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Appointment of Scott MacKenzie, Vice President, Corporate Development • Millar Western Forest Products

Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., an integrated forest products company based in Edmonton, Alberta, has appointed Scott Makenzie as the company’s first Vice President, Corporate Development. Mr. MacKenzie was previously the Director, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning for Stuart Olson in Calgary.

Appointment of Peter Andrews, Vice President, Fibre and Sustainability • Millar Western Forest Products

Millar Western Forest Products, a privately held diversified wood products producer, welcomes Peter Andrews as Vice President Fibre and Sustainability. Mr. Andrews previously spent 30 years with West Fraser Timber in British Columbia and Alberta where his exposure included woodlands, manufacturing, and regional management.

Appointment of Tom Pazdera, President and Unit Head • AV Terrace Bay

Tom Pazdera joins AV Terrace Bay, an operating asset of the global conglomerate Aditya Birla Group, as the President and Unit Head of their Ontario pulp operations. Mr. Pazdera has over 30 years experience in pulp manufacturing having worked for a number of industry leading producers including KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp, MeadWestvaco (now WestRock) and International Paper.

Appointment of Robert McVeigh, Mine Development Manager • Compass Minerals

Compass Minerals, a leading producer of minerals, including salt, magnesium chloride, sulfate of potash and other plant nutrition products, welcomes Robert McVeigh as Mine Development Manager at their flagship salt mine in Goderich, Ontario. Mr. McVeigh is Professional Engineer and previously spent several years working on the mine design within PotashCorp (now Nutrien) mine operations across Canada.

Appointment of Millar Dussan, Vice President Technology • Equinox Gold

Millar Dussan joins Equinox Gold, a growing junior precious metals producer operating in Brazil and the United States, as the new Vice President, Technology. Millar has over 20 years of experience in progressively senior IT leadership positions with Teck Resources and Finning International.

Appointment of David Fisher, Vice President, International Marketing • Forestry Innovation Investment

Forestry Innovation Investment (FII), a British Columbia Crown Corporation responsible for developing markets for forest products, welcomes David Fisher as Vice President, International Marketing. David brings over 30 years of operational experience in the forestry sector Canfor, Interfor and Ainsworth.

Appointment of Mike Heller, Director, Information Technology • Conifex Timber

Conifex Timber, a growth-oriented publicly traded wood products company, welcomes Mr. Mike Heller to the organization as Director, Information Technology. Mr. Heller’s previously held senior leadership roles in the mining industry with KGHM and Walter Energy.

Appointments of Blair Lockhart, Tom Loski, and Carolann Brewer, Commissioners • British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC)

British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) is the province’s regulatory body overseeing the utilities, pipelines, and ICBC. BCUC welcomes Blair Lockhart, former senior counsel with British Columbia Securities Commission; Tom Loski, a utilities executive with previous leadership experience with BC Hydro and Fortis; and Carolann Brewer, a legal professional with First Nations expertise as Full-Time Commissioners.

Appointment of Mark Madejski, Head, Automation and Controls • Pinnacle Renewable Energy

Pinnacle Renewable Energy, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of industrial wood pellets, announced the appointment of Mr. Mark Madejski as the Head, Automation and Controls. Mr. Madejski’s previous experience includes senior technical roles with Tesco Corporation and Schneider Electric.

Appointment of Jordan Neeser, Vice President, Finance • Conifex Timber

Conifex Timber, a growth-oriented publicly traded wood products company, announced the appointment of Mr. Jordan Neeser as Vice President, Finance in December 2018. Mr. Neeser’s previous experience includes senior leadership roles with First Quantum Mining in Europe, and most recently as the Manager, Capital Markets at the Jim Pattison Group.  

Appointment of Bob Gill, General Manager • Puna Operations, Argentina

SSR Mining, a growing mid-tier precious metals producer, announced the appointment of Mr. Robert Gill as General Manager of the Puna operation in the Puna region of Jujuy Province, Argentina. Mr. Gill’s previous experience…

Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Director • Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company

Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company, Canada’s largest urban professional not-for-profit theatre company, welcomes Ashlie Corcoran as its new…

Siren Fisecki, Vice President Investor Relations and Corporate Communications • Pan American Silver

Pan American Silver, the world’s second-largest primary silver producer, announced the appointment of Siren Fisecki as the company’s first Vice President Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Ms. Fisecki was previously…

Appointment of Kevin Jewett • Vice President, Woodlands

Tolko Industries Ltd announced the appointment of Kevin Jewett as Vice President, Woodlands, effective February 2018. Mr. Jewett previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Fornebu Lumber Company in…

Robert Glatz, Chief Financial Officer • West Linn Paper Company

West Linn Paper Company in West Linn, Oregon announced the appointment of Robert Glatz as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Glatz previously served as the Business Controller, North America for Moventas Inc…

Christian Dietrich, General Manager • Ecowaste Industries

Ecowaste Industries appointed Christian Dietrich as General Manager to lead the diverse and growing operations of the company. Mr. Dietrich has over 20 years of international leadership experience in waste management…

Paul Nielson, Head of Development Portfolio • Waterton Global Resource Management

Waterton Global Resource Management, a private equity firm specializing in the metals and mining sector, welcomes Paul Nielson as Head of Development Portfolio. Mr. Nielson previously served as a Senior Director for the…

Cameron Chapman, General Manager • SSR Mining

SSR Mining, a growing mid-tier precious metals producer, announced the appointment of Mr. Cameron Chapman as General Manager of the Seabee operation in Saskatchewan. Mr. Chapman previous experience includes over…

Patrick Freer, Senior Vice President, Asset Management • Fengate Real Asset Investment

Fengate Real Asset Investment welcomed Patrick as a Director, Power and Utilities. Fengate is a leading investment firm with a focus on infrastructure, real estate, and private equity. Prior to joining Fengate, Patrick worked in P3 and…

Peter Lind, Director, Metallurgy • Goldcorp Inc.

Goldcorp Inc., a major gold production company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, announced the appointment of Peter Lind as Director, Metallurgy. Prior to joining Goldcorp, Peter spent nearly 10 years with Barrick in…

Peter Spindloe, Director of Operations • Nicholson Manufacturing

Nicholson Manufacturing, a global leader in the production of debarkers for the sawmilling industry, welcomes Peter Spindloe to the organization as Director of Operations. Mr. Spindloe has extensive experience in operations…

Lance Johnson, Vice President, Construction • Casman Building Solutions

Casman Building Solutions, one of the largest local construction companies in Fort McMurray. Lance has over 25 years of operational construction experience throughout Alberta, most recently with…

Appointment of Leslie Hurtig • Artistic Director, Vancouver Writers Fest

The Vancouver Writers Fest announced the appointment of Leslie Hurtig as the new Artistic Director to replace Hal Wake following his retirement in November. Ms. Hurtig was previously the Board Chair…

Appointment of Christopher Lemon • General Counsel, Pan American Silver

Pan American Silver, the world’s second-largest primary silver producer, announced the appointment of Christopher Lemon as the new General Counsel. Mr. Lemon was previously General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with…