Leadership

The current Board of Directors comprises five members. The names and biographies of each of the Directors are set forth below.

Malcolm Cockwell

Mr. Cockwell is the Managing Director of Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve, a private land stewardship company that operates a mid-sized hardwood sawmill as well as a diverse ecotourism business, and owns approximately 100,000 acres of hardwood timberland in central Ontario. Having previously served as General Manager of Haliburton Forest since January 2014, he was appointed Managing Director in 2016. In addition to his work with Haliburton Forest, Mr. Cockwell is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto with research interests focused on hardwood silviculture and processing. He holds a B.Sc. in Forestry from the University of Toronto and is a Registered Professional Forester in Ontario. Mr. Cockwell also serves on the board of directors of Forests Ontario and represents Haliburton Forest at the Ontario Forest Industries Association. Mr. Cockwell is a resident of Haliburton, Ontario, Canada.

Mr. Cockwell has been a Director since May 8, 2018. Mr. Cockwell assumed the role of Chairman on August 20, 2019.

Heather Fitzpatrick

Ms. Fitzpatrick is the President and CEO of Halmont Properties Corporation (TSX Venture: HMT-X). Ms. Fitzpatrick holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Memorial University of Newfoundland and has served in a variety of senior accounting roles with the Bank of Montreal and other firms over the last ten years. Halmont invests directly and indirectly in commercial real estate, forest properties, and in securities of companies holding property, energy, and infrastructure assets. Ms. Fitzpatrick is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Ms. Fitzpatrick has been a Director since August 20, 2019.

Karen Oldfield

Ms. Oldfield was the President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, a position which she held for more than 17 years. Ms. Oldfield has global experience in trade development, particularly new markets combined with expertise in supply chain management and logistics. Additionally, Ms. Oldfield currently serves as Chair of the Board of Governors for Saint Mary’s University and is a Director of the Conference Board of Canada.

Ms. Oldfield is the Chair of the Compensation Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is the Lead independent Director. Ms. Oldfield has been a Director since May 9, 2019.

Erika Reilly

Ms. Reilly has over 15 years of capital markets experience and has been an investment professional with Brookfield since 2006. She has led growth and divestiture initiatives, public and private financings, and has played a key role in restructurings and asset management of timberland and infrastructure businesses. Erika has worked with Acadian since its inception and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company from September 2019 to July 2021 and served as Chief Financial Officer of the company from 2013 to 2016. Erika holds a Bachelor of Commerce in finance from the University of British Columbia.

Ms. Reilly has been a Director since May 6, 2021.

Bruce Robertson

Mr. Robertson is the Vice President, Investments of The Woodbridge Company Limited and has held this position since September 2013. Prior to joining Woodbridge, Mr. Robertson held various executive positions at private equity firms focused largely on markets in Canada and the United States. Mr. Robertson received his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen’s University in 1988 and has served on the board of directors of both private and publicly-listed companies, including his current positions as director of Morguard Corporation and as trustee of Morguard North American Residential REIT. Mr. Robertson is a resident of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Mr. Robertson is the Chair of Audit Committee. Mr. Robertson has been a Director since February 2018. 

Adam Sheparski

Mr. Sheparski was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Acadian on July 30, 2021, having held the office of Chief Financial Officer since February 2020. Prior to joining Acadian; Mr. Sheparski held multiple senior executive roles within Empire Company Limited and Sobeys Inc. During this time, he managed multiple M&A transactions, streamlined operations to achieve millions in annual savings, and created structural changes to support long term sustainability for the organization. Mr. Sheparski began his career in 1999 with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a CPA CA and led the audits for public clients in the aviation, aerospace, and manufacturing industries. Mr. Sheparski holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and is a member of CPA Nova Scotia.

Mr. Sheparski has been a Director since July 30, 2021.

Executive Officers

Adam Sheparski - President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Sheparski was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Acadian on July 30, 2021, having held the office of Chief Financial Officer since February 2020. Prior to joining Acadian; Mr. Sheparski held multiple senior executive roles within Empire Company Limited and Sobeys Inc. During this time, he managed multiple M&A transactions, streamlined operations to achieve millions in annual savings, and created structural changes to support long term sustainability for the organization. Mr. Sheparski began his career in 1999 with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a CPA CA and led the audits for public clients in the aviation, aerospace, and manufacturing industries. Mr. Sheparski holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and is a member of CPA Nova Scotia.

Susan Wood - Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Wood is a Chartered Professional Accountant in New Brunswick. With more than 18 years experience in public accounting prior to joining Acadian, Ms. Wood provided assurance, advisory and taxation services to public, public sector and private clients in the forestry, real estate and transportation industries. She provided technical guidance on complex reporting matters and supported clients in meeting their financial reporting and regulatory requirements. Ms. Wood regularly assisted clients in streamlining and improving their financial reporting processes and internal controls. Ms. Wood holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University.

Senior Management

Normand Haché - Senior Vice President, Marketing and Operations
Mr. Haché is the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations and is responsible for the operations of Acadian’s 1.1 million acres of private timberlands in New Brunswick and Maine and 1.3 million acres of crown licensed timberlands in New Brunswick. He is also responsible for Acadian’s market strategy and customer relationships. He is a Registered Professional Forester in New Brunswick. He has been involved in managing timberlands for over 35 years and has been with Acadian since its inception. Mr. Haché holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

Kevin Topolniski - Chief Forester
Kevin is the Chief Forester of Acadian. His experience in the forest industry includes forest operations, forest management planning, computer information systems, environmental management systems and research and development. Prior to his current role, Kevin served in a similar capacity at Fraser Papers for 10 years. With Fraser Papers, Kevin was instrumental in the achievement of sustainable forestry certification on lands currently owned and managed by Acadian in New Brunswick. Kevin is a Registered Professional Forester with more than 30 years experience in the industry.

 

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