Fort McKay First Nation Chief Jim Boucher has been named 2018 Canadian Energy Person of the Year for his work developing the Fort McKay Group of Companies, a series of successful oil and gas businesses.
Boucher chairs the Fort McKay Group of Companies.
The companies earned an average gross annual revenue of $1.7 billion in the last 5 years, according to a news release Tuesday from the Energy Council of Canada.
Under Boucher, first elected in 1986, the oilfield construction and services operation has grown to include earthworks, logistics, lodging and catering, taking advantage of the First Nation’s location near the oilsands 50 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.
Fort McKay, has over 800 members and has invested in joint ventures including a one-third ownership in Suncor’s Tank Farm worth an estimated $350 million. The Suncor’s East Tank Farm is a bitumen storage, blending and cooling facility.
“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,” the news release says.
Fort McKay was recognized by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in Calgary on May 10 as the Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation of the Year. He was recently recognized by Report on Business Magazine as one of 50 most powerful people in Canadian business.
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.
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.
Energy Council of Canada President, Jacob Irving said “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.
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.