Kruger’s Lafave to lead containerboard group
By Cindy Macdonald
The Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association (CCCA) elected Michael (Mike) Lafave, senior vice-president, containerboard, packaging and recycling for Kruger Products, as its chairman for the one-year term beginning in May, 2016.
Joining him on the executive committee are Bob Hagan, senior vice-president, Atlantic Packaging as first vice-chairman, Jean Parent, vice-president, sales and marketing, Norampac, as second vice-chairman and Gary Johnson, president, Maritime Paper, as treasurer and as immediate past chairman, Peter Moore, board chairman, Moore Packaging.
The full board of the CCCA consists of the representatives of Canada’s major Canadian containerboard producing mills and containerboard converters operating corrugators. The board also consists of one representative each from the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) and the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC Canada).
In his comments to the board during the May meeting, Lafave acknowledged the impressive level of activity undertaken by the human resources and the health and safety committees, and acknowledged Bob Hagan of Atlantic Packaging’s contribution to the manufacturing committee’s focus on effectively addressing sustainability challenges at the converting plant level. The purpose of all CCCA committees is to exchange best practices for the mutual benefit of all members.
In his review, Lafave further acknowledged the moral and financial support of the associate members, comprised primarily of suppliers to the Canadian containerboard mills and converting plants.
Finally, the threat of competing materials to the business of corrugated manufacturing was discussed. Lafave called on all members and the CCCA to respond to this issue by continuing to present clear, professional science and fact-based arguments advocating the significant benefits of corrugated paperboard packaging to customers specifically and to the marketplace generally.