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Cogeco Communications Inc (CCA.TO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jan Peeters

66 2018 Lead Director

Louis Audet

66 2018 Executive Chairman of the Board

Patrice Ouimet

2014 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Philippe Jette

2018 President, Chief Executive Officer

Richard Shea

52 2015 President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Broadband

Kenneth Smithard

2016 President of Cogeco Connexion

Luc Noiseux

2016 Senior Vice-President, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer

Diane Nyisztor

50 2015 Senior Vice President - Corporate Human Resources

Christian Jolivet

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

Rene Guimond

2017 Senior Vice President - Public Affairs and Communications

Jaime Leverton

2017 Vice-President and General Manager - Canada and Asia Pacific

Pierre Maheux

2013 Vice President, Corporate Controller

Andree Pinard

2017 Vice President, Treasurer

Elizabeth Alves

2011 Vice President - Internal Audit and Risk Management

Philippe Bonin

2016 Vice President - Corporate Development

Nathalie Dorval

2013 Vice President - Regulatory Affairs and Copyright

Paul Dyck

2017 Vice President - Human Resources

Cynthia Jordan-Ford

2017 Vice-President and General Manager, U.S. and Latin America

Patricia Curadeau-Grou

62 2012 Independent Director

Joanne Ferstman

50 2016 Independent Director

Lib Gibson

71 2015 Independent Director

David McAusland

64 1999 Independent Director

Carole Salomon

71 2009 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Jan Peeters

Mr. Jan E. Peeters is re designated as Lead Director of the Company effective Sept. 1, 2018. Mr. Peeters has been Board Chair of the Corporation and Cogeco since 2004. He is President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Chair of Olameter Inc., a telemetry company operating in 36 Provinces and States in North America. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of ƒONOROLA, a telecommunications company, from 1990 to 1998. He was a founder of iNovia Capital, a venture capitalist fund manager based in Montréal and its Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2010. He still serves on iNovia Capital’s Investment Committee. He was also a director of Intersil Corporation (a U.S. listed issuer) and served as chair of its Audit Committee and member of the Nominations and Governance Committee. Mr. Peeters sat on the Board of Governors of McGill University from 1999 to 2009 and is now Governor Emeritus.

Louis Audet

Mr. Louis Audet, ENG., MBA, C.M., is re designated as Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company effective September 1st, 2018. Mr. Audet has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation and Cogeco since 1993. He currently serves on the board of CableLabs. He has served on the boards of Clarica Life Insurance Company, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, l’Association canadienne de la radio et de la télévision de langue française and the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association. Mr. Audet has been a member of the boards of Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, La Corporation de l’École Polytechnique de Montréal and l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. He has been involved in several major fund-raising campaigns for charitable causes. He served as Chair of the Fonds de développement du Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf from 2002 to 2012. He was as member of the campaign cabinet of the Fondation Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) (2012-2014). He was Chair of the major fundraising campaign for the Old Brewery Mission Foundation, a well-known foundation which provides emergency and other services for homeless people in the Montréal area (2014-2016). He is currently co-chair of the 2017 campaign for Centraide of Greater Montréal.

Patrice Ouimet

Mr. Patrice Ouimet, CPA, serves as a Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company. Mr. Ouimet has been, since November 17, 2014, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cogeco Communications and Cogeco. Prior to joining the Corporation, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Enerkem Inc. from February 2010 to 2014. Previously, he served as Vice President, Corporate Development and Enterprise Risk Management at Gildan Activewear Inc. He also worked for the previous ten years in the investment banking sector, serving as Director, Investment Banking at Lazard Limited and Vice President, Investment Banking at CIBC World Markets Inc.

Philippe Jette

Mr. Philippe Jette is re designated as President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective Sept. 1, 2018. He is an electrical engineer by training, has had a distinguished career with two large Canadian communications enterprises and has led his own consultancy firm before joining Cogeco as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer in 2011, where he garnered a deep understanding of all the facets of Cogeco's businesses. In 2015, Philippe Jette agreed to take on the responsibility of President of Cogeco Peer 1 where he successfully stabilized the business, preparing it for future growth in a very challenging environment. Philippe Jette has strong experience in the commercialization of communications services. Under his unifying leadership style, he conveys his vision and passion for the Company and fully endorses Cogeco's values. An announcement regarding his replacement as President of Cogeco Peer 1 will be made in the coming weeks.

Richard Shea

Mr. Richard J. Shea serves as a President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Broadband, subsidiary of the Company. Mr. Shea is one of the founding leaders of Atlantic Broadband and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Broadband since 2015. Mr. Shea leads the Atlantic Broadband team providing Internet, Video and Telephony services to residential and business customers located in five operating regions: eastern Connecticut, western Pennsylvania, Maryland/Delaware, Aiken, S.C. and Miami Beach, FL. Mr. Shea applies his substantial operations and engineering experience in the broadband industry to keep the company focused on operating well and continued growth in the United States by adding customers and making company acquisitions. He has been, since January 1, 2015, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Broadband. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer from 2013 to 2014 and Chief Information Officer from 2003 to 2013.

Kenneth Smithard

Mr. Kenneth Edward Smithard serves as President of Cogeco Connexion of the Company. Ken has been, since September 1, 2016, President of Cogeco Connexion. Prior to that, he held various positions within Cogeco Connexion, including Vice President, Performance and Organizational Efficiency and Information Technology, from November 2012 to August 2016, Senior Director, Service and Warehouse from October 2011 to October 2012, Senior Director, Installation and Service, from September 2010 to September 2011, Senior Director, Residential Sales from June 2004 to August 2010 and Director, Consumer Sales and Marketing from April 15, 1999 to May 2004.

Luc Noiseux

Mr. Luc Noiseux serves as a Senior Vice-President, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of the Company. He has been, since August 22, 2016, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cogeco Communications and Cogeco. 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 serves as a Senior Vice President - Corporate Human Resources of the Company. She has been, since October 28, 2015, Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources of Cogeco Communications and Cogeco. Prior to that, she was Vice President, Corporate Human Resources of Cogeco Communications and Cogeco from October 31, 2014 to October 27, 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 a 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.

Rene Guimond

Mr. Rene Guimond serves as a Senior Vice President - Public Affairs and Communications of the Company. He was Vice President - Public Affairs and Communications of Cogeco Cable Inc. He has been, since November 15, 2010, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications of Cogeco Cable and COGECO. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Development, New Media of Cogeco Cable from September 1, 2008 to November 14, 2010. Prior to joining Cogeco Cable, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Radio-Télévision Inc. (“CRTI”) and TQS Inc. (“TQS”), from October 2005 to August 31, 2008.

Jaime Leverton

Ms. Jaime Leverton is Vice-President and General Manager - Canada and Asia Pacific of the company. She will be responsible for creating and driving revenue programs in Canada and APAC. Over the past 15-plus years, Ms. Leverton has worked in various executive roles with National Bank, BlackBerry, Bell Canada and IBM Canada, work which has contributed to her extensive knowledge in technology solutions. In her new role with Cogeco Peer 1, Ms. Leverton will oversee sales, customer management and the delivery of the full suite of ICT (information and communications technology) solutions to medium and enterprise customers across Canada and APAC.

Pierre Maheux

Mr. Pierre Maheux serves as a Vice President, Corporate Controller of the Company. Prior to that, he was Corporate Controller of Cogeco Cable from June 2000 to August 5, 2013.

Andree Pinard

Ms. Andree Pinard serves as a 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 serves as a Vice President - Internal Audit and Risk Management of the Company. She has been, since February 1, 2011, Vice President, Internal Audit of Cogeco Cable and COGECO. Prior to that, she was Senior Director, Internal Audit, from September 15, 2008 to January 31, 2011. Prior to joining Cogeco Cable, she was Director, Internal Audit, from 2006 to 2008 at ING Canada.

Philippe Bonin

Mr. Philippe Bonin serves as a Vice President - Corporate Development of the Company. He has been, since March 7, 2016, Vice President, Corporate Development of Cogeco Communications and Cogeco. 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 telecom 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 a 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.

Paul Dyck

Mr. Paul Dyck is Vice President - Human Resources of the Company. With more than 20 years of experience in human resources across a range of industries, including a decade at the executive level, Paul will now be charged with building impactful initiatives around leadership and management development, engagement, succession planning, training, compensation and recruitment. has worked in various executive roles with COM DEV International, Toromont Energy, Armstrong Group, Spectrum Signal Processing, Bell Canada, Bombardier and Boeing. With knowledge of all facets of human resources, including talent management, compensation design, change management, and organisational transformation, he is the ideal change agent to identify competency, knowledge and talent challenges across Cogeco Peer Paul has a Master's of Industrial Relations (Human Resources) from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Philosophy from Brock University.

Cynthia Jordan-Ford

Ms. Cynthia Jordan-Ford is Vice-President and General Manager, U.S. and Latin America. Based in Atlanta of Cogeco Peer 1, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc. Ms. Jordan-Ford brings over 25 years of experience in IT (information technology) sales and service leadership to the role, having held positions with Xerox, Sprint, AT&T, Savvis (CenturyLink) and Virtustream. This experience, paired with her drive to inspire innovation and enhance collaboration across organizational functions, promises a spirited and focused perspective to the position. Ms. Jordan-Ford has a bachelor's degree in business management from the National Louis University in Chicago.

Patricia Curadeau-Grou

Ms. Patricia Curadeau-Grou serves as an Independent Director of the Company. 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.

Joanne Ferstman

Ms. Joanne S. Ferstman, CPA, CA, B.Com. serves as an Independent Director of the Company. 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.

Lib Gibson

Ms. Lib Gibson, M.Sc., B.Sc., ICD.D., serves as an 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 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.

David McAusland

Mr. David L. McAusland serves as an 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 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), Khan Resources Inc. (a mineral exploration corporation) and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (an advanced automation solutions corporation), all 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.; he is a member of the Compensation Committee of Khan Resources Inc. and he serves as non-executive Chairman of ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. Mr. McAusland is also a director of a number of not for profit corporations. Since April 1, 2014, he has been a member of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council (AcSOC), an independent, volunteer body established by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountant (CICA).

Carole Salomon

Ms. Carole J. Salomon serves as an 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.