Her beginnings


Date of birth: June 1, 1962

City: Québec

Family: Second of three daughters

Roger and Madeleine Paquin (1980s)
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Madeleine Paquin was born in Québec City in 1962. Her grandfather was an entrepreneur in the maritime industry, and her father, Roger Paquin, was the president and founder of LOGISTEC. Drive and dedication were passed down from one generation to the next. With admiration for her family’s achievements and inspired by her father’s passion, Madeleine also inherited the entrepreneurial genes that run in the Paquin family. A born leader, she showed signs of having what it took to lead LOGISTEC from an early age.

Roger Paquin (1940s)
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Lucien and Roger Paquin (1960s)

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Madeleine Paquin is a graduate of the Western University’s Ivey Business School and HEC Montréal. In 1984, at the age of 22, she joined March Shipping, a LOGISTEC subsidiary, as a sales representative. That is where she started making her first business connections and building what would eventually become an extensive network of contacts in Europe, Japan, Latin America, India and Africa. Four years later, she was appointed president of March Shipping, then the largest network of port agencies in Eastern Canada.

Madeleine and her uncle Jacques Paquin (1996)
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In 1996, when she was only 34 years old, Madeleine became president of LOGISTEC. In taking over the reins of the family business, she also committed to putting the company on a course of accelerated growth, backed by a team inspired by her passion, drive and leadership.