Louis Lefebvre Recognized for Achievement in Business

By Bob Peters
March 2, 2012

Louis LefebvreThe Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce recognized one of the City’s longest-standing business leaders at the recent Business Excellence Awards when it awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to Louis Lefebvre, patriarch of Marleau Bros. Insurance Brokers.

Following brief stints in the retail and financial sectors, Mr. Lefebvre joined his wife Jeanne and father-in-law Adrien Marleau at Marleau Bros. in 1959, selling insurance to families and businesses in the Cornwall area. He believed that not every insurance policy was the same, and he worked hard to find the right combination of coverage, price and service to meet the specific needs of their clients. It was a philosophy that he acquired from this his father-in-law and eventually passed on to his son Pierre, who now runs the company.

"I've had the priviliedge or working with both of my parents. Twenty eight years and still counting with my dad. That is an education that you can't get at any school!" said Pierre.

Like the business itself, Mr. Lefebvre has been a tireless supporter and booster of the Le Village Business District, and he has played a big role in its growth and success over the years. Mr. Lefebvre’s dedication to Cornwall is also evident through his past involvement with local service clubs such as the Knights of Columbus and le Club Richelieu and his volunteer work at the Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge, among other things.

The award was a complete surprise to Mr. Lefebvre, who believed he and his wife Jeanne were simply on hand at the Business Excellence Awards to enjoy the gala dinner with Pierre, a past President of the Chamber, and their daughter Adele.

“Thank you to my family and thank you to our dedicated and sincere employees,” said Mr. Lefebvre upon accepting the award. “Thank you to our very loyal clients and friends. Merci beaucoup à tout le monde.”

Located at 111 Montreal Road in the heart of Le Village, Marleau Bros. Limited is a general insurance brokerage offering services in both English and French. Mr. Lefebvre is still active in the business and drops by the office daily.

About the Business Excellence Awards

The Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards is a distinguished Cornwall tradition established in 1988. The Awards recognize outstanding achievements by Cornwall area businesses and individuals in the fields of commerce, community work and/or innovation. The awards ceremony, coupled with the presentation of the coveted Citizen of Year award is one of Cornwall’s most prestigious annual affairs.

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Category: Business