Executive Team

Joe Nemeth

President & Chief Executive Officer

Joe Nemeth joined Catalyst Paper as president and chief executive officer in October 2013. He brings 30 years of pulp and paper experience, including line management positions in sales, marketing and operations. Prior to joining Catalyst, Joe served as president and chief executive officer of Canfor Pulp. Joe has a passion for the pulp and paper industry and a track record of successful turn-arounds. He helped Canfor Pulp become the top performing pulp and paper company in Canada and has restructured and refocused Catalyst Paper, so it is positioned for long-term success. 

Joe holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Western University and a Bachelor of Forestry degree from the University of British Columbia.


Brian BaardaBrian Baarda

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, with his most recent position being vice-president, operations, accountable for recycled paper production and facilities.

Prior to that, he was vice-president of the 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.


Jim BaylesJim Bayles

Senior Vice-President, Sales & Marketing

Jim Bayles joined the company in 1976 and has held a progression of positions with increasing responsibility within the sales and marketing group throughout his career. Most recently, Jim served as vice president and general manager, Newsprint International.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo and
a Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University.


Len PosyniakLen Posyniak

Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Services

Len Posyniak was appointed senior vice-president, human resources and corporate services in August 2014. Len brings over 30 years of strategic human resources and labour relations experience in both the private and public sectors at the executive level. Prior to joining Catalyst, Len was the executive vice-president, human resources with the Corix Group of Companies.

Len holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Regina, as well as a Certified Human Resources Professional designation. He is a Director of the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association, has served as a Trustee of several major pension plans, and holds an Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D).


Greg MauleGreg Maule

Senior Vice President, Operations (US)

Greg Maule is a seasoned paper operations leader with more than 25 years of experience in coated paper manufacturing. After starting his career as a chemical and process engineer, Greg assumed positions of increasing responsibility in various facilities leading to the role of mill manager at several large pulp and paper operations. Most recently, Greg was Vice-President, Manufacturing Operations for NewPage Corporation, where he was responsible for leading the operations of eight pulp and paper mills.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Michigan Technological University and a Master of Science, Pulp and Paper Engineering from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology.