Catalyst names former steel industry executive to lead HR

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Catalyst president and chief executive officer
Richard Garneau announced today that the company has appointed Steve Boniferro
as senior vice-president, human resources.
    Mr. Boniferro joined the company on January 8, 2008 bringing more than 25
years of human resource experience in senior positions with both management
and labour. Most recently, he was vice-president of Algoma Steel where he led
the human resource group since 1998.
    Mr. Boniferro began his career in 1977 in the mining industry in Elliot
Lake, Ontario where he became president of the Steelworkers Local Union. In
1987, he joined the Steelworkers as a staff representative based in Sault Ste.
Marie, Ontario and was promoted to area coordinator for Northwestern Ontario
in 1990.
    A graduate of the Queen's School of Business Human Resources Program,
Mr. Boniferro is an alumnus of the Governor General's Canadian Leadership
Conference. He has served on numerous community boards and committees and has
guest lectured at Harvard and Oxford Universities. He is a sought-after
speaker on the increased role and responsibility of workers in the workplace.
    Mr. Boniferro will oversee all human resources functions and will
continue to advance the company's safety and performance initiatives as a
competitive, values-driven business.

    Catalyst is a leading producer of mechanical printing papers in North
America, headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia. The company also
produces market kraft pulp and owns Western Canada's largest paper recycling
facility. With five mills at sites within a 160-kilometre radius on the south
coast of BC, Catalyst has a combined annual capacity of 2.3 million tonnes of
product. Catalyst's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under
the symbol CTL.

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For further information: Lyn Brown, Vice-President, Corporate Relations,
(604) 247-4713

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