In 2009, he and his family purchased a home and “made the move” to the community. He founded and became the president of Universal Builders Supply Canada, ULC. in 2012 and believes that volunteering is an important part of calling Fort McMurray home.
John previously served as a director on several boards including the United Way of Wood Buffalo, Keyano College Foundation, Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club, and the Fort McMurray Advisory Committee for “CAREERS: The Next Generation”.
In his time at Suncor, he has held a number of engineering, operations and leadership roles, currently General Manager of Mine Civil Operations. He is excited to contribute his experience with continuous improvement, talent development, change management and organizational effectiveness to the board.
A resident of Wood Buffalo for 15 years, Jesse and his wife have expanded their family to include a french bulldog and two children. He is proud and passionate about this community and is looking forward to serving on the board of FuseSocial.
Originally coming to Syncrude Canada as a University of Alberta Mining Engineering graduate in 1991, Cliff has held leadership and management roles for the past 22 years and is currently the Manager for Operations Support Mining, as well as the Manager for Production Planning, Coordination & Quality.
Cliff is an active supporter and volunteer for the United Way since coming to Fort McMurray, including chairing the Syncrude employee campaign in 2007. For the past six years he has been President of the board of Waypoints, and for the past 2 years the President of The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association. Besides the people he has had the pleasure to meet and work with, he says one of the most rewarding parts of giving back time to the community is that it has become something that they do as a family. He has teenage daughters who actively want to volunteer with their Dad, and he feels that is the coolest thing ever!
He has been volunteering and working in the social profit sector for 25 years in a variety of different roles including board president, executive director, and most recently, Director of Communications and Community Impact with the United Way. He has served on multiple boards over the years, local and provincial, and has been an active participant in many of the capacity building initiatives that have taken place including Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo, Convergence YMM, and the Strategy Road Map. Russell served as Councillor in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo from 2010 to 2013. In addition to his role on the Fusesocial board of directors, he is a director-at-large with Bracelets For Buildings, a U.S. based charity that builds homes for the poorest of the poor in Cambodia and Thailand. Russell has been a resident of Wood Buffalo since 1996.
James moved to Fort McMurray from Southern Alberta in December of 2003 after accepting a new position as CFO of H. Wilson Industries Ltd., then owned by John Wilson, whom James still works for today through Wilson’s new business venture Hedco Group Inc.
For the past 15 years, James and his wife Rita have called Fort McMurray home where they have raised their four (now adult) children. Over the years, they both have volunteered with youth sports, school events and are presently involved with local music and assisting a local community program in reaching out to indigenous families.
In the past James has served as Treasurer for a local private school, and most recently as Treasurer on the local McMurray Dirt Riders Association that operates the motocross track south of the City. James looks forward to contributing further to enhance the community through his involvement with FuseSocial.
He is passionate about community and social development in Alberta’s north. He is an active member of multiple organizations that work toward improving the quality of life for citizens of northern communities and across the province. Nabil has been acknowledged for his work on community development through several awards, is a published researcher, and has presented at international conferences. Nabil earned a bachelors (specialized honours) degree, a masters degree and a graduate diploma from York University. As a board member with FuseSocial, Nabil looks forward to continuing to make the region one of the best places to live in Canada through supporting the region’s social profit sector.
She had been a teacher and administrator in the Fort McMurray Catholic School District for the past 32 years. She most recently led the district in building the innovative Science and Technology Centre at Father Mercredi High School. Her roles in the district included administration, supporting teachers in the areas of career and technology studies, science, curriculum, assessment and instruction. Deborah is also an ATA Instructional leader for administrators across the province. In her current position, Deborah works collaboratively with ministry partners and maintains communication with agencies, and other community stakeholders to ensure a collaborative and integrated approach is used to provide services for children/youth.
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Each year, local agencies work with the Leadership Wood Buffalo program to provide community-specific challenges for our cohort. The partnership creates a local experiential learning aspect to our program. Join us March 7th for presentations. RSVP to Brandi.Gartner@fusesocial.ca