CANDIAC, QC, Nov. 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Suzanne Blanchet, president and
CEO of Cascades Tissue Group, has won a Gold Stevie® Award for the "Female Executive of the Year in Canada" category in the
10th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. This internationally
renowned award was given to her as recognition of her outstanding
contribution to her company and industry. Under her leadership,
Cascades Tissue Group has become a billion-dollar leader in the tissue
industry, pioneering environmentally sound and innovative paper
"It is with profound gratitude and great humility that I receive this
award," stated Suzanne Blanchet. "I would like to share it with my
colleagues, who all contributed to Cascades Tissue Group's success and
Recognizing a Female Pioneer in the Tissue Industry
As the first woman to chair a paper company in North America, Suzanne
Blanchet was a perfect candidate for a Stevie Award for Women in
Business. Her impressive career, which started as a finance intern and
evolved to her becoming president and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group in
1997, has been hallmarked by tenacity, dedication to her employees and
a willingness to constantly push boundaries and innovate. The launch of
innovative products such as Cascades® AntibacterialTM paper towels and expansion of Cascades' tissue activities in the United
States - two recent examples of initiatives she's led to expand
Cascades' recognition as an industry leader in sustainability and
innovation - are indicative of her unique qualities as a visionary and
willingness to take calculated risks.
"Since her début at Cascades, Suzanne has always pushed the limits,"
said Mario Plourde, Cascades' President and CEO. "She is energetic,
direct and transparent, and she's always looking for greater and better
things for Cascades. Through her leadership, she successfully built a
billion-dollar business starting from a one-plant operation. She is an
example of determination and success, and we commend her on this
An Award for Women Changing the Face of Business
"For 10 years we have been recognizing the achievements of women in the
workplace, and this year's nominations were the most impressive class
the judges have ever reviewed," said Michael Gallagher, founder and
president of the Stevie Awards. "We congratulate all of this year's
winners for their achievements."
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world's top honors for
female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they
run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit
nominations - public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and
small. The 2013 awards received entries from 18 nations and
territories. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for "crowned," the awards were presented to winners
during a sold-out event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
More than 1,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in
virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration.
Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 240 executives
worldwide who participated in the judging process this year.
Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of
Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.
Cascades Tissue Group, a division of Cascades, ULC, is the fourth
largest manufacturer of tissue paper in North America. Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and
tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fiber. The company
employs more than 12,000 men and women, who work in more than 100 units
located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy,
close to 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. Cascades'
shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol
SOURCE: Cascades Inc.
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