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."
Marie-Eve Chapdelaine is a specialist in sustainable development and has worked at Cascades since 2006. She is particularly interested in building public awareness and changing attitudes regarding social and environmental issues. In her role at Cascades, Marie-Eve uses her expertise to inform, guide and support her colleagues in maintaining the company’s leadership position in sustainable development. She has earned an undergraduate degree in public communications from Université Laval and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in environment at Université de Sherbrooke. “I’ve always been interested in environmental causes, but also in social issues. Sustainable development allows me to pursue both interests at once. What better than to work at Cascades, a beacon in this area, and a company that is open to implementing all sorts of measures to improve performance and maintain its leadership position.” Because she believes every citizen needs to take responsibility for improving their living environment, Marie-Eve is also socially engaged, sitting on several community boards and committees.
As a communications advisor, Isabelle is involved in a variety of projects at Cascades. Her past projects include managing the launch of Cascades’ social media presence and the development of a strategy to attract our next generation of employees. She recently joined the Sustainable Development Department, and she is currently focusing on the Company’s internal communications. “I have the opportunity to work on innovative projects where the human dimension is in the foreground.” Isabelle has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a certificate in organizational communication. She began her adventure at Cascades in 2006.
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Laval University and an MBA from Sherbrooke University, Carl has been working for Cascades for the past 17 years. Throughout the years, he has held the positions of plant manager among different Cascades groups. Main character in business development of Cascades, Carl is now in charge of business partners relations and innovation’s strategic development for the company. "My passion is about building partnerships with other organizations to share what we've learned here at Cascades. As one of the leaders in sustainable research and development, it feels great to know we're making a difference!" Carl loves to be involved: he is implicated in his community as CEO for the Centre du Quebec United Way organization as well as a volunteering member of the Hotel-Dieu d’Arthabaska Foundation.
Mélanie St-Pierre is a sustainable development advisor for Cascades. As an intern in the Cascades Communications Department, she already loved how her workplace’s values matched hers. “As far as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to make a difference. In my opinion, communication is the perfect tool for changing attitudes and habits in a way that favours a greener tomorrow. I’m proud to work for Cascades, a true leader in this field!” Mélanie holds a bachelor’s degree in communication, writing and multimedia from the Université de Sherbrooke. In her free time, she is involved in all sorts of environmental and social projects. For her, sustainable development isn’t just a job; it’s a way of life.
Prabh’s environmental journey began in 1992 when she discovered a passion for green living after watching the cartoon movie, Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. Since then she has been an avid environmentalist for over 20 years, cultivating sustainability within her own personal and professional life. She went on to complete her Master in Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. During her Master’s degree, Prabh worked on policy oriented research on sustainability reporting frameworks, community based social marketing, resource efficiency and waste management practices. Prabh is currently the Manager of Strategy Development & Corporate Sustainability at Toronto Pearson Airport. Prabh leads the development and delivery of the airport’s sustainability strategy. Prabh enjoys reading and writing about the environment and loves to share her tips and passion for living sustainably.
Florence joined Cascades as a Communications Advisor in 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications, writing and multimedia – Cooperative program from the Université de Sherbrooke. Curious by nature, her work as a Communications Advisor means that she gets to learn new things about new topics every day. “I enjoy sharing with Cascaders who work in fields other than my own. I believe that this quality is absolutely necessary for anyone working in areas related to communications. I am proud to work for a company that is responsible, people-oriented and transparent. Cascades has a very distinct personality which, in my opinion, makes it a jewel of the Québec business community.”
Mario Plourde was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades Inc. in May of 2013. He leads the management teams responsible for the operations and business units of Cascades' three major divisions (Tissue Group, Norampac and Specialty Products Group). Mario holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a major in finance from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He is a skiing and cycling enthusiast. Mario joined Cascades in 1985 and has held the positions of Controller, Plant Manager and General Manager. In 1997, Mr. Plourde was named Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Specialty Products Group and then became its President from 2000 to 2010. In 2011, he was named Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Inc. In addition to his numerous responsibilities at Cascades, Mario is also a member of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association and also participates in fund raising for Centraide and the Fondation Charles-Bruneau. He is also a member of UQAM's Counsel Group.
Émilie Allen received her chemical engineering degree from Université Laval in 2002. She started working as a project manager with Cascades GIE inc. (Energy Action Group) the same year. During this period, she perfected her knowledge of electricity and thermal energy in addition to building a solid foundation in energy efficiency. In 2006, she joined the Norampac – Kingsey Falls team as a technical supervisor. This experience enabled her to develop her personnel management and leadership skills, while putting her knowledge of energy to good use. In 2008, she transferred back to Cascades GIE inc. and managed the Group until late 2010. Her passion at work and her interest in saving energy made her the perfect candidate for Cascades’s Corporate Energy Director. What drives her to work in the field of energy efficiency? Making large machinery work more efficiently and pollute less creates positive impacts, and she enjoys that.
Fabien Demougeot holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke. He began his career at Cascades as an Engineer in training, then moved on to become a Supervisor of maintenance and projects with Plastiques Cascades. In 2010, he joined the team at Cascades GIE (Energy Action Group) as an Energy Project Manager, where he honed his skills in thermal energy and electricity and developed expertise in energy efficiency. He was then recruited as Supervisor of the Project Team. Fabien also holds a certificate in business administration which, combined with his experience in personnel management, led him to take up the position of Director of GIE in October 2013. For Fabien, saving energy is much more than a job, it's a lifestyle!
Sandra Bourret has lots of research and development experience. She joined Cascades in 1997 and continues to be one of the company’s R&D specialists. She knows her pulp and paper, having worked in the field for more than 20 years. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in Pulp and Paper with a focus on life-cycle assessment (LCA). A true assessment professional, Sandra has completed no fewer than 7 LCAs and 2 carbon footprint since 2008. During this time, she has also participated in 9 other LCAs. “I like getting out of my comfort zone and thinking outside the box. Here at Cascades, we have developed LCA simplification methods that exist nowhere else. Nothing is more motivating than taking up new challenges as part of an organization that thinks and acts green!”
Jessy has been Communications Coordinator, Donations and Sponsorships at Cascades since September 2014. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing Communications, Cooperative Profile, and a Master's of Business Administration, Marketing Communications Concentration, from the Université de Sherbrooke. As the person in charge of donations and sponsorships, she polishes Cascades' image with its partners and innovates in promoting its public profile. Her biggest challenge: integrating donations and sponsorships into Cascades' business strategy. "We always have to do more to promote our products, showcase our innovations and prove our expertise in sustainable development. And there is no shortage of opportunities at Cascades! I have the pleasure of working with a tremendous creative team. Together, we can achieve great things! "
Léon Marineau's excellent adventure with Cascades began in 2003. Ten years later, he proudly holds the position of Vice-President for the company's environmental practices. His responsibilities include establishing strategies for the plants, to assist them in daily efforts in meeting or exceeding environmental regulatory standards. Leo has a ton of experience from working over 20 years in the paper industry, on top of his two degrees – a BS in Geological Engineering from l’Université Laval, and an MA from the INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique).
Brooke has a B.A in Communication Studies, with a Minor in Art History, Studio Art, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Concordia University in Montreal. She worked for over four years as the Online Communications Officer for Icograda and Icsid before joining Taking Root as the Communications Coordinator. Brooke supports Taking Root combining her art and design talents with her strong interest in environmental and community development. Through working with the Taking Root team, Brooke hopes to help strengthen a movement that she believes is essential to the protection and survival of this planet.
Mikhael Metauro has grown up with Green in his blood having been a part of the Cascades family for over 15 years in one capacity or another. With his undergraduate degree in Sales Strategy & Strategic Marketing, Mikhael currently works within the Recovery division of Cascades focusing on Business Development and Corporate Strategy. Day in and day out Mikhael has the opportunity to deal with a wide range of customers from different market segments and backgrounds with various types of discarded material recovery needs. “Its amazing to see how more and more organizations are focusing on sustainability and have put the people power in place to start thinking about better ways to recover more and waste less. For me this is where my focus has been and always will be, working with organizations to help them achieve their sustainability goals through coaching, strategy planning and execution.” Mikhael believes in the power of the Cascades Family and is focused on creating a world where all materials have a positive end of life.
Hugo was appointed Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, at Cascades in January 2013. He is responsible for the company's internal and external communications and acts as media spokesperson. Before joining Cascades, Hugo worked in the public sector for 15 years, where he acquired solid expertise in communications. He assumed the role of Press Secretary and Director of Media Relations for the Québec Premier. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Université Laval and a Masters of Public Administration from ÉNAP. Hugo is very involved in the business community, sitting on the board of directors of several organizations active in various business sectors. "I am very proud to be part of a company which has used sustainable development as the basis for its business model. I am eager to contribute to this jewel of the Québec economy, and to inspire a younger generation of entrepreneurs by sharing the company's story and achievements."
Cynthia Marchand is an intern at Cascades Energy Action Group (GIE). She is currently a student in Biotechnological Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke. Why did she choose GIE? “GIE is giving me the opportunity to expand my knowledge about energy efficiency, which I think is really important in an industrial setting. People tend to underestimate how much you can save, since the cost of energy is an important contributor to a plant’s operating costs.” With the experience she gains at GIE, Cynthia hopes to play a key role in her future profession by sharing her passion for energy efficiency.
Charles began his career with Cascades in 1988. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Université Laval, he joined the human resources team. Since then, Charles has held many responsibilities, including serving as director of human resources for ten Cascades units. Today, Charles is engaged in labour relations, succession planning and corporate culture, in addition to serving as a member of several committees. He also plays an advisory role for management and colleagues from his team. “It’s a privilege for me to work in human resources management at Cascades. It’s no myth: the company has fundamentally human values and stands by them. What could be better than sharing this culture and putting it into practice?” Describing the work environment at Cascades, Charles says, “People communicate and interact freely, without worrying about hierarchy. The management team are respectful and open to ideas. As far as advancement is concerned, those who truly want to can make it. A wide variety of real opportunities exist. It’s very motivating.”
Dominic Fortier has been the webmaster at Cascades since 2008. In 1994, he began his career as a graphic designer, and got involved in computer graphics in 1999. With more than 200 web projects under his belt, he has acquired solid experience in creating and managing websites. Dominic has had a keen interest in new technologies since he was a child. "When I was 12, my parents bought me a VIC-20 computer. That was when I discovered my passion for computers." He is dedicated to his community and serves as a volunteer firefighter in Kingsey Falls, where he lives. "I'm lucky to work for a company that values initiative and autonomy; it allows employees to really develop their skills. I'm very proud to belong to the extended Cascades family."
Since 2007, Maryse Fernet has served as Vice-President of Human Resources at Cascades and serves in a key advisory role to senior management and the various Cascades groups. Maryse holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in industrial relations from the Université de Montréal. She has been with Cascades for over 20 years. Maryse Fernet has held a number of positions with Cascades in Canada and the United States. In 1994, she joined the corporative team to assist in strategic human resources planning for the organization.
Andrea Spinner graduated from Johnson and Wales University in 1996, with a Master of Science in Managerial Technology. She began her career at Cascades in January 2003 as Human Resources Manager – Andrea took charge of three different divisions of the Specialty Products Group (SPG) in the United States. Since February 2005, she has held the position of Regional Human Resources Manager at SPG for the United States and Ontario, a challenge worthy of her ambitions! “I have the opportunity to work on things that are meaningful and beneficial to the employees of SPG and work with some of the most innovative and creative people I have ever met.”
Vanessa is Marketing Coordinator at CascadesTissue Group, Away-from-Home. She spent a year as Marketing Coordinator for Cascades Specialty Products Group, which specializes in industrial packaging. She is passionate about strategy, communication and promoting brands and products. Her role is to support product managers, in addition to managing the web platforms. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Human Resources from Concordia University. "I am so happy to be part of the Cascades team, and to contribute to the company's success. It's a most rewarding opportunity, from both a professional and personal standpoint.”
Christine Beaulieu has served as Director of Communications at Cascades since July 2006. She oversees a communications services team working on a wide variety of projects, including web publishing, advertising, annual reports, sustainable development reports, the Cascader newsletter and other communications initiatives. Several of the projects she has developed have received multiple recognitions. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree with a specialization in political science and a concentration in communications, and a master’s degree in political science, both from the University of Ottawa. An engaged and committed manager, Christine is a true “Cascader” at heart thanks to her love of a challenge and team spirit. She describes what motivates her in her work at Cascades: “the possibility of achieving big things, taking inspiration from the history and culture of the company, and being surrounded by exceptional people.” Outside of work, Christine is the happy mother of Thomas and Olivia.