Cascades Containerboard Packaging: Innovator of the Year

AICC is proud to announce the winners of the AICC/Board Converting News Innovator of the Year Competition in the Non-Machinery category. This annual Competition celebrates and recognizes innovative solutions that significantly enhance the independent box plant industry’s efficiencies, productivity, product quality, and bottom-line profitability.

Eric Paradis (left) and Marc-Édouard Dépin, accepting the award on behalf of Cascades Containerboard Packaging.

“Each year, the Innovator competition fascinates me because of the variety and ingenuity of the entrants,” said AICC President Mike D’Angelo. “This year is no exception. The Cascades solution received the support that it did because it answers a need the industry has had. Congratulations to the entire Cascades team.”

The Competition saw a diverse range of entries, showcasing the remarkable innovations within the field. After rigorous evaluation by the AICC Plant Innovations Committee, the finalists were selected and put to vote by AICC Annual Meeting attendees. Attendees selected:

First Place: Cascades Containerboard Packaging

Cascades Containerboard Packaging takes the prestigious first place for their groundbreaking 100% recycled SBS alternative used for color applications on packaging. Their commitment to sustainability and an innovative approach to packaging materials have earned them this well-deserved recognition.

“Cascades is proud to be recognized with this award. Creating value for our customers is at the heart of our mission at Cascades. And it is with innovations such as EnviroCC paper that we continue to offer our customers sustainable products to meet their needs,” said Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cascades.

Second Place: Arden Software

In the second place, we have Arden Software, whose innovative bill of materials for packaging designers, complete with an integrated parts library, has significantly impacted the industry. 

Third Place: EFI 

EFI secures the third-place position with their 100% L.E.D. cured, non-odor, flexible, and sustainable ink jet ink designed for corrugated materials. 

The AICC/Board Converting News Innovator of the Year Competition continues to evolve as a platform for industry leaders and innovators to showcase their groundbreaking solutions. This year’s focus on non-machinery aspects of the converting industry highlights the diverse and dynamic nature of the field. The Non-Machinery category of the Competition was open to all AICC associate/supplier members.    

This Competition exemplifies the commitment of AICC and its members to advancing the industry through innovation and collaboration.

Congratulations to the winners and the finalists, which included JB Machinery, OMP, and WPR Services, for their outstanding contributions to the industry. These innovations drive progress and inspire others to push the boundaries of what is possible. The video compilation of all the winners and finalists can be found at

The next Competition will feature the machinery category and members will select the winners during SupperCorrExpo, September 9-12, in Orlando, FL.

Questions about AICC awards and competitions and the value a well-connected workforce brings to a company can be directed to Cindy Huber, AICC Director of Conventions & Meetings, at or 703.836.2422 or Laura Mihalick, Senior Meeting Manager, at or 703.836.2422.