Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of Logistec Corporation, has been named a finalist for the 2014 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, which will be presented in Toronto on November 26.

Out of 4,000 nominees, 18 Finalists from coast to coast have been selected to represent six categories. Ms. Paquin is the Eastern Canadian regional finalist for the PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, which is dedicated to a female entrepreneur who – through timely innovation, strategic thinking, and smart execution – has built a successful company with a track record of growth, profitability, industry leadership, and breaking new ground.

“I am honoured to be a finalist for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, especially in light of the record-breaking number of nominations received this year,” said Ms. Paquin. “Like my fellow finalists, I have spent many years building a strong team that has helped me take the company forward, ensuring that it grows strategically, and doing my best to keep learning and stay grounded with good values.”

“This has helped Logistec grow from a stevedore and labour broker to a provider of highly specialized niche industrial services,” she added. “Our portfolio now includes value-added port logistics, cargo handling, environmental services, aqueduct rehabilitation, and, in future, the building of temporary docks in Arctic waters to help serve the needs of remote communities and natural resources companies.”

The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are the pre-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs. The program is an initiative of Women of Influence, an award-winning organization dedicated to advancing Canadian women.

“We are proud to celebrate women entrepreneurs in Canada,” said Carolyn Lawrence, president and CEO, Women of Influence Inc. “By recognizing them at the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Gala, we build their success, provide exposure for Canada’s diverse array of talent and provide more female role models for future leaders.”

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