Operational Leadership

Rob Belanger – Crofton

Rob BelangerRobert Belanger is vice-president and general manager, Crofton Division. Rob joined Catalyst in January 2011 as general manager, Crofton Division. He has over 25 years of industry experience having held various roles in operations, sales and executive management with E.B. Eddy Forest Products, Domtar Inc., Deerfield Specialty Papers, Glassine Canada and Georgia Pacific.

With both Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees, Rob has demonstrated ability and successful track record of delivering the needs of shareholders, customers and employees by creating a work environment of shared goals and values.


Harold Norlund – Port Alberni

Harold NorlundHarold Norlund joined Catalyst in April 2014 as vice-president and general manager, Port Alberni Division. Harold has over 20 years of cost-reduction and profitability-enhancement experience in operations management. He returned to Canada to join Catalyst after 12 years with NPIUSA Port Angeles, Washington, where he was the executive vice-president. Prior to that, Harold was general manager of the Abitibi Mackenzie paper mill and also held senior roles during his 15 years at the Crofton paper operations.

Harold graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba and is a Professional Engineer with APEGBC.


Fred Chinn – Powell River

Fred ChinnFred Chinn is vice-president and general manager, Powell River Division. Fred was employed with Catalyst from 2000 to 2012 as maintenance and engineering manager at the Crofton mill and as paper mill production manager at the Port Alberni mill. Following a period where he was maintenance director at Longview Fibre, Fred returned to Catalyst as general manager of the Port Alberni Division, before assuming his current role as vice-president and general manager. Fred has significant leadership experience in aligning operations and maintenance goals, processes and relationship to achieve sustained improvements in machine efficiency and mill performance.

Fred holds a mechanical engineering degree from Technical University of Nova Scotia and an engineering diploma from St. Mary’s University.


Lucas McLeod - Biron

Lucas McLeod is vice-president and general manager, Biron Division. He has almost 20 years of experience and a strong track record of leading project and programs to continuously improve paper mill operations and performance. His career began as a process engineer and progressed through levels of increasing responsibility, including mill superintendent and production line manager in Grand Rapids. Most recently, Lucas was the paper systems manager at a paper mill in Duluth, Minnesota.

Lucas completed his Bachelor of Science in Pulp and Paper engineering at the University of Minnesota.


Gerald "Jerry" LeClaire - Rumford

Gerald LeClaireJerry LeClaire is vice-president and general manager, Rumford Division. He began his career with Boise Cascade at the Rumford mill as a process engineer in the technical department and has held numerous positions including multiple front line supervisor roles, paper production engineer, pulp mill superintendent and general manager of paper and pulp production. Throughout his career, Jerry has driven continued improvement efforts in areas of safety, quality and productivity.

Jerry has over 35 years of experience in paper operations having worked under Boise Cascade, Mead Corporation, MeadWestvaco and NewPage. Prior to joining the Rumford mill, he held positions including construction laborer, pollution plant operator and process engineer intern for various paper manufacturers.

A native of Greenwich, New York, Jerry earned his Associate of Science degree in Math and Sciences from Hudson Valley Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Paper Science and Engineering from Syracuse University and the State University of the New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Stew Gibson

Stew Gibson Stew Gibson is vice-president, manufacturing and technical services. Since joining Catalyst in 1990, Stew has held various leadership roles spanning project management and operations at Catalyst’s mills, including the role of general manager at the Powell River mill from 2008 to 2011. In addition to Stew’s nearly 25 years of technical experience, he provides leadership in aligning reinvestment into Catalyst’s assets to create a sustainable, competitive advantage for Catalyst in the marketplace.

Stew holds a Masters of Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia, an EMBA from the Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business and is a registered Professional Engineer with APEGBC.