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The Peace River mill is located in the boreal forest region of Peace River, Alberta, Canada, approximately 500 km north of Edmonton. Mercer Peace River’s pulp mill operations began in 1990 and produce both softwood (NBSK) and hardwood (NBHK) pulp. The majority of our mill’s pulp sales are made to North American customers, while the remainder is shipped to Asian and European markets. At Mercer Peace River, we are proud of our efforts towards the full utilization of all our biomass materials. We are green energy producers, with an electrical energy generation capacity of 65 MW.
Our Peace River location holds the rights to two 20-year renewable government Forest Management Agreements (“FMAs”), along with three other deciduous timber allocations in Alberta. The FMAs total 2.7 million hectares which supply the majority of our annual hardwood and softwood fibre requirements. FMAs grant Mercer Peace River the right to establish, harvest, and utilize the trees within those forest areas. In return for this secure and sustainable supply of trees for the mill’s wood fibre, we agree to meet a number of forest management requirements, including the completion of forest management plans for the FMAs. Within these plans, we show what will be done to ensure a sustainable, long-term even flow of wood fibre, while also providing for other values identified by Indigenous communities and stakeholders who also depend on the forest for their livelihoods and well-being.
Our forest management plans include the efforts and contributions of diverse planning development teams, through consultation with Indigenous communities, government, commercial, and public stakeholders. Our plans are developed on a philosophy of ecological-based forest management practices towards a sustainable future forest, based upon objectives intended to maintain ecological, economic, and spiritual values.
Our team members are proud supporters of our local Peace Region. Being an active member of our community is important to us, which is why we continuously seek ways to invest in community-focused organizations. Our Mercer Peace River Elementary Reading Program (with over 1,800 students), company-sponsored scholarships, and employment of Work Experience, Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), and power engineering students are just some of the ways we provide support to our local youth and community.
We are also committed to working with Indigenous communities to support employment, training, and community-focused programs. These include the Integrated Employment and Training Program (IETP), the Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP), the Sagitawa Friendship Centre, and key cultural events including the Peace River Pow Wow and annual Treaty Day celebrations.
Annually, we allocate 40% of our donations budget to our Team Member Volunteer Program (TMVP), recognizing our team members’ volunteered time to a non-profit organization. TMVP donations are made on behalf of our team members and support local organizations. Being involved and engaged defines our people, as we work together to ensure we help create a more sustainable world.
MPR is proud to be recognized as one of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers for the 2020 year. This award recognizes employers that have established forward-thinking practices and policies to build sustainable, healthy workplaces. MPR was recognized in part for our dedication to Team Member development through our educational assistance programs, as well as our focus on future talent, in the form of co-op and summer employment opportunities.
We are proud to be recognized amongst the top employers in the province and believe the contributions of our team members attribute to our success and recognition of this award.
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“Working outside the boundaries of a typical job description to tackle the daily challenges is very rewarding. You know that when you come to work, you will go home safely at the end of the day, and you were part of accomplishing something special in a dynamic team environment.”
Lead Operator Pulp Finishing
“I take great pride in being an employee of Mercer Peace River. They are invested in their people, the environment, and the surrounding communities. The work itself is both challenging and rewarding, there is room for advancement and growth, the compensation and benefits are second to none, and most importantly – the people you deal with every day feel like family. There’s no place I would rather be.”
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Salvation Army Food Bank
Peace Valley Snow Riders
Peace River Navigators Hockey
Peace River Minor Hockey
Peace River Art Club
Peace River Rotary
Peace River Chamber of Commerce
Peace River SPCA
Sagitawa Friendship Centre
Peace River Indigenous Interagency (Annual Pow Wow)