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 our 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.
Duncan K. Davies
Mr. Davies was appointed to the board on September 13, 2021, and he is chairman of the board. He is a member of the Finance Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation/Nominating and Governance Committee.
He was president and chief executive officer and a director of Interfor Corporation (TSX) for nearly 20 years until he stepped down in 2019. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX) from November 2020 to May 2021, where he also served as director from April 2020 to April 2021. He also previously served as an officer of two other integrated forest products companies and worked as an investment banker, specializing in forest products activities..
Mr. Davies is currently vice chair of the Binational Softwood Lumber Council. He previously served on the Softwood Lumber Board, BC Lumber Trade Council and Canadian Lumber Trade Alliance, where he was involved in industry-wide promotion and trade-related matters involving softwood lumber.
Mr. Davies holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Victoria and a Master of Science (Forestry Economics) from the University of British Columbia.
Bradley P. Martin
Mr. Martin has served on the board since the 2012 annual meeting of stockholders. He was chair of the board until September 13, 2021. He is a member of the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability 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; no longer a public company) and two private companies. He has served in the last five years on the board of Bank of Ireland (London Stock Exchange).
Randall C. Benson
Mr. Benson has served on the company’s board since the 2017 annual meeting of stockholders. He chairs the Finance Committee and is a member of the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability 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 was chair of the board and chair of the audit committee of Advanz Pharma Corp (TSX) until December 31, 2019. He is a member of the advisory board of the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation and serves on the board of other private companies.
Ms. Blanchet was appointed to the company’s board on January 31, 2019, in accordance with the company’s by-laws and further elected at the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders. She chairs the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Finance Committee.
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 GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. (TSX), where she serves on the audit committee, and as a director of Velan Inc. (TSX), where she serves as president of the audit committee.. Ms. Blanchet has also previously served as a director of Rona Inc. (TSX) and Agropur.
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 Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability 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.
Remi G. Lalonde
Mr. Lalonde was appointed president and chief executive officer and a member of the company’s board on March 1, 2021.
Mr. Lalonde has been with the company since 2009. He previously served as senior vice president and chief financial officer from November 2018 to March 1, 2021, after being vice president for strategy, M&A, business development and procurement from May 2018 to November 2018. He was general manager of Resolute’s pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay (Ontario) from February 2016 to May 2018. Before taking a leadership role in operations, Mr. Lalonde was treasurer and vice president for investor relations from November 2014 to February 2016, and vice president for investor relations from September 2011 to November 2014. He initially joined the company in 2009 as senior legal counsel (securities) following six years at the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York.
Mr. Lalonde graduated with a bachelor of laws from the University of Ottawa in 2003 and a bachelor of applied sciences in civil engineering from the University of Ottawa in 1999. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Ontario.
Mr. Lalonde currently serves as a board member of the American Forest & Paper Association, and he is vice chairman of the board of the Forest Products Association of Canada and chairman of its audit committee. He is also on the board of the Binational Softwood Lumber Council and the Canadian Lumber Trade Association.
Mr. Rhéaume has served on the company’s board since 2010. He was lead director until September 13, 2021. 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 Boralex Inc. (TSX) and was a director of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX) until May 2020. He has served in the last five years on the board of the Canadian Investors Protection Fund.
Michael S. Rousseau
Mr. Rousseau has served on the company’s board since 2010. He chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation/Nominating and Governance Committee.
He is president and chief executive officer of Air Canada since February 16, 2021. Previously, he was deputy chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Air Canada since January 1, 2019, after being 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 Air Canada (TSX). He previously served on the board of directors of Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX) until June 2021 and of Enercare Inc. (TSX) until November 2018.