Cogeco Communications

Board of Directors

Cogeco Communications' strategic direction and ongoing operations are governed by an experienced Board of Directors, mostly made up of independent members who contribute to Cogeco Communications' continued development.

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    Jan Peeters

    Director and Board Chair

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    Jan Peeters
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    Mr. Peeters has been Board Chair of the Corporation and Cogeco since 2004. He is President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Chair of Olameter Inc., a telemetry company operating in 36 Provinces and States in North America. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of ƒONOROLA, a telecommunications company, from 1990 to 1998.

    He was a founder of iNovia Capital, a venture capitalist fund manager based in Montréal and its Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2010. He still serves on iNovia Capital’s Investment Committee. He was also a director of Intersil Corporation (a U.S. listed issuer) and served as chair of its Audit Committee and member of the Nominations and Governance Committee.

    Mr. Peeters sat on the Board of Governors of McGill University from 1999 to 2009 and is now Governor Emeritus.

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    Louis Audet
    Eng., MBA, C.M.

    Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

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    Louis Audet
    Eng., MBA, C.M.
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    Mr. Audet has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. since 1993. He joined Cogeco in 1981, occupying several positions including Vice President, Marketing and Development, Executive Vice President, as well as President and Chief Operating Officer. He has led the drive at Cogeco to establish the company as a leader in the telecommunications sector.

    He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc., and is chair of each of their respective Strategic Opportunities Committee.

    He is a member of the Board of Directors of CableLabs. He previously sat on the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association, Clarica Life Insurance Company, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, the Corporation de l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Association canadienne de la radio et de la télévision de langue française, and served as Governor of the Council on Canadian Unity. He was also Chairman of the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf Development Fund.

    He has been involved in several major fund-raising campaigns for charitable causes and was a member of the campaign cabinet of the Foundation Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) (2012-2014). He was co-Chair of the 2017 campaign for Centraide of Greater Montreal. He was Chair of the 2014-2016 major fundraising campaign for the Old Brewery Mission Foundation, a well-known foundation which provides emergency and other services for homeless people in the Montréal area.

    Mr. Audet holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School (Boston, MA) and has graduated from École Polytechnique (Montréal) with an Engineering Degree, Electronics and Communications. He holds a college diploma (DEC) from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf (Montréal).

    He was named Member of the Order of Canada in 2013. He was inducted, in 2012, into the Club des entrepreneurs du Conseil du patronat du Québec. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Université de Montréal Alumni Association in 2010, as well as the Merit Award of the École Polytechnique Alumni Association in 2008.

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    Patricia Curadeau-Grou
    B.Com, Finance, ICD.D.

    Director

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    Patricia Curadeau-Grou
    B.Com, Finance, ICD.D.
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    Ms. Curadeau-Grou is a corporate director. She held several positions within the National Bank of Canada from 1991 until her retirement in October 2015, including Strategic Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer from 2012 to 2015 and Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance, Risk and Treasury from 2007 to 2012. Prior to joining the National Bank, she held a number of key positions at major financial institutions, primarily in business development, credit and corporate planning.

    She is a director of Uni‑Select Inc. (a distributor of replacement parts, paint products and body shop accessories) which is a reporting issuer and where she serves as member of the Human Resources and Compensation and Audit Committees. She also sits on the Board of la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec where she is a member of the Investment and Risk Management Committee and on the Board of Pomerleau Inc. where she is a member of the Audit and Human Resources Committees.

    Ms. Curadeau-Grou also serves as a director of Aéroports de Montréal and of a number of not‑for‑profit corporations. Since 2007, she has been a member of the Women’s Executive Network Hall of Fame for Canada’s most powerful women.

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    Joanne Ferstman
    CPA, CA, B. Com.

    Director

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    Joanne Ferstman
    CPA, CA, B. Com.
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    Ms. Ferstman currently serves as a corporate director. She has over 20 years of progressive experience in the financial industry. Over an 18 year period until her retirement in June 2012, she held several leadership positions with the Dundee group of companies, which operated in wealth management, resources and real estate verticals. She was responsible for financial and regulatory reporting, risk management and involved in mergers and acquisitions and strategic development and held the position of Chief Financial Officer for many years and latterly held the positions of Vice Chair of DundeeWealth Inc. and President and Chief Executive Officer of Dundee Capital Markets Inc. Prior to joining the Dundee group of companies, Ms. Ferstman spent five years at a major international accounting firm.

    She currently serves as a director of DREAM Office REIT, which is an entity managed by DREAM Unlimited (a real estate company), on which she also serves as Chair. She also serves as a director of Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. (an intermediate mining royalty company), which is a reporting issuer. She is the Chair of the Audit Committees of DREAM Unlimited and of DREAM Office REIT and the Chair of the Audit Committee, Lead director and member of the Human Resources Committee of Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd.

    Ms. Ferstman was formerly a director of Aimia Inc. and of Excellon Resources Inc.

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    Lib Gibson
    M.Sc., B.Sc., ICD.D

    Director

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    Lib Gibson
    M.Sc., B.Sc., ICD.D
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    Ms. Gibson is a retired corporate executive and a corporate director. From 2003 to 2007, she was an officer and advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of BCE Inc. Prior to that from 1997 to 2003, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Bell Globemedia Interactive (and its predecessor companies), Canada’s largest Internet media company. Prior to that from 1996 to 1997, she was Vice-President Strategy of Bell Canada and from 1992 to 1996 was Vice-President Marketing of WorldLinx Communications.

    She is a director of Payments Canada where she sits on the Governance and Nominating Committee, and on the Technology and Modernization Committee. She was a director of, among other companies, Computershare Trust Company of Canada where she sat on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Conduct Review and Corporate Governance Committee, of ING Direct Bank of Canada where she sat on the Audit Committee, the Risk Oversight and Investment Committee, and the Governance and Conduct Review Committee and of West Park Healthcare Centre.

    Ms. Gibson has taught Managing Innovation at the Rotman School of Management and in the Queen’s University MBA program. She is also an author and co-author of publications and has provided consulting services on innovation.

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    David McAusland
    B.C.L., LL.B.

    Director

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    David McAusland
    B.C.L., LL.B.
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    Mr. McAusland has been a partner of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, a major law firm in Canada, since June 2009 where he is a corporate strategist and advisor and focuses on major corporate transactions, securities, corporate finance, governance and regulatory affairs.

    From 1999 to February 2008, he was a senior officer (latterly, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer) of Alcan Inc., a large multinational industrial company. As such he was involved in the design and execution of major strategic initiatives and led an international team that completed more than 75 acquisition and divestiture transactions. Prior to joining Alcan, Mr. McAusland was managing partner of a major law firm.

    He is a director of Cascades Inc. (a corporation that produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products) and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (an advanced automation solutions corporation), both of which are reporting issuers. He serves as Chairman of the Human Resources Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee for Cascades Inc. and he serves as non-executive Chairman of ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. Until recently, he was also a director of Khan Resources Inc. (a mineral exploration corporation) and served as a member of its Compensation Committee.

    Mr. McAusland is also a director of a number of not for profit corporations.

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    Carole J. Salomon
    B.A., MBA

    Director

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    Carole J. Salomon
    B.A., MBA
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    Ms. Salomon has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Cardavan Corporation, a management consultancy, since 2001. Prior to establishing Cardavan, she held various leadership roles including President, North America of Trader.com and President, Residential Services of AT&T Canada. Before that she served as Vice President Marketing of Purolator Courier, and Vice President Marketing of Nabisco Brands.

    She has served on the boards of Laurier Life, W.H. Smith Canada, Perigee Investment Management, Household Finance and Cineplex. In that regard, she was on the Audit and Human Resources Committees of Laurier Life, the Human Resources Committee of W.H. Smith Canada and the Governance Committee of Perigee Investment Management.