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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    Colleen Abdoulah
    M.B.A, APR

    Director

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    Colleen Abdoulah
    M.B.A, APR
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    Mme Abdoulah est administratrice de sociétés. Elle est la seule femme à avoir dirigé, à titre de chef de la direction et de présidente du conseil, l’une des dix premières sociétés de câblodistribution cotées en bourse des États-Unis, Wide Open West (faisant affaire sous la dénomination WOW!). Elle a exercé ces fonctions pendant 12 ans, soit de 2002 à 2014, demeurant présidente du conseil jusqu’en décembre 2015. Avant de se joindre à WOW!, elle a passé une bonne partie de sa carrière au sein d’une ancienne société de câblodistribution américaine, Tele-Communications Inc., où elle a occupé un certain nombre de postes, y compris celui d’adjointe au chef de l’exploitation et de vice-présidente directrice, Activités de câblodistribution. Elle compte plus de 30 ans d’expérience dans les secteurs du marketing et de la publicité et des télécommunications.

    Mme Abdoulah siège actuellement au conseil de Rocky Mountain PBS et est conseillère auprès d’Avista Capital Partners à New York. Elle a déjà présidé le conseil d’American Cable Association, organisme qui exerce des activités de lobbying et représente les intérêts de câblodistributeurs indépendants. Elle a déjà siégé au conseil de C-SPAN (acronyme de Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, réseau américain de télévision par câble et satellite) et été vice-présidente du conseil de direction de Women in Cable Telecommunications (« WICT »).

    Sur le plan philanthropique, Mme Abdoulah siège actuellement au conseil du Women’s College de l’Université de Denver et du Women’s Forum of Colorado et préside le conseil de World Pulse, réseau social mondial qui a pour mission d’établir des liens entre les femmes partout dans le monde, de les unir et de renforcer leur pouvoir d’action. Elle a déjà présidé le conseil du Children’s Law Center de Rocky Mountain et le conseil de la fondation WICT.

    Mme Abdoulah a reçu de nombreux prix et distinctions honorifiques, y compris le prix des 25 femmes les plus influentes de la Women’s Chamber of Commerce du Colorado, le prix du leadership individuel PAC d’American Cable Association et le prix Wonder Women de Multichannel News. Elle a été intronisée au Walk of Fame du chapitre Rocky Mountain de la WICT.

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    Louis Audet
    Eng., MBA, C.M.

    Executive Chair of the Board

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    Louis Audet
    Eng., MBA, C.M.
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    Louis Audet is Executive Chairman of the Board of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc., having stepped into the position on September 1, 2018. 

    Mr. Audet joined Cogeco in 1981 and held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. starting in 1993. Under his leadership, Cogeco became a leading Canadian communications company, operating internationally and generating revenues of over $2.3 billion annually. As Executive Chairman, Louis Audet plays an active executive role focusing on major business issues and strategies while working closely with and supporting President and Chief Executive Officer, Philippe Jetté.

    In 2019, Mr. Audet was named Chair of the Fondation et Alumni de Polytechnique Montréal. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of CableLabs, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Old Brewery Mission, a major foundation which provides emergency and other services for homeless people in the Montreal area. He previously sat on the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association, Clarica, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, 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.

    Over the years, Mr. Audet has often been recognized by both the business and philanthropic communities for his numerous achievements. Amongst his contributions, he acted as co-Chair of the 2017 campaign for Centraide of Greater Montréal and as Chair of the 2014-2020 fundraising campaign for the Old Brewery Mission Foundation.

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

    Louis Audet was named Member of the Order of Canada in 2013. In 2018, he was chosen by the United Nations Association in Canada as its annual Global Citizens Laureate. That same year, he received two Honorary Doctorates from Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He has also been inducted into the Club des entrepreneurs du Conseil du patronat du Québec, and was awarded the Order of Merit from the Université de Montréal Alumni Association, as well as the Merit Award from École Polytechnique Alumni Association.

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    James C. Cherry
    B.Com, FCPA, FCA

    Lead Director

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    James C. Cherry
    B.Com, FCPA, FCA
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    Mr. Cherry is a corporate director. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) from 2001 to 2016. He has over 35 years of experience in general management and more specifically in project and financial management in the international aerospace, defense and rail sectors. Over this period he has worked in senior executive positions with Bombardier Inc., Oerlikon Aerospace Inc., CAE Inc. and ALSTOM Canada.

    He is a director of Logistec Inc. (a reporting issuer with activities in marine and environmental services) and is the Chairman of its Audit Committee. Mr. Cherry also serves as a director of several non profit organisations, such as the Conference Board of Canada, where he also chairs the Audit and Finance Committee, the Mount-Royal Club and Centraide - United Way Canada. He is co-Chair of the 2017 campaign for Centraide of Greater Montreal.

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    Pippa Dunn
    LLB

    Director

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    Pippa Dunn
    LLB
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    Ms. Dunn is the founder and partner of Broody (an incubator for startups and accelerator to more established businesses) in a joint venture with British advertising agency Mother, since 2017. In this role, she is working with entrepreneurs to turn ideas and products into successful businesses. She originally qualified as a lawyer before switching careers and has almost thirty years of progressive experience in the marketing industry, including at Coca-Cola, NTL (now Virgin Media) and Orange which merged with T-Mobile in 2010 to create EE Limited (UK's largest cellular company). She was appointed Chief Marketing Officer with profit and loss (P&L) responsibility for the Consumer arm of EE in 2012 and led that organization until the successful sale of EE to British Telecom in 2016.

    She is on the board of NCS Trust, a government funded initiative for all 16-17 year olds in the United Kingdom, designed to improve social cohesion and mobility, where she serves on the Audit and Risk and Remuneration Committees and is Chair of Otro (an internet start-up).

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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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    Philippe Jetté
    Eng.

    Director

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    Philippe Jetté
    Eng.
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    Philippe Jetté is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and of Cogeco Communications Inc.

    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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    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.

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    Bernard Lord
    LL.B., B.Soc.Sc.

    Director

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    Bernard Lord
    LL.B., B.Soc.Sc.
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    Since 2016, Mr. Lord is the Chief Executive Officer of Medavie, a Canadian health company that oversees Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services. From 2008 to 2016, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunication Association which is the wireless industry's main trade organisation. From 1997 to 2006, Mr. Lord held different elected positions, including Premier of New Brunswick from 1999 to 2006. He has also practiced law and continues to be a member of the New Brunswick Law Society and the Canadian Bar Association.

    He was formerly Chair of the Board of Ontario Power Generation, as well as director and advisor for several other corporations. In 2000 he was named Grand Officier de l'Ordre de la Pléiade (La Francophonie). In 2007, he was awarded the Order of New Brunswick and in 2011, he was appointed Queen's counsel.

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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.