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Board of Directors

Alain Benedetti

Mr. Benedetti is a Corporate Director.  He was Chair of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.  From 1998 to his retirement in June 2004, he was Vice Chair and Canadian Area Managing Partner of Ernst & Young LLP.  Mr. Benedetti is currently a director of Dorel Industries Inc.

John M. Clark


Mr. Clark is a Director and the President of Investments & Technical Management Corp. since 1999.  He was Chief Financial Officer and a director of Polaris Geothermal Inc. from June 2004 to October 2009.  He was President and/or Executive Chairman of Laurasia Resources Limited, a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and development company, from 1988 to 1998.  In relation to Mr. Clark's Presidency at Investment & Technical Management Corp. he is also currently a director of Vista Gold Corp., Zephyr Minerals Ltd.  and several privately held companies.

James F. Dinning

Director and Chair of the Board
Mr. Dinning is a Corporate Director and was appointed Chair of the Board of the Company on May 6, 2014.  He serves as Board Chair of Western Investment Company and as a director of various other private companies and trusts. He was chair of Western Financial Group Inc. from 2005 to 2017 when the company was acquired by Wawanesa. He is the past chair of Liquor Stores North America Ltd and Export Development Canada and a former director of Parkland Fuel Corp, Finning International Inc and Shaw Communications Inc. From 1997 to 2004 Mr. Dinning was a senior executive of TransAlta Corporation.
Mr. Dinning held several key positions during his 11 years as a member of the Legislative Assembly in Alberta, including Provincial Treasurer from 1992 to 1997. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Calgary following his tenure as Chancellor from 2010 to 2014.  


Brian R. Hedges

Mr. Hedges is a Corporate Director.  Mr. Hedges was Chief Executive Officer of Russel Metals from May 2009 to May 2018 and Chief Financial Officer from 1994 to 2009.  Mr. Hedges has been a member of the Board since he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 2009.  Mr. Hedges' career also includes the positions of Chief Financial Officer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gandalf Technologies, as well as Chief Financial Officer of Teleglobe Inc. Both companies were involved in the Canadian international telecommunications industry. 

Barbara S. Jeremiah

Ms. Jeremiah is a Corporate Director. Prior to her retirement in 2009, she served as Executive Vice President of Alcoa, Inc. a leading aluminum producer, from 2002 until 2008, when she also assumed the position of Chairman's Counsel. Ms. Jeremiah served on the Board of Directors of Boart Longyear Limited from 2011 until March 2015, EQT Corporation from 2003 to 2012 and First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. from 2010 to 2013. Ms. Jeremiah is currently a director of Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, Aggreko plc and the Weir Group plc. 

Alice D.  Laberge

Ms. Laberge is a Corporate Director.  She was President and Chief Executive Officer of Fincentric Corporation (a global provider of software solutions to financial institutions) from 2003 to 2005.  Prior to this appointment she was Chief Financial Officer of Fincentric.  Prior to joining Fincentric in 2000, Ms. Laberge was with MacMillan Bloedel for over 18 years in a variety of financial positions including Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Laberge is currently a director of the Royal Bank of Canada, Nutrien Ltd. and Canadian Public Accountability Board.

William M. O'Reilly

Mr. O'Reilly is a Corporate Director. Mr. O'Reilly was the Managing Partner and a member of the Management Committee of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, the principal legal advisor to the Company from 1997 until his retirement from those positions on May 31, 2010. He was a partner of that firm from 1976 until his retirement on December 31, 2011, except for the period from August 1993 to January 1996 when he served as an executive officer of Russel Metals. Mr. O'Reilly was the Secretary of Russel Metals from May 1994 to May 2009 when he was first elected as a director of the Company.

John Reid

Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Reid started with JMS Metals Services, Inc. and related companies ("JMS") in 1991, was promoted to President of JMS in 1994 and served as President of JMS Russel Metals operations since the Company's purchase of JMS in 2007.  From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Reid held the position of Vice President Operations, Service Centers and took on increased responsibility for the energy products units.  On February 21, 2013, Mr. Reid was appointed to Chief Operating Officer, on May 2, 2013, he was appointed Executive Vice President, on January 1, 2016, he was appointed President and on May 2, 2018 Mr. Reid was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

Annie Thabet


Mrs. Thabet, a Partner at Celtis Capital and a Corporate Director, is a chartered professional accountant with more than 35 years of business experience namely in venture capital and private equity investments, mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions, and the development of industrial projects with international partners.  She is also currently a director of Transcontinental Inc. and Manac Inc. and served as a director of The Jean Coutu Group from 2010 to 2018. Ms. Thabet is also a director of Centraide of Greater Montreal Foundation, past Chair of the board of directors of the Institute of Corporate Directors – Québec, Governor of the Sherbrooke University Business Research Foundation and Governor of Reseau Capital.


John R. Tulloch


Mr. Tulloch is a Corporate Director. Mr. Tulloch was Executive Vice President of SSAB AB and President of their North American Division from 2007 until his retirement in 2008. From 2004 until the takeover of IPSCO Inc. by SSAB in 2007 he was Executive Vice President, Steel and Chief Commercial Officer of IPSCO.  Prior to that he held various senior executive positions at IPSCO, including Vice President and General Manager of the Tubular Division.  He is a past Director of various steel and energy industry associations, including the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Metal Service Center Institute, the Steel Manufacturers Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Foundation.​ Mr. Tulloch served as a director of SSAB AB from 2009 to 2018.


James F. Dinning
Director and
Chair of the Board

 John G. Reid 
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Marion E. Britton
Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer
and Secretary

Lesley M.S. Coleman
Vice President, Controller and Assistant Secretary

Ryan W. MacDermid
Vice President, Risk Management and Legal

Sherri L. McKelvey

Assistant Secretary
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