Cogeco

Board of Directors

Cogeco's strategic direction and ongoing operations are governed by an experienced Board of Directors, mostly made up of independent members who contribute to Cogeco's 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 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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    Arun Bajaj
    BCL, LLB

    Director

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    Arun Bajaj
    BCL, LLB
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    Mr. Bajaj was appointed on the Board of Directors on August 22, 2019. He has been Chief Human Resources Officer at Gildan Activewear Inc. since October 2019, where he leads the global human resources function and is a member of the senior management team. Having worked in human resources management for 16 years, Mr. Bajaj has extensive experience, most recently with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance where he held the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, based in Yokohama, Japan and Paris, France. Previously Mr. Bajaj held several positions in Canada, the US and Asia with the Nissan Motor Corporation. During his career at Nissan, Mr. Bajaj worked in HR leadership roles of increasing responsibility with an emphasis on global talent management. Prior to shifting his focus to human resources at Nissan, he held the role of General Counsel, Nissan Canada, following eight years in legal roles at the Ford Motor Company, based in Oakville, Ontario.

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    Mary-Ann Bell
    Eng., M.S.c, ASC

    Director

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    Mary-Ann Bell
    Eng., M.S.c, ASC
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    Ms. Bell is a corporate director. She has pursued her career in telecommunications for more than 30 years at Bell Canada, from 1982 to 2006, and at Bell Aliant Regional Communications, from 2006 to 2014, including as Senior Vice President, Québec and Ontario from 2009 to 2014. As part of the executive team, she has led various operational functions including engineering, field services and customer services, and was in charge of a group of affiliates.

    She was until recently a director of Valener Inc. (a corporation which serves as the investment vehicle in Énergir Inc., formerly known as Gaz Métro), which is a reporting issuer, where she was a member of the Audit Committee. She was also a director and Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Pension Fund Committee of Énergir Inc., a large private corporation and a key energy-sector player in Québec and Vermont.

    Ms. Bell serves as a director of NAV Canada (a non-profit corporation which owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation service), where she is Chair of the Safety Committee and serves as a member of the Human Resources and Royalties Customer Services Committees. She is also is a director of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP), a centre for excellence about governance created by HEC Montréal and Concordia University - The John Molson School of Business, the Stephen Jarislowsky Foundation and the Autorité des marchés financiers.

    Ms. Bell was a director of Cominar Real Estate Income Trust from 2012 to 2018, where she was Chair of the Compensation Committee and member of the Audit and Investment Committees. She also served as Chair of the Board of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (the research-oriented branch of the Université du Québec) until May 2017.

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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 the lead director of Cogeco Communications Inc. (a reporting issuer, subsidiary of Cogeco). He is also Chair of the Board of Logistec Inc. (a reporting issuer with activities in marine and environmental services) and a director and member of the Human Resources Committee of Voti Detection Inc. (a reporting issuer with activities in security screening technology). Mr. Cherry also serves as a director of Canada Infrastructure Bank, a Canadian Crown Corporation, engaged in building infrastructure for Canada and is the Chair of its Human Resources Committee.

    Mr. Cherry is a director of the McGill University Hospital Centre and of Centraide United Way Canada. He co-Chaired 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 of Canada, she held a number of key positions at major financial institutions, primarily in business development, risk management and corporate planning.

    She sits on the Board of National Bank of Canada which is a reporting issuer and where she is a member of the Risk Management Committee and on the Board of Pomerleau Inc. where she is a member of the Audit and Human Resources Committees. She also sits on the Board of Fairstone Financial (previously City Financial), where she is Chair of the Board and member of the Audit Committee. She was formerly a director of Cogeco Communications Inc. (a reporting issuer, subsidiary of Cogeco Inc.) from 2012 to 2019, la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Uni Select Inc.

    Ms. Curadeau-Grou is also a director 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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    Samih Elhage
    MASc, BSSc, BASc

    Director

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    Samih Elhage
    MASc, BSSc, BASc
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    Mr. Elhage currently serves as a corporate director. He has more than 29 years of senior experience in the telecommunications industry. After several years within Bell Canada, he joined Nortel in 1998 for over 10 years where he held various leadership roles, including Vice President of Corporate Business Operations from June 2007 to July 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he was President of Carrier Voice over IP and Application Solutions. He then worked as Senior Advisor to leading private equity and global management consulting firms from January 2011 to March 2012, including McKinsey, Madison Dearborn Partners and Apollo Global Management. In 2012, he joined Nokia Siemens Networks as COO and member of the Executive Board and then assumed the combined role of CFO and COO and member of the Executive Board in Nokia Siemens Networks, Nokia Solutions Networks and Nokia Networks. In his last role with Nokia, Samih was President of Mobile Networks Business Group and member of the Group Leadership Team up to 2017.

    Mr. Elhage was formerly a director of Alcatel-Lucent France (a telecommunications services company). He also served on private private boards including Nokia Shanghai Bell (China) and QuickPlay (Canada).

    Mr. Elhage currently serves on the Advisory Board of Madison Dearborn Partners, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm focused on buyout and growth equity investing. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board of McKinsey Transformation, part of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

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    Philippe Jetté
    Eng.

    Director

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    Philippe Jetté
    Eng.
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    Mr. Jetté is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and of Cogeco Communications Inc. since September 1, 2018.

    Mr. Jetté was President of Cogeco Peer 1 from 2015 to 2018. Previously, Mr. Jetté held several positions within Cogeco, including Senior Vice President, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. between 2013 and 2015 and Vice President, Chief Technology Officer from 2011 to 2013.

    With more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Jetté combines practical technological know-how, mastery of complex network engineering, years of strategic planning, and global experience in marketing and sales with an extensive knowledge of the telecommunications market.

    Prior to joining Cogeco, Mr. Jetté was President of PJCS Inc. (strategic ITC technology and marketing services) between 2008 and 2011. Before that, he held several technology, sales and marketing leadership positions with Bell Canada, Bell Mobility and Rogers Communications (Cantel).

    Mr. Jetté acts as a Governor of the Alumni Association of École Polytechnique (Montréal).

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    Normand Legault
    B.B.A.

    Director

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    Normand Legault
    B.B.A.
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    Normand Legault is a consultant to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (a Canadian Crown corporation) in his capacity as Senior Private Equity Advisor. He is also President of GPF1 Inc., an advisory and mergers & acquisition consultancy in professional sports, live entertainment and communications. He was Chairman of Groupe Solotech Inc. from 2013 to 2017 and its Chief Executive Officer from 2015 to 2017. He held several positions from 1989 to 2009 within the Grand Prix F1 of Canada, including being President and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to 2009. Prior to that, he was Vice-President of the Alouettes Montréal Football Club from 1986 to 1987. As an entrepreneur, he was also involved in launching various enterprises in the graphic design and event organization industries.

    Mr. Legault currently serves on the boards of Global Logic, a digital products engineering company from San Jose (California), and Dorna Sports, a Madrid-based sports management, marketing and media company that manages the Moto GP FIM world championship.

    He has served as a Director with numerous corporations, both private and public, including, among others, Aéroports de Montréal from 2010 to 2019, where he served as Chairman from 2015 to 2019, as well as GDI Inc. from 2007 to 2011, Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau, Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal and Montréal International, where he served as Chairman, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal, where he served as President and Chairman, and Société Générale de Financement.

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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 strategic advisor focusing on corporate transactions and business development challenges and has pursued his career as a corporate director.

    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 international strategic initiatives and acquisition and divestiture transactions. Prior to joining Alcan, Mr. McAusland was managing partner of a major law firm.

    He is a director of ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (an advanced automation solutions corporation) and IPL Plastics Inc. (a manufacturer of injectionmolded plastic products) both of which are reporting issuers. He serves as non-executive Chair of ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. and of IPL Plastics Inc