About Chemtrade

Some facts & figures:

  • With more than 1,400 employees, Chemtrade operates in 60+ locations in North America and internationally. We are diversified into 3 main business segments that touch people’s lives every day.
  • Our Sulphur Products and Performance Chemicals, Water Solutions and Specialty Chemicals, and Electrochemical products contribute to dozens of industries as varied and universal as water treatment, agriculture, pulp & paper, oil refining and food production.
  • Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund has been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CHE.UN) since 2001.
To understand Chemtrade beyond a few facts and figures requires an appreciation of the value we place on partnerships throughout our organization.

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When telling the story of Chemtrade, we begin with our people. We are proud to support a people-first philosophy of empowerment, collaboration and team success through a commitment to providing a safe work environment and the opportunity to build strong connections aligned to the organization’s core values. Our employees bring an amazing level of talent, expertise and insight which we support through formal and informal training to create close-knit communities, and enable employees to grow, develop their strengths, and build their capabilities.

aboutUs page in safety environment Safety + Environment

Safety is one of Chemtrade’s strategic pillars and the most vital component of our culture. We provide employees with extensive and ongoing training in safety protocols. Due to the nature of our business, we are mindful of our commitment to the protection of the environment in our handling, transporting and processing systems. Our commitment to Environmental, Social & Governance principles and to the Responsible Care® ethic further highlights the importance we place on safety and sustainability.

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Through strategic acquisitions, expansion and organic growth over two decades, Chemtrade’s customer base has grown. We have a broad spectrum of customers and we strive to meet their needs and expectations through product development, reliable operations, a vast logistical network, technical expertise and dedicated customer support.

aboutUs page in products quality Products + Quality

With 3 business segments, Chemtrade’s product story is one of diversification and value generation. Operating in many high-demand product areas that contribute to critical community needs, our products help clean and purify the water you drink, nourish crops being grown, and contribute to the responsible production of pulp & paper products. Focusing on customer needs and quality control is intrinsic to our business in order to provide value to our customers and stakeholders.

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Since our IPO in 2001, Chemtrade’s business model of reducing commodity and market risks through risk-sharing contracts and a diversified customer base has provided a strong foundation for the company. Our investors’ belief in Chemtrade’s business model has provided the funds for acquisitions to enable our growth into a great chemical company. In return, Chemtrade pays monthly distributions to investors.

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Employees, products, customers, communities, investors... ultimately, we’re all in this together, all playing our roles and working to ensure Chemtrade continues to meet the needs of the industries we serve, the communities we work in and the employees who make it all happen.

Vision & Journey

Our VisionTo Build a Great Chemical Company

Building a Great Chemical Company requires effort and success on many fronts

To Build

It begins with our people. Our teams of talented people are carefully built with attention to values and skills that align with our culture to lead us through growth and success. We build our reach through new products, new markets, new skills and new ideas. We build our capabilities through more efficient processes, stronger partnerships, greater knowledge, and leading technology. We build our business through both inspired acquisitions and hard-earned market growth.

To be Great

Earnings and profits are worthy ends. But the means to those ends matter. We have built a business where safety and sustainability are rooted in our definition of success; where a successful year is appreciated but a successful decade is celebrated; where we set the bar high and then, throughout the organization, strive to push it higher. Being great takes great people empowered to have and share great ideas.

Our vision statement, “To Build a Great Chemical Company” may only be 6 words... but we think it speaks volumes.

Our JourneyA History of Chemtrade Acquisitions

Since we were founded in 2001, Chemtrade has experienced years of both organic and step change growth through our many acquisitions

2017 Mar

Canexus / Expanded Sodium Chlorate capabilities; diversification through Chlor-Alkali product portfolio and Brazilian platform

2014 Jan

General Chemical / Further strengthened and expanded Chemtrade’s platform - Sulphuric Acid, Water Solutions, Specialty Chemicals

2011 Jun

Marsulex / Increased presence in core products, expanded geographic reach and enhanced quality of earnings

2005 Aug

Peak Chemicals / Expanded Sulphuric Acid business, diversified end markets

2003 Aug

Pulp Chemicals / Regional supplier of Sodium Chlorate, toll processor of Crude Tall Oil

2002 Dec

SHS Operations / Leading North American supplier of Sodium Hydrosulphite (SHS)

2001 Jul

Chemtrade / on July 18th Chemtrade went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) with nine locations

Values & Culture

Our Values are EPIC. Our Culture is SAFE.

With hundreds of employees, across dozens of locations, serving thousands of customers, we rely on a strong set of principles to ensure a consistent standard guides our growth and success.

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EXCELLENCE IN OPERATIONS

We strive to continuously improve our business by implementing best practices in systems, processes and standards to create an efficient and effective organization.

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PEOPLE FIRST

We provide a safe work environment. Our employees will make safety, for themselves and their fellow employees, their first priority. We treat each other with respect, encourage open expression, and enable opportunities for both professional development and personal growth.

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INTEGRITY

We are committed to Environmental, Social & Governance principles, exemplified by our Responsible Care® policy. We treat our employees, customers and other stakeholders in an ethical manner with honest and open communications.

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CUSTOMERS

Our customers are the foundation of our success. We focus on meeting their needs and expectations by providing seamless support and extraordinary service throughout our organization.

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SAFETY

We believe we must never, under any circumstances, compromise on safety. Each employee is accountable for advocating and upholding the ethics of Responsible Care®.

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ACCOUNTABILITY

Each of us is counted on to act with a sense of ownership and responsibility. We set clear goals and maintain high expectations to drive performance and long-term success.

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FUN

We are a dynamic organization that provides unique and challenging opportunities. Our employees appreciate the Chemtrade culture and the rewarding work environment it inspires.

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ENTREPRENEURIAL

We welcome the sharing of ideas, insights and opportunities, and encourage simplicity and decisiveness. We pursue sustainable profitability through business growth and development and strategic acquisitions.

Leadership

Meet our management team. Thoughtful, experienced leaders helping to shape the future of Chemtrade.

  • SCOTT ROOK

    President and Chief Executive Officer

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    Scott Rook joined Chemtrade in September 2019 as Chief Operating Officer and assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2021. As COO, Scott was accountable for delivering improved profitability and free cash generation from all Chemtrade businesses. He has more than 28 years’ experience in the chemical industry including commercial, operational and business leadership roles. Before joining Chemtrade, he was Senior Vice President, Commercial, at Ascend Performance Materials, focusing on delivering business results, long-term growth strategies, capital allocation and M&A activities. Prior to Ascend, he held executive positions at Eastman Chemical Company. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee and an MBA in Finance from Auburn University in Alabama.

  • ROHIT BHARDWAJ

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Rohit Bhardwaj joined Chemtrade in January 2006 and oversees the Finance, Information Technology, Investor Relations, Corporate Development and Legal departments. He was previously Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President, Operations of TSX-listed Inscape Corporation, an office furniture manufacturer. Rohit is a Certified Management Accountant (U.K.), a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (U.K.) and a Certified Public Accountant (CGA). He also has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) and the Schulich School of Business (York University).

  • LEON AARTS

    Group Vice-President, Commercial

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    Leon Aarts joined Chemtrade in 2005. He leads the Commercial Operations for Chemtrade and is accountable for delivering improved profitability and free cash generation across all segments and businesses. Leon has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience in the chemicals industry in Operations, Sales & Marketing and Corporate Development. He has also held prior roles in Engineering, Financial Analysis and Supply Chain. Leon has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

  • TIM MONTGOMERY

    Group Vice-President, Manufacturing and Engineering

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    Tim Montgomery joined Chemtrade in October 2020 and oversees the Manufacturing, Engineering and Procurement organizations. He has more than 30 years of chemical industry experience in Operations, Engineering and Operational Excellence. Tim held senior leadership positions with Rohm and Haas, Dow and Ascend Performance Materials. Before joining Chemtrade, he was Executive Vice President, Engagement Partner of Maine Pointe where he had great success partnering with clients to deliver significant earnings improvement in Operations, Logistics and Procurement. Tim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an Executive MBA from the University of Houston.

  • EMILY POWERS

    Group Vice-President, Human Resources and Responsible Care

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    Emily Powers joined Chemtrade in June 2016 and leads the Human Resources and Responsible Care functions. Prior to joining Chemtrade, she had 18 years of experience in the chemical industry in Human Resources, Business, Operations and Engineering roles. She has also worked in the mining and consumer products industries. She has a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Queen’s University.

  • TEJINDER KAUSHIK

    Vice-President, Information Technology

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    Tejinder Kaushik leads the Information Technology operations at Chemtrade. He joined in July 2016 from Celestica where he was Senior Director of Global IT. Tejinder has more than 20 years of IT experience across multiple industries, and has a Master of Engineering degree in Manufacturing Technology from the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, India.

  • SUSAN PARÉ

    General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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    Susan Paré leads the Legal Department and is Corporate Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund, and of the boards of directors of the Chemtrade Group entities. She also oversees the Environmental Risk group. Susan joined Chemtrade in 2006, having previously practised law at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. She has a BA (Hons) from the University of Western Ontario and an LLB from the University of Toronto.

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing management and the overall stewardship of Chemtrade.

  • Lorie Waisberg

    Chair of the Board of Trustees

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    Lorie Waisberg has been a trustee of the Fund since its initial public offering in 2001 and was appointed Chair of the Board in 2009. Lorie has served on the board of directors of numerous Canadian public companies, including serving as a member and chair of audit, corporate governance, compensation and human resource committees. He holds an ICD.D designation as a professional corporate director. In addition to being Chair of the Board of Trustees at Chemtrade, Lorie is also a member of the Audit, Compensation and Corporate Governance and Responsible Care Committees.

    Lorie has law degrees from the University of Toronto and Harvard University, and had a distinguished 30-year legal career as a business law partner of Goodmans, LLP in Toronto. This was followed by direct business experience as Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration at steel producer, Co-Steel Inc. prior to retirement.

  • Lucio Di Clemente

    Chair of the Compensation and Corporate Governance Committee

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    Lucio Di Clemente, CPA/CA, MBA, ICD.D, is an experienced executive, corporate director, and business advisor who brings a wealth of operational excellence combined with significant experience in completing financial transactions. During his executive career, Lucio has led several iconic Canadian companies across a broad spectrum of industries, including manufacturing, retail, health sciences and distribution.

    As a practitioner and advocate for effective corporate governance, Lucio brings more than 30 years of experience leading and serving on public company, private company and not-for-profit boards of directors. Currently Lucio serves on three corporate boards including Chemtrade’s. At Chemtrade, Lucio is a member of the Responsible Care and Audit Committees and chairs the Compensation and Corporate Governance Committee. He also mentors a number of CEOs and is a corporate finance advisor.

  • Daniella Dimitrov

    Chair of the Audit Committee

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    Daniella Dimitrov has more than 20 years’ experience in building, operating and leading businesses in mining and financial services and has held various executive roles with a focus on strategy, operations, corporate development and governance. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer of a multi-mine gold producer and prior to this she was an investment banking partner at Sprott Capital Partners, a mining investment banking and advisory firm. Daniella has also served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of a multi-mine gold/copper producer, Executive Vice-Chair of an iron ore developer and as Chief Operating Officer of a national wealth management and capital markets firm. Daniella serves and has served as a director of a number of public companies in natural resources and energy sectors.

    Daniella was chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining for 2016, was a Canada Board Diversity Council – 2016 Diversity 50 Candidate and has the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship Certification. Daniella is a noted speaker on topics including capital markets and Environmental, Social & Governance.

    At Chemtrade, Daniella is a member of the Responsible Care and Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees and chairs the Audit Committee.

  • Emily Moore

    Chair of the Responsible Care Committee

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    Dr. Emily Moore has been Director of Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering at the University of Toronto since October 2018, where she leads teaching, research and programming to help develop the next generation of engineering leaders. Emily spent 10 years at Hatch Ltd. holding positions including Managing Director, Innovation, and Managing Director, Water. In that time, she led global initiatives to serve mining, energy and infrastructure sector clients. Emily previously spent more than 10 years at Xerox, leading teams on developing new chemical processes and bringing them to manufacturing scale. Currently, Emily serves on the board of International Petroleum Corp.

    A licensed professional engineer, Emily is a subject-matter expert in water and mining and a Rhodes Scholar. She has also completed the Corporate Directors International certification.

    At Chemtrade, Emily is member of the Audit and Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees and chairs the Responsible Care Committee.

  • DOUGLAS MUZYKA

    Corporate Director

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    Douglas Muzyka has extensive experience in the chemical industry, as well as in manufacturing, HR, governance, and risk management. He retired from E.I. DuPont de Nemours (DuPont), a manufacturer of chemical products, specialty materials, consumer and industrial products. As Senior Vice President and Chief Science and Technology Officer, he led an organization of more than 10,000 scientists and engineers. He previously held many international positions with Dupont including, President of DuPont, Greater China; Vice President and General Manager of DuPont Nutrition and Health; President and CEO of DuPont Canada, Inc.; President and General Manager of DuPont Mexico; and as research scientist. Douglas brings strong operational and administrative skills to the Chemtrade Board, and considerable experience in new plant start-ups and venture development in international venues.

    Douglas holds a B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and did additional graduate work at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France.

    At Chemtrade, Douglas is a member of the Audit, Responsible Care and Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees.

  • Katherine Rethy

    Corporate Director

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    Katherine has extensive experience in the industrial sector and specifically in shared services, procurement, logistics and operational matters and was previously Senior Vice President, Global Services at Falconbridge Ltd. Prior to joining Falconbridge, she was an executive with DuPont Canada Inc. Katherine serves as a Director of Toromont Industries Ltd., and is past Director of SBM Offshore NV (Netherlands), Equitable Bank, TransForce Inc. and several not-for-profit organizations, including serving as past Chair of Katimavik. She has chaired compensation, nomination, and governance committees and has served on audit, risk and various special committees.

    Katherine is a lawyer and has completed the ICD’s professional corporate director course. She has a J.D. from the University of Windsor, a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, an MBA from York University, and an M.A. from Lancaster University in the U.K.

    At Chemtrade, Katherine is a member of the Audit, Responsible Care and Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees.

  • Scott Rook

    Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Director

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    Scott Rook joined Chemtrade in September 2019 as Chief Operating Officer and assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2021. As COO, Scott was accountable for delivering improved profitability and free cash generation from all Chemtrade businesses. He has more than 28 years’ experience in the chemical industry including commercial, operational and business leadership roles. Before joining Chemtrade, he was Senior Vice President, Commercial, at Ascend Performance Materials, focusing on delivering business results, long-term growth strategies, capital allocation and M&A activities. Prior to Ascend, he held executive positions at Eastman Chemical Company. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee and an MBA in Finance from Auburn University in Alabama.