Kristi Hines is a business leader in occupational health, workplace safety and emergency medical services. She is widely known across Canada for being at the forefront of occupational health and safety, medical testing and assessment. Her dedication to the profession of occupational health nursing is evident through her practice, mentorship, innovation and leadership.
In 2012, Kristi founded Hines Health Services (HHS) out of her passion to provide optimal occupational health nursing services with a customer-oriented approach. Under her leadership, HHS has continued to diversify services to offer medical staffing and dedicated Emergency Medical Services, built a national network of affiliate locations across Canada, and employs a multidisciplinary team of over 165 medical professionals. HHS has established relationships with all levels of government and has municipal, provincial and federal government contracts.
A Registered Nurse, Kristi has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Alberta (collaborative program with Keyano College) and an Occupational Health Nurse Graduate Specialty Diploma (with Distinguished Honours) from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario.
Kristi is continually recognized as a leader in the business community and was the recipient of the 2019 ACC Alberta Business Awards of Distinction for Woman Entrepreneurship. In 2018, HHS was the recipient of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce’s Gold Award for Professional Services. In 2017, HHS was the recipient of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award and Kristi was also recognized as a Women of Inspiration by Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude Canada, an award that recognizes women throughout the Wood Buffalo region who inspire others, break new ground and help create change. In 2021, Kristi was appointed to the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) Executive Committee as Treasurer, becoming the first ACC executive committee member to represent the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in 22 years.
A proud working mom, Kristi has three school-aged children. Kristi’s love for her community and her drive to make it a great place to live, work and play is demonstrated through her community service. Kristi is Past President of Alberta Occupational Health Nurses’ Association, a Director of Wood Buffalo Economic Development Corporation, Vice Chair of Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce and former Director of Community Futures Wood Buffalo. Kristi enjoys mentoring nursing students and offers practicum placements at HHS to Keyano College and the University of Alberta nursing students. Most recently, Kristi was appointed to the Government of Alberta’s Supporting Working Parents Advisory Group, which looks at the latest research, data and economic analysis to consider short and long-term initiatives to ensure parents, particularly women, can take part in Alberta’s economic recovery.
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 Assistant Operations Manager. As a teenager he had completed glider and airplane pilot licences through the local Air Cadet squadron and in April 2016 he completed his commercial helicopter pilot licence.
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]
Denean Robinson, Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA) has been influencing business performance beyond the numbers for more than 20 years.
Denean joined FMAA in 2017 where she oversees enterprise risk management, financial controls and commercial agreements with 70+ businesses operating at the Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) or on airport lands.
As CFO, Denean has been instrumental in pivoting the FMAA towards sustainable business operations, identifying process improvements, cost efficiencies and revenue diversification opportunities.
Prior to the FMAA, Denean was Senior Manager with MNP LLP where she provided accounting and auditing expertise to a diverse client base. As a trusted advisor, Denean used her gift of fiscal storytelling to guide businesses towards long-term financial stability.
Denean has held various leadership roles with large accounting firms and was seconded to a commercial real estate company and a large east coast oil company to assist with International Financial Reporting Standards Conversion Projects. Denean was also named to Grant Thornton’s 2012 Task Force on Quality and Efficiency.
Denean is currently a non-voting board director and Treasurer of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Canadian Airports Council Finance Committee. She previously held Treasury roles with a United Way Agency of Saint John and with various Academic Fundraising Committees.
Denean is a Chartered Accountant and is currently enrolled in the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme through Airports Council International - International Civil Aviation Organization.[2019-2021]
Leanne Hawco is the Communications Specialist at Bouchier, managing Internal and External Communications and Community Investment. Prior to starting at Bouchier in January, Leanne was the Executive Director (ED) for the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA).
Leanne has grown up and been invested in Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo Region since 1981, when her family first moved here. With extensive experience in volunteerism and community development, Leanne brings a broad perspective to the board.
Leanne studied Public Relations at Grant MacEwan University, and then relied heavily on her communication and relationship building skills to navigate the non-profit sector for over 15 years. This expanded to also include the regional business economy in the past 10 years. From 2006-2012, Leanne was also an entrepreneur as owner and operator of a homebased gift basket business.
During her time as ED of NAABA, Leanne was instrumental in reforming and implementing membership structure modifications, policy and bylaw updates, and most recently the acquisition of the association’s new building. Leanne also gained experience in procurement, board governance and business development while positioned at NAABA.
Leanne brings a commitment to the local business community as a consumer, fundraiser, and long-time resident. As a result of her previous experience, Leanne has a strong relationship with both small/medium sized businesses and our local industry partners. [2020-2022]
Jeff has been a resident of Wood Buffalo since he moved to Fort McMurray with his family in 2007. Originally hired to establish a new Economic Development office for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Jeff has spent the past thirteen years working in the region’s business community. During his tenure at the Municipality, Jeff successfully oversaw a number of critical and complex projects including the completion of the first Wood Buffalo Economic Development Strategy, design of the award winning BIG Wood Buffalo branding campaign, development of the Business Attraction and Retention Strategy and the completion of economic development plans for each of the regions rural hamlets.
In 2015 Jeff was hired by Shell Canada to manage its External Relations Department at Albian Sands. In that role he was responsible for all elements of communications, stakeholder relations, business development and Indigenous consultation. When Shell divested its oil sands assets in 2017, Jeff transitioned to his current role at Canadian Natural Resources Limited where he leads Business Development and Stakeholder Relations activities for the company’s mining operations and helps identify opportunities for local businesses to be better engaged in the oil sands supply chain.
Beyond his professional endeavours, Jeff has also been active in the business community through his volunteer work. He has held numerous volunteer roles in the community including extended periods as a Director of both Community Futures Wood Buffalo and the Fort McMurray Tourism Association. In addition, he successfully represented Wood Buffalo at the Provincial level through his election to the Board of Directors of Economic Developers Alberta, and served as the President of the organization in 2014/2015. Given his passion for volunteering Jeff was a natural choice for the role of Volunteer Chairperson for the 2018 Wood Buffalo Alberta Winter Games.[2020-2022]
Paul has a passion for the hospitality industry which has not changed over the course of his career. His objective continues to be ensuring all facets of hotel operations move in alignment toward one goal, exceeding the expectations of both internal and external customers.
Paul is a hospitality industry professional with 36 years of experience in both Branded and Non-Branded hotel properties across Canada and the United States. Like so many in the community, Fort McMurray became Paul’s first position in Alberta. He continues to be in awe of the many opportunities to engage with members of the community through volunteer roles. Paul is General Manager of Best Western Plus Sawridge Suites, Fort McMurray and the Director of Hospitality of the Sawridge Group of Companies.
He is currently a Board Member of Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association as well as Past President & Charter Member of Fort McMurray Hotel & Lodging Association Paul has been awarded General Manager of the Year - Wyndham Hotels, Voting Member of the Year – Best Western Hotels & Resorts and Tourism Ambassador – Fort McMurray Tourism. [2021-2023]
Graham Ure is currently the Director of the East Tank Farm Asset Management for Suncor Energy. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and moved to Fort McMurray in 2003 to join Suncor. Since that time has held several roles of increasing responsibility in Engineering, Operations Management, Health and Safety and Supply Chain Management.
Prior to moving to Fort McMurray Graham grew up on a small family farm in central Alberta where is love for the outdoors began. He currently enjoys spending as much time outside as possible in the many activities available in Fort McMurray, from golfing in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter, with his wife and two small boys. He also enjoys spending time with his brother, who also reside in Fort McMurray and his family (wife and 3 young children).
In addition to volunteering with some smaller local groups Graham has held formal volunteer positions with the Coalition for a safer 63/881 (2015-2018, Director and Vice-Chair) and Safe Communities Wood Buffalo (2019-current). [2021-2023]
Chris began his career with C&B in 2007. Combining his interest in business with his knowledge of grounds maintenance, he started C&B Maintenance Corp. with his father-in-law. After successfully growing the company in the first few years. C&B has now expanded into a company that provides snow removal, landscape construction and design, building construction and remediation services.
Chris is a firm believer that integrity and dependability are the foundation of C&B Maintenance’s success. “We are committed to providing our customers with the very best in quality of service and customer satisfaction. We endeavour to provide our workforce with a safe and respectful work environment, working with each individual to ensure they are striving to do their best and giving them the knowledge and tools to succeed.”
C&B is committed to giving back to their community through volunteering and donations. Snow Angels, Spring Clean-up for St. Aidan's Members and supporting local charities and non-profit groups with grounds and snow maintenance are just a few of the volunteer programs C&B supports.
Chris and his wife have been married for 14 years and have two daughters. Chris’ family is very active in the community, with their church and participate in local sports and art clubs. Chris spends his free time coaching minor hockey, playing music with his church and spending time with his family. [2021-2023]
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.