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 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]
Since arriving in Fort McMurray in 2009 Matthew has pursued his career as a public accountant, and has recently started a local accounting practice. Matthew is passionate about the future of the Fort McMurray area and also serves as a volunteer board member with several organizations including: Oil Sands Rotary Club, Community Futures Wood Buffalo, The Keyano College Foundation, and The Canadian Cancer Society AB/NWT Division. He is also a graduate of the University of Calgary (2006) and a member of the Institute of Charted Accountants of Alberta since 2010. [2017-2019]
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. [2017-2019]
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]
Justin was born and raised in the Fort McMurray and the Chipewyan Prairie (Janvier) region. He is fluent in Dene/Chipewyan and was raised on his family’s trapline in northeastern Alberta. Justin is a proud member of the Metis Nation of Alberta.
Justin has owned and managed multiple businesses, with a strong focus in Indigenous business, consultation and negotiation. He has been integral in forming many successful and sustainable partnerships between large companies and Indigenous communities. The partnerships that Justin has formed have helped the communities build a foundation for economic growth, all parties are always confident that if Justin is involved the agreement between community and the company with always be mutually beneficial. Being able to make a positive difference within the Indigenous communities across the country is one of Justin’s biggest passions, his dream is to the break the cycle of unrecognized potential and success. Justin’s passion has gained him a reputation as a keen and fair negotiator who never compromises his integrity and is a person whom you can trust, this reputation has built him a strong network and solid relationships with key leaders.
One of Justin’s biggest accomplishments in business was being able to serve as the President of NAABA (the northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association) where he was able to lead one of Canada’s largest and most successful Indigenous business associations. Justin also currently serves on the board of directors for the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce.
Justin is proud to call Fort McMurray his home and is grateful for the endless opportunities that the Wood Buffalo Region has offered him. [2017-2019]
My name is Brad Lucier, and I have lived in Fort McMurray since 2001. I am the father of two of daughters, Colleen and Megan, and also the proud grandfather to two beautiful granddaughters.
I am a member of the Fort McMurray business community as the owner of HVAC Solutions Ltd., the business I opened in 2004. I recognized a need for a local contractor to help building owners and managers reduce their owning and operating costs associated with their HVAC/R equipment, and grew the company to more than 40 employees, although the downturn in the economy and the wildfire of 2016 have reduced our numbers to over 20.
Since making Fort McMurray home, I have contributed both my time and finances to non-profits within the region. I am currently involved with the Rotary Club of Fort McMurray, as a director on the board of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, and as a director of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce. I have also been involved heavily with Educare, the Fort McMurray Ski Patrol, as a coach with the Fort McMurray Competitive Ski Society, and provided financial support to the Northern Lights Health Foundation through the annual Festival of Trees and Spring Fling, Educare, Girls Inc.of Northern Alberta, Big Brothers of Wood Buffalo, the Keyano College Foundation through the annual Keyano Gala, and Hope International.
I believe that I have a lot to offer the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, and look forward to the upcoming challenges. [2017-2019]
Bryan Lutes is the former president of Wood Buffalo Housing & Development Corporation. Bryan is also the past president of the regional chapter of the Urban Development Institute (UDI) an organization that deals with issues around building and land development. Bryan brings his career experience in the construction and development industries to the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce board table. He hold a position on the Land Committee. He is also 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. Bryan is also the past chair of the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate and past president of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA), a national organisation that advocates for affordable housing. [2018-2020]
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. [2018-2020]
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. [2017-2019]
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. [2017-2019]
The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce hosts several events throughout the year. Click here for pictures of our Business and Community Awards Reception, our Duffet n' Divot Golf Tournament, our monthly Networking Luncheons and our Small Business Week Celebrations.