An ardent proponent of community engagement, Ben’s commitment to the social profit sector is reflected in his duties on numerous boards and advisory committees. In this capacity, he has logged considerable successes working with stakeholders including government agencies, politicians, community leaders and business partners in supporting charitable organizations, community governance, and government initiatives.
Ben continues his personal and professional tradition of leadership, innovation and engagement here in Fort McMurray, previously serving as the Vice President of the Board for the Fort McMurray United Way, Director of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, member of the YMM Business Advisory Council and as an active member of the Fort McMurray Rotary Club.
Director (on a leave of absence)
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 holds the position of President of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, and has been on the Board of Directors for the past 5 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, and Vice President (2014-present)
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 2 lovely daughters.
Vice President and Chair of the Community Investment Committee
Doug graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and maintains annual professional membership as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Doug is a strong proponent of giving back to the community and has been an active volunteer within Fort McMurray since 2000. Doug joined the United Way Board of Directors in 2010 and since that time, he has played an integral role in the development of the UWFM’s Investment Policy, Risk Management Plan and in attaining Imagine Canada’s Non-Profit Standards Accreditation.
Doug’s current UWFM Board involvement includes: Finance & Audit Committee (Chair), Human Resources Committee, and Community Investment Committee
2016 Community Campaign Chair
Born and raised on Random Island, Newfoundland, Krista grew up dreaming BIG. Moving to Fort McMurray in 2001, she left to study political science at the University of Ottawa. Krista returned in 2009 after stints working on Parliament Hill as a legislative assistant, to work and put down further roots in Fort McMurray.
Working for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, MacDonald Island, Western Canada Summer Games Host Society and former local MLA Don Scott has given Krista a diverse background in community engagement, event planning and local initiatives. Living in Fort McMurray–Canada’s economic engine–has provided incredible opportunities and allowed her to work and play with some incredibly talented people. She is now the president and owner of Balsom Communications Inc., a local communications and marketing consulting firm which is the publisher of Your McMurray Magazine. Krista is a proud director for the Fort McMurray United Way and chairs the Board’s communications sub-committee.
“Having reached a new chapter in my life, I feel it is now time to shift gears and to continue to make an impact within our community with the agencies from which I have heavily relied upon,” she said. “I have seen firsthand how local programs have benefited families. I look forward to playing a larger role in the on-going development of these programs that will continue to make Fort McMurray a great place to live.”
When he finished his work with the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, Don came to Fort McMurray and joined a law firm and within a short period of time, he became a partner. In 2006, he ventured out on his own and started his own practice and later served as a Bencher for the Law Society of Alberta.
Don recently served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and was the Associate Minister of Transparency and Transformation then later served as the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education.
Don is an active community member and is a Board member with the United Way, and previously served as the President. He also coached youth soccer. Don is also an avid badminton player and enjoys hiking and fly-fishing.
Throughout his career, Steve has been involved in community organizations both in volunteer and board member capacities. A dynamic contributor in the communities in which he works and lives, Steve routinely volunteers his time to participate in community service activities. Previously, Steve has served as a Salvation Army Advisory Board member in Torrance, California; as Chair of the Employee United Way Campaign at the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery; and most recently as a member of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles Board of Directors.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Florida. In his leisure time, Steve enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, and spending time with his family. Steve, his wife Trish, and youngest daughter moved to Fort McMurray in September 2014 and his twin daughters attend university, one in Florida and one in Tennessee.
Born and raised in Calgary, Mike and his wife Christine moved to Fort McMurray in 2010. They are raising a son who was born in Fort McMurray in early 2015. He served as the United Way campaign chair for the MacKay River facility in 2011, and has been a dedicated contributor to Amnesty International since 2006.
Andrea currently works at Suncor Energy leveraging both her education in Mechanical Engineering (Queen’s University) and Business Administration (Sprott School of Business, Carleton University).
Her background and passion for business process and procedures, along with her experience in management of organizational change, has allowed Andrea to be a key contributor on the United Way Community Investment Committee since 2013. Andrea has been in a Team Lead role on one of the Agency Support Teams since 2014.
When she’s not volunteering at United Way, she is likely volunteering at the MacDonald Island Dance Academy, where she indulges in her other passion – ballet. Andrea is continually inspired by the driven, generous nature of the Fort McMurray and is proud to be a contributor to the community.
Paul is originally from St.John’s, NL, where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1984 from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. He obtained his Certified Management Accountant designation (Chartered Professional Accountant) in 1989.
Between 1984 and 1990, he held various roles including Data Processing Manager at St.Clare’s Mercy Hospital, Assistant Controller for Air Atlantic, and as Controller for Mother Hubbard’s Kitchen Cabinets Ltd.
He started with Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd (HMDC) at the commencement of the first major offshore project in Canada in 1990. He was involved with the Hibernia Project from construction through to the start-up and production phases working in various roles including Budget and Planning analyst, Project Accountant in South Korea for the M10 / M50 module fabrication, Advisor to the Hibernia Executive Committee, and Finance Manager.
In 2003, Paul was hired into ExxonMobil Canada and in 2004, relocated to Sarnia, Ontario to become the Site Controller at Imperial Oil’s Sarnia Refinery and Chemical operations.
Paul relocated back to St.John’s in 2007 as the Operations Accounting Manager for ExxonMobil Canada. There he was responsible for providing leadership to the Controllers organization delivering accounting support to ExxonMobil Canada’s oil and gas operations in Eastern Canada. He provided oversight to the preparation and review of the EMC’s internal financial and operating results as well as the financial reporting to regulators, joint venture partners, and other external parties associated with ExxonMobil Canada’s interest in Newfoundland and Labrador (Hibernia, Terra Nova, Hebron and Hibernia Southern Extension) and Nova Scotia (Sable).
Paul and his spouse, Charmaine, relocated to Fort McMurray in September 2015. He is the proud father of three children.