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Cogeco Communications Inc (CCA.TO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Louis Audet

67 2018 Executive Chairman of the Board

Philippe Jette

55 2019 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Patrice Ouimet

2014 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Patrick Bratton

48 2019 Senior Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and Interim President, Atlantic Broadband

Kenneth Smithard

2016 President of Cogeco Connexion

Frank van der Post

59 2019 President of Atlantic Broadband

Luc Noiseux

2016 Senior Vice-President, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer

Diane Nyisztor

52 2015 Senior Vice President - Corporate Human Resources

Christian Jolivet

2015 Senior Vice President - Corporate Affairs, Chief Legal Officer, Secretary

Marie-Helene Labrie

2019 Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer

Stephane Lacombe

2019 Chief Information Officer, Vice President

Pierre Maheux

2013 Vice President, Corporate Controller

Andree Pinard

2017 Vice President, Treasurer

Elizabeth Alves

2018 Vice President, Enterprise Strategy and Social Responsibility

Philippe Bonin

2016 Vice President - Corporate Development

Nathalie Dorval

2013 Vice President - Regulatory Affairs and Copyright

Chantal Frappier

2019 Vice President, Internal Audit

Martin Grenier

2018 Vice President, Procurement

Marie Lepage

2019 Vice President, Wireless Solutions and Innovation

Jerome Prat

2019 Vice President, Total Compensation and HR Systems

Liette Vigneault

2019 Vice President, Talent and Employee Experience

James Cherry

65 2019 Lead Independent Director

Colleen Abdoulah

60 2019 Independent Director

Patricia Curadeau-Grou

64 2012 Independent Director

Pippa Dunn

53 2019 Independent Director

Joanne Ferstman

52 2016 Independent Director

Lib Gibson

73 2015 Independent Director

David McAusland

65 1999 Independent Director

Carole Salomon

73 2009 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Louis Audet

Mr. Louis Audet serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Audet is Executive Chair of Cogeco Communications Inc. and Cogeco Inc., having stepped into the position on September 1, 2018. Mr. Audet joined Cogeco in 1981 and previously held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Communications Inc. from December 1993 to August 31, 2018. 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 transactions 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 Chair 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 was named Member of the Order of Canada in 2013. He has been inducted into the Club des entrepreneurs du Conseil du patronat du Québec, and was awarded the Order of Merit of the Université.

Philippe Jette

Mr. Philippe Jette Eng. serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. 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 Communications Inc. and Cogeco 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).

Patrice Ouimet

Mr. Patrice Ouimet CPA serves as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company. Mr. Ouimet is responsible for the financial-related activities of the Corporations, including the accounting, budgeting, treasury, procurement, corporate development, investor relations and internal audit functions. 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.

Patrick Bratton

Mr. Patrick Bratton serves as Senior Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and Interim President, Atlantic Broadband of the Company. Mr. Bratton is a seasoned executive with experience providing financial management for telecommunication, energy conservation and accounting services companies for 15 years. Prior to joining Atlantic Broadband, Mr. Bratton was the CFO at Quorum Broadcast Holdings, where he managed the financial operations of 13 locations and the benefits program for over 600 employees. He was also CFO for Sullivan Broadcast Holdings, where he assisted in the $1 billion sale of the station group, providing investors with a compounded return in excess of 50%. Mr. Bratton began his career as an audit manager for Price Waterhouse and as Corporate Controller for DMC Services.

Kenneth Smithard

Mr. Kenneth Smithard serves as President of Cogeco Connexion of the Company. He joined Cogeco Cable Systems (now Cogeco Connexion) in 1999 and was named President of Cogeco Connexion in 2016. Mr. Smithard has held several positions throughout his career at Cogeco Connexion, ranging from: Director, Consumer Sales and Marketing to Senior Director positions in Residential Sales, Installation Services, and Warehouse, before moving to Vice President, Performance, Organizational Efficiency and Information Technology in 2014. Mr. Smithard has a 360-degree view of the company and extensive industry knowledge, in addition to a strong financial acumen and background. Previously, he held various senior level management positions at Canadian Tire Financial Services.

Frank van der Post

Mr. Frank H.M. van der Post serves as President of Atlantic Broadband of the Company. Mr. van der Post joins Atlantic Broadband from KPN, a Dutch multi-service telecommunications operator with more than seven million customers in the residential and enterprise markets, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer and was a member of the firm's Management Board from 2015 to 2018. Before joining the telecom company, Mr. van der Post spent several years in the airline and hospitality industries, having held senior leadership roles for top organizations across the world including British Airways, where he was Managing Director and Executive Board Member, InterContinental Hotels Group, where he worked for over 20 years and rose to the position of Vice President Operations, Eastern US and the Caribbean, and Jumeirah Group in Dubai where he was Chief Operating Officer.

Luc Noiseux

Mr. Luc Noiseux serves as Senior Vice-President, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of the Company. Prior to joining the Corporation, he was Vice President R&D and head of the CTO office at Accedian Networks from October 2014 to July 2016. Previously, he held several senior research and development roles at Alcatel-Lucent, including Senior Director Wireless Systems from 2008 to 2014.

Diane Nyisztor

Ms. Diane Nyisztor CPA serves as Senior Vice President - Corporate Human Resources of the Company. She was Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources of Cogeco Communications and Cogeco from October 2015 to August 2019 and Vice President, Corporate Human Resources of Cogeco Communications and Cogeco from October 2014 to October 2015. Prior to joining the Corporation, she worked at KPMG as Partner, International Executive Services from September 2013 to September 2014. Prior to that, she worked at SNC Lavalin Group Inc. as Senior Vice President, Compensation and Benefits from January 2011 to May 2013 and as Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources from September 2004 to December 2010.

Christian Jolivet

Mr. Christian Jolivet serves as Senior Vice President - Corporate Affairs, Chief Legal Officer, Secretary of the Company. Prior to that, he was Chief Legal Officer and Secretary from December 11, 2002 to November 11, 2009 and Director, Legal Affairs from March 17, 1997 to December 11, 2002.

Marie-Helene Labrie

Ms. Marie-Helene Labrie serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer of the Company. She was Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications of Cogeco Communications and Cogeco from November 2018 to August 2019. Prior to joining the Corporation, she was at Enerkem starting in 2008, most recently as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications.

Stephane Lacombe

Mr. Stephane Lacombe serves as Chief Information Officer, Vice President of the Company. Before joining the Corporation, he spent more than 15 years in a variety of positions in IT and Corporate Performance and Marketing at Yellow Pages Group, most recently as Vice President, IT. He also worked as a consultant at Deloitte and at Anderson Consulting/Accenture.

Pierre Maheux

Andree Pinard

Ms. Andree Pinard serves as Vice President, Treasurer of the Company. Prior to that, she was Director, Treasury of Intact Financial Corporation from 2010 until 2011, Director, Treasury of Canada Steamship Lines Group from 2008 to 2009 and Financial Analyst at Montréal Exchange from 2007 to 2008.

Elizabeth Alves

Ms. Elizabeth Alves CPA serves as Vice President, Enterprise Strategy and Social Responsibility of the Company. Ms. Alves joined the Corporation as Senior Director, Internal Audit, in 2008. She has also held the positions of Vice President, Internal Audit and Vice President, Internal Audit and Risk Management of Cogeco Communications and Cogeco from March 2014 to June 2019.

Philippe Bonin

Mr. Philippe Bonin serves as Vice President - Corporate Development of the Company. Prior to joining the Corporation, he spent 10 years at TC Transcontinental, first as Senior Director of Mergers/Acquisitions and Business Integration and more recently as Corporate Treasurer from September 2010 to March 2016. Prior to that, he acquired expertise in the telecommunication and media sectors while working at Telesystem International Wireless and at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, where he was part of the team in charge of private equity investments in these sectors.

Nathalie Dorval

Ms. Nathalie Dorval serves as Vice President - Regulatory Affairs and Copyright of the Company. She has been, since September 30, 2013, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Copyright of Cogeco Communications and of Cogeco since September 1, 2014. Prior to joining the Corporation, she worked at Astral Media for the previous sixteen years, where she undertook diverse roles, latterly as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs.

Chantal Frappier

Ms. Chantal Frappier serves as Vice President, Internal Audit of the Company. Ms. Frappier joined the Corporation as Director, Internal Audit, in 2009 and held the position of Senior Director, Internal Audit, from 2015 to 2019.

Martin Grenier

Mr. Martin Grenier serves as Vice President, Procurement of the Company. He was successively Regional Director, Procurement Canada & Europe from 2010 to 2017 and Director, Procurement Strategic Programs from 2017 to 2018, at Rio Tinto.

Marie Lepage

Ms. Marie Ginette Lepage serves as Vice President, Wireless Solutions and Innovation of the Company. Ms. Lepage was Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Mobile Solutions, at Stingray. She previously worked for more than a decade at Videotron, where she held several executive roles, including General Manager, Wireless Marketing and Product Development from 2006 to 2012, Vice President, Product Development, from 2012 to 2014, and most recently, Vice President, Broadcasting and Content, from 2014 to 2017. She also worked 10 years for BCE group between 1993 an 2006 in a variety of positions, in Human Resources, Communications and Marketing.

Jerome Prat

Mr. Jerome Prat serves as Vice President, Total Compensation and HR Systems of the Company. He joined the Corporation in 2015 as Senior Director, Total Compensation. Prior to joining the Corporation, he served in managerial positions in total compensation in several companies in the manufacturing, consulting engineering and telecommunications industries. He began his career as a compensation advisor with an international consultancy.

Liette Vigneault

Mr. Liette Vigneault serves as Vice President, Talent and Employee Experience of the Company. He after serving as Vice President, Human Resources and Communications, from 2012 to 2014 and Senior Director, Organizational Development, from 2011 to 2012 with Cogeco Communications' subsidiary Cogeco Connexion.

James Cherry

Mr. James Charles Cherry serves as Lead Independent Director of the Company. 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 Inc. (a reporting issuer, parent company of Cogeco Communications), and is the Chair of its Audit Committee and member of the Human Resources Committee. 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.

Colleen Abdoulah

Ms. Colleen Abdoulah serves as Independent Director of the Company. 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 was an industry advisor for Avista Capital Partners. 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 Cable-Satellite 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").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; the Lifetime Achievement Award from Mount Royal University in Calgary; and was a Multichannel News Wonder Women honoree and an inductee to the WICT Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Walk of Fame.

Patricia Curadeau-Grou

Ms. Patricia Curadeau-Grou serves as Independent Director of the Company. 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 la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec where she served as a member of the Investment and Risk Committee and 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 served as member of the Human Resources and Compensation and Audit Committees. Ms. Curadeau-Grou is a director of a number of not-forprofit corporations. Since 2007, she has been a member of the Women’s Executive Network Hall of Fame for Canada’s most powerful women.

Pippa Dunn

Ms. Pippa Dunn serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Dunn is the founder and director 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 was appointed by the government to be a Social Mobility Commissioner, an advisory public body, in 2018.The commission monitors progress towards social mobility in the UK and promotes social mobility in England.

Joanne Ferstman

Ms. Joanne S. Ferstman CPA serves as Independent Director of the Company. 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 Chair of DREAM Unlimited (a real estate company), on which she also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Organization, Design and Culture and Leaders and Mentors Committees. She also serves as a director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. (an intermediate mining royalty company) and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (an advanced automation solutions corporation), each of which is a reporting issuer. She is the Lead director and member of the Human Resources Committee of Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. and a member of the Audit and Human Resources Committees of ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. Ms. Ferstman was formerly a director of DREAM office REIT, Aimia Inc. and of Excellon Resources Inc.

Lib Gibson

Ms. Lib Gibson serves as Independent Director of the Company. 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 Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and chairs 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.

David McAusland

Mr. David L. McAusland serves as Independent Director of the Company. 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.

Carole Salomon

Ms. Carole J. Salomon serves as Independent Director of the Company. 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.