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Resolute CEO honoured for strong defence of forest products industry

May 24, 2017  By P&PC Staff

May 24, 2017 – Resolute president and CEO Richard Garneau has been awarded the John Dobson Medal for Free Enterprise, where he is being recognized for a “lifetime of principled leadership and advocacy on behalf of Canada’s forest products industry.”

The Dobson Medal is presented annually by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) in recognition of a career spent defending free markets and entrepreneurship.

Michel Kelly-Gagnon, MEI CEO, saluted Garneau’s courage and commitment to Resolute’s shareholders, customers, communities and employees, when awarding the medal to Garneau.


“We look for individuals who are vocal in their defence of the free market and who go above and beyond in fighting regulatory overreach or the lobby groups that aim to undermine the market economy. This year’s winner is one hell of a fighter,” he said.

In his remarks, Garneau commented on the need for the forest products industry to continue to defend itself against attacks of misinformation and intimidation.

“We have a moral and ethical obligation to fight back — to hold people accountable — to tell the truth. When people distort reality and inflict harm, we must not be afraid to confront them. Life has taught me that you must stand up for what you believe in. That’s how I conduct myself each and every day. At Resolute, it is an essential component of our culture, something we call, ‘principled leadership,’” said Garneau.

Established in 1986, The John Dobson Foundation works to help “educate the public with respect to the free enterprise system and entrepreneurial activities in Canada,” and supports entrepreneurial studies programs at McGill University and more than a dozen other universities across Canada.

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