Charter of the Board of Directors

The Charter of the Board of Directors is presently under review.

Members of the Board of Directors

Listed below are the members of the Board of Directors of Cascades Inc.

Alain Lemaire, Executive Chair of the Board

Alain Lemaire

Kingsey Falls (Québec) Canada
Director since 1967
Non-Independent
Committee(s): N.A.



One of the founders of Cascades, Mr. Lemaire is Executive Chair of the Board of the Corporation. He held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to May 2013. He was Executive Vice-President of the Corporation from 1992 to 2004 and was President and Chief Executive Officer of Norampac Inc., from 1998 to 2004. A former student of the Institut des pâtes et papiers of Trois-Rivières (Québec), he holds an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Sherbrooke. In 2013, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville (Québec). In 2015, he received and an Honorary Doctorate in Management Sciences from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Mr. Lemaire is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Louis Garneau, President, Louis Garneau Sports Inc.

Louis GarneauSt-Augustin-de-Desmaures (Québec) Canada
Director since 1996
Independent
Committee(s): Environment, Health and Safety and sustainable development



Mr. Garneau is President of Louis Garneau Sports Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of sports clothing and accessories throughout the world. He is a member of the Environment, Health and Safety and Sustainable Development Committee . A former international cycle racer, Mr. Garneau participated in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre national of Québec and an Officer of the Order of Canada. In June 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Administration of the University of Ottawa. In 2008, he received the “Gloire de l’Escolle” medal as a former graduate having honored Université Laval due to the extent of his professional activities and his contribution to society. In November 2014, he was awarded the Medal of Honour of the National Assembly of Québec. This medal is awarded to public figures who are deserving of recognition by the Members of the Assembly.

Sylvie Lemaire, Director

sylvie_lemaireOtterburn Park (Québec) Canada
Director since 1999
Non-Independent
Committee(s): Environment, Health and Safety and sustainable development (chair), Corporate Governance and Nominating

 

Ms. Lemaire is a director of companies. She has held production, research and development and general management positions. She was co-owner of Dismed Inc., a distributor of medical products and Fempro Inc., a manufacturer of absorbant products, where she held the position of President until 2007. She is Chair of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Since June of 2014, Ms. Lemaire is a certified Director of Companies having successfully completed the governance program offered by the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés of Université Laval (Québec). Ms. Lemaire holds the degree of Bachelor in Industrial Engineering from the Montréal École polytechnique.

David McAusland, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Beaconsfield (Québec) Canada
Director since 2003
Independent
Committee(s): Human Resources (chair), Corporate Governance and Nominating

 

Mr. McAusland is a partner in the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault. From 1999 to February 2008, he held among others, the position of Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer of Alcan Inc., a large multinational industrial company. He is Chair of the Human Resources Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. McAusland sits on the Boards of Directors of Cogeco Inc., and Cogeco Cable Inc., two companies involved in the communications sector where he is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Chair of the Strategic Opportunities Committee of both these issuers. He sits on the Board of Directors of Khan Resources Inc., a uranium exploration and development company, where he is a member of the Compensation Committee. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ATS Automation Tooling Systems, a leader in automation manufacturing solutions. He is also a member of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council. Furthermore, he is a director of certain not-for-profit organizations, such as the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and Chairman of the Board of the Fondation de l’École nationale du cirque.

Georges Kobrynsky, Director of Companies

Outremont (Québec) Canada
Director since 2010
Independent
Committee(s): Audit and Finance (chair), Corporate Governance and Nominating



Mr. Kobrynsky is a director of companies. He is Lead Director of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating  Committee. He held the position of Senior Vice-President, Investments, Forest Products of the Société générale de financement du Québec from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Kobrynsky has held for more than 30 years, various senior positions at Domtar Inc., including Senior Vice-President, Pulp and Paper Sales, Marketing and Customer Relations Group from 2001 to 2005 and Senior Vice-President, Communication Papers Division from 1995 to 2001. He sat on the Board of Directors of Norampac Inc., from 1998 to 2006. He holds a Master of Business Administration from McGill University, a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering from Université Laval and a Bachelor of Arts from the Université de Montréal. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Supremex Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of stock and custom envelopes and Chair of the Pension Investment Committee and a member of the Audit and Human Resources Committees.

Élise Pelletier, Director

Chambly (Québec) Canada
Director since 2011
Independent
Committee(s): Human Resources, Environment, Health and Safety and sustainable development



Retired since 2003, Ms. Pelletier accumulated over twenty years of experience within the Corporation, having held the position of Vice-President, Human Resources of the Corporation during the period between 1995 and 1998, and thereafter, the position of Vice-President with Norampac Inc., during the period between 1998 to 2003. She has extensive knowledge of the pulp and paper sector and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation from 1993 to 2001. She is a member of the Human Resources Committee. She holds a Certificate in governance of companies from the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés, Université Laval (Québec). She holds the degree of Bachelor in Industrial Relations from the Université de Montréal.

Sylvie Vachon, President And Chief Executive Officer, The Montreal Port Authority

Longueuil (Québec) Canada
Director since 2013
Independent
Committee(s): Audit and Finance, Human Resources




Ms. Vachon is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Montreal Port Authority (MPA), an autonomous federal agency since 2009. From 1997 to 2009, she was Vice-President, Administration and Human Resources for that federal agency. She is a member of the Audit and Finance and Human Resources Committees. . She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities. Ms. Vachon is a member of the Board of Directors of Hardware Richelieu Ltd and a member of the Audit Committee. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors of Cargo Montreal, the logistic and transportation  metropolitan cluster. She is a governor member of the Conseil patronal de l’environnement du Québec whose mission is to mobilize Québec companies in order to promote their commitment towards environmental protection and the implementation of sustainable development. Ms. Vachon is also a member of the Board of Directors of SODES whose mission is to protect and promote the economic interests of the St. Lawrence maritime community from a sustainable development perspective. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Cercle des présidents (Québec). In 2014, she received the St. Lawrence Award, which is awarded to individuals whose actions have been noteworthy in the marine industry. She holds the degree of Bachelor in Administration, majoring in Human Resources Management from the University of Sherbrooke.

Laurence G. Sellyn, Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial And Administrative Officer, Gildan Activewear Inc.

Beaconsfield (Québec) Canada
Director since 2013
Independent
Committee(s): Corporate Governance and Nominating (chair), Audit and Finance


 

Mr. Sellyn is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. He joined Gildan Activewear in April 1999, where he held the position of Executive Vice-President, until his retirement in December 2015, and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer until August 2015. Prior thereto, he held several senior management positions with well recognized Canadian public companies. From 1992 to 1999, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice-President of Finance and Corporate Development of Wajax Inc. Mr. Sellyn held successive positions of increasing responsibility at Domtar Inc., including acting as Corporate Controller from 1987 to 1991. He is a U.K. Chartered Accountant. He holds a Masters degree in Modern Languages and Literature from Oxford University. Mr. Sellyn sits on the Board of Directors of Noble Iron Inc.

 

Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporartion

Kingsey Falls (Québec) Canada
Director since November 2014
Non-Independent
Committee(s): N.A.



Mr. Plourde is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation since May 2013. He has been in the employ of the Corporation since 1985 and has held several senior management positions such as Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades’ Specialty Products Group. He was named President of this Group in 2000. In 2011, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation. He joined the Board of Directors of Cascades on November 6, 2014. Mr. Plourde also sits on the Board of Directors of Transcontinental Inc., and is a member of the Governance Committee. Actively involved in social and community affairs, he was awarded in 2012, the Prix bâtisseur - Tour CIBC Charles Bruneau (a foundation for pediatric cancer research). Mr. Plourde holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance from the Université du Québec in Montréal.

Michelle A. Cormier, Operating Partner at Wynnchurch Capital Canada

Montreal (Québec) Canada
Director since November 2016
Independent
Committee(s): Audit and Finance, Human Resources

 

 


A senior-level executive with experience in financial management, strategic consulting as well as corporate financing, turnaround and governance, Michelle Cormier has in-depth knowledge of financial and public markets in Canada and the United States. Ms. Cormier currently serves as Operating Partner at Wynnchurch Capital Canada. Prior to this position, she spent 13 years in senior management positions at TNG Capital Inc., was CFO at a major North American forest products company. She also worked at Alcan Aluminium Limited and Ernst & Young. Gifted with strong leadership skills, Ms. Cormier sits on the Boards of Directors of Dorel Industries Inc., Hydro-Québec and Uni-Select Inc.

Martin Couture, CEO of Sanimax

Montreal (Québec) Canada
Director since November 2016
Independent
Committee(s): Audit and Finance, Environment, Health and Safety and sustainable development

 

 

Holding a Bachelor degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University (Canton, New York), Martin Couture is CEO of Sanimax, where he has worked since 1990. Combining strong leadership skills with extensive operational experience, Mr. Couture was named one of Canada's "Top 40 under 40", a Caldwell Partners award, in 2007, and received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2008. He is an active member of the National Renderers Association, the professional association of the rendering industry in North America, and has also been deeply involved with the Young Presidents' Organization since 2003.

Patrick Lemaire, President and CEO of Boralex Inc

Kingsey Falls (Québec) Canada 
Director since November 2016
Non-Independent




Patrick Lemaire  has served as President and CEO of Boralex Inc. since September 2006. Over the last decade, he has profoundly transformed the company and helped position it as a renewable energy leader in Canada and France. In 1988, after obtaining his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Université  Laval, he began his career at Cascades. He successively held the positions of project manager, maintenance manager and plant manager in France and the United States. His managerial skills and leadership were then put to use as general manager of five plants and above all, as Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of our activities in the containerboard packaging sector.

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