President and Chief Executive Officer
Joe joined Catalyst as president and chief executive officer in October 2013. Prior to joining Catalyst, Joe held executive positions in sales, marketing and operations spanning over 30 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry. His leadership achievements include best of peer group financial performance; negotiation and oversight of major business and strategic development initiatives; and continuous improvement in operations, cost and organizational management.
Joe holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Forestry from the University of British Columbia.
Vice-President and General Counsel
As vice-president and general counsel, David is accountable for all of the company’s legal matters, including the company’s relationships with outside counsel. He oversees all regulatory and corporate compliance and corporate governance practices and provides legal and strategic input in the company’s business transactions and negotiations.
David’s legal background includes twenty years of private practice with a major law firm and nine years on his own as a lawyer and consultant. He has extensive experience with industry transactions and commercial negotiations, including mergers and acquisitions, business restructuring, financing agreements, strategic alliances and energy arrangements.
He has a law degree (1980) and a mathematics degree (1976) from the University of British Columbia and is recognized as a leading forestry law practitioner.
He assumed his role in May 2010.
Vice-President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Brian Baarda was appointed vice-president, finance and chief financial officer in November 2009. He brings 20 years of industry experience, most recently as vice-president, operations accountable for recycled paper production and facilities.
Prior to that he was vice-president of Powell River Division, and from 2003 to 2005 he held the role of vice-president, supply chain. He joined the company in 1989 and has worked in several locations and held a number of senior accounting and analysis positions until moving to the operations side of the business in 2001 as the pulp mill manager at the former Elk Falls Division, a role he held until 2003.
Senior Vice-President, Human Resources
Steve joined Catalyst in January 2008, bringing more than 25 years of experience in senior human resource positions with both management and labour. Prior to his role at Catalyst, he was vice-president of Algoma Steel, where he led the human resource group since 1998.
He began his career in the mining industry and served as president of the Steelworkers Union local in Elliot Lake, Ontario in the late 1970s. He became a staff representative with the Steelworkers in 1987 and was promoted to area coordinator for Northwestern Ontario in 1990.
Steve is a graduate of the Queen's School of Business, Human Resources Program and an alumnus of the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference. He served on numerous community boards and committees and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard and Oxford Universities.