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Cascades’ Suzanne Blanchet wins international award


November 12, 2013
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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…

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 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to her company and industry.

Under Blanchet’s leadership, Cascades Tissue Group has become a billion-dollar leader in the tissue industry, pioneering environmentally sound and innovative paper products.

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“It is with profound gratitude and great humility that I receive this award,” stated Blanchet. “I would like to share it with my colleagues, who all contributed to Cascades Tissue Group’s success and international recognition.”

According to Cascades, Blanchet was the first woman to chair a paper company in North America. Her career began as a finance intern and evolved to her becoming president and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group in 1997. It has been marked by tenacity, dedication to her employees and a willingness to constantly push boundaries and innovate.

The launch of innovative products such as Cascades® Antibacterial™ paper towels and expansion of Cascades’ tissue activities in the United States are two recent examples of initiatives she’s led to expand Cascades’ recognition as an industry leader in sustainability and innovation.

“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 meaningful honor.”

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are said to be the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, and employees, and the organizations they run. 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.


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