Annie Buzzanga Has the Law in her Sights

Directrice aux affaires juridiques - Annie Buzzanga

Director Legal Affairs – Cascades Tissue Group

What is your professional background?

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 almost ten years — time flies!

What is a typical day like in the life of a director legal affairs?

We are a small team in the legal department and our mission is to provide legal support to all the activities of Cascades Tissue Group, which guarantees a good diversity of mandates. This is what makes my workplace an extremely stimulating environment! I can write an equipment purchase contract, review the visual and rules of a promotional contest in the morning and negotiate the terms of a contract to sell our products with one of our clients' lawyers 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.

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.