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Board of Directors of KP Tissue Inc.

The KP Tissue Inc. Board (the “Board”) consists of four directors, three of whom, Michel Letellier, James Hardy and Michael Korenberg are considered “independent” as defined in National Instrument 52-110 – Audit Committees. Under NI 52-110, an “independent” director is one who is free from any direct or indirect relationship, which could, in the view of the Board, be reasonably expected to interfere with a director’s independent judgment.

Michael Korenberg
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Michael Korenberg, Independent Director

Mr. Korenberg is the non-executive (and independent) Chairman of the Corporation’s Board and sits on the Corporation’s Audit Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee, the KPGP Audit Committee and KPGP Governance Committee.

Michael Korenberg is Chairman & Managing Director of Wreath Group Holdings Inc., a private
investment and M&A consulting firm, and President of Guinness Business Centre Ltd., which offers business services. Michael is Governor and the elected Chair of the Board of Governors of The University of British Columbia, and serves on the advisory board of the Heart & Stroke Foundation (B.C. and Yukon). Michael currently serves as a director of reporting issuer HSBC Bank Canada.

Until December 31, 2015, Michael Korenberg was the Deputy Chairman & Managing Director of The Jim Pattison Group where he led corporate development efforts for 20 years. Prior to joining The Jim Pattison Group, Mr. Korenberg was the Deputy Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, and before that, a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon (Canadian law firm).

Mr. Korenberg earned a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Centre for Business Law, a member of the Law Societies of Ontario and British Columbia.

James Hardy
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James Hardy, Independent Director

Mr. Hardy is Chair of the Corporation Audit Committee, a member of the Corporation Nominating and Governance Committee, Chair of the KPGP Audit Committee and a member of the KPGP Governance Committee.

James Hardy is the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Revera Inc. providing strategic leadership to Revera’s finance team. Prior to joining Revera, Mr. Hardy was Chief Financial Officer at Public Mobile Inc. from 2009 to 2012. Prior to that, he spent a year as President of J. Richmond & Co. Mr. Hardy has over 28 years’ experience as a corporate executive, investment banker and entrepreneur.

Mr. Hardy holds an ICD D designation from the University of Toronto (2010); a Master of Business Administration degree, with distinction, from Ivey School of Business University of Western Ontario (1988), and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (1982) Mr. Hardy sits on the Board of Directors of Sunrise Senior Living and Signature Seniors Lifestyle.

Michel Letellier
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Michel Letellier, Independent Director

Mr. Letellier is a member of the Corporation Audit Committee, Chair of the Corporation Nominating and Governance Committee, a member of the KPGP Audit Committee, as well as the KPGP Compensation Committee.

Michel Letellier is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (“Innergex”). He first joined a predecessor entity of Innergex in 1997 as Vice President – Finance. He was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2003, and later appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Innergex in October 2007. Mr. Letellier is responsible for providing strategic leadership and overseeing all of the Innergex’s business activities, in order to ensure its sound financial management and long-term sustainability.

Prior to joining Innergex, Mr. Letellier worked at Boralex Inc. from 1990 to 1997, where he was involved in the development and operation of several run-of-river hydroelectric projects and where he held positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to that, he spent two years as a member of the Corporate Finance group at Brault Guy O’Brien Inc. 

Mr. Letellier holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from Université du Québec à Montréal (1986) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Université de Sherbrooke (1988).

Mr. Letellier sits on the Board of Directors of Innergex, a reporting issuer in Canada, as well as on the Boards of Directors of several entities co-owned by Innergex with First Nations and other external partners.

Louise Denys Wendling
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Louise Denys Wendling, Director

Louise Denys Wendling is a retired executive with over 30 years of retail experience. She began her career in the private sector in 1976 at The Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1986, Ms. Denys Wendling and two other colleagues founded Price Club which later merged with Costco Canada in 1993. Ms. Denys Wendling acquired significant experience in various roles in merchandising, operations and strategy including becoming the Country Manager of Costco Canada from 2001 to her retirement in May, 2014. Her strong leadership played a critical part in Costco Canada’s success.

Ms. Denys Wendling has previously served on the Boards of Costco Canada, Operations Enfants Soleil, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Retail Council of Canada. She is a graduate from the University of Montreal with a BA in English literature. Ms. Denys Wendling has received numerous awards throughout her career including: Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 by the Retail Council of Canada and CEO of the Year in
2012 by the Ottawa Business Journal.

Additional notes

  • All four Directors of KP Tissue Inc. are also members of the nine-member Board of Directors of Kruger Products L.P.

Board of Directors of KPGP

Joseph Kruger II
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Joseph Kruger II, Director (Chair)

Mr. Kruger is also Chair of the KPGP Compensation Committee.

Joseph Kruger II has been the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Kruger since 1988. Prior to1988, Mr. Kruger held various senior management positions within the company, during which time the company has been expanded and has implemented numerous successful acquisitions and modernization projects. Mr. Kruger has played a vital role at Kruger since his graduation from Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York in 1967, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Kruger also received an honoris causa Doctorate in Science from Clarkson University in 1987.

Mr. Kruger served for ten years as a trustee of Clarkson University, first as an alumni trustee and later as a trustee. He has been a member of the Board’s Campus Life Development and Investment Committees. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Memorial University in May, 1996. He also received an honoris causa Doctorate from the University of Sherbrooke in October, 1998. On October 8th 2002, Mr. Kruger received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. On June 11th, 2006 Mr. Kruger received an honoris causa Docteur en sciences forestières from Université Laval.

Mr. Kruger is a past Director of the Bank of Canada. On January 23rd, +1994, Mr. Kruger received one of Québec’s highest distinctions, Knight of the Order of Québec (Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec) for his outstanding support and commitment to education, science, technology and research. In addition, on February 4th, 1998 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada.

Gene Kruger
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Gene Kruger, Director

Mr. Kruger is Chair of the KPGP Governance Committee.

Gene Kruger was appointed Vice President, Business Development of Kruger Inc. in 2015. In this capacity he is involved in the development of all of Kruger Inc.’s business units which include Tissue Products, Renewable Energy, Publication Papers, Speciality Papers, Containerboard, Eco-Friendly Packaging Products, Recycling, Cellulosic Biomaterials, Real Estate Development and Wines and Spirits.

Prior to joining Kruger Inc., Gene Kruger was an associate with McCarthy Tetrault from 2008 to 2015, specializing in commercial, civil and administrative litigation.

Mr. Kruger earned a law degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Philosophy with Honours from McGill University. He is a member of the Quebec Bar. Mr. Kruger sits on the Board of Directors of Pop Montreal International Music Festival (a not-for- profit).

David Spraley
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David Spraley, Director

Mr. Spraley is on the KPGP Compensation Committee.

David A. Spraley is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kruger. Prior to joining Kruger, Mr. Spraley accumulated over 30 years of experience in the forest industry, both in the pulp and paper sector and the consumer products side of the business.

Mr. Spraley started his career at Mead Corporation where he held positions of increasing responsibility from 1978 to 1991. He then joined Georgia-Pacific for the following 15 years, earning extensive experience, particularly in the consumer products division. The last position he held was Senior Vice President, Consumer Products Manufacturing. As such, he was responsible for six integrated manufacturing operations producing tissue, pulp and fine paper.

Mr. Spraley joined AbitibiBowater (now Resolute Forest Products) in 2006, where he held various senior positions from 2006 to 2011. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Pulp and Paper Operations, overseeing operations for 19 facilities in Canada, South Korea and the USA. These facilities produced bleached kraft pulp, coated paper, newsprint and hydroelectricity.

Mr. Spraley holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton.

Michel Letellier
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Michel Letellier, Independent Director

Mr. Letellier is a member of the Corporation Audit Committee, Chair of the Corporation Nominating and Governance Committee, a member of the KPGP Audit Committee, as well as the KPGP Compensation Committee.

Michel Letellier is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
(“Innergex”). He first joined a predecessor entity of Innergex in 1997 as Vice President – Finance. He was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2003, and later appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Innergex in October 2007. Mr. Letellier is responsible for providing strategic leadership and overseeing all of the Innergex’s business activities, in order to ensure its sound financial management and long-term sustainability.

Prior to joining Innergex, Mr. Letellier worked at Boralex Inc. from 1990 to 1997, where he was involved in the development and operation of several run-of-river hydroelectric projects and where he held positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to that, he spent two years as a member of the Corporate Finance group at Brault Guy O’Brien Inc.

Mr. Letellier holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from Université du Québec à Montréal (1986) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Université de Sherbrooke (1988).

Mr. Letellier sits on the Board of Directors of Innergex, a reporting issuer in Canada, as well as on the Boards of Directors of several entities co-owned by Innergex with First Nations and other external partners.
 

Michael Korenberg
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Michael Korenberg, Independent Director

Mr. Korenberg is the non-executive (and independent) Chairman of the Corporation’s Board and sits on the Corporation’s Audit Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee, the KPGP Audit Committee and KPGP Governance Committee.

Michael Korenberg is Chairman & Managing Director of Wreath Group Holdings Inc., a private
investment and M&A consulting firm, and President of Guinness Business Centre Ltd., which offers business services. Michael is Governor and the elected Chair of the Board of Governors of The University of British Columbia, and serves on the advisory board of the Heart & Stroke Foundation (B.C. and Yukon). Michael currently serves as a director of reporting issuer HSBC Bank Canada.

Until December 31, 2015, Michael Korenberg was the Deputy Chairman & Managing Director of The Jim Pattison Group where he led corporate development efforts for 20 years. Prior to joining The Jim Pattison Group, Mr. Korenberg was the Deputy Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, and before that, a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon (Canadian law firm).

Mr. Korenberg earned a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Centre for Business Law, a member of the Law Societies of Ontario and British Columbia.

James Hardy
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James Hardy, Independent Director

Mr. Hardy is Chair of the Corporation Audit Committee, a member of the Corporation Nominating and Governance Committee, Chair of the KPGP Audit Committee and a member of the KPGP Governance Committee.

James Hardy is the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Revera Inc. providing strategic leadership to Revera’s finance team. Prior to joining Revera, Mr. Hardy was Chief Financial Officer at Public Mobile Inc. from 2009 to 2012. Prior to that, he spent a year as President of J. Richmond & Co. Mr. Hardy has over 28 years’ experience as a corporate executive, investment banker and entrepreneur.

Mr. Hardy holds an ICD D designation from the University of Toronto (2010); a Master of Business Administration degree, with distinction, from Ivey School of Business University of Western Ontario (1988), and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (1982)

Mr. Hardy sits on the Board of Directors of Sunrise Senior Living and Signature Seniors Lifestyle.

Louise Denys Wendling
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Louise Denys Wendling, Director

Louise Denys Wendling is a retired executive with over 30 years of retail experience. She began her career in the private sector in 1976 at The Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1986, Ms. Denys Wendling and two other colleagues founded Price Club which later merged with Costco Canada in 1993. Ms. Denys Wendling acquired significant experience in various roles in merchandising, operations and strategy including becoming the Country Manager of Costco Canada from 2001 to her retirement in May, 2014. Her strong leadership played a critical part in Costco Canada’s success.

Ms. Denys Wendling has previously served on the Boards of Costco Canada, Operations Enfants Soleil, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Retail Council of Canada. She is a graduate from the University of Montreal with a BA in English literature. Ms. Denys Wendling has received numerous awards throughout her career including: Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 by the Retail Council of Canada and CEO of the Year in 2012 by the Ottawa Business Journal.

David Angel
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David Angel, Director

David Angel is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kruger.

Before joining Kruger Inc., Mr. Angel worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia for 16 years initially as Account Officer within the Corporate Banking Division for two years before assuming the title of Director, Scotia Capital – Corporate Banking, from 1999 to 2012. As such he assisted leading public and private companies in Quebec, offering a wide range of expert services focused on lending products and other credit-intensive banking products and services. His broad banking experience includes working on many large mergers and acquisitions in which the bank provided bridge and permanent financing.

Mr. Angel holds an MBA, Bachelor degrees in Arts, Civil Engineering and Civil Law from McGill University.
 

Dino Bianco
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Dino Bianco, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bianco was appointed Chief Executive Officer on March 9, 2018.

He is an accomplished and highly respected executive who brings over 25 years of financial, sales & marketing and senior management experience with Kraft. As President of Kraft Canada, Mr. Bianco successfully led a business with several billion in sales, 23 brands, 11 facilities and with more than 5,000 employees. Mr. Bianco has also developed a strong relationship with Canadian retailers and in 2013 was the recipient of the Food Industry Association of Canada’s “Golden Pencil” award recognizing his lifetime contribution to the grocery sector. Furthermore, he has extensive U.S. and foodservice experience having recently served as President of Kraft’s multibillion U.S. Beverage division based in Chicago. During his tenure, he was responsible for driving significant growth, profits and innovation.

Mr. Bianco holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He currently sits on the Board of Welbilt Foodservice (WBT.NYSE).