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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

General

Subseries contains records created and accumulated by Adam Zimmerman at the Noranda Inc. (formerly Noranda Mines) corporate office in Toronto during his tenures as Assistant Comptroller (1958-1961), Comptroller (1961-1966), Vice-President and Comptroller (1966-1974), Executive Vice-President (1974-1982), and President and CEO (1982-1987). Includes general correspondence files, a company profile, and annual reports, among others.

Noranda Inc.

Noranda - General 1957-1967

File contains correspondence of a general nature regarding operations to the Noranda office in Toronto.

Noranda Inc.

Noranda - General 1970-1975

File consists of miscellaneous reference and background material accumulated by Zimmerman, including "The Future Role of Strategic Natural Resources in Canada-U.S. Relations: A Project Prospectus", clippings, "Papers for National Economic Conference 1974 - 6. Forest Products", and "Responding to Constraints on Commodity Supplies by the Trilateral Task Force on Access to Supplies".

Noranda Inc.

Noranda - General 1979

File contains general correspondence with colleagues, private individuals, and businesses. Also includes memoranda, interoffice communications, reports and periodical clippings.

Noranda Inc.

Noranda - General 1980

File contains general correspondence with colleagues, private individuals, and businesses. Also includes memoranda, interoffice communications, reports and periodical clippings.

Noranda Inc.

Noranda - General 1981

File contains general correspondence with colleagues, private individuals, and businesses. Also includes memoranda, interoffice communications, reports and periodical clippings.

Noranda Inc.

Noranda - General 1982

File contains general correspondence with colleagues, private individuals, and businesses. Also includes memoranda, interoffice communications, reports and periodical clippings.

Noranda Inc.

Noranda - General 1983

File contains general correspondence with colleagues, private individuals, and businesses. Also includes memoranda, interoffice communications, reports and periodical clippings.

Noranda Inc.

Noranda - General 1984

File contains general correspondence with colleagues, private individuals, and businesses. Also includes memoranda, interoffice communications, reports and periodical clippings.

Noranda Inc.

Noranda - General 1985

File contains miscellaneous correspondence and memoranda dealing with Noranda general operations.

Noranda Inc.

Noranda - General 1986

File contains miscellaneous correspondence and memoranda dealing with Noranda general operations.

Noranda Inc.

Noranda - General 1987

File contains memoranda and other interoffice communication regarding general office matters.

Noranda Inc.

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.

Noranda - Administration - Computers

File contains correspondence and computer promotional/informational packages from companies like Apple and Texas Instruments. Includes the second issue of the Apple Personal Computer Magazine and "Apple In Depth: A reference guide to apple products" from 1980.

Noranda Inc.

Noranda - Administration - Iceland Trip

File contains records from Adam Zimmerman's investigatory trip to Iceland with other Noranda executives. Includes trip itineraries, pamphlets, correspondence with Samband Islenzkra Samvinnufelaga, and a catalogue of Icelandic wool knit sweaters.

Noranda Inc.

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