Featured Cascader: Annie Veilleux, taking care of the environment!

Annie Veilleux, Environmental Supervisor at Cascades

Annie Veilleux has been an Environmental Supervisor at Cascades in Kingsey Falls since 1998. A trained chemical engineer, she has a Master’s degree in pulp and paper from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. What does she like the most about her work? The diversity, the interpersonal relationships and the problem solving. Learn more about this Cascader and the challenges she faces every day.

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Could you describe a typical day in the life of an Environmental Supervisor?

Every day, I visit the wastewater treatment plant to monitor operations and make sure that everything is okay. We look after waste management, recovering de-inking sludge and mixed sludge from the wastewater. There is also a legal aspect to my job, which involves producing reports in order to meet environmental standards.  Since I’m responsible for the complex of mills and plants in Kingsey, I work mostly with Norampac Kingsey Falls, Cascades Forma-Pak, Cascades Papier Kingsey Falls et Cascades Groupe Tissu-Kingsey Falls

What are some of the challenges you meet on a daily basis?

Keeping the water treatment plant in good working order. Dealing with unexpected events!


How do you find working in a mostly male environment?

I don’t see a difference; I guess I’m used to it, having worked with men since I started university, where I studied engineering. What counts is character!

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What are you most proud of in your work?

Finding practical solutions that work, are applicable and functional in the long term. I must strike a balance between the environment, production and profitability, while keeping costs to a minimum!

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What is your greatest passion? 

Cycling is a hobby of mine that has become a passion. I get my bicycle out pretty early in the spring, and don’t put it back in storage until quite late in the fall. I share this passion with my two daughters and my partner. We’ve done the cycling tour La Petite aventure de Vélo Québec twice, and I’ve participated in the Granfondo Garneau Québecor presented by Cascades event several times.

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What’s life like at home? Are the kids as aware as their mom?

They receive great training at school! Composting and recycling is a natural part of their day. They don’t need constant supervision!

Since we all know that no one is perfect, do you have an environmental confession?

I have nothing to confess; I’m going to hold on to my image of perfection, I must set an example!! 🙂

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About the Author
Anne-Marie Gingras

A Communications Advisor with Cascades since 2011, Anne-Marie now also fulfills the position of Community Manager. She holds a BA in Public Communication from the Université Laval and a Certificate in Marketing from the Université de Trois-Rivières. As Community Manager, she is in constant contact with the public, sharing the company's newest innovations and reporting on its involvement within the communities it calls home. "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work for a company that is responsible, respectful and transparent. It gives me a great sense of pride! Through social media, we are now able to interact with the population and we value this close contact. Cascades is an organization that encourages creativity and initiative, which allows us to develop in a very stimulating work environment."

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