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 de Trois-Rivières (Québec), he holds an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Sherbrooke (Québec). He received an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville (Québec) in 2013, and Doctorat Honoris Causa d’Université from Université Laval (Québec) in 2017. Mr. Lemaire is an Officer of the Order of Canada and was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Québec in 2015.

Louis Garneau, President, Louis Garneau Sports Inc.

Louis GarneauSt-Augustin-de-Desmaures (Québec) Canada
Director since 1996
Independent
Committee(s): Health and Safety, Environment 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 Health and Safety, Environment 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 du 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 Assemblée nationale du Québec. This medal is awarded to public figures who are deserving of recognition by the Members of the Assembly. He was one of the personalities named Grand Québécois 2017 by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec.

 

Sylvie Lemaire, Director of Companies

sylvie_lemaireOtterburn Park (Québec) Canada
Director since 1999
Non-Independent
Committee(s): Health and Safety, Environment 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 absorbent products, where she held the position of President until 2007. She is Chair of the Health and Safety, Environment and Sustainable Development 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 sits on the Boards of Groupe Marcelle Inc., involved in the manufacture of cosmetic products, and Harnois Groupe Pétrolier, wholesaler of petroleum products and propane gas. She holds the degree of Bachelor in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal.

David McAusland, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Bair d'Urfé (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 member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. McAusland sits on the Boards of Directors of Cogeco Inc., and Cogeco Communication Inc., two companies involved in the communications sector where he is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Chair of the Human Resources Committee of both these issuers. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., a leader in automation manufacturing solutions, and sits on the Board of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, a non-profit organization.

Georges Kobrynsky, Director of Companies

Outremont (Québec) Canada
Director since 2010
Independent
Committee(s): Lead Director, 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 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 (Québec), a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering from Université Laval (Québec) and a Bachelor of Arts from the Université de Montréal (Québec). He is a member of the Board of Directors of Supremex Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of stock and custom envelopes, and is Chair of the Pension Investment Committee and a member of the Audit and Human Resources Committees.

Élise Pelletier, Director of Companies

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

Retired since 2003, Ms. Pelletier accumulated over 20 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., from 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 and of the Environment, Health and Safety and Sustainable Development 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 (Québec).

 

Laurence G. Sellyn, Business Advisor and Consultant, Corporate Director

Pointe-Claire (Québec) Canada
Director since 2013
Independent
Committee(s): Corporate Governance and Nominating (Chair), Audit and Finance


Mr. Sellyn retired at the end of 2015 from a career in leadership roles in the management of public companies. He is now active as an advisor and consultant to entrepreneurial CEOs. Mr. Sellyn was Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Gildan Activewear Inc. between April 1999 and August 2015. 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. Mr. Sellyn is Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Corporation. He is a U.K. Chartered Accountant. He holds a Masters degree in Modern Languages and Literature from Oxford University. Mr. Sellyn is also involved in fundraising for charitable and community activities.

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 the federal agency. She is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and of the Human Resources Committee of the Corporation. Ms. Vachon is a member of the Board of Directors of Hardware Richelieu Ltd and a member of their Human Resources and Corporate Governance committee. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors of Cargo Montreal, the logistic and transportation metropolitan cluster. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities and 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 Green Marine, a voluntary environmental certification program for the North American marine industry. She also presides 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. In 2016, she was awarded the Medal of Honour of the National Assembly of Québec and became a member of the Conseil consultatif sur l’économie et l’innovation of the Québec Government. She holds the degree of Bachelor in Administration, majoring in Human Resources Management from the University of Sherbrooke (Québec).

 

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 sits on the Board of Directors of Transcontinental Inc., where he is Chair of the Governance Committee and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Fondation Centre de Cancérologie Charles-Bruneau. 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, Consultant 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. She is a
member of the Audit and Finance committee and a member of the Human Resources committee of the Corporation. Ms. Cormier has
been acting as a consultant for Wynnchurch Capital (Canada) Ltd since 2014. She spent 13 years in senior management positions at
TNG Capital Inc., and was CFO at a major North American forest products company. She also worked at Alcan Aluminium Limited and
Ernst & Young. Ms. Cormier is a Certified Director of companies and sits on the Board of Directors of Dorel Industries Inc., Uni-Select
Inc. and Champion Iron Ore Ltd.

Martin Couture, CEO of Sanimax

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

 

 

Recipient of a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University (Canton, New York), Martin Couture is CEO of Sanimax Inc., where he has worked since 1990. He is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and of the Health and Safety, Environment and Sustainable Development Committee of the Corporation. 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. He 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 (Québec), 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 as Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer in the containerboard packaging sector. In 2016, he received the Prix d’excellence from the Cercle des Dirigeants d’Entreprises Franco-Québécois. In 2017, he was a finalist at the Quebec EY Entrepreneur of the year Awards, and ranked as the 58th most influential individual in the wind industry by the British magazine A Word about Wind.

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