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Chief Jim Boucher Named the 2018 Canadian Energy Person of the Year

by ahnationtalk on May 15, 201878 Views

Fort McKay First Nation Chief and Chairman of the Fort McKay Group of Companies, to be honoured by the Energy Council of Canada on Thursday, November 15th at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Ottawa, Ontario (May 15, 2018) – The Energy Council of Canada has chosen Chief Jim Boucher of Fort McKay, Alberta as Canadian Energy Person of the Year.

Having recently been recognized by Report on Business Magazine as one of 50 most powerful people in Canadian business, Chief Boucher will be adding Canadian Energy Person of the Year to his accolades. The Energy Council of Canada will recognize his remarkable accomplishments in business and community leadership, which have made him a foundational leader in his community and in the development of Canada’s oil sands. Under Chief Boucher’s leadership, Fort McKay was recently recognized by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business as the Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation of the Year at their recent annual gala on May 10th in Calgary.

As Board Chairman, Chief Boucher has developed and sustained successful First Nation-owned businesses that create economic wealth and opportunities for his people. These Fort McKay First Nation majority-owned businesses include the 100 percent band- owned and operated Fort McKay Group of Companies. These enterprises have grown into some of the most successful First Nation-owned ventures in Canada. Together, they earned an average gross annual revenue of $1.7 billion in the last 5 years.

Chief Boucher has effectively built relationships with the oil and gas industry and all levels of government. This has built Fort McKay’s social and economic strength, facilitated proper consultation and advanced the rights of his community. Chief Boucher was a driving force in the Fort McKay First Nation making an historic investment, along with the Mikisew Cree First Nation, in Suncor’s East Tank Farm on November 22nd, 2017. The transaction built upon on a foundation of trust and collaboration and serves as a model for how First Nations and resource development companies can work together to achieve mutual long-term benefit.

The success of Chief Boucher’s vision however, is truly demonstrated within the community of Fort McKay itself. Fort McKay First Nation offers a multitude of services such as a heath care centre, family support centre, continuing care facility, youth centre, broadcast station, and a community arena. Fort McKay First Nation currently experiences no unemployment and enjoys a per capita average annual income of $73,500, which is higher than both the Alberta and Canada average.

When asked about the decision to present Chief Boucher with the Canadian Energy Person of the

Year Award, Energy Council of Canada President, Jacob Irving had this to say:

“There couldn’t be a clearer choice for the 2018 Canadian Energy Person of the Year. The Energy Council of Canada’s nominating committee, board of directors and entire membership have long admired Chief Boucher’s tenacity and measured approach to both community and economic development. For over thirty years, he has helped see not only his people but also Alberta and the rest of Canada, through intense change toward greater prosperity. No one else knows more about balancing the challenges and opportunities of oil sands development than Chief Jim Boucher. On November 15, the Canadian energy industry will be fortunate to hear him tell his incredible story.”

The Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award was established by the Energy Council of Canada in 2001 to recognize and pay tribute to a Canadian energy leader who has made a significant impact at the national and international levels within the energy sector and nominations are based upon the nominee’s outstanding accomplishments in the business or public sectors and the community at large.

A foremost characteristic of the nominee is their strong sense of social responsibility and their commitment to give back to the community. Their focus upon environmental and social issues, and economic development should be evident. Their forward thinking and innovative spirit enable these leaders to promote the Canadian energy sector and Canada’s role in the world energy market.

The Energy Council of Canada brings together senior energy executives from industry and government engaged in national, continental, and global energy activities and issues to share in strategic thinking, dialogue, collaboration and actions around energy matters in Canada and abroad. Its members come from energy corporations, energy industry associations, Canadian federal and provincial government departments and agencies, academic organizations, professional services firms, as well as crown corporations.

The energy sector plays an important and far-reaching role within Canada’s society, environment and economy. The Energy Council of Canada strives to shape an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy sector for the benefit of all Canadians. As a professional, knowledgeable and collaborative organization with broad membership at the executive level, it advances current energy issues through objective energy dialogue and direct engagement with the World Energy Council, the world’s leading energy association.

Fort McKay First Nation (FMFN) is composed of over 800 band members and located approximately 65 km north of Fort McMurray. As a First Nation, FMFN is a leader in working collaboratively with industry, and holds a successful and long-established record of strong relationship building with the various mining companies operating adjacent to its land. Fort McKay has aimed to maximize its participation in the economy to create sustainable, long-term growth and development. FMFN believes the practice and preservation of our traditional ways of life can occur simultaneously alongside continuous and responsible oil sands development. This philosophy has allowed the FMFN to enhance our community’s social and economic conditions through effective partnerships with industry and government. We are known for our good working relationships with the surrounding oil sands companies. FMFN strives to balance resource development with protecting the health of our community and the environment.

For more information about the Energy Council of Canada, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter @EnergyCouncilCA

For more information about Fort McKay First Nation, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter @Fortmckay.

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For More information please contact:

Jacob Irving
Energy Council of Canada

Fort McKay First Nation
Jauvonne Kitto
Executive Director


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