Cascades is 11,000 men and women working in close to 90 operating units in North America and Europe. Among all these Cascaders are people with very different personalities and profiles: mothers, young professionals, athletes—the list goes on. This month, our team has chosen to put the spotlight on Annie Buzzanga, legal counsel at Cascades Tissue Group.
What is your professional background? Tell us a little about yourself.
My academic career is quite varied. I started out studying biology before switching to law at Université de Montréal. When I started practising with a law firm, I soon became interested in commercial law and I went on to get an MBA from HEC Montréal. My studies have helped me to understand the world of business and the needs of my clients.
How many years have you worked at Cascades? I’ve worked at Cascades Tissue Group for five years already—time flies!
What is a typical day like in the life of a legal counsel? It’s difficult to answer this question, as it varies a great deal. The legal department’s mission is to provide legal support for all Cascades Tissue Group’s activities. And that helps to make my workplace such an incredibly stimulating environment! I might draft a contract to buy equipment and revise the rules and visuals of a promotional contest in the morning, and then negotiate the terms of a sales contract with the legal counsel for one of our clients in the afternoon.
What are your greatest challenges on a day-to-day basis?
Law and the world of business are constantly evolving—I have to adapt to serve my clients as best possible every day. Urgent and unexpected requests for legal advice are inevitable for any litigation lawyer, and these present significant challenges.
If you had to describe yourself in two words, what would they be?
I am organized and thorough, which are very useful qualities in my profession.
What is the most unusual thing we might find in your purse?
Hair elastics of every colour of the rainbow (I have two daughters, aged five and two)!
What is your greatest passion?
I’ve always been very sporty. In recent years, I’ve mainly practised running. Since my work is sedentary, exercise helps me stay in shape and clear my head. I sign up for a few races every summer. I enjoy setting training goals for myself and the sense of accomplishment at the end of a race. I’ve also started to introduce my older daughter to the benefits of running and we even ran two kilometres together last year.
Since most of our Cascaders are ecologically minded, but nobody is perfect… what is your environmental confession?
I often travel by car. I should make an effort to use the car a bit less.