A Star at the Head of Tissue Group

Suzanne Blanchet, Cascades Tissue Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Who else besides Suzanne Blanchet, Cascades Tissue Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer, could win the title of Star Woman in Grocery 2013? Canadian Grocer magazine has just given her this award for her excellence, leadership, innovation and dedication to the industry. The panel of judges shortlisted Suzanne for her outstanding career at the head of Tissue Group. Thanks to her strong management skills, she has led the company to nearly one billion dollars in revenues, through acquisitions and consolidations.

From Accountant to President

Suzanne Blanchet began her career at Cascades in 1978 as an accounting intern. Her ambition and determination led to her quickly being appointed controller for the Tissue Group division. In 1997, she was promoted to President, becoming the first woman to head a Canadian paper company. Under her reign, Cascades Tissue Group became the 4th largest tissue paper manufacturer in North America and currently employs 2,200 men and women in 18 units in North America. No doubt, Suzanne is one of the greatest business women in Québec, and even in Canada.

Recognizing Business Women

This year was Canadian Grocer’s second edition of Star Women in Grocery. This award recognizes the important role of women in the food industry, across Canada. Winners are selected by Canadian Grocer magazine editors and experts based on four criteria: influence, innovation, dedication, and leadership. This year, eight winners were from the retail industry and eight others from suppliers.

For more information about the award or for the official announcement, visit the Canadian Grocer website.

Congratulations to our President!

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About the Author
Mélanie St-Pierre

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.

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  1. Marcus Nerenberg at 1:02 pm

    Dear Suzanne Blanchet,

    I live in Lachute near your paper plant on the North River. In the past four days I watched Cascades destroy the beauty of my neighborhood. Your “environmentally friendly” company had cut down about 30 beautiful mature trees in order to expand a parking lot for visually ugly transport trailers. I am sure that my property value has suffered as a result of this thoughtless and destructive act. I need you to get in touch with me to explore a way to remedy this environmentally tragic situation. I find it difficult to express how saddened I feel when I see the how badly my neighborhood has been degraded. Please contact me in the shortest possible delay.

    Marcus Nerenberg

    • Mélanie St-Pierre
      Mélanie St-Pierre Author at 2:21 pm

      Hello Mr. Nerenberg,

      We appreciate you taking the time to share your situation with us. After discussions with Cascades people over there at Lachute, I can assure you that we take this situation seriously. This rearrangement is part of an expansion plan that will allow us to improve our installations’ efficiency. Please note that ever since the beginning, we planned on replacing the trees that had to be cut by an even higher amount of trees. Be assured that this is still part of the process! Their new disposition should even block the transport trailers’ view more efficiently than those that were there before. You should also receive a visit from a Cascades’ representative at your house shortly to explain the situation to you.

      We are sincerely sorry about the inconvenience. We can assure you that sustainability is always part of our core values and that it underlines everything we do.

      Please contact me if you would like any further information (info@cascades.com).

      Best regards,

      • Lys Chisholm at 1:44 am

        This is your neighbor again. It is now December 3, 2015 and still there has been no tree planting or hedges to restore the greenery you cut down in this area. Nor is running transport trucks in a school neighborhood anywhere near a good idea. Sometimes with the changing times, the concept of a factory town becomes obsolete. Lachute has designated areas for industrial use today. Maybe its time to consider relocating and expanding a little further down river where there is space and leave the town core to be developed into residential riverside property.

        • Mélanie St-Pierre
          Mélanie St-Pierre Author at 9:13 pm

          Dear Mrs. Chisholm,
          For this project we work in close collaboration with the Support Center located close to our unit. Rest assure that the field will be reorganized to be eco-friendly as soon as possible.