• Board of Directors

  • Bryce Kumka, President

    Bryce Kumka is a Partner and Senior Account Executive for Commercial Insurance for Rogers Insurance North.  He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Fort McMurray and has held an executive position for the past five years, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

    He formerly held the position of the Treasurer of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, and has been on the Board of Directors for the past 8 years.  Bryce is the past Community Campaign chair (2012) for the United Way of Fort McMurray, and an active member of the Board of Directors serving as the Community Campaign Committee chair. [2013-2015]

    He sits on the Board of Directors of Changes Supported Living Services, an non-profit organization that provides community based residential, supported, and independent living services to over 600 mentally challenged adults.  He is married to Lee-Anne and they have 3 lovely daughters. [2018-2020]


  • Nick Sanders, Past President

    Nick Sanders moved to Fort McMurray in 2006 and is currently the Director, Human Resources with the Fort McMurray Catholic Schools. He worked in transportation for about 25 years in various capacities at a Corporate level, in Operations, New Business development, Risk Management and Human Resources. His other activities include Chair of MacDonald Island Park Corporation. He, his wife Marina and their son Jared are enjoying all that this great community has to offer! [2018-2020]


  • Kristi Pinkney-Hines, First Vice President

    Occupational health and safety expert, entrepreneur and community leader, Kristi Pinkney-Hines is at the forefront of medical testing and assessment in the workplace. Recently named Small Business of the Year by the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, Kristi has grown Hines Health Services to serve over 5,000 clients in oil and gas, construction and government, to name a few. Under her leadership, Hines Health Services has built a national network of 120 affiliate locations across Canada, helping clients access medical testing with ease. Kristi leads a diverse team of highly qualified nurses, physicians and support staff in Fort McMurray Alberta, her home-base.

    She remains progressive in her field and invests in education through her partnerships with Keyano College and University of Alberta’s Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing, where she mentors nursing students through practicum-based learning.

    Kristi is also a mother to three children and a dedicated community supporter. Her love for her community and her drive to make it a great place to live, work and play has earned her recognition as a Women of Inspiration by Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude Canada. In her spare time, Kristi proudly lends her expertise to a number of organizations including: Community Futures Wood Buffalo, Habitat for Humanity Wood Buffalo, Language Training Program for Apprentices (LTPA) and the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce.  [2019-2021]


  • Rob Martin, 2nd Vice President



  • Staci Millard, Treasurer

    Staci Millard is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has built her accounting practice through strong values and hard work. After moving to the Wood Buffalo Region in 2013, Staci built an accounting firm that now services hundreds of business in the community. She can always be found at community events and supporting local entrepreneurs. She is happy to lend a hand to the Ask an Expert program through RMWB Economic Development, deliver training courses on budgeting to non-profit Organizations, and most recently hosting women’s business events to connect female business leaders in the community.

    In her spare time, Staci is a mom to two little girls. Staci and her husband enjoy spending time with the girls in the wonderful outdoors and are looking forward to having the girls involved in the many sports and arts programs that Fort McMurray is proud to offer. While Fort McMurray may not be Staci’s first home, she and her husband have been happy to set down roots to establish a community driven foundation for their family. [2019-2021]


  • Howie Ewashko, Director



  • Melanie Galea, Director



  • Brittany Ganase, Director 



  • Tom Gear, Director

    Tom Gear moved to Fort McMurray in 2015 with his wife and two children and is currently the General Manager of Suncor Energy’s Firebag site. Since joining Suncor in 1998 he has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility throughout Suncor in oil sands, petroleum refining, midstream and corporate through roles focused on commercial development, commodity marketing & trading, project execution and operations management.

    Tom originally grew up in Fort McMurray and left after high school to attend the University of Victoria in British Columbia. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and is an alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

    In addition to the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, Tom is a member of the Keyano College Business Administration Diploma Advisory Committee and is also involved with the local basketball community. [2019-2021]


    Benjamin Gill, Director

    A self-professed business banking nerd, passionate about building communities and organizations, Ben was born in New Zealand to British parents and moved to Canada at an early age. By way of downtown Calgary, Ben eventually made his way to Fort McMurray and now happily calls the Wood Buffalo region home.

    As a Senior Relationship Manager with ATB Financial, Ben has found a role that aligns his passions with his professional pursuits. These pursuits are further complimented in his spare time by sitting on the board of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce and his related work on the Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador program.

    When not working and volunteering his time, Ben enjoys cycling, reading, movies, travelling, eating, and football (both kinds). In 2016, his love of cycling found him competing in the 2016 Edmonton Velethon.  [2018-2020]


  • Diana Noble, Director 



  • Jeff Penney, Director



  • Denean Robinson, Director



  • Fred Russell, Director



  • Cameron Spring, Director

    Cameron was born and raised in Fort McMurray and has always considered it his home. In 2013, he completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at MacEwan University in Edmonton with a major in International Business. This program saw him study in Switzerland, Brazil and China; expanding his understanding of the world while also reinforcing his gratefulness for the opportunities in the Wood Buffalo region.

    After university Cameron returned to Fort McMurray and began full-time employment at Phoenix Heli-Flight, a local helicopter charter company founded by his family in 1991. He has gained experience in several roles and is now the Director of Safety. He had completed glider and airplane pilot licences through the local Air Cadet squadron and in April 2016 he became a fully-rated commercial helicopter pilot.

    Cameron also commits his energy to training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, travelling, and maintaining several languages. As a Director Cameron is thankful for the opportunity to work with fellow passionate business professionals to strengthen the economic foundation of the region.  [2019-2021]


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