Fortress Paper Products 





Yvon Pelletier

Mr. Pelletier was named CEO of Fortress Paper Ltd on October 1 2015; he has held the position of President of Fortress Specialty Cellulose since February 25 2013. Mr. Pelletier has over 30 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry and has held leadership roles in technical, operational, and commercial areas. Prior to joining Fortress Paper, Mr. Pelletier was the Executive Vice President of Tembec Inc., a leading international manufacturer of forest products, and President of its Specialty Cellulose and Chemical Group. As a senior executive at Tembec, Mr. Pelletier has acted as General Manager of various dissolving pulp and kraft pulp operations, and has acted as Senior Vice President of the company’s Kraft Pulp Division, overseeing three mills in Canada and two in France. Mr. Pelletier holds a Pulp & Paper Technology degree from the Pulp & Paper College of Trois-Rivières.



Yvon Pelletier


Kurt Loewen

Mr. Loewen is a Chartered accountant in Canada and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC since June 2000. He served in public practice in audit and accounting at Deloitt & Touche LLP. Mr. Loewen received a B.Sc. in May, 1992 and also received a Master of Science degree in Forest Resource management in January 1994 at the University of British Columbia. He has been with Fortress Paper since August 2006 and in addition to Chief Financial Officer has held the positions of Controller, Corporate Secretary of Fortress Paper.


Dan Buckle

Mr. Buckle  has been with the corporation since 2008. Prior to his appointment at Fortress Paper, Mr. Buckle was a manager in audit with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP and spent eight years working with them in various capacities. Mr. Buckle is a Chartered Accountant in Canada and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.




Chad Wasilenkoff

Mr. Wasilenkoff, founder and former CEO and President of Fortress Paper from June 2006 though September 2015. He has founded, financed and held executive and board positions with several successful publically traded companies in Canada and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Currency Affairs and Deans advisory University of British Columbia, Canada. Mr. Wasilenkoff has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.


Anil Wirasekara

Mr. Anil Wirasekara has been an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd. since 1996. Mr. Wirasekara has over 25 years of financial management experience in the manufacturing, defence, aerospace and information technology industries. Mr. Wirasekara joined NetNation in 1992 as a Manager of Operations Accounting and Information. From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Wirasekara was Controller and Secretary of Rainex Limited, a Vancouver, British Columbia company involved in project development, technology transfers and international trade. He has served as a Director of Day4 Energy Inc. since December 6, 2007. He served as a Director of NetNation Communications Inc. since October 1999. Mr. Wirasekara holds the designations of a Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Management of the United Kingdom in 1985, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He became a Chartered Accountant in 1983.


Richard Whittall

Mr. Whittall has been the President of Watershed Capital Partners Inc., a private investment banking firm, since 1996. Previously, he held a number of senior management positions in corporate finance and investment banking in Canada. Mr. Whittall currently serves as a director with various publicly listed companies. Mr. Whittall holds a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.


Joe Nemeth

Mr. Nemeth has over 25 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry. Mr. Nemeth has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Paper since October 2013.  Mr. Nemeth previously held the positions of President and Chief Executive  Officer, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing of Canfor Pulp Holding Inc., the general partner of Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership. Prior to joining Canfor, Mr. Nemeth worked in the Green Power Business as President and Chief Executive Officer of Greenbelt Renewable Energy.  Prior to working at Greenbelt, Mr. Nemeth spent 14 years working in various positions at Fletcher Challenge Canada (now Catalyst Paper Corporation), with the two most recent positions being Vice-President, Sales and Marketing and Production Director of the Elk Falls Paper Division. Mr. Nemeth holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Forestry degree from the University of British Columbia.


Terrence P. Kavanagh

Mr. Kavanagh has over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of senior executive positions in the pulp and paper industy. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Tembec Inc. from 2004 to 2007 and served as President of Tembec SAS, the european subsidiary of Tembec Inc., from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Kavanagh is currently an independent consultant to the pulp and paper industry. Mr. Kavanagh holds a bachelor of science degree from Concordia (Loyola) University.




Anil Wirasekara