Mr. Johnson joined Fort McKay First Nation as CFO in November of 2018 and has resided in Alberta for 12 years and has served in a range of senior roles in the Business and Finance Sectors of Oil and Gas. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia and a CPA, CMA designation from CPA Alberta.
Previously the CFO for a large service provider in Western Canada, Alaska, and Texas, Mr. Johnson has lead teams on restructuring and strategy development in various markets. Additionally, Mr. Johnson brings operational experience in the oil and gas industry, previously working in contract negotiation and management as well as Director of Business Development.
Phone: (780) 828 5305
Dr. Alvaro Pinto is an internationally educated and experienced environmental engineer. During a career that has spanned over 20 years, he has worked throughout North and South America, as well as South Africa, gaining extensive experience in health, safety, environment, and community relations (HSEC) working for the oil and gas industry, as well as mining and consulting companies. In addition, he has also been instrumental in the management of institutional relations with federal, state, and local HSEC agencies with respect to permitting and licensing matters as well as relations with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local communities.
After obtaining his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in Denver, Colorado in 2004, Dr. Pinto came to Canada, as a landed immigrant, to work for Albian Sands Energy at the Jackpine Mine Project in Fort McMurray. During his time with Albian Sands Energy as the HSE Manager, Dr. Pinto became highly interested in the work of the Muskeg River Mine Environment Department with Fort McKay First Nation and visited the Fort McKay community. Prior to joining Fort McKay First Nation, Dr. Pinto was the Sustainability (HSEC) Corporate Director for Yamana Gold—a Canadian-based gold mining company that operates in South America (Brazil, Chile, and Argentina) and North America (Mexico and the U.S.) in both opencast and underground mining. In that role, Dr. Pinto developed and oversaw HSEC programs and plans for implementation. In 2009, he completed an Executive MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC as a complement to his formal education in mining and metallurgical engineering and environmental sciences from academic institutions around the world, including the U.S., the U.K., Brazil, and Sweden.
Phone: (780) 799 6831
Ms. Wilkinson joined Fort McKay First Nation as Director, Health and Senior Services in November 2019 and has resided in Fort McMurray for 12 years.
Ms. Wilkinson holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Postgraduate diploma in Cardiac Ultrasound and a Diploma in Aromatherapy.
Previous positions included Area Manager for Seniors Health with AHS, in the greater Wood Buffalo area, Chief Cardiac Scientist for a large rural facility in Australia and various management positions.
Ms. Wilkinson brings expertise to the position with experience in Health Care for over 26 years working in the Private sector, publicly funded services and working closely with Indigenous communities in Australia and Northern Alberta.
Phone: (780) 828 2456
Angela McKenzie is a member of the Fort McKay First Nation band, born and raised, and has started with the Fort McKay First Nation in 2012 as the Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager. She introduced workplace health and safety to the Fort McKay First Nation and introduced an OHS system that has met industry standards and is COR approved, including new hire orientation, HSE daily summary reports, incident reporting matrix, disability management, supervisor and employee training job-specific training.
Angela holds an HSA and NCSO designation with the Alberta Construction Safety Association, which was obtained in 2011 while working at Atco Structures and Logistics. Angela then moved to the Fort McKay Group of Companies, where she was employed as an HSE Advisor, specifically; in the mining industry at Syncrude and Shell with Muskeg Mountain, trucking and fuel handling with Muskeg Distributors, deliveries with logistics, as well as the industrial park. While employed with Fort McKay First Nation, Angela completed her OHS Certificate, Completed various training with Worker’s Compensation board which includes ergonomics. Angela also holds a membership with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE) – Fort McMurray chapter, Women in Occupational Health and safety society as well as attends committee meetings with the Wood Buffalo safety Committee.
These valuable training, experiences, and networking have provided Angela with the necessary skills and training to continue to excel in her role. Angela’s goal is to provide the Nation and community with enough educational information to be able to a safe community and zero incidents.
Angela has also been appointed the Director of Emergency Management (DEM) and holds incident command systems certificates ICS 100, 200 300, attends training sessions and conferences with Alberta Emergency Management Agency.
Angela also commits her time to community safety initiatives and providing expertise is safety related items like safety at home, driving safety, wildlife reports, and highway/weather conditions.
Phone: (780) 828 8808
James Owl is a member of the Serpent River First Nation located on the North Shore of Lake Huron. Growing up in a Small First Nation Community he always had the desire to focus on improving living conditions by sharing expertise and fostering Technical Self Reliance. This translated into a career in managing community infrastructure that has spanned 25 years.
James had a career plan that included working in Western Canada prior to retirement, so he and his wife moved from Ontario to Alberta in January of 2014 and he spent a short time working as the Director of Technical Services with the Athabasca Tribal Council before accepting an offer to work as Construction Manager for Capital Projects with the Fort Mckay First Nation. Within a few months, he became the Director of Capital Projects, then in 2016 the Executive Director. This role oversees Housing, Public Works, Major Projects and Protective Services.
Prior to making the decision to move to Alberta James spent about 20 years working as a Technical Services Specialist and Building Inspector with a number of First Nations and Tribal Councils in Ontario. From 2005 to 2008 he was appointed the President of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation, an organization responsible for providing high level technical advisory services to all First Nation Communities in Ontario.
In addition to formal employment activities, James has spent 20 years as a Contract Trainer delivering courses in Building Science, Project Management and Contract Administration for organizations including CMHC, SAIT, and ISC.
James attended Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan where he studied Fire Science. Following that, he moved on to Sault College in Sault Ste Marie Ontario where he studied Civil Engineering Technology. Although full-time formal studies concluded in 1995, he has spent some time pursuing certifications in Project Management, Construction Management, Water Treatment, and Distribution Systems, Energy Innovation, and Emerging Technologies and Indoor Air Quality Investigations.
James recently completed a Professional Designation Audit through the Project Management Institute, and is currently pursuing his PMP Designation.
Phone: (780) 828 5533
Bori Arrobo joined Fort McKay First Nation as Environmental Coordination in the Sustainability Department in November 2012. Since then, he has been promoted to Manager and Senior Manager, Environmental and Regulatory, before becoming Director of Sustainability in July 2020.
Originally from Ecuador where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, he then went on to complete a Master of Science degree in Energy and Environment at the University of Calgary in 2002. Before joining Fort McKay, he has worked with indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon in matters related to environmental impacts resulting from oil development. He also has experience working as an environmental supervisor in oil pipeline construction.
Phone: (780) 792 6964
Christine Gullion is the new Director of Education for Fort McKay First Nation. She is a member of the Swan River First Nation in Northern Alberta and has worked in the Education field for over twenty years. She has worked as a Hot Lunch Cook, Library Technician, Teacher, Mentor, Vice Principal, and Principal. She has extensive experience in using Land-Based Learning at the school and is a founder of the Treaty 8 Traditional Games Competitions. She has a strong belief that for students to have success, they need to know their history and traditions and be proud of this heritage.
She also believes that our communities would be much different if children were raised in their language and traditional ways. Today’s indigenous students must be knowledgeable in literacy, numeracy, technology, and their history, language, and culture. To achieve this teachers, administrators, students, school staff and parents will learn from Indigenous Elders, Community resource people, educational leaders, and culturally relevant learning resources. All our communities are facing the loss of our Native languages. There are now two generations that have lost their language. To revitalize our languages, we must teach both the parents and students so the language can be reinforced in the home. The curriculum taught to our students will be rich in academia, as well as both the Cree and Dene Language and Traditions.
Phone: (780) 773 0199
Mervyn joined FMFN in April 2012 as a Jr Accountant and increasingly developed and took on a number of positions within the finance dept. Over the years he progressed through different roles such as Project Accountant, and Manager of Accounting Operations, before becoming Director of Finance in July 2020.
Originally from Zimbabwe, he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Siena Heights University in Benton Harbor, Michigan before relocating to Toronto. While in Toronto he worked in the manufacturing industry in the accounting department with Ashcity Worldwide (now called Alpha Broeder). Mervyn has lived in Fort McMurray since 2011 and continued to pursue his accounting designation online through CPA Ontario, he obtained his CPA, CMA designation in 2014.
Phone: (780) 828 2479
Director of Housing, Kacper Obrzazgiewicz, oversees the Housing Department, his role is to provide a high customer service standard and offer efficient management service of the housing portfolio for Fort McKay First Nation.
Kacper possesses a Bachelors’s degree in administrative and commercial studies and a designation in maintenance management from PEMAC. “I have worked in property management for approximately ten years, where I have utilized my education and experiences to help improve various aspects of businesses,”. Kacper is a strong supporter of increasing efficiency while maintaining a high level of service to customers.
Kacper has worked with other Indigenous communities throughout Alberta, including Fort Chipewyan, Anzac, Conklin, and Janvier. He is excited to work in our community and is passionate about delivering the best customer service, Kacper has undertaken several projects to improve on this experience. “I have worked through several natural disasters, and it has always been my goal to put the best interest of the community first, and to make sure that the community has the best possible options available to them.”
When he is not working, Kacper loves to spend time outdoors. “From Mountain biking to camping and travelling, it is the outdoors that provide me the greatest happiness!”
Phone: (780) 713 5112
Simon has been with Fort McKay First Nation since April 2012. Simon was born in Bristol, Great Britain, and immigrated to Canada when he was 3 years old with his family. Simon made the long journey across the Atlantic by ship in 1968 and settled in Southern Ontario upon the family’s arrival to Canada.
Simon was a graduate of the Canadore College Recreation Leadership program (North Bay, Ontario) in 1986.
Simon began his career as a Recreation Therapist at Bloorview Children’s Hospital in 1986 providing Sport and Recreation opportunities for children in palliative care between the ages of 1 and 18. Simon organized the Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association League out of Bloorview and organized the first-ever High School Electric Wheelchair Hockey Championship for the Southern Ontario region in 1990.
Simon then moved to Tulita, NWT in 1992 as Recreation Coordinator/Mentor to assist the Dene Community in developing their Recreation Department and training a practicum student attending the Arctic College Recreation Leaders Program in Inuvik. Simon’s goal was to spend two years with the student who will, in turn, become the new Recreation Coordinator for their Community. Simon also did this work in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut for two years. Simon then moved on to be the Manager of Sport, Recreation and Facilities/ Director of Recreation for the City of Iqaluit from 1996 to 2006. Simon also was asked to move to Igloolik in 2000 (one year) to set up the new Recreation and Leisure Division for the Government of Nunavut, which was in Igloolik, Nunavut.
Simon moved to Fort McMurray in 2006 when his daughter was born and was the Business Development Manager/ Operations Manager for MacDonald Island Park which was going into a transformation to what the Facility is today. Simon installed the outdoor hockey rink for MacDonald Island Park for the first-ever Junior Hockey Game (Oil Barons) to be played outside.
Phone: (780) 881 9096
Stuart Randell oversees the Business & Lands Dept for the Nation. The business portfolio includes a diverse group of industrial services, energy, and real estate companies that generate income for the Nation. The Dept’s role in these companies is to represent shareholder interests on behalf of the Nation. The Dept is focused on the growth of existing portfolio companies and expansion of the portfolio through the acquisition of new companies and investments.
The Nation also has a large land base which includes residential community lands, protected lands, and commercialized industrial lands. Stuart’s role is to oversee the development permitting of these lands and the income and management of the commercial lands.
Prior to joining the Nation, he was a management consultant with MNP and spent several years in business advisory with different firms. He holds a Ph.D. in International Commerce, an MA in International Relations, and a BA in Political Science.
Phone: (780) 828 2476