Cogeco

Management Team

Get to know our senior management 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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    Louis Audet
    Eng., MBA, C.M.

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

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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 a member 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,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 is a member of the campaign cabinet of the Foundation Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) since March 2012. He is co-Chair of the 2017 campaign for Centraide of Greater Montreal. He was 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).

    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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    Richard Lachance

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Cogeco Media

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    Richard Lachance has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Media since 2013. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Radio from 2010 and 2013, as well as Vice President, Radio and General Manager, Rythme FM and 93,3 FM, between 2004 and 2010.

    From 2002 to 2004, he was General Manager and Sales Manager, TVA Trois-Rivières. Prior to that, he served as Program Manager with 105,7 Rythme FM in Laval. Between 1984 and 1999, Mr. Lachance held a variety of positions including program manager, news anchor, sports reporter and contributor for several regional stations in the Mauricie and Québec City regions.

    Mr. Lachance sits on the Cogeco Inc. Radio Steering Committee and chairs the equivalent committee of Cogeco Media Acquisitions Inc.

    He is actively involved with a number of non-profit organizations dedicated to economic and social development in the Mauricie region.

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    René Guimond
    B.B.A.

    Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications

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    René Guimond
    B.B.A.
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    René Guimond has been Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications of Cogeco Inc., since 2010. His previous roles with the Company had been Vice President, Development, New Media, for Cogeco Communications Inc., since 2008, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Radio-Télévision Inc. and TQS Inc. between 2005 and 2008.

    Prior to joining Cogeco, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the 2005 FINA World Aquatics Championships, President and COO of TQS Inc. from 2002 to 2003 and President and CEO of the same company from 1998 to 2002, Executive Vice President and General Manager of BCP from 1995 to 1997, President and co-founder of Promo Marketing Canada Inc. from 1986 to 1994, and Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs, Club de baseball Les Expos de Montréal Inc., from 1981 to 1986. He began his career in advertising, first with BCP from 1976 to 1979, then with Cockfield Brown between 1979 and 1981.

    Mr. Guimond is a member of the Assembly of the Université de Sherbrooke and of the Québec Film and Television Council’s Cinema and Television Cluster Steering Committee. He also sits on the board of directors of Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) and The Cogeco Fund.

    He sat on the Board of Directors of the Sainte-Justine Foundation, the Board of Directors of Parc Jean-Drapeau, and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Mayor of Montreal’s Youth Foundation.

    René Guimond was awarded the title of Ambassador by the Université de Sherbrooke’s Faculty of Administration in 2013.

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    Christian Jolivet
    LLB, LLM

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

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    Christian Jolivet
    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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    Luc Noiseux
    M.Sc., eMBA

    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer

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    Luc Noiseux
    M.Sc., eMBA
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    Mr. Noiseux was named Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer in August 2016, He has more than 20 years of broad experience in communications, defining and promoting vision, leading execution, and delivering large, cutting-edge technology programs to market. Most recently, he was Vice President Research & Development at Accedian Networks, where he was responsible for the Chief of Technology office and for all research and development, as well as championing the introduction of a process to define, control, and communicate technology and product roadmaps across the corporation. Previously, Mr. Noiseux has also held several research and development roles at Alcatel-Lucent. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Telecommunications from the Université du Québec’s Institut national de la recherche scientifique as well as a dual eMBA from the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université Paris Dauphine.

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    Diane Nyisztor
    CPA, CA, HRCCC

    Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources

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    Diane Nyisztor
    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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    Elizabeth Alves
    CPA, CA, CIA, CFE

    Vice President, Internal Audit and Risk Management

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    Elizabeth Alves
    CPA, CA, CIA, CFE
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    Elizabeth Alves has been Cogeco Inc.’s Vice President, Internal Audit and Risk Management, since 2014. She had previously served as Vice President, Internal Audit from 2011 to 2014, and as Senior Director, Internal Audit, from 2008 to 2011. Prior to joining the Company, she held various positions with ING Canada, from Senior Internal Auditor in 1998 to Director, Internal Audit, in 2007. She began her career in 1995 as an external auditor with Arthur Andersen, where in 1997 she was promoted to Senior External Auditor.

    Ms. Alves is Chair of the Québec Regional Board of Canadian Women in Communications and Technology.

    In June 2016, she was elected as President of the Board of the Fondation En Cœur, of which she has been a member since 2014.

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    Philippe Bonin
    MBA

    Vice President, Corporate Development

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    MBA
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    Philippe Bonin was named Vice President Corporate Development in March 2016.  Prior to joining Cogeco he was Corporate Treasurer and Senior Director, M&A and business integration at TC Transcontinental.  Previously, he held various positions in the field of corporate finance, notably within the private equity group of the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec and at Telesystem International Wireless.  He started his career at Ernst & Young.

    Mr.Bonin holds an MBA from McGill University and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the HEC Montréal.  He is a chartered professional accountant and chartered accountant.

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    Nathalie Dorval
    LLB, M. Sc.

    Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Copyright

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    Nathalie Dorval
    LLB, M. Sc.
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    Ms. Nathalie Dorval was appointed Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Copyright in September 2013. Prior to joining Cogeco, Ms. Dorval was Vice-President, Legal, Regulatory affairs and Affiliate relations at Astral Broadcasting Group inc. and then Vice-President Regulatory affairs and copyright at Astral Media Inc. Ms. Dorval is Chair of the board of The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB).

    Ms. Dorval holds a Law degree from the University of Montreal and a Master in political science from University de la Sorbonne – Paris I. She was called to the Quebec Bar in 1990.

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    Pierre Maheux
    CPA, CGA

    Vice President, Corporate Controller

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    Pierre Maheux
    CPA, CGA
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    Pierre Maheux has been Vice President, Corporate Controller, Cogeco Inc. since 2013. He began his career with the Company in 1988, and has been promoted several times since, holding several key positions within the group. Among others, he was Corporate Controller, Cogeco Inc., from 2000 to 2013, Corporate Controller, Cogeco Connexion, from 1996 to 1999, Assistant to the Vice President, Operations, and Human Resources Director between 1992 and 1995, as well as General Manager of a cable subsidiary from 1988 to 1991.

    He has sat on the Boards of Directors of several non-profit organizations, among them the Fondation de l’Hôpital de la Région de l’Amiante and of Residential and Long-Term Care Centres (CHSLDs). He has also been closely involved with a great many sports organizations, including as a manager and organizer of events across Canada.

    Mr. Maheux placed first in Canada in the 1985 final Finance exam of the Order of CPA/CGA.

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    Andrée Pinard
    CPA, CA, MBA

    Vice President and Treasurer

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    CPA, CA, MBA
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    Andrée Pinard has been Vice President and Treasurer of Cogeco Inc. since 2011, having served as the Company’s Treasurer between 2000 and 2006 as well as its Director, Financial Planning, from 1997 to 2000. She was also Director, Treasury, of Intact Financial Corporation from 2010 to 2011 and Director, Treasury of Canada Steamship Lines Group, from 2008 to 2009. She has also worked in corporate finance with Nesbitt Burns Inc.