• Kristi Hines, Chair

    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 Spring, Vice Chair

    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]

     

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    Nayef Mahgoub, Secretary

    Nayef Mahgoub, P. Eng., MBA, has been living and working in Fort McMurray for the past 10 years. After his 6 years with Suncor Energy, with his last role as an Acting Director, Nayef founded his own engineering firm in Fort McMurray and he is now the Managing Director of Akron Engineering.

    Nayef is an active volunteer, mentor and leader in the community, as he is a leader with RMWB’s Emergency Social Services (ESS), a board member with the RMWB’s Assessment Review Board (ARB) and Subdivision Development & Appeal Board (SDAB),  a board member with the Fort McMurray Construction Association, a board member with Wood Buffalo Community Foundation, a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Food Bank, Girls Inc, and the president of the Fort McMurray Chapter of PEMAC Asset Management Association of Canada [2020-2022]

  • Denean Robinson, Director 

    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]

     

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    Leanne Hawco, Director

    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 Penney, Director

    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]

     

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    Malcolm Setter, Director

    Malcolm is the co-founder and CEO of Get Energy Corp., a local electricity and natural gas marketer based in Fort McMurray. Since inception in 2014 he has worked with residential and business customers to educate them on the energy market and choose the products that will best serve their needs. In 2019 Get Energy won the Chamber of Commerce Environment and Sustainability Award for work in promoting renewables as well as outstanding volunteerism and contributions to the community. [2020-2022]

     

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    Stu Wigle, Director

    Stu started as a dishwasher in 1993 with Joey Tomatoes and worked his way up into Head Chef and a Regional Training position.

    In 2002 he worked with Famous Players in Calgary as the Food and Beverage Manager in Chinnook Mall. There they opened the first Bar in a movie Theatre in Western Canada.

    In 2004 Stu moved to Fort McMurray to take over the Earls Franchise and in 2015 opened their Second location in YMM. Since being in Fort McMurray he started or been part of multiple Businesses: Isagenix, Catered for You, Growth you and Hungershift inc.

    In 2008 Stu met and then 2 years later married his  wife Dana McCutcheon and they now have 4 boys Lincoln (8), Maverick (6), Jake (4), and Wyatt (2).  They attend MGA Church where he is the Chair of the Missions committee and Point Lead of The Global Leadership Summit.

    In 2017 Stu was the Chair of the inaugural Red Menu Campaign for the United Way in Fort McMurray. [2020-2022]

     

  •  Sangram S Hansra, Director

    Sangram Hansra is a lawyer at Stringam LLP. He was born and raised in Fort McMurray. After graduating from Westwood High School, he attended the University of Alberta where received his Bachelors of Science and Juris Doctor. After his time at the University of Alberta, Sangram attended the prestigious Melbourne Law School where he obtained his Masters in Law.

    Prior to returning back to Fort McMurray his previous work experienced included working at a Major Regional Law Firm in Edmonton and the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General.

    Sangram has also sat on the University of Alberta’s Board of Governors where he was a member of the Finance and Property Committee as well as the University Relations Committee. He is also currently a Board Member of the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation. [2020-2022]

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    Gene Dobie, Director

    With over 40 years of experience in design, project and contract management, Gene brings forth his expertise in contracts, insurance, planning & development, innovating and improving policies within the organization. Gene is the chairman for two condominium associations being River Park Glen & the Barrington, supporting budgets, finance and insurance while giving guidance to reserve funds and property upkeep. Gene joined with the Fort McMurray Public School board Audit Committee last year and provides his support to their financial, operational and risk management as per their mandate

    Gene came to Fort McMurray in 1976 to work on the Syncrude plant with Bechtel Canada and stayed ever since investing into the industries and community. He is married, has two grown children and 5 grandchildren. Within his busy schedule finds time to travel and snowboard in the winter and play tennis when he can through the summer months. He loves hospitality and misses that part of community.[2021-2023]

     

  • Paul Jones, Director 

    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, Director

    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 Yarkie, Director

    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]

     

  • James Secord, Director 

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