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Northern forestry leaders recognized in top 10 under 40

Dryden process engineer and Thunder Bay health and safety manager make national list

A pair of forest industry professionals are being recognized for their work in northwestern Ontario mills.

Bilal Junaidi and Ashleigh Marchl have been named to Pulp & Paper Canada’s list of the top 10 pulp and paper professionals under 40.

Junaidi is a process engineer at Domtar’s pulp and paper mill in Dryden, while Marchl is the manager of environment and health and safety at Resolute Forest Products’ pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay.

At 29, Junaidi has worked in the mill’s power and recovery department for three and a half years.

According to his profile, he’s a “quick and innovative thinker” who has “demonstrated leadership and drive to achieve the mill’s goals and objectives.”

He’s active in mill initiatives, sitting on its joint occupational health and safety committee as well as its corporate power and recovery functional team.

Junaidi is currently working to become an operating engineer, having successfully attained his third class operating engineering certificate.

Over her 14 years at Resolute Forest Products, Marchl has held a number of positions, including environmental coordinator and superintendent. Her current role as manager of environment and health and safety is a recent promotion.

Marchl has been involved in a number of company waste diversion projects, including repurposing the mill’s boiler ash and creating beneficial uses for byproducts, as well as leading an initiative to repurpose pulp and paper and sludge for agricultural, municipal and other industrial uses.

Outside of the company, Marchl sits on the board of the environmental non-profit EcoSuperior, is a committee member of Lakehead Source Water Protection, and teaches a health and safety regulations course part-time at Confederation College.

Pulp & Paper Canada is an industry publication that holds the top 10 under 40 contest annually. Full profiles on the 2022 winners can be accessed here.