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ANTHONY (Tony) Mankowski, CHAIR

Tony is a long-time resident of Fort McMurray and is currently an entrepreneur in the community. Most recently he took on the role of Regional General Manager for Finning Canada. Tony has been an active volunteer and leader with the United Way and Keyano College Board of Governors. He was an original steering committee member for the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation and has a significant presence in the social profit sector of the community.


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Maureen Cormier Jackson, founding/past Chair

Maureen was a long-time resident of Fort McMurray, moving there in 1980 and making it home for 22 years. Her two children were born and raised in Fort McMurray and she was involved in the community in many ways. Maureen was President of the Wood Buffalo Environment Association, President of the Noralta Skating Club and Co-chair of the United Way campaign at Suncor, to name a few. She has stayed connected to the community through her work, her children and her friends.

Maureen has more than 35 years of executive, financial and operational experience in the oil and gas industry. Her career at Suncor spanned numerous roles, ultimately Senior Vice President, Chief Process and Information Officer until she retired in 2013. Maureen currently serves on the Board of Directors for Obsidian Energy, Enerflex Ltd., and is on the Dean's Advisory Board for the Dean of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She currently resides in Calgary with her husband, Barry.


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Brenda Erskine, Board Member

Brenda lived in Fort McMurray for 28 years, during which she raised two amazing children and had the opportunity to explore a fulfilling career in Communications and Stakeholder Relations in the oil sands industry. Volunteer opportunities included the Arctic Winter Games, the Future Forward visioning process, and chairing the board of Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation.

Brenda was awarded the Distinguished Citizenship Award by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in 2010, after which she moved to Calgary. She maintains close connections to Wood Buffalo via her children and grandchildren, and continues to find opportunities to work and volunteer in the community.  

Brenda was introduced to the concept of a community foundation for Wood Buffalo a decade ago, and has been thrilled to assist the Steering Committee  in making it a reality. 

"I want to ensure the next generation can enjoy the same opportunities and quality of life my family, friends and I enjoyed here. A community foundation offers autonomy, sustainability and potential. It's the best gift I can give."


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Dr. Tom Lawley, board member

Tom has been a resident of Fort McMurray for 13 years. He recently retired from his position as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) from Syncrude Canada Limited.  Some of Tom’s previous volunteer roles were with Westwood High School Band Association, Minor Hockey Associations in Fort McMurray, Rothesay, NB, and Edmonton, Western Canada Summer Games, Food Banks in Fort McMurray and Pugwash Nova Scotia, and the Occupational Medicine Residency committee at the University of Alberta.  Tom chaired the Health Committee for the Athabasca Regional Issues Working Group (RIWG) and the Oil Sands Developers Group (OSDG), and co-chaired of the health committee for the Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA). 

Tom has served on the boards of Northumberland Hospital, (Pugwash, NS), St. John Ambulance (Alberta Chapter), and the Occupational Medicine Specialists Of Canada (OMSOC).  He is currently the Treasurer and President-elect for OMSOC.


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Glen Finnson, board member

Glen is a 30-year resident of Fort McMurray and vice president of Safety, Security, Health and Environment at Syncrude Canada Ltd. He has volunteered as a coach to hockey, baseball and volleyball teams, as well as to cross-country skiers. He served on the Boards of the Knights Rugby Football and Manta swimming clubs, and is an active member of his Anglican church. Glen and his wife Kathy have two grown children.


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Anna Seinen, Board Member

Anna Seinen has been proud to call Fort McMurray home for seven years. She works at Suncor as an advisor in stakeholder relations and community partnerships - collaborating, convening and building sustainability in the social profit sector and creating energy for a better community together. Sitting on community committees is how Anna gives back to her community personally and on behalf of industry. She currently sits on the Homelessness Initiatives and Strategies Committee (HISC - part of the federal 10 year plan to end homelessness), the United Way and Red Cross Community Partnerships Table (assessing Horse River Wildfire recovery grants over $100k), and the Convergence YMM Advisory Committee (born from Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo, bringing the three sectors together to build capacity and relationships). WBCF is excited to add Anna's passion and skill in community-building to our Board of Directors.


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Sangram Hansra, Board Member


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Nayef Mahgoub, BOARD MEMBER

Nayek and his wife Patek moved to Canada from Egypt 22 years ago. They have been living and working in Fort McMurray for the past 10 years. After six years with Suncor Energy, Nayef started his own engineering firm in Fort McMurray and he is now Managing Director of AKRON Engineering. 

Nayef is an active volunteer, mentor and leader in the community, including the RMWB’s Emergency Social Services, the RMWB’s Assessment Review Board (ARB),  the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Food Bank, Girls Inc. Nayef is President of the Fort McMurray Chapter of Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC).


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Tony AruLEBa, BOARD MEMBER 

Tony has been a resident of Fort McMurray for 8 years, managing his own accounting firm Aruleba Chartered Accounting. He is a CPA and CGA and has worked as an accountant for 29 years, 14 of them in Canada with Deloitte, IBM, Greyhound and CERVUS. Tony always been active in the social profit sector, serving as treasurer for Self Help and President of the Nigerian Canadian Association.


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Shoaib Syed, BOARD MEMBER

Shoaib is a business banking relationship manager at BMO Bank of Montreal in Fort McMurray. Shoaib came to Fort McMurray from Ontario five years ago, where he worked in corporate communications with Powerstream Inc. and in communications with the town of Georgina. Shoaib has volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and with the Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources in Ontario. He has a BA with a major in Political Science from York University, and a post graduate certificate in Corporate Communications from Seneca College.


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SHELLEY POWELL, BOARD MEMBER

Shelley began her career with Suncor in 1995 at its Sarnia refinery. She originally moved to Fort McMurray in 2007, working at Suncor’s oil sands operation, providing leadership in operational excellence and extraction. In 2012, Shelley moved to Calgary, taking on a corporate role and from 2014 to 2017 Shelley led operations at the Denver Refinery and provided oversight for all Suncor Energy USA (SEUSA) activities, including Board Chair for SEUSA.

Based in Fort McMurray, as Suncor’s Senior Vice President, Oil Sands Operations, Shelley is responsible for providing overall leadership for the safe, reliable operation of Suncor’s Oil Sands and In Situ assets in the Wood Buffalo Region. “I am excited to be back in Fort McMurray and a part of such a hardworking and generous community. I am confident that the Community Foundation will only add to the long term success of the entire region.”

Shelley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and two Masters Degrees – one in Business Administration and one in Science (Finance) from the University of Michigan. Her interests include skiing, travel, jogging, and reading. She has served on the Suncor Energy Foundation and has been involved with the Canadian Liver Foundation and Minor Hockey Association.