The builders of Cascades to receive the 2013 Québec Lifetime Achievement
MONTREAL, Oct. 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Bernard, Laurent and Alain
Lemaire of Cascades will receive EY's Entrepreneur Of The Year 20th
anniversary Québec Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of their
significant contributions to the Québec economy, and their achievements
as influential leaders committed to building a better working world.
"The Lemaire brothers are models of innovative thinking and the
entrepreneurial spirit," says Daniel Baer, Partner and Co-Director of
the Entrepreneur Of The Year program for Québec. "They not only built
Cascades into a world-class organization, but they've done it while
promoting sustainability and cultivating an environment of respect for
the environment and people everywhere."
"From human resources management to community relations, the Lemaire
brothers have exemplified innovation in all aspects of their business,"
adds Luc Charbonneau, Partner and Co-Director of the Entrepreneur Of
The Year program for Québec. "They have driven their business to grow
and thrive while adapting to the realities of the ever-changing
business world, all while staying true to their vision: to maximize the
profitable use of natural resources and protect the environment."
Bernard Lemaire's entrepreneurial adventure began in 1964, when he founded Papier
Cascade in Kingsey Falls with his brother Laurent and his father. After
their first listing on the Montréal Exchange in 1982, the company
became known as Cascades. For nearly 30 years, Bernard served as
President. Under his leadership, Cascades implemented an expansion
strategy throughout North America and Europe. Today, Bernard is on the
Board of Directors.
Laurent Lemaire, co-founder of Cascades, emerged as the numbers man and the stabilizing
influence within the company. Laurent became President and Chief
Executive Officer in 1992 and contributed significantly to the
development of the company's business model. During his 11 years at the
helm of Cascades, Laurent accomplished remarkable work, quadrupling the
company's size. Today, Laurent is Executive Vice-Chairman of the Board
Alain Lemaire joined his brothers Bernard and Laurent in 1967, helping to grow the
world-class company now known as Cascades. A seasoned executive and
strategic thinker, Alain orchestrated the recovery of the Fine Papers
Group and the continued growth of Norampac. It was under his leadership
in 2006 that Cascades bought out Domtar's interest in Norampac, one of
the largest transactions in Cascades' history. Today, Alain is
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In 2014, the Lemaire brothers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Cascades.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Lifetime Achievement award honours
individuals who have made an enduring impression on the Canadian
business community and who continue to nurture and inspire the next
generation of Canadian entrepreneurial talent.
EY will present this prestigious award to Bernard, Laurent and Alain
Lemaire during the Québec Entrepreneur Of The Year awards banquet in
Montréal on 30 October 2013. For 20 years, the event has highlighted
the incredible diversity of talent and vision across Québec.
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