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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    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 has become a leading Canadian communications company, operating internationally and generating revenues of over $2.4 billion annually. As Executive Chair, 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.

    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,the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, 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, a major foundation which provides emergency and other services for homeless people in the Montreal 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).

    Louis Audet was named Member of the Order of Canada in 2013. In 2018, he was chosen as the United Nations Association in Canada’s 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 of the Université de Montréal Alumni Association, as well as the Merit Award of the École Polytechnique Alumni Association.

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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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    Ms. Abdoulah is a corporate director. She was the only female CEO/Chair to have led a top-ten publicly traded cable operating company, Wide Open West (doing business as WOW!) in the United-States, which she did for 12 years, from 2002-2014 and was Chair until December 2015. Prior to joining WOW!, Colleen spent much of her career at a former cable company Tele-Communications Inc. ("TCI") in the United-States, where she served in a number of positions including Assistant COO and Executive Vice President of Cable Operations. Her professional career spans over 30 years in the marketing/advertising and telecommunications industries.

    She currently serves on the board of Rocky Mountain PBS and is an industry advisor for Avista Capital Partners in New York. She is former Chair of the Board of the American Cable Association, a lobbying organization representing the interests of independent cable operators. She also served on the board of C-SPAN (an acronym for CableSatellite Public Affairs Network, an American cable and satellite television network), and is a former Vice President of the Executive Board of Women in Cable Telecommunications ("WICT").

    In the nonprofit world, she currently serves on the boards of The Women’s College of the University of Denver; the Women’s Forum of Colorado; and is Chair of World Pulse, a global social network dedicated to connecting, uniting and empowering women around the world. She is a former Chair of the Board for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center as well as former Chairperson for the WICT Foundation.

    Ms. Abdoulah is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Top 25 Most Powerful Women Award; the American Cable Association’s PAC Individual Leadership Award; and was a Multichannel News Wonder Women honoree and an inductee to the WICT Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Walk of Fame.

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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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    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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    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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    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.