Featured Cascader: Maximilien Besner, assistant controller

Maximilien Besner, assistant controller at Norampac, a division of Cascades.


Cascades is made up of around 11,000 women and men working in over 90 business units throughout North America and Europe. Among these Cascaders, you’ll find all kind of personalities and profiles: mothers, young professionals, sportsmen, etc. This month, our team chose to feature Maximilien Besner, a young assistant controller at Norampac, a division of Cascades.

Maximilien just celebrated his first anniversary as a Cascader. A native of Marieville in the Montérégie region, the 25 year-old studied at HEC Montréal and graduated in business administration with a professional accounting specialization.

Describe a day in the life of a controller.

My work is very stimulating, since it involves many different tasks that vary each day. However, you can make out a cycle that recurs every month. There are month-end closings, reports and analyses as well as various projects to, among other things, implement new payment processes, follow up with customers, etc.


What are your hobbies, your passions?

Sports! And lots of them. I practice cycling, soccer and jogging regularly. I like reading and watching sports on television, like the Tour de France, the Super Bowl and hockey.

You’ll be taking part in the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie—is it your first time?

In 2014, I participated in the Défi and did the 135 km loop. This year, we’re doing the full thing: 1,000 km in four days. We’re a team of five riders from Norampac – St-Bruno. Our training’s already begun!

What are your aspirations at Cascades?

I’m ready to grow along with the organization! I’m open to every opportunity I can find at Norampac, whether it’s in finance or in another area of the company.

What’s the strangest object in your office?

Handwritten ledger dating from 1978!

Most of our Cascaders are very ecologically minded, but nobody’s perfect. What’s your environmental confession? (Just between you and me.)

Well, I’ve just settled in suburbia, which means I have a driveway to clear… and a snow blower to clear it with. That’s not super ecological! But I plan to use a more responsible way of clearing the snow next year.

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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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