

    Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer

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    Marie-Hélène Labrie
    M.Sc.
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    Ms. Labrie was named Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications in November 2018. She has more than 20 years of broad experience in government relations, public communications and marketing. Prior to joining Cogeco, she was at Enerkem starting in 2008, most recently as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications, where she built the company’s corporate image and reputation, positioning the organization as a global leader in the field of biofuels. Previously, Ms. Labrie worked with a range of companies as a communications consultant from 2006 to 2008, and from 1997 to 2006 she held roles at CAE including Director, Strategic Planning and Marketing. She began her career with the Government of Canada from 1993 to 1997, working on diverse portfolios. Ms. Labrie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université Laval in Québec City, where she also completed a Masters in International Business.

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    Luc Noiseux
    M.Sc., eMBA

    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer

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    M.Sc., eMBA
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    Luc Noiseux joined Cogeco in 2016 as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer. In this role, he leads the Company’s engineering and IT functions as well as the overall group strategy. Currently, Mr. Noiseux is driving Cogeco’s most transformative projects that are integral to the Company’s growth: its comprehensive shift to digital and the enhancement of its product portfolio with a potential entry into the wireless market.

    Mr. Noiseux has more than 25 years of broad experience in communications, defining and promoting vision, leading execution, and delivering large, cutting-edge technology programs to market. He was Vice President Research & Development at Accedian Networks, where he was responsible for product development and for the CTO office and led the expansion of the product development team in Asia. He also held several senior research and development and general management roles at Alcatel-Lucent.

    Over the years, Mr. Noiseux has been a speaker and panelist at several conferences internationally including CableLabs and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He holds a dual eMBA from the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université Paris Dauphine, a Master of Science from INRS Télécommunications, and a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University.

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    Diane Nyisztor
    CPA, CA, HRCCC

    Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

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    CPA, CA, HRCCC
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    Ms. Nyisztor was named Vice President, Corporate Human Resources in 2014. Prior to joining Cogeco, she served as Partner, International Executive Services at KPMG Canada. Previously, she held several executive positions with SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., notably as Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources and Senior Vice President, Compensation and Benefits. Ms. Nyisztor also served as Senior Principal, International Executive Services at KPMG, where she spent more than a decade after joining in 1989. She sits on the Board of Directors of Saputo Inc.

    She holds a Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certificate from McMaster University, a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University. Ms. Nyisztor also has the designations of Certified Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant.

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    Patrice Ouimet
    CPA, CA

    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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    Patrice Ouimet
    CPA, CA
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    Mr. Ouimet joined Cogeco in 2014 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Cogeco, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Enerkem Inc. He also served as Vice President, Corporate Development and Enterprise Risk Management at Gildan Activewear Inc. Mr. Ouimet worked for the previous ten years in various roles in the investment banking sector at Lazard Limited and at CIBC World Markets Inc. In addition, he currently serves as a board member of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation.

    Mr. Ouimet holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Diploma in Accountancy from Concordia University. He is a chartered professional accountant and chartered accountant.

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