President, Les Emballages Carrousel
Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Winner
Brigitte started working at the family business during her summer breaks, in the photography and communications department. In 1986, she joined the team full-time, and for 25 years, she worked her way up the ranks. In 2011, Brigitte was appointed as president of Les Emballages Carrousel, managing a company with a turnover of $110 million and 272 employees.
My first job ever was… A summer job in a convenience store located in Old Boucherville.
I decided to be an entrepreneur because… I felt a strong desire to ensure the sustainability of the company my father founded.
My proudest accomplishment is… The successful transfer of the company to the next generation while maintaining a human and mobilizing culture.
My boldest move to date was… Creating a VP Sales and Marketing position and having 2 sales managers who were also shareholders of the company report to that new position.
I surprise people when I tell them… That I did boxing and skydiving!
My best advice to people looking to grow their business is… To surround yourself with good people, to practice true listening and to be confident.
My biggest setback was… I hired and tolerated for too long a person who proved to be harmful to the company.
“Surround yourself with good people, to practice true listening and to be confident.”
I overcame it by… Trying several approaches to improve his behaviour, including external coaching, but finally, our paths had to separate.
If I had an extra hour in the day, I would… Do yoga, meditation, jogging, paddle boarding, gardening and cooking…with my daughters!
I stay inspired by… Seeing the people around me fulfil themselves and gain self-confidence, especially young people.
The future excites me because… I still have so many beautiful and good things to accomplish.
Success to me means… Feeling fulfilled, free, happy and being helpful to people around me, making a difference in their lives.