Executive Team

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 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 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 Partnerships 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.

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

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 COGIR construction division. 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. 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

President, Major Projects Division

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.

Hugo LeBlanc

Chief Construction, Outside Quebec and Large Projects

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 27 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.

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. 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.

 

 

The management company

Frédéric Soucy

President, COGIR Management Corporation G.P.

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.


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



Luc Couturier
Vice President Technical Services and Procurement



Marie-Josée Legros
Vice President,
Human Resources



Simon Cadieux
Vice President,
Information technology



Claudelle Lavallée
Vice President,
Marketing communication



Annie Goudreault
Vice President, Finance



Jean Trudel
Assistant Vice President Operations, Private Retirement Homes Division


 

 

Real estate development & Construction

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


Philippe Krivicky

President, Real Estate Development
and Construction


Stéphane Côté

President, Major Projects Division












Hugo LeBlanc
Chief construction, Outside Quebec and Large Projects



Jean Martel
Vice President, Construction



Maxence Baratier
Vice President, Real Estate Development



Ianick Charbonneau
Vice President Finance and Chief Operation Officer



Tina Dostie
Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Service


 

 

Investments & 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.


Bruno Desaultels
Chief Partnerships and Corporate Affairs Officer



Thomas Dufour
Vice-President, investment and asset management



Charles-Eric Fortier
Director – Investments and Asset Management


 

 

Cogir Management USA

Executive Team

David Eskenazy

Chairman of the board Cogir Management USA

Mr. Eskenazy recently retired having last served as President of Merrill Gardens, and previously was 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 10 years with Aegis Living, the past 4 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.