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Tony Mankowski
President

Biography

A proven senior leader in the oil sands industry, Tony has over 30 years experience across all aspects of the business. Tony spent over 5 years as VP Operations OilSands with Nexen after serving in a number of different positions with Syncrude Canada Ltd. In addition to his governance role with United Way, Tony contributes as Vice Chair of the Keyano College Foundation board. Tony excels at building, leading and motivating organizations to meet their objectives and is thrilled to join the passionate group of leaders who provide strategic direction to The United Way of Fort McMurray.

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John Evans
Vice President and Chair of the Community Investment Committee

Biography

John Evans is United Way personified. An amazing community leader, his passion for our organization is evident in his role on the board and as Chair of the Community Investment Committee. He began working in Fort McMurray in 2007 as a commuter from Halifax. Two years later he bought a home and was joined by his family. John is the President and founder of Universal Builders Supply Canada, ULC. He has previously volunteered as a director and VP with the Boys and Girls Club, director and 2nd VP with the Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the Fort McMurray Advisory Committee for CAREERS: The Next Generation. John has been a director on the Keyano College Foundation board since 2011.   John is currently the Co-Chair of the Community Partnerships Table, helping to guide fire recovery investments.  Why does he invest so much of his time with United Way? “It’s the right thing to do,” he said. “It just feels right.” John also serves as Co-Chair of the Community Partnerships Table.

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Paul Phelan
Treasurer

Biography

In September 2015, Paul relocated to Fort McMurray as the Manager of Internal Audit for Syncrude Canada Ltd. responsible for providing shareholders and senior management with an independent assessment of Syncrude’s control environment and the adequacy of and degree of compliance with business policies, practices, stewardships and systems of management control.

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.


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Steve Yatauro
2017 Community Campaign Chair

Biography

Steve is Vice President – Production, Upgrading for Syncrude Canada Ltd. Prior to joining Syncrude, Steve held a number of engineering and managerial positions with ExxonMobil spanning over 25 years.

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.


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Colin Hartigan
Past Campaign Chair

Biography

Colin was born in Truro, Nova Scotia but moved to Fort McMurray in 1986. He began his career in real estate in 1996 and is currently the broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Fort McMurray, the #1 office in Canada within the franchise. Colin also sits on the Fort McMurray Realtors Board, is the coach of the Peewee AA Jr. Oil Barons, and is a strong supporter of the community.

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Andy Carter
Director

Biography

Andy Carter is Manager of Tailings and Water for Shell Albian Sands. He began his tenure in the oil sands industry while attending university. His older brother encouraged him to come to Fort McMurray to work during the summers. He met his wife, Isobel, in those years and eventually settled in the community and raised three beautiful children. He worked in a number of different roles with Syncrude and Suncor, before taking on the position of Manager Muskey River Mine for Shell Albian Sands in 2008. Active in the community through coaching soccer, being a Leader in the Boy Scout organization and volunteering with the Timberlea Parents Association and Fort McMurray Highland Dance Society, Andy also serves as a member of the Keyano College Board of Governors.
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Krista Balsom
Director

Biography

“Dreaming it is the first step in making it reality.”

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.


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Caitlin Hanly
Director

Biography

Caitlin is a proud resident of Fort McMurray since 2011. Her husband was raised in Fort McMurray and they look forward to raising their own family in the community. Caitlin practices law at the law firm of Flett Manning Moore and values the opportunity to contribute to Fort McMurray as a member of the legal profession. She currently sits as a Director on the United Way Board of Directors.

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Lisa Hilsenteger
Director

Biography

Lisa is a long-time resident of Fort McMurray having moved here in 1978 with her parents. She has spent 26 years working with Fort McMurray Catholic Schools and currently serves as Principal of Fr. J.A. Turcotte School. Together with her husband Greg, they raised two children in our community, and were very active in the sporting community, participating in fundraisers and supporting multiple teams and organizations. Over the years, Lisa has been very involved with school councils and committees, as well as district initiatives like Santa’s Anonymous, Father Mercredi community dinners and Button Up for Families. As an administrator, she has helped many families access programs and agencies funded by the United Way, such as Tools for School, Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club and the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo.

“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.”


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Don Scott
Director

Biography

After completing law school, Don clerked with the Court of Appeal in New Brunswick. After being called to the bar in New Brunswick, he went on to pursue an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge in England. While studying at Cambridge, Don worked as the assistant solicitor to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in London, England and continued to work in that position after completing his LL.M.

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.


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Andrea Hine
Director

Biography

Andrea came to Fort McMurray in 2011 on a three-month work term. Shortly after beginning work, she decided to extend her term permanently and call the community home.

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.


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Shaun Dupilka
Director

Biography

Shaun is Suncor’s General Manager – Regional Planning and Optimization, and part of Suncor’s Regional Leadership Team. His career with Suncor spans over 15 years, and has held progressive leadership roles ranging in Engineering, Operations, Maintenance & Reliability, and most recently Planning and Optimization.

Over the course of his career, Shaun has consistently played a role in supporting the community in which he works and lives. Most recently, volunteering as a goaltender coach to Fort McMurray Minor Hockey, and serving as a Board Member to both Lambton AAA Hockey and Sarnia Construction Associations.

Shaun, his wife Jennifer, and two children have called Fort McMurray home for over 12 years. He enjoys family, traveling, hockey, golf, and fishing.


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Ken Sandmoen
Director

Biography

Ken Sandmoen has lived in Fort McMurray since June 2015 with his wife and two children. Ken currently is the Director and General Manager of Aluma Systems Fort McMurray division. Previous to that he lived in Calgary and Ottawa working in various positions within Aluma Systems. Ken has been actively involved coaching minor hockey and baseball. He has also led and been involved in many charitable activities both through his career and in his personal time.


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Jordanna Lambert
Director

Biography

Jordanna was born in the Yukon which has contributed to her desire to return, live, and work in Northern Alberta. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, and began her professional career in the hospital setting. A few years later, she relocated to the Edmonton area where she took on various roles including forensic nursing and indigenous community health leadership. After 10 years in Edmonton area, she relocated with her family to Fort McMurray. In 2015, Jordanna completed her Master’s in Business Administration at Royal Roads University. Currently, Jordanna Lambert is the Director of Patient Care at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. Jordanna is responsible and accountable for leading an operational team in planning, delivery, and evaluation of acute care and critical services throughout the Fort McMurray area.

Since 2010, Fort McMurray has been home. Jordanna is committed to giving back to the community, promoting, and encouraging others (her children included) to find meaningful ways to volunteer and celebrate Fort McMurray.