In addition to being one of 50 award recipients selected for their achievements, innovations and ability to inspire other Canadians, Mario Plourde also distinguished himself in the “Manufacturing and Transportation” category, earning the Clean16 award.
“Mario Plourde was chosen following a rigorous search and selection process undertaken by Delta Management in consultation with internal and external advisors, and he is among the honourees selected from an initial pool of approximately 600 qualified nominees,” said Gavin Pitchford, CEO of the Delta Management Group.
“In continuing to build Cascades’ environmental legacy, Mario has instituted initiatives such as the $2,000 electric vehicle incentive for employees and the development of innovative products with added environmental value,” said Pitchford. “Mario actively supports Cascades’ sustainable procurement program, which evaluates suppliers and rewards environmentally responsible ones with 5–10% advantage. Cascades’ 20 energy efficiency engineers have helped the company to reduce its GHG emission intensity by 50% since 1990, and Mario has committed to a further 7% reduction by 2020. Last year, Cascades recovered 76% of its manufacturing residue for reuse, and 42% of the company’s energy consumption comes from renewable sources,” added Pitchford.
“I share these awards with all Cascaders who work every day to make our company better by reducing our environmental footprint,” Plourde emphasized. “Long before sustainable development became a trend, Cascades was already practicing it instinctively. The Lemaire brothers were recovery pioneers, and they left us a legacy that we intend to honour and develop even further for the benefit of the planet, of communities and of our customers,” he said.