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Cascades announces the appointment of three new directors

CascadesCascades Inc., a company engaged in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, appoints Michelle A. Cormier, Martin Couture and Patrick Lemaire to its board of directors.

A senior-level executive with experience in financial management, strategic consulting as well as corporate financing, turnaround and governance, Ms. Cormier has in-depth knowledge of financial and public markets in Canada and the United States. Ms. Cormier currently serves as Operating Partner at Wynnchurch Capital Canada.

Prior to this position, she spent 13 years in senior management positions at TNG Capital Inc., was CFO at a major North American forest products company. She also worked at Alcan Aluminium Limited and Ernst & Young. Gifted with strong leadership skills, Ms. Cormier sits on the Boards of Directors of Dorel Industries Inc., Hydro-Québec and Uni-Select Inc.

Holding a Bachelor degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University (Canton, New York), Mr. Couture is CEO of Sanimax, where he has worked since 1990. 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, and 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.

Mr. 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, 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 above all, as Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades' activities in the containerboard packaging sector.


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