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Paper Excellence adds new hires for Prince Albert Pulp restart


June 11, 2021
By P&PC Staff

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Brett Knoll, QA/QC manager, recently joined the Paper Excellence team at Prince Albert. Here, he studies plant drawings. Photo: Paper Excellence

Paper Excellence has filled several new roles as work to restart the Prince Albert pulp mill in Saskatchewan ramps up.

Prince Albert Pulp Incorporated is expected to restart in the second half 2023, says the company, employing a total of 200 people and creating over $300 million per year in economic benefits for Prince Albert and the province.

Charles Ray has been hired as director, project delivery and is responsible for ensuring the project is constructed on time, within budget and in accordance with all safety and environmental standards.

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These new hires have also recently joined the Prince Albert team:

  • Bob Hajnal, project safety manager
  • Brett Knoll, QA/QC project manager
  • Dale Richardson, community relations manager
  • Blair Rydberg, power and recovery manager
  • Heather Walker, operations administration assistant
  • Brett Young, DCS/power distribution project manager

“Filling these positions for Prince Albert Pulp Inc. is critical as we continue work toward restarting the mill,” says Graham Kissack, vice-president, environment, health and safety and corporate communications.

“These additions to our Prince Albert team and our ongoing work shows Paper Excellence’s commitment to reopening the mill and investing in the community and northern Saskatchewan.”

Paper Excellence has also engaged a variety of Saskatchewan-based consultants to help complete the engineering plans and environmental studies required to restart the mill, including consultants at Stantec, Clifton & Associates, Associated Engineering and Lambourne.

“While it has been quiet around the site for the last several years, things have really started to get rolling the past few months, and that’s very exciting for the project and for Prince Albert,” says Kelvin Winge, site manager for Prince Albert Pulp Inc.

“With new faces joining the team and working on-site, it’s a great sign that Paper Excellence ready to get the mill restarted.”

Paper Excellence recently announced local scholarships available to community and First Nations high school graduates who are living in Prince Albert and are entering their first year at a public university, community college or institute of technology and a national scholarship for Métis high school graduates.