Operation Leaders

Robert Belanger – Crofton

Robert Belanger joined Catalyst in January 2011 as general manager Crofton Division. He brings over 22 years of industry experience having held various roles in operations, sales and executive management with E.B. Forest Products, Domtar Inc., Deerfield Specialty Papers, Glassine Canada and Georgia Pacific. With both a BSc and MBA, Robert has the proven ability and a successful track record of delivering the needs of shareholders, customers and employees by creating a work environment of shared goals and values.


Brian Johnston – Powell River

Brian has 30 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry, having worked in mills from coast to coast.  He has been with Catalyst Paper since 1994 and has held operations management positions at a corporate level and at all three mills, and has provided operations and technical support to all of the mills most recently in his role of vice-president technical services.  A graduate of engineering and management programs, Brian has demonstrated an ability to fully engage a workforce to deliver on expectations for a safe workforce focused on delivering on corporate and customer needs.


Fred Chinn – Port Alberni

Fred worked with Catalyst from 2000-2012 at the Crofton mill as maintenance and engineering manager and at the Port Alberni mill as paper mill production manager and is returning to Catalyst from Longview Fibre where he was the maintenance manager. He brings a broad industry background, instructional and leadership experience in aligning operations and maintenance goals, processes and relationships to achieve sustained improvements in machine efficiency and mill performance. Fred began his career as an industrial engineer with Michelin Tire, before moving to the pulp and paper industry. He worked as predictive and preventive maintenance superintendent with the Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited (1988-94); with Monitoring Technology Corp. as application engineer and development manager (1994-96); and with AstenJohnson (JWI Group) as manager of vibration technology/press felt designer from 1996-2000.Fred holds a mechanical engineering degree from Technical University of Nova Scotia and an engineering diploma from St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

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