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. He is a member of the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee and the Finance Committee.
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 Eurobank Ergasias S.A. (Athens Stock Exchange), AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. (TSX) and a private company. He has served in the last five years on the boards of Bank of Ireland (London Stock Exchange) and Ridley Inc. (TSX).
Randall C. Benson
Mr. Benson has served on the company’s board since the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders. He is a member of the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee, the Finance Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation/Nominating and Governance Committee.
He has been the principal of R.C. Benson Consulting Inc. since 1999, providing strategic analysis, management, financial and operational restructuring and recapitalization expertise to companies, including those considered distressed or underperforming. From May 2012 to August 2016, Mr. Benson was also co-lead of the National Restructuring practice (Canada) at KPMG LLP. In addition, Mr. Benson has experience in finance, operations, sales and general management gained through various roles he has held in operating companies, including as the chief financial officer of public and private companies Call-Net Enterprises Inc. (which owned Sprint Canada Inc.) and Beatrice Foods Inc., and as divisional president of Parmalat Canada’s Dairy Group.
Mr. Benson is currently chair of the board and chair of the audit committee of Advanz Pharma Corp (TSX).
Ms. Blanchet was appointed to the company’s board on January 31, 2019 in accordance with the company’s by-laws.
She spent over 30 years with Cascades Inc., including as senior vice president, corporate development, from 2014 to 2017. From 1997 to 2014, she was president and chief executive officer of Cascades Tissue Group.
Ms. Blanchet is a graduate of the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors and currently serves as a director of Agropur and GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. (TSX), where she serves on the audit committee. Ms. Blanchet has also previously served as a director of Rona Inc. (TSX).
Jennifer C. Dolan
Ms. Dolan has served on the company’s board since the 2013 annual meeting of stockholders. She is a member of the Audit Committee, the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation/Nominating and Governance Committee.
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., while it was 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 chairs the Finance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation/Nominating and Governance Committee.
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 of Jaguar Mining Inc. (TSX). Until November 2018, he was also chair of Jaguar Mining, which 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 currently senior advisor at Lazard Canada Inc., where he was previously managing director between September 2016 and February 2018, and before that was a senior partner at Verus Partners & Co. from April 2014 to September 2016.
Jeffrey A. Hearn
Mr. Hearn has served on the company’s board since the emergence date. He chairs the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee.
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. Laflamme was appointed president and chief executive officer and a member of the company’s board on February 1, 2018.
He previously held various positions at the company, including as senior vice president, wood products, global procurement and information technology, from January 2011 to January 2018; senior vice president, wood products, from October 2007 to January 2011; senior vice president, woodlands and sawmills of Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. from 2006 to October 2007; and as vice president, sales, marketing and value-added wood products operations of Abitibi-Consolidated from 2004 to 2005. He is a 37-year veteran of the industry, as well as of Resolute and its predecessor companies.
Mr. Laflamme currently serves as a board member of Serres Toundra Inc., a board member of the American Forest & Paper Association and a board member and chair of the audit committee of the Forest Products Association of Canada. He is a past chairman of the Canadian Wood Council and a past executive team member of the Quebec Forest Industry Council.
Mr. Rhéaume has served on the company’s board since the emergence date. He chairs the Human Resources and Compensation/Nominating and Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Finance Committee.
He is founder and a managing partner at Trio Capital Inc. Until 2005, he was executive vice president and president of Fido, a subsidiary of Rogers Wireless Communications Inc. Previously, Mr. Rhéaume was president and chief operating officer and 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) and Boralex Inc. (TSX). He has served in the last five years on the boards of the Canadian Investors Protection Fund, 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 private companies.
Michael S. Rousseau
Mr. Rousseau has served on the company’s board since the emergence date. He chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Human Resources and Compensation/Nominating and Governance Committee and the Finance Committee.
He is deputy chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Air Canada since January 1, 2019. Previously, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Air Canada since October 2007. He was named Canada’s CFO of the Year™ for 2017 by Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), PwC Canada and Robert Half. 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 Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX).