Board of directors

Tembec's board of directors is responsible for the overall stewardship of the corporation, and for fostering its long-term success consistent with the board's fiduciary responsibility to Tembec shareholders.
James V. Continenza
Chairman of the Board
James V. Continenza
  • Director since February 2008 / Independent
  • Chairman of the Special Committee for Strategic Purposes
  • Member of the Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committee
  • Minnesota, United States of America

Mr. Continenza is currently Chairman of the Board of Eastman Kodak Company. From October 2007 to October 2010 he was President of STi Prepaid, LLC, a facilities‑based provider of prepaid long‑distance wireline and wireless communications services. Mr. Continenza is also chairman and member of the board of directors of some private companies. In the past, Mr. Continenza also sat on the boards of Rural Cellular Corp, Inc., U.S.A. Mobility Inc. and Microcell Telecommunications Inc.

James Lopez
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
James Lopez
  • Director since January 2006 / Non independent
  • Member of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee
  • Ontario, Canada

Mr. Lopez was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2006 and has been a Director of the Corporation since January 2006. Prior to being named President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lopez served as Executive Vice President and President of the Corporation’s Forest Products Group from August 2003 to January 2006. From 1999 to August 2003, Mr. Lopez was Executive Vice President, Forest Resource Management Group of Tembec. Mr. Lopez also holds a seat on the board of directors of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and is a co-chairman of the Bi-National Softwood Lumber Council and Softwood Lumber Board between Canada and the United States. He is a member of the board of directors of Montreal-based FP Innovations which is among the world’s largest private, not-for-profit forest research centres. Mr. Lopez graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1981.

Norman M. Betts
Director
  • Director since January 2005 / Independent
  • Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • New Brunswick, Canada

Mr. Betts is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration, University of New Brunswick. He is also the former Finance Minister and Minister of Business with the Province of New Brunswick. Mr. Betts chairs the audit committees of Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corp., Adex Mining Inc., and 49 North Resources Inc. Mr. Betts is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in management, with a concentration in accounting and finance from Queen’s University in 1991.

James N. Chapman
Director
James N. Chapman
  • Director since February 2008 / Independent
  • Member of the Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committee
  • Member of the Special Committee for Strategic Purposes
  • Connecticut, United States of America

Mr. Chapman is non-executive advisory director of SkyWorks Leasing, LLC, an aircraft management services company, which he joined in December 2004. Prior to SkyWorks, he was associated with Regiment Capital Advisors, LP, an investment advisor based in Boston specializing in high yield investments, which he joined in January 2003. Mr. Chapman serves as a member of the board of directors of the public companies AerCap Holdings NV and Tower International, Inc. In addition, Mr. Chapman is a member of the board of directors of some private companies. Mr. Chapman was a director of Chrysler LLC from September 2007 to April 2009. Mr. Chapman received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree, with distinction, and a Master of Business Administration degree, with distinction, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 1984 and 1985, respectively.

Michel Dumas
Director, Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Michel Dumas
  • Director since January 2011 / Non independent
  • Member of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee
  • Ontario, Canada

Mr. Dumas was named Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation in 1997. Mr. Dumas joined the Corporation in 1985 as Controller for the high-yield pulp mill in Temiscaming, Quebec. In 1991, he became Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Spruce Falls Inc., an affiliate of the Corporation. Mr. Dumas has also acted as a Director of various subsidiaries of the Corporation. He obtained an honors bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Ottawa in 1980.

Jacques Leduc
Director
Jacques Leduc
  • Director since January 2011 / Independent
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Québec, Canada

Mr. Leduc is a Director of Terrestar Corporation since April 2006. He is a co-founder and managing partner of Trio Capital Inc., a private equity and venture capital firm that he started in January 2006, which invests primarily in telecommunications and new media. He is also Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Terrestar Solutions Inc. and Terrestar Networks (Canada) Inc. since November 2009. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Microcell Telecommunications Inc., a nationwide wireless operator in Canada from February 2001 through November 2004, and as Vice President Finance and Director Corporate Planning from January 1995 to February 2001. Mr. Leduc is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from HEC Montreal and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal and was admitted by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1986.

Francis M. Scricco
Director
Francis M. Scricco
  • Director since February 2008 / Independent
  • Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Human Resources Committee
  • Massachusetts, United States of America

Mr. Scricco retired in November 2008 from Avaya Inc., a global provider of communications systems and software for enterprises where, since February 2007, he was the Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Logistics and Procurement. Prior to that, he was President of Avaya Global Services. Additionally, Mr. Scricco formerly was President and Chief Executive Officer of Arrow Electronics Inc. one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and computer products, as well as Inglis Ltd., Whirlpool Corporation’s Canadian subsidiary. In addition, Mr. Scricco is Chairman of the board of directors of Visteon Corporation, a director of Masonite Inc. and a director of one private company. Mr. Scricco began his career at The Boston Consulting Group and was also previously a General Manager at General Electric. In 1971, Mr. Scricco received a bachelor of science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and, in 1973, a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University Business School.

David J. Steuart
Director
David J. Steuart
  • Director since February 2008 / Independent
  • Chairman of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee
  • Ontario, Canada

Mr. Steuart worked 37 years in the pulp and paper industry in senior executive positions, most recently from August 1998 to December 2006 with Bowater Incorporated as President, Pulp Division and as Senior Vice President. Mr. Steuart was Chairman of the Ontario Forest Industries Association in 1997 and 1998. From September 1993 to July 1998, Mr. Steuart was President of the Pulp Division at Avenor Inc. Mr. Steuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, which he received in 1970.

Lorie Waisberg
Director
Lorie Waisberg
  • Director since February 2008 / Independent
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Ontario, Canada

Mr. Waisberg is a corporate director. Between August 2000 and October 2002, Mr. Waisberg served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration for Co-Steel Inc., a steel manufacturing company. From 1974 to August 2000, he was a partner at the Toronto office Goodmans LLP, a Canadian law firm. Mr. Waisberg is Chairman and a trustee of Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund, and a director of Chantrell Ventures Corp., Metalex Ventures Limited, Primary Energy Recycling Corporation and U.S. Silver and Gold Inc., all publicly traded companies in Canada.