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Acquisitions & Investments

Subseries consists of records relating to Noranda's acquisitions and investments. These records were created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman at the Noranda Inc. (formerly Noranda Mines) corporate office in Toronto. Primarily includes files regarding various companies Noranda was potentially interested in acquiring. Also includes business proposals, correspondence, and investment fund records.

Noranda Inc.

Acquisitions and Divestitures

Sub-subseries consists of market research and competitor analysis for Northwood Pulp and it's renamed successors Northwood Pulp and Timber Ltd. (1972-1998) and Northwood Forest Industries Ltd. (1979-1998). These records were created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his tenures as the company's President and Director, as well as his Presidency of Northwood Pulp's parent company, Northwood Mills. Includes files pertaining to various individual forest products companies acquired by Northwood and conglomerated under the umbrella of Noranda Mines, and later, Noranda Inc.

Northwood Pulp and Timber Ltd.

Acquisitions and Finance

Sub-subseries consists of financial records and documents regarding potential acquisitions for Noranda Forest Inc. These records were created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his tenures as the company's CEO (1987-1991), Chairman (1987-1993), and Director (1987-1994). Includes files on individual companies that were investigated for acquisition by Noranda Forest Inc. Also contains financial records on investments, tax issues, and the company's public offering.

Noranda Forest Inc.

Adam Zimmerman fonds

  • 2003.8
  • Fonds
  • 1957-1994

This fonds consits of the administrative and business papers of Mr. Adam Zimmerman during his tenure as a senior level executive with Noranda Inc., Noranda Mines Ltd, and Macmillan Bloedel Ltd., particularly in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia with the majority of these records relating to the senior level operations of these companies. It includes textual records relate to the creation and development of Northwood Pulp & Timber Ltd. in Prince George including all aspects of its regional operations throughout Northcentral BC). The fonds also includes records related to Noranda Inc.’s successful and unsuccessful attempts at business acquisitions in both forestry and mining operations internationally, particularly in Mexico, Brazil, the Netherlands and Tasmania.

The fonds also contains textual records generated by Zimmerman in his directorship and chairman positions on various forest industry association boards. It includes his notes, general correspondence, minutes, as well as booklets and brochures notably from the Canadian Forest Industries Council, the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association, the Forest Sector Advisory Council and other similar industry associations. Much of this material relates to the issue of the softwood lumber dispute and Zimmerman’s involvement in the lobbying efforts regarding Canada/U.S. Free Trade issues and includes bound reports, agreements, and publications as well as correspondence to/from Zimmerman and his handwritten notes within the files. The fonds also includes general business information (annual reports, brochures, publications) pertaining to other Canadian forestry and mining companies.

The fonds also contains Adam Zimmerman’s speeches and correspondence related to his involvement in numerous charities, foundations and corporate fundraising initiatives with numerous Canadian educational institutions, non-profit societies and federal election campaigns.

Business records of Noranda Inc. are extensive and include administrative, business, personnel, financial and legal records. Record types include correspondence, memos, handwritten notes, business proposals and meeting notes, merger proposals and notes, prospectuses, board meeting agendas and minutes, annual reports, financial statements, resumes, portfolios, printed brochures, publications and other ephemera related to the business operations of Noranda Inc., Noranda Mines and MacMillan Bloedel [during Noranda Mines take-over of MB] all during Zimmerman’s tenure as Chair and/or CEO. The fonds includes correspondence, financial reports, legal testimony transcripts resulting from the Gaspe Copper Mine labour strike in Quebec in 1957 and the subsequent Gaspe Law Suit of 1960 between Noranda and the United Steel Workers of America. The fonds also includes extensive correspondence between Zimmerman and various levels of government regarding the lobbying of government on forestry policy and correspondence with various environmental lobbying groups in the 1980s including correspondence with well-known environmentalist David Suzuki.

Subjects include all facets of business operations pertaining to Canadian forestry and mining sectors including labour issues, environmental impacts of industrial developments, industry and effects on the Canadian economy, the free trade debate, the softwood lumber issue etc.

The fonds provides a detailed archival record of Mr. Zimmerman’s contribution to the building of Noranda Forest in Canada, Northwood Pulp & Timber in BC and Noranda Inc. as a resource-based conglomerate. Many records were utilized by Mr. Zimmerman in the writing of his book, Who’s in Charge Here, Anyway?: reflections from a life in business, (Don Mills, Ontario: Stoddart; Distributed in Canada by General Distribution Services), 1997.

Zimmerman, Adam

Administration

Sub-subseries consists of administrative records concerning Northwood Pulp and it's renamed successors Northwood Pulp and Timber Ltd. (1972-1998) and Northwood Forest Industries Ltd. (1979-1998). These records were created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his tenures as the company's President and Director. Includes general correspondence, Board of Directors meeting materials, annual reports, legal and personnel records, and documents relating to various associations with which Northwood had memberships or relationships.

Northwood Pulp and Timber Ltd.

Administration

Subseries contains administrative records created and accumulated by Adam Zimmerman at the Noranda Inc. (formerly Noranda Mines) corporate office in Toronto. Includes correspondence, legal records, speeches, reports, and records regarding corporate relations, donations, the Noranda Environmental Committee, marketing, and other administrative matters.

Noranda Inc.

Administration

Subseries consists of administrative records relating to the Noranda Manufacturing Division. Includes correspondence, memoranda, and company reference files.

Zimmerman, Adam

Administration

Sub-subseries consists of administrative records for Noranda Forest Inc. These records were created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his tenures as the company's CEO (1987-1991), Chairman (1987-1993), and Director (1987-1994). Includes general correspondence, the resume of Adam Zimmerman, annual reports, AGM records, human resources documents, and public relations material, among others.

Noranda Forest Inc.

Administration

Sub-subseries consists of administrative records created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman in his various roles with Noranda Mines (Comptroller, 1961-1966; Vice President and Comptroller, 1966-1974; Executive Vice President, 1974-1982). Includes correspondence, strategic planning documents, reports, promotional material, meeting documents, and more. Also includes records relating to Noranda Minerals, which was created from a reorganization of some Noranda Mines companies.

Noranda Mines Ltd.

Administration

Sub-subseries consists of administrative records concerning Northwood Mills that were created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his tenures as the company's President, Director, and Chairman. Includes general correspondence files and Board of Directors documents. Also includes financial, legal, and personnel records.

Northwood Mills Ltd.

Algoma Steel

Subseries consists of records relating to Algoma Steel Inc. that were created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his tenure on the company's Board of Directors. Includes correspondence, a Director's manual, reports, Algoma annual reports, strategy and planning documents, and meeting materials.

Algoma Steel Inc.

BC Chemicals

Subseries consists of records regarding BC Chemicals that were created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his tenures as President of Northwood Mills and Northwood Pulp, the parent companies of BC Chemicals. Includes agreements, operational information, correspondence, and board of directors meeting material. Also includes records regarding the establishment of BC Chemicals by Northwood Pulp and Northwood Mills.

BC Chemicals Ltd.

BC Chemicals - Agreements 1965

File contains a bound agreement between BC Chemicals, Dryden Chemicals, and Prince George Pulp and Paper regarding the construction of a new chemical manufactory in Prince George.

BC Chemicals Ltd.

BC Chemicals - Agreements 1966

File contains several copies of agreements between Prince George companies regarding the details of a new chemical manufactory to be located in Prince George.

BC Chemicals Ltd.

BC Chemicals - Agreements 1967

File contains several copies of agreements between Prince George companies regarding the details of a new chemical manufactory to be located in Prince George.

BC Chemicals Ltd.

BC Chemicals - ERCO

File contains correspondence regarding the B.C. Chemicals vs Electric Reduction Company of Canada (ERCO) Limited Exchequer Court Action case.

BC Chemicals Ltd.

BC Chemicals - Tall Oil Plant

File contains correspondence and a number of bound reports regarding the construction and operation of a new oil plant.

BC Chemicals Ltd.

BC Forest Products - Blandin Paper 1978

File contains material from 1978 concerning the action of the United States government on behalf of Blandin Paper against British Columbia Forest Products Ltd. and Noranda Mines.

British Columbia Forest Products Ltd.

BC Forest Products - Blandin Paper 1979

File contains material from 1979 concerning the action of the United States government on behalf of Blandin Paper against British Columbia Forest Products Ltd. and Noranda Mines.

British Columbia Forest Products Ltd.

BC Forest Products - Blandin Paper 1980-1981

File contains material from 1980-1981 concerning the legal action of the United States government on behalf of Blandin Paper against British Columbia Forest Products Ltd. and Noranda Mines.

British Columbia Forest Products Ltd.

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