Operational Leadership

Lucas McLeod - Business Excellence

Lucas McLeod is the Vice President of Business Excellence for Catalyst Paper. Prior to his current appointment, Lucas held the role of Vice President & General Manager, Biron Division for three years. Lucas joined Catalyst in 2015 with extensive experience in operations leadership, business management and project implementation within the paper industry. Lucas has held several leadership roles with progressive responsibility within Champion International Paper, UPM and NewPage. Throughout his career, Lucas has demonstrated the ability to drive continuous improvement in the areas of safety, quality, overall machine efficiency and mill financial performance.

Lucas holds a Bachelor of Science in Paper Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities).


Randy Chicoine - Rumford

Randy is the Vice-President & General Manager, Rumford Division. He brings over 20 years of paper mill experience to his role. He has a strong track record of motivating teams to achieve results, and leading projects and programs to continuously improve mill productivity, efficiency and performance. 

After completing his Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering) at the University of Maine, Randy started his career as a drives and controls engineer and progressed through levels of increasing responsibility, including Maintenance General Superintendent, Operations General Superintendent and Paper Production Manager.

Since joining the Rumford mill in 1992, Randy has gained a tremendous depth of knowledge and was one of five Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belts charged to deploy an effective LSS program at the mill.


Harold Norlund – Crofton

Harold NorlundHarold Norlund joined Catalyst in April 2014 as Vice-President & General Manager, Port Alberni Division, and brings to his new role at Crofton more than 20 years of cost-reduction and profitability-enhancement experience in operations management, including previous senior roles during his 15 years at the Crofton paper operations. 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.

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


Sean Krajnik - Biron

Sean Krajnik is the Vice President & General Manager of the Biron Division. Sean has extensive experience in the pulp and paper industry with more than 20 years in the coated specialty papers segment working in progressively senior roles, including product development, quality management, technical services, and production and mill management.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and several post-graduate certification programs, including Paper Science, Rapid Lean 6 Sigma and High Performance Management. .



Marc Bodin – Port Alberni

Marc Bodin is Acting General Manager for the Port Alberni Division, and was most recently Port Alberni's Manager of Paper Operations and New Business. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Marc joined Catalyst in June 2005, and has worked at all three of our B.C. mills as Project Engineer (Powell River), Maintenance Engineer (Crofton) and Maintenance Manager (Port Alberni).

Marc earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Victoria.


Walter Tarnowsky – Powell River

Walter Tarnowsky is Vice-President & General Manager, Powell River Division, on an interim basis. Walter brings to this role over two decades of experience improving paper machine quality and productivity, including previous experience at the Powell River mill. After completing his Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry/Energy and Fuel Science) at Lakehead University, Walter began his career as Assistant Paper Machine Manager, joined Catalyst in 2000 as Paper Machine Manager, and progressed to Paper Mill Production Manager and then Director, Paper Mill Productivity, where he  oversaw all mill productivity at Catalyst.