Structure

Executive Board Members

Serge G. Duguay

Founder

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.

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.

Bruno Desautels

Chief Partnerships 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.

Stéphane Côté

President, real estate development and DevMcGill 

A determined visionary and active entrepreneur in the Montreal business district, Stéphane Côté graduated in 1992 with a major in economy and a minor in administration from Université du Québec à Montréal. Obtaining an entrepreneur license from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec, he quickly finds 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 founds DevMcGill and benefits his clients by realizing multi-phase and mixed-use projects of classic and trendy design achieving unique creativity that invests in a new lifestyle.

Always with the same vision in mind: building intelligent living spaces for tomorrow, DevMcGill continues to enrich the lives of current residents, contributing to notable growth and building communities.

Jean-Philippe Hébert

Vice-President Development and Project Management

Mr. Hébert has 12 years of experience in real estate. 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.

Philippe Krivicky

Philippe Krivicky

Chief Development Officer, Ontario and United States

Mr. Krivicky is responsible for the leadership of Cogir Real Estate growth strategy in the Ontario and the US market including strategic partnership, acquisition and land purchase focused primarily on senior housing, commercial and mixed-use developments projects. 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.

 

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.

Marie-Josée Legros

Vice president, Human Resources 

Ms. Legros has been Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services, for COGIR since February 2018. A graduate of the School of Industrial Relations at Université de Montréal, she has gained many years of experience in human resources, particularly in the area of labour relations. Prior to joining Cogir, Ms. Legros worked in the food and health sectors. She also has experience as a political attaché. More recently, she completed a training program in coaching so that she can support managers in their roles. Ms. Legros is a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec as a certified industrial relations advisor (CRIA).

Management Team


Yves Duguay 
Vice President Operations, 
Private Retirement Homes Division

Jean-Marc Bélanger
Vice President Operations, 
Multiresidential Division

Nadim Hanna
Vice President Operations, Commercial Division

Joseph Télio
Vice President Leasing, 
Commercial Division


Samuel Rondeau
Vice President Retail Leasing,
Commercial Division

Simon Cadieux
Vice-President, Information technology



  • Luc Couturier, Director, Capital Project Management and Technical Services, and Procurement 
  • Brigitte Pouliot, Marketing Director   
  • Natalina Crescenzi, Operations Support Director, Legal and Credit
  • Hung Dao, Administration and Accounting Director, Laval Office
  • Marc-André Lavoie, Corporate Controller and Audit
  • Karine Leclerc, Special Projects Manager
  • Hugues Proulx, Finance Director, Residential Division
  • Marie-Josée Tardif, Senior Regional Director, Healthcare and Assistance Division
  • Sophie Tremblay, Senior Regional Director, Quebec City Office

Board of directors

Mathieu Duguay, Chairman of the Board

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.
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Charles Ruggieri

Charles Ruggieri, Doctor of Law, is the founder of the Batipart Group, a family-owned holding company created in 1988. In 1970, he became responsible for iron and steel properties for Immobilière Batibail until this division was privatized in 1987. In 1999, he successfully oversaw the merger of Batibail with Gecina, a leading French property company. He also developed the Batigère Group, a real estate group with a social mission, which he headed from 1985 to 1995. Starting in the 2000's, he launched the Foncière des Régions and turned it into one of Europe's leading holding companies with €18 billion in assets, for which he was chair of the advisory board from 2001 to 2010. In 2001, he started another branch specifically for dependent seniors and gradually developed the Groupe Korian-Medica, a European leader in residences for seniors with losses of independence. Since 2011, Batipart has been developing another real estate company called Eurosic, whose assets grew from €1.2 million to nearly €8 million in 2017. Batipart sold its shares in September 2017 to redeploy its real estate activities in Europe. The Batipart Group also diversified its activities internationally with a hotel group in Africa under its own brand (ONOMO) and a partnership with a real estate platform in North America (Canada).

Bruno Desautels

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.
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Yves Seguin

With vast experience in tax law and corporate financing, particularly in the real estate sector, Mr. Séguin has been a member of the COGIR board since January 2017. From 1993 to 1998, he held the position of delegate for Canadian affairs with the Compagnie générale des eaux (Groupe Vivendi). In 1998, he was named vice president for Quebec with the Bank of Montreal. In 2001, he became president of Groupe Marine and was appointed by the Government of Quebec to chair the Commission on Fiscal Imbalance. In 2003, he was elected MNA for Outremont and appointed Quebec’s Minister of Finance until 2005. He then served as an MNA for Montmorency and was named Quebec’s Minister of Revenue and Minister of Labour. Between 2005 and 2007, he taught public finance at the department of accounting studies at UQAM. Since 2008, he has been the president of SNCO Finance, a firm that specializes in corporate financing. He has also been a board member for many companies, such as Papiers Perkins (Cascade), L’Hôtel-dieu de Québec, Montreal Economic Institute, TNM, La Pietà, Théâtre Duceppe, and Fondation Charles-Bruneau. He continues to sit on the board of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. He has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1976 and received his Master of Business Law from University of Ottawa in 1978.
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René Tremblay

An industry veteran, Mr. Tremblay has 35 years of experience in commercial real estate, including 25 years in international investment. Until recently, he served as chair of the board for Taubman Asia, the Asian subsidiary of Taubman Centers, a leader in the U.S. shopping mall industry. From 2007 to 2008, he was worldwide chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers after serving as a member of its board of trustees and as vice president of its Canadian division. Mr. Tremblay also sat on various boards as chair of the Real Estate Group for the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. He chaired the boards of directors for the group’s main real estate subsidiaries. He was also on the board of The Real Estate Roundtable. His past employers include major players such as Simpsons-Sears, the Campeau Corporation and Westcliff Group, and Cadim International. He and his wife created the Fondation Formons Une Famille, a non-profit whose mission is to provide care for and promote the education and adoption of children with special needs in many countries. A graduate in business administration from Université Laval, he received the Prix Hermès in 2008 from this university for his professional achievements.
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Fernand Perreault

Mr. Perreault has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate sector as a corporate director. From 1995 until December 2009, he served as a senior manager for the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, where he supervised all real estate investments, coordinated the activities of its real estate subsidiaries, and chaired the board of directors for each subsidiary. From 1987 to 1995, he played a key role in the development of one of its subsidiaries, the SITQ, for which he served as president and CEO. Mr. Perreault also spent several years at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Mr. Perreault has a law degree from the University of Ottawa.