Devin Kelley has been included on the Pulp and Paper Canada Top 10 under 40 list. Devin Kelley Photo: Submitted

Devin Kelley has been included on the Pulp and Paper Canada Top 10 under 40 list. Devin Kelley Photo: Submitted

Mercer Celgar employee recognized in Pulp and Paper Canada Top 10 under 40 list

Devin Kelly is a third-generation pulp worker

Submitted by Mercer International

An operations specialist at Mercer Celgar’s machine room has been selected for the Pulp and Paper Canada Top 10 under 40 list.

Devin Kelly was nominated earlier this year by colleagues for the 2021 opening, earning a spot with Pulp and Paper Canada’s second annual contest.

Kelly is is a third-generation pulp worker. He has used his engineering background and penchant for change management to lead multiple improvement initiatives in his five years in the machine room, including a profiling steam box design, construction and install for PM1, vacuum optimization and PH control design projects for the pulp machine, and production loss analysis implementation and tracking.

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“The passion, commitment, and energy that he puts into his role here at Mercer has led to significant reliability, production and morale improvements,” says Jeff Dechaine, Kelly’s manager and nominator.

“He is a leader beyond his years, and a shining example of what the next generation of leaders in our industry can be.”

Leonardo Gomez, from Mercer’s Peace River operations was also selected for the recognition.

This is the second year that Mercer operations have nominated team members for the Top 10 under 40 contest.

Vanessa Terwoort, Director of Environment for Mercer Celgar, was selected for the 2020 list.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to both Leo and Devin for receiving this prestigious award,” President and CEO, David Gandossi, stated. “To achieve this level of recognition through a nomination by their peers is a reflection of their commitment to excellence — both to Mercer and their teams. I am proud of them both.”

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