Catalyst Names New Chairman of the Board
Feb. 17, 2006 - Catalyst said that it has has named Keith Purchase as chairman of the board of directors.
Mr. Purchase joined Catalyst following the acquisition of Pacifica Papers Inc. where he had also served as a director. He is a member of Catalyst's Audit committee and chairs the Environment, Health and Safety committee.
Mr. Purchase is a resident of British Columbia and former executive vice president and chief operating officer of MacMillan Bloedel Limited. He serves on several other boards including as chairman of the Fraser Health Authority.
Catalyst has also named Mark Dodson, president and chief executive officer, Northwest Natural Gas Company, as a director. Based in Portland, Oregon, Mr. Dodson brings a background in retail energy marketing and distribution, in addition to expertise in regulatory law from roles in private practice, and with the Federal Aviation Administration and the US Department of Transportation.
Mr. Dodson has held several executive positions since joining Northwest Natural Gas in 1997 and was appointed its chief executive officer in 2003. He is a director of Energy Insurance Mutual Ltd. and an active member of several industry and business associations. He holds a degree in law from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor of arts from Harvard University.
Catalyst is a leading producer of mechanical printing papers in North America. The company also produces de-inked and market kraft pulp. With five mills employing 3,800 people at sites within a 160 kilometre radius on the south coast of British Columbia, Catalyst has a combined annual capacity of 2.5 million tonnes of product.