Adrien Pouliot graduated in 1978 with a law degree from the University of Sherbrooke, where he received the Bar Award. He practised corporate, commercial and securities law with the prestigious firm of Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright) where he gained experience in mergers and acquisitions and private and public financing. In 1984, he joined the family business, CFCF Inc., a broadcasting and cable television firm, as Assistant to the President. He led the company’s Initial Public Offering and listing on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges and secured a province-wide French-language television network licence from the CRTC. He took the helm of CFCF-TV, the largest English-language television station in Quebec, from 1987 to 1989 when he was promoted as President and Chief Operating Officer of parent company CFCF Inc. He became President and Chief Executive Officer in 1993 after a successful restructuring of the company . Under his leadership, CFCF Inc. grew within three years to become Canada’s fourth largest cable operator with over 1,200 employees and 425,000 subscribers in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, as well as being active in the broadcasting arena with four television stations in Quebec as well as a large television production and post-production company. In 1996, the company was sold for a total value of $687 million and Mr. Pouliot successfully led the transition of the company to its new owners until 1997.
In 1999, Mr. Pouliot acquired Entourage Technology Solutions Inc. of which he was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Entourage was a field services company specialised in installing and maintaining telecommunications, network and IT equipment. The company employed up to 2 800 employees in Québec and Ontario. Under Mr. Pouliot’s leadership, quality and productivity improved by 40%, sales doubled to 225 million $ and profitability was multiplied by 20. Mr. Pouliot sold the company to Bell Canada in 2005.
In 2005, Mr. Pouliot became the co-promoter of First National AlarmCap Income Fund, Canada’s third-largest residential and commercial security alarm company, the units of which were listed for trading on the Toronto Exchange. He was its first chairman of the board.
Mr. Pouliot is currently president and chief executive officer of Draco Capital Inc., an investment firm.
Mr. Pouliot was a director of four public companies: CFCF Inc., Donohue Inc., Gestion BioCapital Inc. and First National AlarmCap Income Fund.
Mr. Pouliot was chairman of Image Entertainment Inc. and was a board member and a member of the investment committee of iNovia, a Montreal-based fund then having $180 million under management and investing in seed and start-up companies in IT, life sciences and cleantech businesses.
As a business leader, Mr. Pouliot has contributed time and energy at the leadership level of many industry associations (including the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and the Canadian Cable Television Association). He also represented CFCF-12 on the board of directors of CTV Television Network Ltd. during nine years.
Mr. Pouliot also lent his support to many charitable and non-profit organizations. In the health services industry, he was a director of the Montreal Children’s hospital and of the Montreal Heart Institute Research Foundation. In the economic development arena, he was a director of the Société de développement économique Ville-Marie, a governmental agency promoting the economic development of Montreal, and he was chairman of the Governors’ Council of the Montreal Youth Chamber of Commerce. In the area of education, Mr. Pouliot was a governor of McGill University for ten years where he was active on the audit, endowment, pension plan and finance committees. He is now a Governor Emeritus of that institution.
He supported the development and training of young entrepreneurs by actively participating in the governance of the Young President’s Organization and its sister organization World President’s Organization, with a membership of 20 000 business leaders in 110 countries. He served as director on the International Board and a member of its audit committee.
Mr. Pouliot is passionate about public policy. He participated in the launch, in 1999, of the Montreal Economic Institute, and served for twelve years as a board member (eight of which he acted as chairman). He was also chair of the Quebec Taxpayers’ League. He entered politics in 2011 as Vice-Chair of the Policy Commission of the Action Démocratique du Québec until it merged with the Coalition Avenir Québec, merger to which he was opposed. He became leader of the PCQ in February 2013.
Married with Hélène Floch, he has two sons, Simon and Francis. He loves skiing and has his private pilot licence.