Executive Team

 

Leslie T. Lederer

Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer

Leslie T. Lederer was appointed Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer in May, 2017. An attorney with a depth of experience assisting clients with financing, restructuring and M&A activities, he has worked with both Canadian and American counsel and financiers in turning companies around. He has acted as a consultant in financing, restructuring and mergers and acquisitions since 2008.

Leslie was Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Paper Corporation from June 2013 to September 2013. From July 2007 to August 2008, he was senior advisor for SSAB Svenskt Stal AB, a Swedish based international steel producer. Prior to that he was Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel at IPSCO Inc. when it was acquired by SSAB.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Accounting) and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois, and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Edward (Ned) Dwyer

Chief Operating Officer

Edward (Ned) Dwyer joined Catalyst in May 2017 as Chief Operating Officer. Ned brings more than 30 years in the pulp and paper industry gained in progressively senior roles with global companies. A deeply experienced senior executive, Ned is recognized for successfully leading major operational and performance improvements in cost, productivity, efficiency, quality and safety. In addition, Ned has established a track record for successful machine start-ups and rebuilds, as well as leading product development for emerging and growth markets.

Ned holds a Bachelor of Science (Paper Science and Engineering) from the State University of New York and Syracuse University.


Om Bhatia

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Om Bhatia was appointed Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer in May 2017. Prior to Catalyst, Om was a senior executive with a large New York-based financial institution where he was responsible for developing and structuring programs to maximize the profitability of multi-national companies. Om’s financial expertise is supported by 15 years of operational experience gained in various facets of pulp and paper operations, including strategic planning, corporate development, customer service and production.

Om holds a Master of Business Administration from Notre Dame University, a Master of Science from Miami University (Ohio), an engineering degree (Paper Science & Technology) from the Indian Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) from Meerut University.


Matt Stapleton

Interim Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Matt most recently led our Printing & Writing and Publication Papers Sales team, responsible for the Coated and Uncoated Product lines, and was previously responsible for North American Paper Sales as well as the management of our Specialties product lines at our BC mills. Matt joined Catalyst in 1999, and has extensive experience in various sales management positions with a number of leading paper companies.


Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The United States Naval Academy.


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).