New ED announced, leadership transition begins

The United Way board of directors has hired their new Executive Director. Cecilia Mutch will be transitioning into the leadership role in anticipation of the retirement of current Executive Director Diane Shannon.

Mutch is a nine-year resident of Wood Buffalo with a long and distinguished career in strategic leadership, organizational development and stakeholder relations.

“We are confident that Cecilia will be a strong addition to the United Way team,” said Ben Dutton, Chair of the HR Committee of the Board. “This is a great opportunity to tap into the strengths of a highly successful individual who has served in senior leadership positions in industry and in the healthcare sector. Her core competencies combined with a track record of building effective teams and developing collaborative partnerships, make her an ideal person to lead the United Way into its next phase of meeting community needs.”

Cecilia spent seven years as Senior Manager, Human Resources for Nexen CNOOC Ltd.’s Long Lake project. Prior to that she had the same role with OPTI Canada Inc., the previous owners of the same plant. Mutch also had a long tenure with the Miramichi Regional Health Authority, serving as its Director of Human Resources for 16 years.

“I’m enormously excited to build on the outstanding work of Diane Shannon,” said Mutch. “This community has given so much to me and I’m eager to contribute in this leadership opportunity with United Way. The role of social profits in building a healthy, dynamic, resilient and sustainable community cannot be overstated. The United Way is key to their ability to focus on their missions by providing predictable funding through the Community Fund.”

Mrs. Mutch achieved her Bachelor of Business Administration from University of New Brunswick and additional training in Economic Development at University of Waterloo and Human Resources at Queen’s University. Additionally, she took the Fusion and Catalyst Leadership Program at the Oxford School of Business. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Northern Lights Health Foundation.

“The strengths that Cecilia brings to the role are substantial,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director. “We often see transference of skill and knowledge at the board level from other sectors. This is a rare opportunity to leverage several decades of leadership success in industry and healthcare to benefit the United Way, the social profit sector, and ultimately, the Wood Buffalo community. I look forward to introducing Cecilia to the United Way staff, agency leaders, key volunteers and stakeholders in the coming days.”

The United Way Board of Directors would like to thank Diane for her incredible, exceptional, tireless, visionary, and remarkable service.  The community of Wood Buffalo is better today as a result of her contributions.


Author: The United Way of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo | 780-791-0077 ext. 3015