PAPTAC presented the Mill Manager of the Year award to Domtar’s Jim Blight during the annual PaperWeek Canada conference in Montreal in February. Blight is general manager of the Domtar mill in Dryden, Ont. The award recognizes outstanding leadership and performance results in the Canadian pulp and paper industry.
Blight has worked at the Dryden mill since 1998, and has been in the general manager role since 2007.
“Taking quantum leaps in production capacity, cost structure, quality and safety performance is always the result of the hard work of many, but it takes a leader to bring out the best in people that allows these positive, sustainable results to happen," noted Martin Lorrion, Domtar's vice-president of manufacturing. “We're rightfully proud of him and what he's been able to accomplish with a strong team in Dryden."
“I need to share this professional honour with my colleagues here at the mill," says Blight. “We've had to make some difficult but necessary changes over the recent years to reposition ourselves for the changing global markets. We're now a safer, more competitive operation thanks to many people making a sustained, collective effort over a long period of time."