New chief financial officer joins Concordia

Denis Cossette brings extensive experience in the higher education sector
May 24, 2016
By Karen McCarthy

Denis Cossette has been appointed Concordia’s chief financial officer (CFO) for a five-year term, effective August 1, 2016. He brings more than 20 years of experience working in the higher education sector. 

Denis Cossette

“I am pleased to welcome Denis to our senior leadership team,” said Concordia’s president Alan Shepard. “He understands the university environment and we will benefit from his management expertise in budgetary and strategic planning, and financial analysis and control.”

Cossette joins Concordia after serving as associate vice-president of Financial Resources at the University of Ottawa. Prior to taking on this role, he was director of the university’s Financial Services from 2005 to 2010. He also served as interim VP of Resources for a one-year period.

From 1990 to 2005, he was the director of Financial Resources and vice-president of Administration and Finance for La Cité, a French-language college of applied arts and technology that has its principal campus in Ottawa.

“I think it’s a great time to be working for Concordia,” said Cossette, pointing to the momentum generated by the strategic directions process and rise in several prestigious rankings. “I look forward to supporting the university in achieving its academic mission and advancing its nine directions.”

A graduate of Université Laval (licence in accounting science, bachelor of business administration) and the Université du Québec en Outaouais (certificate in administrative data processing), Cossette is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and of the l’Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.

Shepard thanked Patrick Kelley for his commitment and dedication to Concordia in his service as the university’s CFO.  


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