1970s - 80s

  • Tembec is formed in 1972 and acquires the shuttered Temiscaming, Québec pulp mill from a large multinational in 1973.
  • Tembec goes public in 1979.
  • Tembec builds a high-yield pulp mill at the Temiscaming site in 1984.
  • Tembec diversifies into lumber, making the first of many sawmill acquisitions in Béarn, Québec, in 1986.
  • Temiscaming site begins to manufacture coated bleached board in 1989, sold under the Kallima brand.


  • Tembec acquires mills and related operations in Ontario, Québec, B.C. and the U.S. throughout the 90s.
  • Tembec is recognized by the Rainforest Alliance as a Corporate Sustainable Standard Setter in 1994.
  • Tembec goes global, acquiring 50% of the Tartas, France mill in 1994, and becomes full owner in 1999.


  • Tembec is the first public company in Canada to make the commitment to use standards developed by the internationally recognized Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and seek certification on all its forestlands, in 2001.
  • Tembec is awarded FSC certification for nearly three million acres of the forest it manages in 2005.
  • President and CEO James Lopez takes the helm in 2006.
  • Tembec receives prestigious FSC Winds of Change Award in 2007.
  • Tembec begins major restructuring in 2007 and completes recapitalization process in 2008.
  • Tembec achieves FSC forest management certification on its directly managed forestlands as well as Chain of Custody Certification in 2008 (COC guarantees a product with the FSC label can be tracked back to an FSC certified source).
  • Tembec begins to reshape itself by divesting non-core assets in 2008-2009 period.


  • Tembec continues to divest non-core assets, and focus on its core lumber, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose businesses.
  • Tembec announces a capital investment plan exceeding half a billion dollars, focused on green energy projects and cost and productivity improvements, in late 2011.
  • Tembec introduces a new brand image, logo and slogan – Rooted in tomorrow – in 2012.
  • Tembec begins a major green electricity investment project in 2012 designed to make Temiscaming one of our industry’s lowest-cost manufacturing facilities.
  • Tembec’s new $273 million green electricity facility at Temiscaming – the largest project in our industry in 15 years – was completed in late 2014.
  • In January 2015, the new Temiscaming turbine passed a commercial in-service test, qualifying for the favorable green power rate, initiating a 25-year supply agreement with Hydro-Québec that will generate steady revenues.