Providing strategic advice and effective oversight in today's fast-changing global business environment requires an independent, high-performance board whose members have extensive knowledge and experience in a wide range of disciplines. Those criteria are reflected in the credentials of Resolute Forest Products Board members, who bring to the table an outstanding combination of know-how and experience along with the highest level of integrity.
Bradley P. Martin
Chairman of the board
Mr. Martin has served on the board since the 2012 annual meeting of stockholders.
Since March 9, 2012, he has served as vice president for strategic investments with Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. He had been its vice president and chief operating officer since January 2007, and its corporate secretary since 2002. Before joining Fairfax in 1998, he was a partner with Torys LLP, a leading Canadian business law firm, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and securities law.
Mr. Martin currently serves as a member of the boards of Bank of Ireland (NYSE, London Stock Exchange) and Eurobank Ergasias S.A. (Athens Stock Exchange). He has served in the last five years on the boards of Ridley Inc. (TSX), Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc. (TSX) and The Brick Ltd. (TSX).
Michel P. Desbiens
Mr. Desbiens has served on the company’s board since the 2013 annual meeting of stockholders.
He has been an independent consultant since 2000, advising a number of clients in the forest products industry, during which time he served briefly as Quebecor World Inc.’s chief executive officer (international) and chief executive officer for part of 2002 and 2003. He had been president and chief executive officer of Donohue Inc. since 1994 when it was acquired by Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. (a predecessor entity of ours) in 2000, after which he served briefly as its chairman and a special advisor. Before then, he held a number of executive positions with Donohue Inc., Domtar Inc., Chapelle d’Arblay paper mill and Abitibi-Price Inc. (a predecessor entity of ours). Mr. Desbiens is a mechanical engineer.
Mr. Desbiens presently serves on the board of Rogers Sugar Inc. (TSX), and in the last five years has served on the boards of Cascades Inc. (TSX), Catalyst Paper Corp. (TSX) and Fibrek Inc., a subsidiary (previously on the TSX).
Jennifer C. Dolan
Ms. Dolan has served on the company’s board since the 2013 annual meeting of stockholders.
She retired from The New York Times Company in 2012 after a 33-year career, the last ten of which she spent as vice president of forest products, where she managed paper procurement and oversaw its equity investments in two paper mills, including as a member of the board of Donohue Malbaie Inc., a joint venture with the company. Before then, she held a number of executive and senior finance roles. Ms. Dolan is a certified public accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
She serves on no other public company board.
Richard D. Falconer
Mr. Falconer has served on the company’s board since we emerged from creditor protection on December 9, 2010, which we refer to as the “emergence date.”
He was vice chairman and managing director of CIBC World Markets Inc. until he retired in 2011. He joined Wood Gundy (now a division of CIBC World Markets Inc.) in 1970; his previous roles include financial analyst, director of research and co-head of investment banking. He has experience advising companies in the forest products industry.
Mr. Falconer serves as a board member of Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX) and is chairman of Jaguar Mining Inc. (TSX Venture Exchange). Jaguar Mining filed for creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) in December of 2013 and emerged from creditor protection on April 22, 2014. Mr. Falconer is a board member for a number of not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Falconer is a Senior Partner at Verus Partners & Co.
Mr. Garneau has served on the board since June 2010 and has been our president and chief executive officer since January 1, 2011.
He served as president and chief executive officer of Catalyst Paper Corporation from 2007 through 2010 and as vice president of pulp and paper operations with Domtar Inc. from 2005 through 2007. Catalyst Paper filed for creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in January of 2012. He also held a variety of roles at Norampac, Copernic.com, Future Electronics, St. Laurent Paperboard, Finlay Forest Industries and Donohue Inc.
He serves on no other public company board of directors.
Jeffrey A. Hearn
Mr. Hearn has served on the company’s board since the emergence date.
He retired from International Paper in April 2009, where he served as project executive with responsibility for implementing the company’s expanded manufacturing and market presence in Brazil. Before this assignment, Mr. Hearn held various other general business management, operations management and technology management positions in the U.S. and Canada, including as head of International Paper’s coated paperboard business. He was president and chief executive officer of Weldwood of Canada from 2000 to 2002, and has also served as chair of the Paperboard Mfg. and Converting Section of the American Forest Products Association and former vice-chair of the Forest Products Association of Canada. He was also Industry CEO representative for the B.C. Forest Products Forest Practices Reform Initiative.
He serves on no other public company board of directors.
Mr. Rhéaume has served on the company’s board since the emergence date.
He is founder and a managing partner at Trio Capital Inc. Before then he was executive vice president and president of Fido, a subsidiary of Rogers Wireless Communications Inc., a role he assumed when Microcell Telecommunications Inc. was acquired by Rogers. Mr. Rhéaume was president and chief operating officer and previously served as chief financial officer of Microcell. Previously, Mr. Rhéaume was associate deputy minister of finance from 1987 to 1992 and deputy minister of finance from 1992 to 1996 in the provincial government of Quebec.
He currently serves as a director of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX), the Canadian Investors Protection Fund and Boralex Inc. (TSX). He has served in the last five years on the boards of the Canadian Public Accountability Board, Redline Communications Group Inc. (TSX), Diagnocure Inc. (TSX), Kangaroo Media Inc. (TSX Venture Exchange; no longer a public company), Boralex Power Income Fund (TSX) and other
Michael S. Rousseau
Mr. Rousseau has served on the company’s board since the emergence date.
He has been executive vice president and chief financial officer of Air Canada since October 2007. He served as president of Hudson’s Bay Company from 2006 to 2007, and as executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2001 to 2006. Prior to joining Hudson’s Bay Company in 2001, he held senior executive financial positions at other large international corporations, including Moore Corporation in Chicago, Silcorp Limited and the UCS Group (a division of Imasco Limited).
Mr. Rousseau currently serves on the board of EnerCare Inc. (TSX).
David H. Wilkins
Ambassador Wilkins has served on the company’s board since the emergence date.
He was nominated by President George W. Bush as United States ambassador to Canada in 2005, a position he held until January 20, 2009. Before this appointment, he practiced law for 34 years in Greenville, South Carolina, and has extensive experience in civil litigation and appellate practice. He was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1980 and served 25 years, culminating in his service as speaker of the House. He is currently a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and chairs the Public Policy and International Law practice group.
He serves on no other public company board of directors, but serves on other private company boards.