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Catalyst Paper Overview

Richmond, BC (Canada)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (CTL)
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
We manufacture diverse specialty printing papers, newsprint and pulp for retailers, publishers and commercial printers, have an annual production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes of paper and 500,000 tonnes of pulp, and are headquartered in Richmond, BC, Canada. Employing nearly ... Read more

Mission: Catalyst Paper has accelerated efforts to develop and commercialize new products extending beyond printing and writing papers. Drawing on extensive expertise in energy generation and environmental management, we also produce and sell green energy.

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Catalyst Paper – Why Work For Us?


As western North America's largest producer of mechanical printing paper and a recognized leader in sustainable business practices, Catalyst Paper manufactures a broad range of high quality products ideally suited to our times.

Our customers span the globe and include retailers, publishers, commercial printers, and manufacturers who use our pulp. With five mills across North America and a distribution facility in strategic proximity on Canada’s Pacific coast, Catalyst has a combined annual production capacity of 2.3 million tonnes.

We have earned a reputation for environmental stewardship based on our commitment to certified fibre sourcing, manufacturing efficiency, and verified chain of custody.

Further, our leadership in greenhouse gas reductions enables us to offer manufactured carbon neutral specialty paper products on a selective basis to customers who value that distinction. These efforts are guided in part by our ongoing work with various environmental groups, including the World Wildlife Fund.

Combined with our cost-discipline and a pledge to provide quality products and excellent service, this comprehensive approach to sustainability enhances our competitive position.

Want to learn more about Catalyst? Check out our 2015 Sustainability Report 

Our operating philosophy is all about personal accountability — each of us being fully accountable for our own behaviors and actions and holding ourselves to a higher standard — in both what we do and how we do it. Our operating philosophy includes five key components:

Safety and Environmental Stewardship

Every employee is expected to live up to the highest level of safety and environmental compliance. This means demonstrating the "Courage to Care" — which includes being fully accountable for one’s actions, watching out for fellow employees, and confronting unsafe actions or conditions that could lead to personal harm.

Financial Performance

The company operates in a highly competitive market. Our future success requires that every employee continually challenge the status quo and bring forward ideas to drive bottom line improvements. At Catalyst Paper, our OFI (Opportunities for Improvement) program assists in capturing ideas for improvement and ensures we implement these ideas in a timely manner.


Managers set the tone for their respective groups by having simple, clear, operating objectives that are ambitious and do-able. They ensure that robust, multi-tiered communication programs are supported by consistent floor personal presence in all our operations. They listen, act on feedback, develop bench strength and shift decision-making to the right level so service is top-                                       notch, problems are solved quickly and innovation is the norm. Continuously                                       improving performance is expected from each business unit in the                                                       organization.

Operational Excellence

This is the foundation of every successful manufacturing company. At Catalyst Paper there are three pillars to Operational Excellence:

Benchmarking - Continuously comparing our performance to top quartile competitors to understand the gap between our current performance and what                                   is possible.    

                                Analytical Decision Making - This starts with having good information and doing firsthand validation to ensure data is accurate and representative. It includes prioritizing opportunities based on the total net financial impact. It requires critical thinking to identify root causes for losses and how to prevent them. And it ends with developing and implementing action plans that sustainably improve business performance.

                                World Class Practices - In the areas of production, preventative maintenance                                      and  project/shutdown planning and execution.

Sales and Customer Focus

No matter what your job is, consider yourself part of our sales team. Everyone has a customer -- whether inside or outside our company -- and every transaction is an opportunity to strengthen our business. Together we create a service ethic that gives us an edge over competitors by delivering excellent value that is recognized by our customers as fairly priced and preferred.


Ready To Start A New Page In Your Career? Start It With Catalyst.

With over 100 years of paper making history, we are passionate about paper products and people. We recognize people are looking for more than a job; they are looking for a career. The diverse range in career opportunities mean employees can change careers without having to look elsewhere. From machine operators to marketing, from corporate buyer to control room engineer, we employ a range of individuals with diverse personal and professional backgrounds.

People make paper - machines don't.

At Catalyst every individual plays an important part in making paper and ensuring it reaches our customers. Making paper is no simple task. It takes a team of skilled, qualified and diverse paper making specialists. 

About Our Hiring Process

We appreciate the interest of applicants seeking employment with Catalyst. To ensure we learn of your candidacy and qualifications, please apply for an available position at our Career Centre by creating an online profile and submitting your resume and cover letter. All applications received for an opportunity will be reviewed. If your skills, experience and background are a good match for a career opening, you will be contacted for a preliminary interview.

What You Can Do To Prepare

Whether you are just starting out or have years of experience to offer, there’s opportunity at Catalyst for innovative thinkers and seasoned experts. If you thrive on solving complex problems and/or have exemplary accomplishments in your field, let us know about it to set yourself apart from other candidates.


Why Choose Catalyst?

Along with a competitive compensation and benefits package, Catalyst provides the unique opportunity to advance your career in an innovative and dynamic business that values great ideas and rewards performance. We foster a true ownership culture among all employees through our Opportunities for Improvement (OFI) Program which promotes continuous improvement, cost-saving and revenue-generating ideas with shared benefits.

Come work with us and make a difference. 

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    "Great Place to work and explore technology with Pefect worklife balance"

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    Catalyst paper has been providing great opportunities to explore in different areas of technology,numerous learning opportunities, one on one interaction with senior management, great teams, very good work environment which always keeps motivated to come up with the innovative ideas, Perfect work life balance. Definitely privileged to be part of the Catalyst family.


    None as of now from the time I joined.

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    Keep Continuing all the good work and target to become the No. 1 paper company in US and Canada

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Catalyst Paper (Biron, WI) in May 2017.


    I was given a full tour of the operating facility, and promptly interviewed by a panel of 5 employees: the HR director, the IT director, two full-time IT employees, and a production team manager.

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Catalyst Paper Awards & Accolades

  • 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada, 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada, 2015
  • 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada, 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada, 2014
  • 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada, 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada, 2013
  • 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada, 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada, 2012
  • 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada, 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada, 2011
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