Mr. Pelletier was named CEO of Fortress Paper Ltd on October 1 2015; he has held the position of President of Fortress Specialty Cellulose since February 25 2013. Mr. Pelletier has over 30 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry and has held leadership roles in technical, operational, and commercial areas. Prior to joining Fortress Paper, Mr. Pelletier was the Executive Vice President of Tembec Inc., a leading international manufacturer of forest products, and President of its Specialty Cellulose and Chemical Group. As a senior executive at Tembec, Mr. Pelletier has acted as General Manager of various dissolving pulp and kraft pulp operations, and has acted as Senior Vice President of the company’s Kraft Pulp Division, overseeing three mills in Canada and two in France. Mr. Pelletier holds a Pulp & Paper Technology degree from the Pulp & Paper College of Trois-Rivières.
Mr. Loewen is a Chartered accountant in Canada and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC since June 2000. He served in public practice in audit and accounting at Deloitt & Touche LLP. Mr. Loewen received a B.Sc. in May, 1992 and also received a Master of Science degree in Forest Resource management in January 1994 at the University of British Columbia. He has been with Fortress Paper since August 2006 and in addition to Chief Financial Officer has held the positions of Controller, Corporate Secretary of Fortress Paper.
Mr. Buckle has been with the corporation since 2008. Prior to his appointment at Fortress Paper, Mr. Buckle was a manager in audit with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP and spent eight years working with them in various capacities. Mr. Buckle is a Chartered Accountant in Canada and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Mr. Wasilenkoff, founder and former CEO and President of Fortress Paper from June 2006 through September 2015. He has founded, financed, held executive and board positions with several successful publically traded companies in Canada and currently sits on the Board of the Deans advisory University of British Columbia, Canada and is a former board member of the International Association of Currency Affairs. Mr. Wasilenkoff has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Anil Wirasekara has been an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd. since 1996. Mr. Wirasekara has over 25 years of financial management experience in the manufacturing, defence, aerospace and information technology industries. Mr. Wirasekara joined NetNation in 1992 as a Manager of Operations Accounting and Information. From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Wirasekara was Controller and Secretary of Rainex Limited, a Vancouver, British Columbia company involved in project development, technology transfers and international trade. He has served as a Director of Day4 Energy Inc. since December 6, 2007. He served as a Director of NetNation Communications Inc. since October 1999. Mr. Wirasekara holds the designations of a Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Management of the United Kingdom in 1985, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He became a Chartered Accountant in 1983.
Gerry Gaetz is President and CEO of the Canadian Payments Association (CPA). Since joining the CPA in 2013, he has been leading the modernization of Canada’s core national payments infrastructure.
Prior to the CPA, Mr. Gaetz held a number of executive roles at the Bank of Canada, including Chief of Currency, where he was responsible for the launch of Canada’s new polymer banknote series and retail payments-related economic research.
Mr. Gaetz is a member of the International Council of Payment Association Chief Executives, is on the advisory boards of two private companies, and is also a former member of the Banknote Ethics Initiative Accreditation Council. He also co-led the core leadership development program at the Gestalt International Study Center in Boston for three years. Mr. Gaetz holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Mr. Nemeth has over 25 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry. Mr. Nemeth has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Paper since October 2013. Mr. Nemeth previously held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing of Canfor Pulp Holding Inc., the general partner of Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership. Prior to joining Canfor, Mr. Nemeth worked in the Green Power Business as President and Chief Executive Officer of Greenbelt Renewable Energy. Prior to working at Greenbelt, Mr. Nemeth spent 14 years working in various positions at Fletcher Challenge Canada (now Catalyst Paper Corporation), with the two most recent positions being Vice-President, Sales and Marketing and Production Director of the Elk Falls Paper Division. Mr. Nemeth holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Forestry degree from the University of British Columbia.
Terrence P. Kavanagh
Mr. Kavanagh has over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of senior executive positions in the pulp and paper industry. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Tembec Inc. from 2004 to 2007 and served as President of Tembec SAS, the European subsidiary of Tembec Inc., from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Kavanagh is currently an independent consultant to the pulp and paper industry. Mr. Kavanagh holds a bachelor of science degree from Concordia (Loyola) University.
Ezra M. Gardner
Mr. Gardner has 17 years of experience in investment management as a founder, portfolio manager, and analyst of investment firms. Mr. Gardner is currently Partner and co-founder of Varana Capital, LLC a private investment firm. Prior to founding Varana, Mr. Gardner was Managing Partner for Omnium Capital, and previously held positions at UBS in New York, most recently as the Head of the US Equity Portfolio for the Fundamental Investment Group. While at UBS, Mr. Gardner also served as a member of the U.S. Trading Committee (the operating board of managers for UBS’ U.S. Equities Business). Before joining UBS, Mr. Gardner held positions at Brahman Capital, a New York based value fund, MSD Capital (Michael Dell’s Family Office) and at JPMorgan in the Investment Banking division with a focus on M&A and capital markets. Mr. Gardner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with honors and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brown University in 1999.