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Marielle Nadeau Clair is co-owner and director of sales and marketing in the family-owned manufacturing plant in Clair, New Brunswick. Fiready Inc. processes a mix of hardwood species to 16 in length logs that are split, then kiln-dried, surpassing the heat-treatment requirements to certify insect and mildew-free packaged firewood.

This unique enterprise was launched in 1999 it currently operates on two shifts, with  12 full-time employees and six part-time/seasonal employees.

Marielle is originally from Saint François de Madawaska, in Northwest New Brunswick. The youngest of seven children, she comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Her father was an entrepreneur, dedicated his life to the economic development of the region and her mother was an intellectual who showed incredible support to her husband. Marielle is often said to have the same affinities as her father.

She began her career in 1973 as a licensed nurse, and, in 1979, she chose to be a stay-at-home Mom to raise her three sons, Jesse James, Ian Robert and Alexander Peter. In1985, she took over the bookkeeping duties of the “Clair” family business. It was her mother-in-law who taught her accounting which she herself had learned from her father-in-law twenty-five years prior. Marielle kept this position until 2000.

This dynamic entrepreneur remembers spending hours with her husband Peter, dreaming of the business and consulting thousands of contacts to make  their dream a reality. “We surrounded ourselves with people who could develop and fund the project. It was truly a team effort!”

The most gratifying aspect of being a woman in business according to Marielle was being selected as the prestigious recipient of the 2014 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by REFAM. “Being recognized for my professional qualities highlights my efforts for the past 15 years. I feel so proud to reassure my husband our two sons that we have a business that stands out in the “female business community”
If she could give advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, Marielle says “Plan, be passionate about your project, don’t be scared to consult and surround yourself with people with knowledge to help you. Embrace it with open arms!”

Marielle is a lifelong learner and her passion for client service and her strong attention to detail have helped build brand loyalty and often result in references.
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