Patrick DavidPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Patrick David is the founder and CEO of COLO-D. His responsibilities include the development of the overall vision, strategic planning and execution of the company’s ambitious business plan. In addition, Patrick works diligently to maintain COLO-D’s reputation for excellence with clients and partners. Patrick David has been involved in the data center industry for over 15 years and is a pioneer in the development of large-scale data centers in Canada. Prior to founding COLO-D, Patrick worked for one of the very first companies to offer data center colocation solutions in Canada. Patrick has also worked as an international commercial real estate consultant at a subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and as an attorney at a major law firm. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UQAM in Montreal and a law degree from the University of Montreal. He is a member of the Quebec Bar.
Daniel Laurin, P. Eng.Executive Vice President, Engineering and Client Solutions
Daniel Laurin is responsible for the design, development, implementation and delivery of customized data center environments. His extensive expertise allows COLO-D clients to benefit from the most advanced technical solutions. Daniel is one of Canada’s leading experts on data center development. After a successful career within IBM’s data center construction department, he co-founded and managed for over 20 years one of Canada’s first engineering firms specialized in the design, development and construction of data centers for major clients, including Rogers, Telus and Fido. Daniel graduated from McGill University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.
Sébastien Pelletier, CPA, CA, CVA, MBAVice President, Finance, Administration and Quality
Sébastien Pelletier oversees the finances and administrative functions of the company, as well as the certification and compliance programs to which COLO-D adheres. He brings over 15 years of financial management experience having worked with businesses experiencing rapid growth. During the past seven years, Sébastien headed the financial departments of high-growth companies in the technology and distribution sectors. Prior, he worked as an investment banker for Scotia Capital, leading both M&A and corporate finance assignments, and in private equity at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, where he participated in direct investments totalling over a billion dollars. Additionally, he advised healthcare and technology related companies as a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little in Boston. Sebastien graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from HEC Montréal and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from McGill University. He is also a Canadian Certified Public Accountant (CPA, CA) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA).
Roman Kowalczyszyn, P. Eng.Vice President, Client Operations
Roman Kowalczyszyn is responsible for managing COLO-D’s relationship with its major clients. Roman is the perfect interface for COLO-D’s clients as he has more than 25 years of experience in the management and operation of data centers for major corporations in Canada and has developed a unique expertise in understanding client expectations. Previously, he spent 10 years as the National Data Center Manager for Telus. He has also worked with many companies to convert their business strategy into technological requirements for state-of-the-art data centers located in cities across Canada. Roman graduated in electrical engineering from Queen’s University. He is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and AFCOM, an organization dedicated to continuous learning and exchange between data center managers and other professionals involved with data centers.
Virginie SimoneauVice President, Sales and Strategic Partnerships
Virginie Simoneau is Vice President, Sales and Strategic Partnerships. As head of COLO-D’s sales force, her responsibilities include leading her team to achieving high customer satisfaction levels and increasing the company’s market share. Well-known for her drive, Virginie has an impressive track record with over 17 years of experience in the sale of complex solutions for IT and telecom players, including Fibrenoire, Videotron and IBM. She is a strong believer in improving customer relationships through personalized service. Virginie’s solid customer focus, effective communications skills and proven leadership are considerable assets for COLO‑D.
Philippe ViviaDirector of Operations
Philippe Vivia is in charge of COLO-D operations, electromechanical infrastructure and site security. In addition, he is involved in the implementation of innovative development and operating processes for our state-of-the-art data centers, as well as in the management of our related solutions offering. Before joining COLO-D in 2017, Philippe was Director of Operations at Equinix, in France and in Brazil. While at Equinix, he was one of the leading strategists behind client activation procedures, network architecture and technical infrastructure. Prior to Equinix, Philippe made a significant contribution to developing the infrastructure of Orange, one of Europe’s leading telecommunications providers. A nuclear engineer by trade, Philippe is well-known for his planning expertise. He holds a specialized master’s degree in Quality, Security and the Environment from the Université de Lyon. He is also an accredited tier specialist (ATS) of the Uptime Institute.