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Executive team

Executive
board members

Mathieu Duguay, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mathieu Duguay has been COGIR Real Estate’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2014 and the firm’s Senior Partner since 2004.

Over the years, Mr. Duguay has enhanced Cogir’s enviable reputation in the fields of management, acquisitions, development, construction, partnerships and capital markets. He has proven his undeniable ability to assemble a first-class management team that is fully committed to its corporate mission.

Mr. Duguay is also quite involved, both personally and through Cogir Real Estate, in many charitable endeavours, particularly those concerning education, health issues, sports and the arts.

Antoine Bernier, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Bernier has served as Chief Financial Officer since August 2014. He is in charge of the company’s corporate finances and oversees the accounting teams in our residential and commercial divisions.

Mr. Bernier is a chartered professional accountant who joined the company after working for almost ten years in a national accounting firm as the senior certification manager for a diverse portfolio of small businesses and publicly traded companies.

Mr. Bernier holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a graduate diploma in public accounting from HEC Montréal.

Bruno Desautels, Chief Partnership and Corporate Affairs Officer

Mr. Desautels became a member of COGIR’s executive board in October 2014. As Chief Partnership and Corporate Affairs Officer, Mr. Desautels is responsible for maintaining and developing COGIR’s investment activities and tax planning.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Desautels was a partner at KPMG LLP, where he gained significant experience in real estate, mergers and acquisitions, negotiations, and business development.

Mr. Desautels is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and holds a bachelor’s in commerce from Université du Québec à Montréal.

Frédéric Soucy, COGIR Management Corporation G.P.

Mr. Soucy is responsible for the overall management and the growth of COGIR Management Company’s services. In this role, he is responsible for business strategy, team leadership, asset performance, client relationships, and business development. The management company has the mandate to provide property management and real estate consulting services. The services are designed for multi-residential buildings, seniors’ residences, student housing, shopping centres, office towers and industrial space.

Mr. Soucy is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Regroupement Québécois des résidences privées pour aînés. Mr. Soucy holds a Bachelor of Marketing degree from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Université de Sherbrooke. He has more than twenty years of management and business development experience.

Prior to joining COGIR Realty, he worked at RONA (TSX : RONA), where he was one of the company’s commercial builders, serving as National Sales Director.

Philippe Krivicky, President, Real Estate Development and Construction

Philippe Krivicky is responsible for real estate development and construction. This includes developing strategic partnership, site selection, underwriting and product design. Mr. Krivicky is also responsible for the COGIR construction division.

Prior to joining COGIR Real Estate, Mr. Krivicky worked for six years at RONA (TSX : RONA) as Vice President Retail, Emerging Strategies. He also worked for the FIFA World Cup and SECOR consulting in Europe and North America.

He holds a bachelor of business administration from Université de Sherbrooke and he is an active member of the ULI Senior Housing Council.

Stéphane Côté, Major Projects Division

A determined visionary and active entrepreneur in the Montreal business district, Stéphane Côté graduated in 1992 with a major in economics and a minor in administration from Université du Québec à Montréal. Obtaining a contractor’s licence from the Régie du bâtiment du Quebec, he quickly developed an interest in renovation and conversion projects. The transformation of the old Hudson’s Bay warehouse into lofts marks the debut of his real estate entrepreneurial career in Montreal.

In 1998, he incorporated DevMcGill and served his clients well by carrying out multi-phase and mixed-use projects that featured a classic and trendy design and revealed a unique creative talent that focused on a new lifestyle.

Always with the same vision in mind, building smart living environments for tomorrow, DevMcGill continues to enrich the lives of its residents, helping residential areas to grow and to thrive.

Marc Doré, Chief Investment Officer and Asset Management

Mr. Doré has been in charge of managing Cogir Real Estate’s investments and assets since 2020.

During his career, he has acquired extensive investment, financing and management experience with public and private companies in various industries, including several years as Managing Director and Chief Investment and Asset Management Officer with SITQ (Ivanhoe Cambridge) (worldwide), as Managing Director at Fengate real assets (Toronto), as CEO of Seasons Retirement Communities (Toronto) and as Chief Investment Officer at Réseau Sélection.

Most recently, he was President and Chief Operating Officer at Peak Financial Group. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA), a graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal with a Bachelor of Business Administration and he has received leadership training from Oxford University.

Martine Bazinet, Vice President, Legal Affairs

Ms. Bazinet has been Vice President, Legal Affairs for COGIR Real Estate since April 2015. She is a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Canadian Bar Association.

She received her bachelor of law degree from Université de Montréal, has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from HEC Montréal, and did graduate studies in finance and common law.

Before joining COGIR Real Estate, she spent the past 20 years as Legal Director Canada & Caribbean for PPG Industries, Inc.; Legal Director & Secretary North America Decorative Paints BU for Akzo Nobel/N.V.; and General Counsel & Secretary for Sico Inc., after practising for over 11 years as an associate attorney in a legal firm specializing in business law and finance.

Serge G. Duguay, Founder

With a strong background in real estate, Serge G. Duguay incorporated COGIR Real Estate in 1995 and served as its president until 2013, before handing over this role to his son, Mathieu Duguay.

Still very much involved with the company, he uses his 40 years of experience in property management to develop a unique approach that has made COGIR a distinctive brand in the industry.

What was originally a small company with just a few employees has become a true leader in real estate and the 55th-largest employer in the province of Quebec.

Cogir Management
Company

Frédéric Soucy, President, COGIR Management Corporation G.P.

The management company has the mandate to provide property management and real estate consulting services. The services are designed for multi-residential buildings, seniors’ residences, student housing, shopping centres, office towers and industrial space.

Yves Duguay

Vice President, Private Retirement Homes Division Operations

Jean-Marc Bélanger

Vice President Operations, Multi-residential Division

Nadim Hanna

Vice President Operations, Commercial Division

Joseph Télio

Vice President Leasing, Commercial Division

Luc Couturier

Vice President Technical Services and Procurement

Simon Cadieux

Vice President, Information Technology

Claudelle Lavallée

Vice President, Marketing Communication

Annie Goudreault

Vice President, Finance

Alain Charlebois

Vice President, People & Culture

Sébastien Leclerc

Assistant Vice President Operations , Commercial Division

Jean Trudel

Assistant Vice President, Operations, Private Retirement Homes Division

Hugo Carlone

Assistant Vice-President – Residential Division

Serge Dufresne

Assistant vice president multiresidential devision

Real estate development
and construction

The division of real estate development and construction has the mandate to develop real estate projects and to ensure their construction and monitoring. The division is active in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario as well as in the United States.

Philippe Krivicky, President, Real Estate Development and Construction

Philippe Krivicky is responsible for real estate development and construction. This includes developing strategic partnership, site selection, underwriting and product design. Mr. Krivicky is also responsible for the COGIR construction division.

Prior to joining COGIR Real Estate, Mr. Krivicky worked for six years at RONA (TSX : RONA) as Vice President Retail, Emerging Strategies. He also worked for the FIFA World Cup and SECOR consulting in Europe and North America.

He holds a bachelor of business administration from Université de Sherbrooke and he is an active member of the ULI Senior Housing Council.

Stéphane Côté, Major Projects Division

A determined visionary and active entrepreneur in the Montreal business district, Stéphane Côté graduated in 1992 with a major in economics and a minor in administration from Université du Québec à Montréal. Obtaining a contractor’s licence from the Régie du bâtiment du Quebec, he quickly developed an interest in renovation and conversion projects. The transformation of the old Hudson’s Bay warehouse into lofts marks the debut of his real estate entrepreneurial career in Montreal.

In 1998, he incorporated DevMcGill and served his clients well by carrying out multi-phase and mixed-use projects that featured a classic and trendy design and revealed a unique creative talent that focused on a new lifestyle.

Always with the same vision in mind, building smart living environments for tomorrow, DevMcGill continues to enrich the lives of its residents, helping residential areas to grow and to thrive.

Jean Martel

Vice President, Construction

Mathieu Millette

Vice President, Real Estate Development

Ianick Charbonneau

Vice President Finance and Chief Operation Officer

Tina Dostie

Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Service

Investments and
partnerships

Marc Doré, Chief Investment Officer and Asset Management

The Investments and Partnerships division is in charge of corporate investments, the creation of investment funds, partnerships and asset management.

Charles-Eric Fortier

Director, Investments and Asset Management

Sergiu Batog

Senior Investment and Asset Management Analyst

Vincent Lauzon

Associate, Land Acquisition

Cogir Management USA

David Eskenazy, Chairman of the Board Cogir Management USA

Mr. Eskenazy recently retired, having last served as President of Merrill Gardens, and was previously the Chief Financial Officer for Aegis Living.

Prior to that, he spent 20 years with RC Hedreen Co., a Seattle-based hotel development company, and for 16 years was a member of the Board of directors for Outerwall (NASD: OUTR), parent company for Redbox and Coinstar, prior to its acquisition by Apollo.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Assisted Living Association and is the incoming Chairman of the Senior Living Certification Commission.

Walter Jossart, President Cogir Management USA

Mr. Jossart has spent the past ten years with Aegis Living, the past four of which have been as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he was part of the real estate investment team at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Cascade Investment LLC.