|By Marketwired .||
|July 2, 2014 07:06 PM EDT||
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/02/14 -- Canexus Corporation (TSX: CUS) (the "Corporation" or "Canexus") announced today that its Board of Directors (the "Board") has appointed R. Douglas Wonnacott as its President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Corporation effective immediately. Mr. Wonnacott is a seasoned executive who has served in a variety of senior executive positions and has over 30 years of experience in the chemical industry.
Mr. Wonnacott is a results-oriented leader with extensive experience in strategic planning, marketing, production, logistics and supply chain management, and terminal operations. Prior to his appointment at Canexus, Mr. Wonnacott was the Chief Operating Officer of Agri-Products at Viterra Inc., a global agribusiness company. Mr. Wonnacott holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario.
"After a thorough search, the Board is pleased that Doug has accepted the role of President and CEO given his proven ability to create strategic clarity, ensure disciplined execution and unlock shareholder value," said Hugh Fergusson, Canexus Board Chairman. "At this time we would also like to thank Richard Ott for his contributions and leadership while acting as Interim President and CEO for the last four months and welcome him back as an independent director of the Board."
In the weeks leading up to Mr. Wonnacott's appointment he has had extensive discussions with the Board regarding the Corporation's opportunities, challenges and possible strategies. Over the next few months, Mr. Wonnacott's priorities will include completing the construction at the North American Terminal Operation ("NATO"), enhancing returns for the Corporation's shareholders and improving financial flexibility.
"Canexus is a company with solid assets that have great potential," commented Mr. Wonnacott. "Our sodium chlorate plant at Brandon has an unrivaled low-cost production advantage, our recently modernized and expanded North Vancouver chlor-alkali plant has significant hydrochloric acid capacity and our operations in Brazil are anchored by a 27-year fixed margin contract. NATO is a state-of-the-art crude-by-rail facility that is well positioned near Alberta's growing oil sands production and on a site that has additional attractive future development opportunities such as large scale condensate handling and storage. The site currently has two salt caverns with approximately 1.6 million barrels of capacity and the potential to construct several additional storage caverns. Our impressive portfolio of assets has not gone unnoticed either and we will continue to advance discussions with those parties that have expressed a potential interest in certain assets."
There is no assurance that a transaction, if pursued, will be concluded.
NATO Unit Train Construction Update
At NATO, the planned shutdown of the unit train operation began on June 17, 2014. Construction to further increase unit train loading capacity and connect it to the Cold Lake pipeline system continues to progress and the Corporation expects to start-up and begin commissioning the expanded capacity in late August. To date, approximately $290 million has been spent on the unit train project and the total estimated cost has been revised to $350 million to $360 million. The project cost estimate announced in January of $315 million has been refined with actual spend to date and robust estimates to complete including about $10 million of firm bids for remaining work, plus a contingency. This scope is expected to achieve the current contracted 6 to 7 unit trains per week. Some minor debottlenecking (4th loop track, two additional pumps, and a second incinerator) may be required to reach the 10.5 unit trains per week planned activity level expected for some time in 2015. This will be examined after start-up of the current scope.
Canexus produces sodium chlorate and chlor-alkali products largely for the pulp and paper and water treatment industries. Our four plants in Canada and two at one site in Brazil are reliable, low-cost, strategically located facilities that capitalize on competitive electricity costs and transportation infrastructure to minimize production and delivery costs. Canexus also provides fee-for-service hydrocarbon transloading services to the oil and gas industry from its terminal at Bruderheim, Alberta. Canexus targets opportunities to maximize shareholder returns and delivers high-quality products to its customers and is committed to Responsible Care® through safe operating practices. Canexus common shares (CUS) and debentures (Series III - CUS.DB.A; Series IV - CUS.DB.B; Series V - CUS.DB.C; Series VI - CUS.DB.D) trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange. More information about Canexus is available at www.canexus.ca.
This press release contains forwarding-looking statements, including in particular statements with respect to completing the construction at NATO, improving the Corporation's financial flexibility and enhancing shareholder returns, the potential of Canexus' assets, the attractiveness of Canexus' future development opportunities at NATO, the estimated total cost of the unit train project at NATO, including estimates to complete and contingencies and the ability of Canexus to achieve the 6 to 7 contracted unit trains per week, and expectations for minor debottlenecking on the ability of Canexus to reach 10.5 unit trains per week in 2015. By their nature, forward looking statements involve a variety of assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements including market and general economic conditions, future costs, treatment under governmental regulatory, tax and environmental regimes and the other risks and uncertainties detailed under "Risk Factors" in the Corporation's Annual Information Form filed on the Corporation's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Although Canexus believes that the expectations reflected in these forward looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because Canexus can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and Canexus undertakes no obligations to update publicly or revise any forward looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.
Richard McLellan, CA
Senior Vice President, Finance and CFO
Lavonne Zdunich, CA
In their Live Hack” presentation at 17th Cloud Expo, Stephen Coty and Paul Fletcher, Chief Security Evangelists at Alert Logic, will provide the audience with a chance to see a live demonstration of the common tools cyber attackers use to attack cloud and traditional IT systems. This “Live Hack” uses open source attack tools that are free and available for download by anybody. Attendees will learn where to find and how to operate these tools for the purpose of testing their own IT infrastructu...
Aug. 28, 2015 04:30 AM EDT Reads: 313
Any Ops team trying to support a company in today’s cloud-connected world knows that a new way of thinking is required – one just as dramatic than the shift from Ops to DevOps. The diversity of modern operations requires teams to focus their impact on breadth vs. depth. In his session at DevOps Summit, Adam Serediuk, Director of Operations at xMatters, Inc., will discuss the strategic requirements of evolving from Ops to DevOps, and why modern Operations has begun leveraging the “NoOps” approa...
Aug. 28, 2015 03:15 AM EDT Reads: 309
SYS-CON Events announced today that IceWarp will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IceWarp, the leader of cloud and on-premise messaging, delivers secured email, chat, documents, conferencing and collaboration to today's mobile workforce, all in one unified interface
Aug. 28, 2015 03:00 AM EDT Reads: 336
The Internet of Things (IoT) is about the digitization of physical assets including sensors, devices, machines, gateways, and the network. It creates possibilities for significant value creation and new revenue generating business models via data democratization and ubiquitous analytics across IoT networks. The explosion of data in all forms in IoT requires a more robust and broader lens in order to enable smarter timely actions and better outcomes. Business operations become the key driver of I...
Aug. 28, 2015 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 329
Organizations from small to large are increasingly adopting cloud solutions to deliver essential business services at a much lower cost. According to cyber security experts, the frequency and severity of cyber-attacks are on the rise, causing alarm to businesses and customers across a variety of industries. To defend against exploits like these, a company must adopt a comprehensive security defense strategy that is designed for their business. In 2015, organizations such as United Airlines, Sony...
Aug. 28, 2015 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 377
Skeuomorphism usually means retaining existing design cues in something new that doesn’t actually need them. However, the concept of skeuomorphism can be thought of as relating more broadly to applying existing patterns to new technologies that, in fact, cry out for new approaches. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gordon Haff, Senior Cloud Strategy Marketing and Evangelism Manager at Red Hat, discussed why containers should be paired with new architectural practices such as microservices rathe...
Aug. 27, 2015 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 349
With the proliferation of connected devices underpinning new Internet of Things systems, Brandon Schulz, Director of Luxoft IoT – Retail, will be looking at the transformation of the retail customer experience in brick and mortar stores in his session at @ThingsExpo. Questions he will address include: Will beacons drop to the wayside like QR codes, or be a proximity-based profit driver? How will the customer experience change in stores of all types when everything can be instrumented and a...
Aug. 27, 2015 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 382
As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of ...
Aug. 27, 2015 05:45 PM EDT
It’s been proven time and time again that in tech, diversity drives greater innovation, better team productivity and greater profits and market share. So what can we do in our DevOps teams to embrace diversity and help transform the culture of development and operations into a true “DevOps” team? In her session at DevOps Summit, Stefana Muller, Director, Product Management – Continuous Delivery at CA Technologies, answered that question citing examples, showing how to create opportunities for ...
Aug. 27, 2015 05:45 PM EDT Reads: 437
Everyone talks about continuous integration and continuous delivery but those are just two ends of the pipeline. In the middle of DevOps is continuous testing (CT), and many organizations are struggling to implement continuous testing effectively. After all, without continuous testing there is no delivery. And Lab-As-A-Service (LaaS) enhances the CT with dynamic on-demand self-serve test topologies. CT together with LAAS make a powerful combination that perfectly serves complex software developm...
Aug. 27, 2015 04:15 PM EDT
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Aug. 27, 2015 02:45 PM EDT Reads: 381
In today's digital world, change is the one constant. Disruptive innovations like cloud, mobility, social media, and the Internet of Things have reshaped the market and set new standards in customer expectations. To remain competitive, businesses must tap the potential of emerging technologies and markets through the rapid release of new products and services. However, the rigid and siloed structures of traditional IT platforms and processes are slowing them down – resulting in lengthy delivery ...
Aug. 27, 2015 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 510
As more intelligent IoT applications shift into gear, they’re merging into the ever-increasing traffic flow of the Internet. It won’t be long before we experience bottlenecks, as IoT traffic peaks during rush hours. Organizations that are unprepared will find themselves by the side of the road unable to cross back into the fast lane. As billions of new devices begin to communicate and exchange data – will your infrastructure be scalable enough to handle this new interconnected world?
Aug. 27, 2015 02:15 PM EDT
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
Aug. 27, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 285
Whether you like it or not, DevOps is on track for a remarkable alliance with security. The SEC didn’t approve the merger. And your boss hasn’t heard anything about it. Yet, this unruly triumvirate will soon dominate and deliver DevSecOps faster, cheaper, better, and on an unprecedented scale. In his session at DevOps Summit, Frank Bunger, VP of Customer Success at ScriptRock, will discuss how this cathartic moment will propel the DevOps movement from such stuff as dreams are made on to a prac...
Aug. 27, 2015 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 164