Cogeco

Senior leadership team

Get to know our senior leadership 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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    Frédéric Perron

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

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    Frédéric Perron is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and of Cogeco Communications Inc.

    Mr. Perron has served as President of Cogeco Connexion since September 2020.  During his tenure, he successfully repositioned Cogeco’s Canadian broadband business by building a high-performing team, step-changing execution, accelerating customer growth, completing three important acquisitions, scaling a digital flanker brand, and expanding Cogeco’s high speed network. 

    Prior to joining Cogeco, Mr. Perron led T-Mobile’s consumer business in Poland, held executive roles at Vodafone in the UK and Czech Republic, and ran customer base management at Rogers Communications. He has a proven track record as a change agent with broad experience in broadband, wireless and the credit card industry across five countries leading marketing, sales, customer service, operations, digital, product, network, IT, and legal.

    Mr. Perron has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Management from Queen's University.

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    Caroline Paquet

    President, Cogeco Media

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    Caroline Paquet joined Cogeco in July 2021 as President of Cogeco Media. Caroline’s successful track record has spanned over 25 years and has earned her a high degree of credibility in the fields of marketing, entertainment and media. Her exceptional creativity and unifying leadership are valuable assets that are deployed to translate organizational visions and ambitions into business success.

    Prior to joining Cogeco, Caroline was Vice President, Marketing and Content, at Videotron where she was responsible for the launch of Club illico, Canada's leading French-language subscription video-on-demand service. Caroline first joined Québecor in 2005 and successfully held several increasingly demanding roles. Among her accomplishments, she was instrumental in building and strengthening the group’s content offering to maintain its status as a leader in the entertainment industry in Québec. 

    Caroline holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing from the Université de Sherbrooke. She also sits on the board of directors of the Foundation of the YMCAs of Québec.

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    Paul Cowling

    Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer

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    Tim Dinesen

    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

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    Mr. Dinesen joined Cogeco as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in September 2023.

    During his career, he has acquired extensive experience in broadband networks, information technologies, mobility and customer operations in Canada and the United States. He has held management roles at Xplornet, Canadian Tire and Bell Canada, among others, in addition, until recently, to his consulting work.

    Mr. Dinesen holds a PhD in Chemical Physics from McGill University and an MBA from Queen's University.

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    Linda Gillespie

    Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

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    Ms. Gillespie was named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in April 2022. She is a senior human resources professional with more than two decades of experience in various industries including telecommunications. She was Senior Vice President Human Resources and Communications at Weston Foods for over seven years, where she acted as the overall Senior Executive Lead of the Weston Foods Business Transformation Program. She has also worked as Human Resources Lead at Dupont and previously at Nortel in various marketing and corporate functions. 

    Ms. Gillespie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

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    Patrice Ouimet
    FCPA

    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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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 and of Collège Durocher Saint-Lambert.

    Mr. Ouimet holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Diploma in Accountancy from Concordia University. He is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA).

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