Think of them as your Canadian connection, a tightly-knit group of telecommunications professionals who are passionate about providing you with mobile connectivity from coast to coast to coast.
- André TremblayPresident and CEO
- René BousquetChief Commercial Officer
- David LewisVice President, Satellite Services
- Kevin HughesSenior Director, Special Projects
- Jan SkoraVice President, Regulatory Affairs
- Nathalie DaigleExecutive Assistant
- Jacques LeducChief Financial Officer, Treasurer
- André OuelletVice President, Finance
- Sylvain LafrenièreVice President, Network Planning and Engineering
André Tremblay is President of Terrestar Solutions Inc., Strigo’s parent company, a mobile satellite and terrestrial service provider. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, most notably, in the conception, financing and management of several leading companies. For almost 10 years, André served as President and CEO of Microcell Telecommunications (FidoTM), a wireless network and service provider, which he led from inception through its complete evolution. During that time, he also provided early-stage financing, strategic counsel and direction, for a number of successful start-up tech firms. In 2005, he was appointed by Canada’s Industry Minister as member of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel to make recommendations on how to modernize Canada’s telecommunication policies and regulatory framework.
André Tremblay holds a bachelor’s degrees in management and in accounting from Laval University, a master’s degree in taxation from the Université de Sherbrooke, and is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
René began his extensive career at Price Waterhouse in strategic management and market research. As an expert in consumer behavior and retailing, he was co-author of Price Waterhouse’s annual Canadian Retail Outlook publication. Over the years, René has held various top executive positions at Microcell Telecommunications Inc., most notably, as VP, Finance and VP, Marketing, for which he was awarded Marketing Man of the Year in 2004 by the Montreal Marketing Association. Subsequent to the acquisition of Microcell by Rogers, René was appointed President of Fido Inc. In 2006, he joined Trio Capital Inc., a private investment firm, as a Partner, alongside Jacques Leduc and André Tremblay. In 2009, he joined TerreStar Solutions, Strigo’s parent company, as Chief Commercial Officer.
René holds a M. Sc. from the Université of Sherbrooke and a Corporate Directors certificate from the Institute of Corporate Directors and McGill University.
David has four decades’ experience bringing big-city/urban-class telecom services to Canada’s rural and under-served markets using satellite and fixed-wireless technologies. He was instrumental in co-founding and deploying many evolving telecom services with Telesat, Shaw Direct, LinCsat and Xplornet and helped bring satellite facilities competition to Canada with Ciel Satellite, where he was the founding President and CEO. Between 2007 and 2018 David volunteer-chaired the Canadian Satellite and Space Industry Forum (CSSIF), where he advocated regulatory and spectrum policy on behalf of the satellite industry with ISED and was a member of the ITU WRC Preparatory Committee.
Kevin joined TerreStar in the early days of 2008. His solid 20+ year background in high technology and business development have enabled key contributions to many aspects of TerreStar’s evolution, ranging from the strategic to the operational. His deep knowledge of satellite and cellular equipment ecosystems in addition to market and sales environments was central in the development and implementation of TerreStar’s mobile satellite service.
Prior to joining the team, Kevin worked in business leadership roles for leading companies in the technology sector, including CGI and MTS Allstream with expert focus on business development and solution selling.
Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from Carleton University.
As Vice President of TerreStar since 2008, Jan provides telecommunications regulatory advice, is responsible for government relations strategy and has been instrumental in developing a collaborative relationship with government decision-makers. Jan has 33 years of public service experience with the Department of Communications, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Industry Canada. As Director General at Industry Canada for 15 years, Jan was accountable for regulatory matters related to Canada's spectrum management program, the formulation of regulatory policies, the development of licensing and auction strategies, spectrum licensing, the coordination of regional delivery of the spectrum program, and the national and international frequency coordination of terrestrial and space systems.
Jan holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from Carleton University and has a federal government security classification at the Top Secret level.
The Telecommunications industry is in Nathalie’s blood, having served as an Administrative Assistant at Teleglobe Canada from 1989 to 1996, and as an Executive Assistant at Fido from 1996 to 2005. Nathalie has been working with André Tremblay (former President and CEO of Fido) since 2001 and has been a vital member of the Terrestar team since 2006.
Since 2008, Jacques has been CFO and Treasurer of Terrestar Solutions Inc., Strigo’s parent company, a mobile satellite and terrestrial service provider. From 1995 to 2004, he served as CFO of Microcell Telecommunications (FidoTM), VP Finance and Director of Corporate Planning. In 2005, Jacques was one of the founder of Triocapital a investment company in the telecommunication sector in Canada and abroad. Over his lengthy career, Jacques has held a number of senior management positions in finance and taxation for influential Canadian and International firms. He also sat on numerous Boards of publicly-held companies in the U.S and Canada, in addition to serving as Chairman of several audit committees. He has a consistent track record of increasing productivity by streamlining operations and making innovative use of technology. Results-driven, innovative and a diplomatic executive, Jacques is a seasoned negotiator, able to effectively provide options and flexibility, while reducing and containing costs.
Jacques Leduc holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the École des hautes études commerciales of Montréal and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Throughout his successful career, André Ouellet has held a number of senior financial management positions within leading telecommunications companies. Prior to joining Terrestar, he worked for nearly a decade at Microcell Telecommunications (FidoTM), specifically as Senior Director of the Corporate Finance and Treasury departments. During his tenure, he executed several successful financing projects and oversaw the company’s financial planning and budget processes. Prior to that, André was a cost and financial analysis specialist at Unitel Communications. In 2006, André joined Trio Capital, executing major investments in North America and Europe. And in early 2010, he joined Terrestar as Vice President of Finance.
André holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal and has completed Québec’s professional CMA program.
Sylvain joined Terrestar in 2015 and has been instrumental in the roll-out of Terrestar’s new Mobile Satellite Service (MSS), Strigo. His role at Terrestar encompasses network engineering and strategy for mobile satellite services and Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC). His scope of responsibilities includes coverage definition, RF design, site build, core network, as well as continuous coordination activities between MSS and terrestrial services (ATC). Sylvain also oversees long-term planning activities, including technological vision, strategic options definition, rollout strategies, technology watch and roadmap, standard evolution and spectrum bands, follow-up of outcomes from diverse standard bodies across the world, ISED standard releases and consultation, and spectrum auctions.
Sylvain holds a B.Sc. in Physics Engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal and an MBA from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales. He is also a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec.