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 has become a leading Canadian communications company, operating internationally and generating revenues of over $2.5 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 recently appointed 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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    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 being 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.

    She is a director of Cominar Real Estate Income Trust and Valener Inc. (a corporation which serves as the investment vehicle in Gaz Métro), both of which are reporting issuers. She is a member of the Investment Committee and Chair of the Compensation Committee at Cominar and a member of the Audit and Pension Fund Committees at Valener Inc.

    Ms. Bell also serves as a director of non-profit corporations NAV Canada, which owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation service, where she also serves as a member of the Human Resources, Safety and Royalties Committees and the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organization (IGOPP), a centre for excellence about governance of public and private organizations. She also serves as a director of Gaz Métro Inc., a large private corporation where she serves as a President of the Audit Committee and member of the Pension Fund Committees.

    Ms. Bell 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 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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    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 28 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, 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 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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    Philippe Jetté was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and of Cogeco Communications Inc. in September 2018.

    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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    Normand Legault
    B.B.A.

    Director

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    Normand Legault
    B.B.A.
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    Mr. Legault is a corporate director. He was Chief Executive Officer of Solotech Group Inc. from 2015 to June 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 as Chairman of the Aéroports de Montréal (ADM). He is also a director of Dorna Sports.

    He has served as a Director with numerous corporations, both private and public, including, among others, Solotech Group Inc., Distinction Group Inc., Société Générale de Financement, Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal.

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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.