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Noranda Forest Inc.

Subseries consists of 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 administrative records, financial records, and information on the company's acquisitions. Also contains records regarding government liaison and environmental issues.

Noranda Forest Inc.

Noranda Forestry Division

Adam Zimmerman was involved from the very beginnings of Noranda Mine's foray into the forest industry sector. In April 1961, Zimmerman was part of making the deal to acquire National Forest Products, Noranda's first forest products company, which was renamed Northwood Mills after its purchase. By 1964, he was the President (and later Chairman) of Northwood Mills and Northwood Pulp. In 1974, Zimmerman was appointed Executive Vice-President of Noranda, which included responsibility for the forest products activities of the company. When Noranda underwent a major company reorganization in 1987, Zimmerman became CEO of Noranda Forest Inc. By the end of his Noranda career, Zimmerman had had an executive or director role in nearly every forest product company developed or acquired by Noranda. That included: Northwood Mills, Northwood Pulp (and its successors Northwood Pulp & Timber and Northwood Forest Industries), Noranda Forest Inc., BC Chemicals, BC Forest Products, Bulkley Valley Forest Industries, Fraser Inc., Maclaren, and Macmillan Bloedel, among others. The records in this series demonstrate Adam Zimmerman's extensive involvement in Noranda's forestry division throughout his career.

Forestry Industry

As a leader in Canada's forest industry, Adam Zimmerman was a member of many Canadian forest industry associations and councils. Throughout his career he also founded or was chairman of a number of such councils. This series includes records of Zimmerman's involvement with the Canadian Forest Industries Council (CFIC), the Canadian Softwood Lumber Committee (CSLC), the Business Council on National Issues (BCNI), the Canadian Forestry Advisory Council (CFAC), the Canadian Pulp & Paper Association (CPPA), the Forest Industries Advisory Committee (FIAC), the Forest Products Employee Relations Council (FPERC), the Forest Sector Advisory Council (FSAC), Forest Products Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade (SAGIT), the "Group of Seven", and the Pulp & Paper Research Institute Of Canada (PPRIC).

Adam Zimmerman fonds

  • 2003.8
  • Archief
  • 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

Canada-United States Softwood Lumber Dispute and the Free Trade Agreement

The Canada–U.S. softwood lumber dispute arose in 1982 with the United States’ claim that the Canadian lumber industry was unfairly subsidized by federal and provincial governments, as most timber in Canada is owned by the provincial governments. The prices charged to harvest the timber (stumpage fee) are set administratively, rather than through the competitive marketplace, the norm in the United States where softwood lumber lots are privately owned. The United States claimed that the Canadian arrangement constitutes an unfair subsidy, and is thus subject to U.S. trade remedy laws. Since 1982, there have been four major iterations of the dispute: Lumber I, Lumber II, Lumber III, and Lumber IV.

Adam Zimmerman arose as one of the leaders in the Canadian forest industry’s fight against countervailing duties. He was a member of the Canadian Softwood Lumber Committee during the Lumber I dispute. In anticipation of Lumber II, Zimmerman founded the Canadian Forest Industries Council in 1984, which lead the Canadian defence against Lumber II and Lumber III. The Canadian forestry industry was also impacted by the signing of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement in 1987. The records in this series reflect Adam Zimmerman’s leadership role in these events.

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.

Canadian Forest Industries Council (CFIC)

Sub-subseries contains records of the Canadian Forest Industries Council (CFIC), which was founded and lead by Adam Zimmerman during the Canada-US Softwood Lumber Dispute. Includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, meeting materials, records of the participation of other forestry industry association, and government liaison documents.

Canadian Forest Industries Council (CFIC)

Government

Sub-subseries consists of records relating to the government liaison required by 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 correspondence with government officials at various levels (municipal, provincial, federal).

Noranda Forest Inc.

Noranda Forest Inc. - Finance

File contains documents relating to financing for Noranda Forest Inc. including correspondence, presentations, reports, and a 1990 paper on "The Overvalued Canadian Dollar".

Noranda Forest Inc.

James Maclaren Industries

File contains various correspondence regarding the activities of the Maclaren company.

James Maclaren Industries Inc.

Wire Rope Industries

Subseries consists of records relating to Wire Rope Industries created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman while he was Executive Vice President, President, or Vice-Chairman of Noranda Mines (the parent company of Wire Rope Industries). Zimmerman was also a member of the Board of Directors for Wire Rope Industries between 1978 and 1993. Includes directors meeting records, financial statements, annual reports, correspondence, and records relating to Wire Rope Industries' acquisition of Martin-Black.

Wire Rope Industries Ltd.

Business Council on National Issues (BCNI)

Subseries consists of records relating to the Business Council on National Issues (BCNI) created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his membership on the council. Includes membership records, meeting documents, task force material, and reference files on various issues of national interest.

Business Council on National Issues (BCNI)

Forest Products Employee Relations Council (FPERC)

Subseries consists of records relating to the Forest Products Employee Relations Council (FPERC) created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his tenures as Chairman (1981-1983) and council member. Includes correspondence, meeting material, reports, and labour relations records.

Forest Products Employee Relations Council (FPERC)

Fraser Inc.

Subseries consists of records regarding Fraser Companies Ltd. and its parent company Fraser Inc. These records were created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his tenure as an Executive Director of the company after it was acquired by Noranda in 1974. Includes annual reports, director's meeting materials, operational records, financial records, and information relating to possible acquisitions of various companies. Also contains records regarding Fraser's acquisition by Northwood Mills (Noranda).

Fraser Inc.

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.

James Maclaren Industries Inc.

Subseries consists of records regarding James Maclaren Industries Inc. and the Maclaren Power & Paper Company. These records were created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his tenure as an Executive Director of the company after it was acquired by Noranda in 1980. Includes annual reports, director's meeting materials, operational records, financial records, and information relating to the acquisitions of Normick Perron. Also contains records regarding Maclaren's acquisition by Noranda.

James Maclaren Industries Inc.

External Directorships

Adam Zimmerman held many external directorships with companies and organizations outside of Noranda. In these roles, Zimmerman provided a creative contribution and improvement to the company boards by providing dispassionate and objective criticism, as well as and contributing to the development strategy of the company. He was not an employee of these companies; he held these external directorships roles while simultaneously being a senior executive with Noranda.

The records in this series are only a representative fraction of the external directorships held by Zimmerman. These include board of director records from Algoma Steel, Koninklijke Nederlandse Papierfabriek (KNP), non-profit organizations, universities, and other companies. Also includes correspondence, fundraising material, and meeting materials.

Canadian Pulp & Paper Association (CPPA)

Subseries consists of records relating to the Canadian Pulp & Paper Association (CPPA) created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his tenures as Chairman, Executive Board Member, Economic Policy Committee Chair, and Finance Committee Chair. Includes correspondence, memoranda, meeting documents, government liaison material, reports, and records regarding environmental issues.

Canadian Pulp & Paper Association (CPPA)

Forest Sector Advisory Council (FSAC)

Subseries consists of records relating to the Forest Sector Advisory Council (FSAC) created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman during his time as council member. Includes correspondence, meeting materials, and reports.

Forest Sector Advisory Council (FSAC)

Business Council on National Issues (BCNI) - National Unity Debate

File contains publications created by the Business Council on National Issues, including "The Challenge Before Us: A Statement by Members of the Business Council on National Issues accompanying a Response to the Government of Canada's Constitutional Proposals 'Shaping Canada's Future Together" and "Canadian Unity: Chief Executive Handbook".

Business Council on National Issues (BCNI)

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