Fortress Paper Ltd. has announced changes to the management team of Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc., a wholly-owned operating subsidiary which produces dissolving pulp at a mill in Thurso, Que. Marco Veilleux has been promoted to vice-president, business development and strategic projects, for Fortress Paper. Andre Boucher joins the company to replace Veilleux as chief operating officer of Fortress Specialty Cellulose.
Boucher has more than 30 years of industry experience in the specialty cellulose sector including 24 years at Tembec Inc. where he was the general manager of the Temiscaming dissolving pulp mill. Boucher was responsible for overall mill optimization and development of specialty products, including a full range of acetate and other specialty pulps. Most recently, Boucher was general manager of ethanol operations for Suncor Energy Inc.
Chadwick Wasilenkoff, chief executive officer of Fortress Paper, commented: "We feel [Andre’s] mill optimization and unique experience in transitioning a viscose-grade dissolving pulp mill to a specialty-grade dissolving pulp mill will further enhance our already strong specialty cellulose team. Andre's addition provides us with more flexibility as we balance our key personnel between Thurso and our other strategic projects."
Veilleux was a member of the executive team which managed the successful staffing, startup and conversion to dissolving pulp at the Thurso mill. In his new role, he will focus on special and strategic projects, manage risk and compliance matters, and will assume other key corporate responsibilities within Fortress Paper.
Fortress announced earlier this month that the closing date for its previously announced acquisition of the Lebel-sur-Quevillon pulp mill will be extended. The company states that it continues to work with the other parties to satisfy all the conditions prior to closing.
source: pulp and paper canada