Our Company

About Us

About Us

We take pride in the work that we do at White River Forest Products (WRFP) because we know that we're helping to build dreams. Whether people buy our quality lumber to build their dream home, cottage, or business, or want a good paying job with us for themselves and for the generations to come in the community, White River Forest Products (WRFP) helps make those dreams a reality. We're distinct because we're a community-based venture.

The random length sawmill was formed by private investors, the Netamisakomik Anishinabek (formerly known as Pic Mobert First Nation) and the White River Economic Development Corporation. Located in Northwestern Ontario in White River, Ontario, WRFP is known for our high quality lumber and a strong community spirit. A multi-million dollar re-investment program is ongoing, and the mill employs over 160 talented people working towards making WRFP one of the most efficient mills in Eastern Canada… and we're hiring.

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Our Mission & Values

Our Mission & Values
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We are a community-based venture building its own future. Our corporate mission is to be a profitable, low cost forestry company, converting forest resources into competitive and innovative quality projects while protecting the environment and creating positive long term social, cultural and economic benefit for the region and its people, employees and shareholders. We advocate a non-discriminatory policy as well as favouring the employment of local and regional residents.

Our core values – People, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation, and Teamwork – inspire our actions and  guide the behaviour of employees and contractors working within our operations.

We also believe that to be a world leader in our field, our safety goals must includes eliminating all injuries, occupational illnesses, unsafe practices and incidents of environmental harm from our activities. We believe that our work is never so urgent that we cannot take the time to do it safely and in an environmentally responsible manner.

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Our People

Our People

In 2013, the mill was purchased by the Netamisakomik Anishinabek (formerly known as the Pic Mobert First Nation), White River's Economic Development Corporation, and a private investor group led by Frank Dottori.

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Pic Mobert First Nation

The Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg (Pic Mobert First Nation) are an Ojibwe First Nation with two reserves which lie off Highway 17 approximately 55 km east of Marathon, Ontario, along the eastern shores of White Lake.  Between 350 and 400 of the First Nation’s population, which is approximately 1,010 members, live on-reserve at Pic Mobert South and Pic Mobert North.

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Frank Dottori

WRC Timber Inc.

FRANK A. DOTTORI, Chair of WRC Timber- Frank Dottori requires no introduction in the forestry business. This industry giant founded Tembec Inc., growing it from a shutdown pulp mill in Temiscaming (QC) to a international company with revenues/assets of approx $4.0 billion ,with 55 mfg units in Canada, Europe, USA, Chile and over 10,000 employees. The company, with Dottori at the helm, was recognized for its focus on innovation, employee relationships, and environmental policies. Since retiring in 2005, Frank continues to invest in worthwhile communities and ventures. He acted as President/CEO of WRFP from 2013 until 2018. Frank is a recipient of the Order of Canada, and is a member of the Rainforest Alliance. He holds a BaSc, in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto.

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White River EDC

White River's Economic Development team works to attract new businesses to our community and encourage the retention and expansion of existing businesses within our community.

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Our Affiliates

Our Affiliates
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Hornepayne Lumber

100 kilometers north of White River, Ontario, Hornepayne Lumber LLP is located in Hornepayne, Ontario, Formerly the Haavaldsrud sawmill, it was purchased in 2016

www.hornepaynelumber.com (coming soon)

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Hornepayne Power

Beside the mill in Hornepayne is Hornepayne Power Inc., formerly Becker Cogen which was also purchased in 2016

www.hp-power.ca

Element5

Element5

Mass timber structures

www.elementfive.co

MFS

Maygwayyawk Forestry Services

jointly owned by Pic Mobert First Nation and White River Forest Products LP. MFS is a stump to dump contractor working in the White River area.