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Fortress Paper’s Yvon Pelletier to retire

August 22, 2017  By P&PC Staff

Aug. 22, 2017 – After 36 years in the forestry industry, including nearly five years at Fortress Paper, Yvon Pelletier will be retiring from the company October 1, 2017.

Reassuming the role of president and CEO is Chadwick Wasilenkoff, in addition to his current position as chairman of the board. Wasilenkoff is the founder and served as president and CEO from June 2006 to September 2015. He has founded, financed and held executive and board positions with several publicly traded companies in Canada. He also sits on the Board of the Deans advisory University of British Columbia.

“I would like to thank the whole team at Fortress for sharing these past five years of my career with me. With the addition of Giovanni Iadeluca to Thurso’s operations and Mr. Wasilenkoff’s full-time involvement, I am confident that I am leaving the company in good hands for the next stage of improvement and growth,” said Pelletier. He has agreed to a two-year consulting agreement in order to help facilitate a smooth transition.


Pelletier was named CEO of Fortress Paper on October 1, 2015. He previously held the position of president of Fortress Specialty Cellulose since February 2013. Prior to joining Fortress Paper, Pelletier was the executive vice president of Tembec, an international manufacturer of forest products, and president of its Specialty Cellulose and Chemical Group. He holds a Pulp & Paper Technology degree from the Pulp & Paper College of Trois-Rivières.

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