Elk Falls Community Advisory Forum Campbell River BC 2007

Elk Falls Community Advisory Forum

Nature of the Project: Catalyst Paper was under siege by environmental campaigners on any number of subjects across their operating territory and at their Pulp and Paper complexes. In a bold move and as part of their social responsibility policy they asked the community to work directly with senior management at each location. In Campbell River, this involved a Wood Sawmill owned by Timberwest, 4 First Nations, 2 Environmental Campaigners, the Municipal Council, Chamber of Commerce, Local Environment Council, Stream Stewards, 2 labour unions, and groups of retired workers and neighbours.

Scope: Patrick Marshall not only hosted the monthly meetings, he served as the Chair of the Forum, developing the governance protocols, keeping opponents at the table and lines of communication open. This was a voluntary role that he undertook during his off hours as the local economic developer. This role last for 3 years.

Impact: All environmental issues and opportunities were made public and the company operated without harassment until 2008 when it closed operations.

Catalyst Paper Customer Contact: Norm Facey, former Executive +1 250 748-3711