Since the beginning of June 2020, Dr. Kurt Maier (CEO of Heinzel Group) has been the new President of Austropapier, the Association of the Austrian Paper Industry. He succeeds Christian Skilich, who has represented the Austrian paper industry both nationally and internationally since 2018. With Kurt Maier, CEO of the Heinzel Group, a further high-profile board member and industry expert is now taking the lead in representing the interests of the paper industry. Born in Graz in 1961, he received his doctorate from Graz University of Technology in 1991. From 2005 to 2016 he was board member of Zellstoff Pöls AG, first as Chief Financial Officer, later as Chairman of the Board. He then moved to the Heinzel Group headquarter in Vienna, where he has been CEO since 2016.
Paper Excellence announced today that it recently donated 9,000 jack pine seedlings to the James Smith Cree Nation. James Smith Cree Nation is located on Treaty 6 territory, approximately 60 kilometres east of Prince Albert.
The jack pine is native to Saskatchewan and produces excellent habitat for local plant and animal species. The seedlings planted this year will grow to become a forest on the James Smith Cree reserve.
“Paper Excellence understands the importance of being good neighbours and greatly values its relationships with Indigenous communities,” said Carlo Dal Monte, Vice President Energy and Strategic Development for Paper Excellence. “We’re pleased to be able to make this donation to the James Smith Cree Nation and, in a small way, support their connection to the land and desire to invest in sustainable forestry.”
“We appreciate Paper Excellence making this donation,” said Ron Burns, Director of Forest Management for James Smith Cree Nation. “9,000 seedlings is significant and over the coming decades we’ll see a new forest emerge on our reserve.”
“We value these opportunities to build relationships with local Indigenous communities,” said Dale Richardson, Community Relations Manager for Paper Excellence. “While Paper Excellence has worked in partnership with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council through Mistik Management Limited for the last decade, we recognize we have more work to do. This is a step in the right direction.”