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Adam Zimmerman fonds

  • 2003.8
  • Fondo
  • 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 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.

Noranda Mines - Strategic Planning Institute

File contains promotional/informational packages, magazine clippings, correspondence, and various reports regarding the Strategic Planning Institute and its use of PIMS data analysis.

Noranda Mines Ltd.

Noranda Mines - Mining Reports

File contains correspondence, memoranda, and reports regarding mining. Includes the report entitled "Canada's Petroleum and Non-Fuel Minerals: An Overview of Differences and Similarities".

Noranda Mines Ltd.

Mines

Sub-subseries consists of 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). Records relate to the mines owned and operated by Noranda Mines, such as Pamour Porcupine, Tara Mine, Brenda Mines, Horne Mine, Gaspe Copper, Mattagami Mines, and Hemlo, among many others. Includes records about some of these individual mines and copper/zinc operations, as well as records from a managerial level regarding the various mines.

Noranda Mines Ltd.

Noranda Mines - Mines - Delta Group, VP J.C. White

File contains correspondence, reports, meeting agendas, and minutes. Includes records about Noranda's zinc operations, BM&S, Heath Stelle, CEZ, Matagami, Chadbourne, Gallen, Insco, and New Brunswick operations.

Noranda Mines Ltd.

Noranda Mines - Mines - Gamma Group, VP J.M. Gordon

File contains memoranda, financial results reports, operations reports, meeting agendas, minutes, and equity participations agreements. Includes records on Pamour, Geco, Mattahi, Lyon Lake, and Tara Mine.

Noranda Mines Ltd.

Noranda Mines - Mines - Noranda Copper

File contains memoranda and comparative studies between Noranda and other companies. Includes records on Mines Gaspe, CCR, Micro Metallics, Horne, Chadbourne, and Bell.

Noranda Mines Ltd.

Noranda Mines - Mines - Noranda Mining Inc.

File contains memoranda to Noranda executives and a report on management practices regarding Noranda Mining Inc., an American subsidiary of Noranda that held a number of mines including Grey Eagle, Blackbird Mine, Greens Creek, and Lakeshore.

Noranda Mines Ltd.

Noranda Mines - Mines - Camesa

File contains correspondence and agenda related to the board of directors of Camesa, S.A., of which Adam Zimmerman was a member.

Noranda Mines Ltd.

Noranda Mines - Mines - Compania Minera Las Cuevas

File contains correspondence, operations reports, financial statements, and financial projections for the Compania Minera Las Cuevas. Also includes board of directors meeting agenda and folios.

Noranda Mines Ltd.

Noranda Mines - Mines - Fluorex

File contains correspondence, operations reports, financial statements, and financial projections for the Fluorex company. Also includes board of directors meeting agenda and folios.

Noranda Mines Ltd.

Legal

Sub-subseries consists of legal records created or accumulated by Adam Zimmerman in his various roles with Noranda Mines (Comptroller, 1961-1966; Vice President and Comptroller, 1966-1974). Records relate specifically to the Gaspe Copper Mines Lawsuit and its appeal. Zimmerman was heavily involved in the financial aspects of the legal case resulting from the 1957 Gaspe Copper Mines strike (Murdochville Strike).

Noranda Mines Ltd.

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