November 1

Normand Caissie recipient of the Order of New Brunswick 2017

Normand Caissie, 64, has been a resident of Richibucto for the past 59 years, born into a family of entrepreneurs, with both his father and grandfather having established and led successful businesses in the Kent County area.

After graduating from the Université de Moncton in 1975 with a degree in Business Administration and having held positions in the banking world, as well as with a spirit’s distillery, he started Imperial Manufacturing Group with only four employees in Richibucto.  Over the last 38 years, he has grown the business from a four-man duct and sheet metal operation to a world-class manufacturing company that employs 1,000 people, the majority of whom are local.  The organization creates a variety of HVAC and building products, has eight locations across Canada and the United States, and is a Platinum Member of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.  Mr. Caissie is also actively involved in commercial real estate with his company M. A. Commercial Properties, which holds a property portfolio in excess of 715,000 square feet located in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario.


Mr. Caissie understands and recognizes New Brunswick’s competitive advantage, which has helped him grow his business and compete on an international scale. Through his ongoing support of the Wallace McCain Institute and his work with the New Brunswick Business Council, he has proven himself to be an avid supporter of new businesses and young entrepreneurs in the province.

His business prowess has been recognized by various organizations. He was the recipient of the Atlantic Canada Entrepreneurship award, twice named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, received the Business of the Year award from the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick, and was awarded Alumnus of the Year and received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from the Université de Moncton. In 2010, he was inducted into the Canadian Hardware & Houseware Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame, and in 2011, he was inducted into the Junior Achievement New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame.

Normand Caissie is receiving the Order of New Brunswick for his outstanding work in the economic development of his community and the province of New Brunswick.