Executive Board Members

Serge G. Duguay


With a strong background in real estate, Serge G. Duguay founded COGIR Real Estate in 1995 and served as its president until 2013 before handing over this role to his son, Mathieu Duguay. Still very active in the company, he uses his 35 years of experience in property management to develop a unique approach that has made COGIR a distinctive brand in the industry. This small company with just a few employees has become a true leader in real estate and is the 55th largest employer in Quebec.

Mathieu Duguay

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mathieu Duguay is President and Senior Partner of COGIR Real Estate. Mr. Duguay has spent over 18 years in property management by working for the company his father founded in 1995. Over the years, Mr. Duguay has gained vast knowledge of the various aspects of the real estate sector in the areas of management, acquisitions, development and financing. Mr. Duguay was also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regroupement québécois des résidences pour aînés (RQRA), Quebec’s only association of owners and managers for seniors’ residences. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of IDU Quebec, the province’s largest association of real estate owners and managers for all asset types combined.

Bruno Desautels

Chief Investment and Corporate Affairs Officer

Mr. Desautels became a member of COGIR’s executive board in October 2014. As Chief Investment 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 great experience in real estate, mergers and acquisitions, negotiations, and business development. Mr. Desautels is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada and holds a bachelor’s in commerce from Université du Québec à Montréal. Mr. Desautels has also sat on the management committee of the Fondation Québec Jeunes for eleven years.

Frédéric Soucy

President, COGIR Management Corporation G.P. 

Mr. Soucy is responsible for the overall management and growth of the services of COGIR Management Company. In this role, he is responsible for business strategy, team leadership, asset performance, client relationships, and business development. The management company has the mandate of property management and real estate consulting. The services are intended for multi residential buildings, senior residences, student housing, shopping centers, office towers and industrial spaces. Mr. Soucy is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Regroupement Québécois des résidences privés 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 experience in management and business development. 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

Philippe Krivicky

Chief Operating Officer, Ontario division  

Mr. Krivicky is responsible for the leadership of Cogir Real Estate growth strategy in the Ontario market including strategic partnership, acquisition and land purchase focused primarily on senior housing, commercial and mixed-use developments projects. He also manages the operations of the Ontario business platform. With a degree in business administration from Université de Sherbrooke, Mr. Krivicky has over 15 years of experience in business development, management and strategic planning. Prior to joining COGIR Real Estate, Mr. Krivicky worked for 6 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. Deeply involved in his community from a young age, he is currently a member of the Board of the Urban Development Institute.


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 from 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.

Hugo LeBlanc

Chief Construction and Development Officer

As Chief Construction and Development Officer, Mr. LeBlanc is responsible for the development and construction of new property assets. Mr. LeBlanc has a bachelor’s in business administration from ESG-UQAM and a university certificate in economics. He also holds a licence from the Régie du Bâtiment Québec (RBQ). With extensive experience of over 21 years, Mr. LeBlanc has led many residential projects and received four official APCHQ awards in the Concours Domus. Throughout the years, he has taken part in many turnkey development projects with Loblaw Properties Limited and with various clients in the commercial sector.

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. She received her bachelor of laws 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.

Jean-Philippe Hébert

Vice-President Investment and Asset Management

Mr. Hébert has been Vice-President Acquisition and Asset Management since February 2017. Prior to joining Cogir, he spent nearly 10 years with Desjardins Asset Management as a real estate Asset Manager and he cumulates 12 years of experience in the real estate industry. During these years, he was involved in several major construction project transactions and he took part in the negotiation of many partnership contracts. Mr. Hébert is a Chartered Appraiser and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from HEC Montreal.

Geneviève Dufresne

Executive Vice-President, Commercial Division

Ms. Dufresne manages the commercial division of Cogir Real Estate for the province of Quebec. A professional with over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate, she is renowned for her wide range of skills in rental, development and operations as well as asset management. Her current role involves implementing concrete solutions to the daily challenges of property management and leasing. These business solutions draw on her expertise and are centred on growth of assets, strategic redevelopment planning and property ROI, while always being on the lookout for potential new partnerships.

Ms. Dufresne spent over 6 years at Sobeys (IGA) in real estate development before joining the team in May 2017. Prior to working at Sobeys, she held various positions in commercial real estate at First Capital Realty, SmartCentres and Les Gestions Monit. She has also been actively involved in the ICSC for over 5 years. She chaired the NEXT Generation committee for 3 years, a group dedicated to promoting succession in commercial real estate.


Gilles Proulx

Vice president, Human Resources and Corporate Services

Mr. Proulx has been Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Services since May 2013. Before that, Mr. Proulx began serving as COGIR’s Director of Human Resources in March 2010. With a degree in industrial relations from HEC Montréal, Mr. Proulx has more than 25 years of experience as a director of human resources and director of operations for many small and large organizations. He also worked over seven years for Veolia as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Proulx is also a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (CRHA).

Management Team

Yves Duguay, 
Vice President Operations, 
Private Retirement Homes Division

Jean-Marc Bélanger, 
Vice President Operations, 
Multiresidential Division

Joseph Télio, 
Vice President Location, 
Commercial Division

Samuel Rondeau,
Vice-President Retail Leasing,
Commercial Division

  • Luc Couturier, Director, Capital Project Management and Technical Services  
  • Brigitte Pouliot, Marketing and Procurement Director   
  • Paul-Éric Boucher, Senior Regional Director, Foodservices
  • Simon Cadieux, IT Director
  • Natalina Crescenzi, Operations Support Director, Legal and Credit
  • Hung Dao, Administration and Accounting Director, Laval Office
  • Annie Lalancette, Financial Services Director, Commercial Division
  • Marc-André Lavoie, Corporate Controller and Audit, Cogir Management Corporation
  • Karine Leclerc, Special Projects Manager
  • Jessica Ndoye, Assistant to the President
  • Hugues Proulx, Finance Director, Residential Division
  • Marie-Josée Tardif, Senior Regional Director, Healthcare and Assistance Division
  • Sophie Tremblay, Senior Regional Director, Quebec City Office