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GreenFirst elects three new board members at its AGM

December 14, 2021  By P&PC Staff

GreenFirst Forest Products announced the election of three new members to its board of directors at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Dec. 2 – Barbara Anie, David Chartrand, and W. Sean Willy.

Directors, Hassan Raza Baqar, Richard E Govignon and Andrew McIntyre did not stand for re-election. Paul Rivett, Rick DomanWilliam G. HarveyMichael MitchellMarty Proctor and Larry G. Swets Jr. were re-elected at the meeting.

“We are honoured to welcome Barbara AnieDavid Chartrand and W. Sean Willy to our board. At this exciting time for GreenFirst, their significant corporate governance expertise and business acumen will contribute to the strategic growth of the Company,” said Paul Rivett, chairman. “We would also like to express my appreciation to Hassan Raza Baqar, Richard E Govignon, and Andrew McIntyre for their valuable advice and counsel to the company.”


Barbara Anie is an experienced media marketer with more than 17 years of experience specializing in brand partnerships and strategic solutions and digital sales and strategy. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University. Currently, Anie leads the go-to-market strategies for key accounts and corporate partnerships across Torstar. Prior to Torstar her marketing media experience was sought through her employment at Bell Media and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

David Chartrand has been providing leadership and governance at the provincial, national and international levels within the Métis Nation for the past 24 years. After leaving the Department of Justice with the Province of Manitoba in 1996, he was elected president of the Manitoba Métis Federation in 1997. He is the longest-serving president of the MMF, devoting his career to human rights, education, child welfare, economic development, justice, and veteran’s issues.

Sean Willy was appointed president and CEO of Des Nedhe Group in August 2017, after a 25-year career in the resource industry. With roots in the Denesuline and Metis communities, Willy, a member of the North Slave Metis Alliance, brings an understanding of the expectations and needs of Indigenous people. In his career, Willy has developed and implemented some of the most innovative Indigenous Inclusion and value added CSR strategies for companies such as Rio Tinto and Cameco Corporation.

At the AGM shareholders representing approximately 43.3 percent of the outstanding common shares voted with at least 99.8 percent voting in favour of each nominated director and the appointment of the auditors and at least 96.4 percent voting in favour of the adoption of a new Omnibus Equity Compensation Plan, the continuance of GreenFirst into Ontario and authorizing the directors to increase the size of the board in between shareholder meetings.

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