Our Leadership Team

Philippe Jetté, P.Eng

President

As our chief IT visionary, Philippe is passionate about technology and how people, especially his customers, interact with it. Since completing an engineering degree, he’s been known to face complex challenges head-on. It comes to no surprise that his comfort zone is the world of technology development – the world in which he’s decided to spend most of his career. For Philippe, creativity is an important aspect to this world, but it’s not enough. It takes a lot more to solve the complex problems that keep executives awake at night, and complexity is something Philippe thrives in. Because of his relentless problem solving, durable solutions are achieved through Cogeco Peer 1’s industry-leading team of experts and our customers. Success in our environment is built on a solid foundation of trust, teamwork, respect, innovation, and an undying dedication to the customer. Global businesses have confidence in Philippe and the Cogeco Peer 1 team to not only deliver next-generation technology, but to create exceptional experiences for their end users as well. Prior to becoming President, Philippe served as Senior Vice President, and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at Cogeco Inc. A graduate of École Polytechnique de Montréal, he is a licensed member of l’Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec since 1988.

“Fresh thinking must be done wearing the client’s shoes.” – Philippe
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Ted Smith

Vice President, Engineering and Operations

Ted Smith: our VP of Engineering and Operations, or as we like to call him, our chief problem solver. A puzzle lover and mathematics major, Ted’s starting hypothesis is that there is always room for improvement. In any business, simple incremental improvements can amount to game-changing achievements. When trying to build an exceptional, reliable and secure IT experience, no problem must be met with complacency. Behind every opportunity for improvement is a chance to make our customers remarkable. Ted is the visionary leader and IT expert that knows how to tackle a good challenge—one that will inspire the best thinking and develop rock-solid relationships, resulting in expert-level results—both in-house and at our customer premises. Some of the internet’s titan companies have turned to Ted to solve their toughest challenges. He also contributed to many milestones within Cogeco Peer 1, from defining the global expansion strategy to integrating acquisitions and developing unique hosting solutions. Ted holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Michigan State University. “We transform our customers’ problems into opportunities for technological innovation.” - Ted

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Shenif Visram

Vice President, Finance

Shenif is responsible for financial reporting and planning, decision support, financial operations, sourcing and supply, as well as business intelligence for Cogeco Peer 1’s global footprint. These are the skills Shenif and his team hone for our operations and growth so that we can effectively match our customers’ needs. Expect Shenif to be ahead of his game — because in the IT world things happen fast.

Having spent the bulk of his career in a variety of roles for IBM Canada including Controller, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer in Global Business Services, Shenif is apt to wearing many hats. He has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and Finance from York University’s Schulich School of Business and is a CPA, CMA.

” Information is the new currency of the business world. Protecting our customers’ valuable information is the true mission we prepare for every day.” - Shenif
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Bertrand Labelle

Vice President, Marketing

Bertrand is the brand steward of our organization. At the helm of a growing marketing powerhouse while directing global marketing, communications, digital and product development, Bertrand operates in an environment that heavily depends on relationships and trust. Since his arrival at Cogeco Peer 1, he has championed marketing as an accountable cornerstone of the company. By working closely with the entire organization, he ensures that our success is not only measured in sales, but in the strength of our reputation and the development of meaningful customer experiences. Previously at Microsoft, Bertrand held senior positions in national and international sales, marketing, and business development. He succeeded in expanding Microsoft’s footprint to dominate the software services and solutions sector worldwide. Bertrand holds an Executive MBA from University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

“Every interaction plays a role in shaping a brand’s personality. To be unstoppable, marketing not only must communicate – with creativity and flair – but also must embody every strand of the brand’s DNA from strategy to execution.” - Bertrand
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Scott Davis

Vice President, Customer Experience

As a customer experience aficionado, Scott’s mission is to ensure we are human experts, not just IT experts. To remain true to our corporate vision of customer centricity, Scott believes we need to walk the talk of customer experience. He is determined that Cogeco Peer 1 offers the most human experience on the web and our service-focused team brings his vision to fruition. Scott leads a team of more than 160 customer service professionals who always deliver an exceptional experience for our customers. Customer experience is not just about fixing current problems but also anticipating future needs and removing any potential roadblocks. Only when our customers can focus on their full online potential rather than the technicalities, do they truly succeed.
Scott brings more than 25 years of global customer service experience to his role. Prior to joining Cogeco Peer 1, Scott honed his customer service skills and expertise at companies like AT&T, LexisNexis, TMP Worldwide, and Sykes Enterprises. Scott has a degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia.

“We think about the same challenges and opportunities our customers think about, and because we do, I believe we are better able to align with them and provide the type of service we would want to receive if we were the customer. That is what we want to be known as – a company that appreciates and values the chance to work with our customers.” - Scott
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Susan Bowen

Vice President and General Manager, EMEA

Susan is responsible for the strategic and tactical direction of the organization in the EMEA region, with a strong focus on helping customers scale their business to achieve critical business objectives. Technology partnerships and the virtualization of facilities are at the center of the many business success stories in our digital age. Since CIOs are now distinguishing between maintenance and strategic development, many are turning to Susan and her team to extend their global reach. With over 20 years of experience in the technology field, Susan’s diverse skills strengthen our team. Prior to joining Cogeco Peer 1, Susan was Chief of Staff at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and responsible for leading HPE’s UK & Ireland growth and SMB program. Being the only woman in her Computer Science class, back in the 90s, Susan is passionate about empowering more women to join the technology sector. She is the proud Chair of Tetum’s Women in Tech Council. Susan has a Post-Graduate certificate in Education from the University of Greenwich, a Master’s degree in Project Management from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from the University of Portsmouth.

“If we think about how we live our lives today, technology is at the heart of everything we do. Creating the partnerships around the technology is when things happen.” - Susan
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Cindy Jordan-Ford

Vice President and General Manager, U.S and LATAM

Cindy is responsible for the tactical and strategic direction of the organization in the United States and Latin American regions, overseeing sales, operations and driving revenue growth. Bringing a spirited and focused perspective to the position, she is tasked with enhancing profitability and further driving a culture that embraces innovation and cooperation to ultimately deliver exceptional customer experiences in the region and beyond.

With more than 25 years of experience in IT sales and service leadership, Cindy has an extensive knowledge of the information and communications technology sector. Not afraid to take risks in order to move forward, she believes organizations must focus on excellence both internally and externally to be successful. Working with organizations such as Xerox, Sprint, AT&T, SAVVIS (CenturyLink) and Virtustream Cindy has a long, successful track record of inspiring new levels of innovation and performance, strengthening regional collaboration and driving meaningful customer experiences.

Cindy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the National Louis University in Chicago.

“When you are afraid of doing something, just keep moving forward, take risks and strive for excellence, no matter what.” - Cindy
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Jaime Leverton

Vice President and General Manager, CANADA and APAC

Jaime brings a fresh approach to IT with the goal of helping clients’ unlock their digital potential. Simply put, she is a business enabler. Taking her deep experience in technology and leading successful teams, Jaime will oversee the success of sales and customer management in Canada and the Asia Pacific region. She is focused on expanding the business’ market presence and developing new indirect sales strategies through a network of partners.

With her fast paced, positive and open approach to business, she is a dynamic leader with a proven track record of transforming organizations with creative thinking and strategic execution. Her sales tool belt includes everything from experience in cable, power, racks, cabinets and finance. For more than 15 years, Jaime has worked in various executive roles with National Bank, BlackBerry, Bell Canada and IBM Canada. Drawing upon a wealth of business experience and her extensive knowledge in technology solutions she will ensure service levels remain at the exceptionally high standards the Cogeco Peer 1 brand is known for.

She truly believes that what distinguishes Cogeco Peer 1 from other IT infrastructure providers is its strong Canadian history paired with its global presence. A customer first approach to business operations is part of Jaime’s DNA and she believes that face time with customers is key to solving their business challenges.

Jaime has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Marketing Informatics from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Political Science from the University of Ottawa.

“First comes people with great talent, then comes passion - the combination of the two is a formula for making a difference.” - Jaime
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