Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibres. Cascades employsmore than 12,000 men and women inmorethan 100 modern, versatile operating units in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to serve its clients with innovative products.The Cascades shares trade on the Toronto stock exchange under the ticker symbol CAS.
Alain Lemaire, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cascades Inc.
Alain Lemaire was born in Drummondville on May 5, 1947. He is married and the father of three children. In 1967, he joined his brothers Bernard and Laurent, and participated in the growth of what is today Cascades Inc. From an early age, he was aware of the importance of recycling because of his involvement in the family business. He developed, in his youth, the values which today represent the very essence of Cascades internationally.
Alain studied at the Pulp and Paper Institute in Trois-Rivières. By focusing his actions on efficiency and remaining close to the operations, he reinforced his expertise in developing and turning around companies. An outstanding director, it was Alain Lemaire, among others, who orchestrated the financial recovery of the Fine Papers Group and the continued growth of Norampac. Incidentally, it was under his leadership in 2006 that Cascades completed the purchase of Domtar's interest in Norampac, the biggest containerboard company in Canada and the largest transaction in the history of Cascades.
Alain Lemaire is a member of the Cercle des presidents du Québec. He is known for his dedication and hard work. His qualities as a man of action have earned him numerous distinctions, not only in the regional and national business community, but also in the environmental and social sectors. One of his most recent awards in 2004 was that of “Grand performant” which he received at the annual gala of Les nouveaux performants. Commerce magazine named him “personality of the month” in January 2004 and also named him “most daring of the month” in October 2006. Alain Lemaire and his brothers were awarded the distinction of Entrepreneurs à l'honneur 2007 from the Fondation de l'entrepreneurship. The daily newspaper La Presse also named him “personality of the week” to underline his dedication to environmental concerns at Earth Day 2007. Alain Lemaire was named the seventh most influential business personality in Québec by Le Journal de Montréal and Le Journal de Québec, and the fifth most inspiring leader for Quebeckers in a CROP-Les Affaires-Knightsbridge poll. In 2008, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the Université de Sherbrooke, in recognition of his exceptional career.
Alain Lemaire was inducted as Fellow at the 16th World Productivity Congress in Turkey, in 2010, for his contribution to science and productivity. He also won the 2012 GREEN CEO in the Corporation category, a competition organized by the Groupe Les Affaires and Trebora Conseil. Moreover, he was one of the "entrepreneur-coaches" of l'École de L'Entrepreneurship (School of Entrepreneurship) in the Beauce whose goal is to have entrepreneurs train a cohort of entrepreneurs.
Amongst his accomplishments, Mr. Lemaire is particularly proud of the fact that Cascades is often referred to as a good corporate citizen because of its leading-edge management practices with regards to sustainable development and the ecologicial virtues of the products it brings to market.
Mario Plourde, Chief Operating Officer, Cascades Inc.
Mario Plourde was born on September 14, 1961 in Sherbrooke, Québec. After completing his elementary studies in Danville and high school in Asbestos, he enrolled at the Victoriaville Cegep in the business administration program (concentration in finance) in 1981. Two years later, he attended the University of Québec at Montreal (UQAM) and successfully completed a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a major in finance.
In 1985, Mario joined the Cascades Group as Controller and in 1986 he became Plant Manager at Plastiques Cascades Inc. and was promoted in 1989 to the position of General Manager of the Plastics Group, as well as the Papier Kingsey Falls and Cascades Joliette divisions. In 1997, Mario was named Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Specialty Products Group.
From 2000 to 2010, Mario was President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group (SPG), a group that specializes in four different areas of activity. In February 2011, Mario was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Inc. In this mandate, he works in close collaboration with all the group presidents, to assist them in the pursuit of their operational and business objectives. Mario has also been a member of Cascades' Executive Committee since 1990.