Rebuilding Fort McMurray
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coming out stronger
Fort McMurray residents are adjusting to a â€œnew normalâ€? as the community works to rebuild
industry icon remembered The life and career of Diane Slater
The black swan
How industry played a pivotal role in the biggest wildfire and urban interface emergency in Canadian history
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CONTENTS Message from the President of the Fort McMurray Construction Association, Charles Iggulden................................................................... 10 Message from the Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Melissa Blake....................................................................14 Message from the Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, Brian Mason............................................................................................ 16 Message from Brian Jean, MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin and Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition, and Tany Yao, MLA for Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo..............................................18 Message from the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee........................................ 20 Industry Update from the Alberta Construction Association.............................. 24 Impact of the Federal Budget..................................................................................................26 Building Construction Management Excellence with Gold Seal........................30 Coming out stronger: Fort McMurray residents are adjusting to a “new normal” as the community works to rebuild............................................32 Fort McMurray Hillview project................................................................................................ 38
42 The black swan:
How industry played a pivotal role in the biggest wildfire and urban interface emergency in Canadian history
Building up and onward: Heavy North supports the rebuild in Fort McMurray.................................................52 Cherrywood Homes helps rebuild homes and pride in Fort McMurray........ 54 Donations and volunteers: the backbone of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank in the battle against food insecurity......................... 58 Industry icon remembered: Diane Slater.......................................................................... 64 Social procurement: rebuilding our community, one contract at a time...... 72 Fort McMurray Construction Association membership.......................................... 73 Index to advertisers.........................................................................................................................78 8
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Message from the President of the Fort McMurray Construction Association
Charles Iggulden Our true strength lies with our members. It is our members who drive the organization. It is our members who have made FMCA the success it has been for the past 30 years.
At the Fort McMurray Construction Association, we focus on the business of construction â€” everything we do seeks to enable the local construction industry to evolve and to grow to higher levels of excellence and productivity. We are here to provide each member with the resources necessary to thrive and to be an ever-improving employer. The last year will go down as one filled with some of the most difficult challenges we as a community have had to face. As our community continues to experience the volatility of an economic downturn, particularly in the oil and gas sector, and the challenging task of rebuilding our community after a devastating wildfire, I am convinced the construction industry will emerge stronger, more successful and better equipped to deal with the future prosperity in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and across Alberta. Our objective has always been to promote a strong and vigorous construction industry in Wood Buffalo. That is why the FMCA will continue to respond to the issues of the day and the ongoing needs of our members. During the year ahead, we intend to continue demonstrating the value of your FMCA membership with tangible and intangible benefits through our partnerships with key local stakeholders, various levels of government, education and networking events. Our true strength lies with our members. It is our members who drive the organization. It is our members who have made FMCA the success it has been for the past 30 years. Charles Iggulden President, Fort McMurray Construction Association
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The voice of the construction industry:
FMCA is making a difference for your business through advocacy with a collective voice. Membership in the FMCA grants automatic m embership into the Alberta Construction A ssociation and the Canadian Construction Association so that your views and needs are r epresented at all three levels of government.
Education — tools for success:
Enhance skill sets and increase productivity for your business by taking advantage of the many educational seminars offered on topics ranging from an introduction to the construction industry, building information modeling (BIM), lien legislation, insurance and surety to that of construction law.
The Fort McMurray Construction Association (FMCA), formed in 1987, i s a non-‐‑profit trade association that provides services for over 180 member firms. As the r egion’s largest construction association, we continue to serve the construction industry through our comprehensive construction information services, advocacy efforts, and educational and networking opportunities.
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Reasons to keep it local 1. Local prosperity Communities that preserve their businesses and character have an economic a dvantage.
Get connected — FMCA provides multiple business forums and social activities such as golf tournaments, b reakfast m eetings and receptions for specific events to broaden networking opportunities.
2. Community well-‐being
Membership with the FMCA allows you to use our widely-‐recognized logo on your company website o r p romotional materials.
3. Job creation
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4. Product diversity
FMCA logo usage:
Membership with the FMCA allows you to advertise free in t he weekly electronic newsletter. In addition we offer one member firm the ability to advertise on the home page of our website.
Construction Industry Recognition Awards:
These a wards p rovide a great opportunity to showcase our local firms and h elp them d istinguish the positive work they are doing in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
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Local businesses build strong communities by sustaining v ibrant town centres, linking neighbours in a web of economic a nd social relationships, a nd contributing to local causes. Locally-‐o wned businesses create more jobs. A m ultitude of businesses guarantees a m uch broader range of product c hoices.
5. Recycling of local dollars Locally-‐o wned businesses r ecycle a much larger share of their r evenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
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Message from the Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
melissa blake Congratulations on the inaugural issue of Rebuilding
$5.3 billion will be re-invested in
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Alberta during the recovery phase.
This exciting publication comes at a time when our region is entering a new phase in our recovery following the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history. In May 2016, the Horse River fire tore through our community, forcing the evacuation of approximately 88,000 residents and consuming thousands of homes and structures. When the threat to the community had finally subsided, 2,579 dwelling units had been destroyed,
This will provide tremendous opportunities across the construction industry and valuable local employment. The rebuilding effort is expected to produce thousands of jobs in the province, including over 5,000 in the Fort McMurray area. While this level of building activity brings positive economic effects, it also presents unique challenges. This incredible demand for building and repair services will essentially mean a return to the levels of construction experienced during the oil boom times when 800 to 1,000 homes a year were
including apartment buildings, condos, duplexes,
completed. However, this time, instead of starting
townhomes and single-family homes. Another 92
with greenfield communities and building entirely
non-residential structures, such as hotels, airport
new subdivisions, construction will take place in
facilities, storage areas and oil and gas industry
existing city neighbourhoods. As a result, a great
lodgings, were also lost.
deal of work will take place where residents are
Across our community, in the neighbourhoods of
already living, working and playing â€” all while
Abasand, Beacon Hill, Timberlea, Wood Buffalo
additional crews are working to re-open schools
and Waterways, as well as in the hamlets of Anzac, Draper, Gregoire Lake Estates and Saprae
and buildings, and re-landscape parks and green spaces.
Creek, there is high demand for a wide range of
The months ahead will be busy, productive ones
construction services. The Conference Board of
across our community. On behalf of council and
Canada expects more than 2,500 new homes to be
all residents, I want to congratulate the Fort
built, in addition to the work that will be required
McMurray Construction Association on Rebuilding
to repair partially damaged structures. In fact,
Fort McMurray magazine. Above all, as we continue
they put the cost of repairing both total loss and
to progress in the historic rebuilding of our
damaged structures at $2.4 billion.
community, I want to thank you for working so
For a community that has been deeply impacted by the sustained drop in oil prices, the rebuild
hard to help us rebuild a community that is better than ever.
will provide an important boost to the economy.
According to the Conference Board of Canada,
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Message from the Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation
brian mason It was only a year ago that northeastern Alberta
Rebuilding Fort McMurray is helping to lead that
was engulfed by a wildfire of historic proportions.
growth, proving that Albertans have a resilience
From early May to mid-June 2016, the
that should never be underestimated.
Government of Alberta Ministry of
The promise of spring brings with it a sense of
Transportation was an integral part of the
renewal, perhaps more so in Fort McMurray than
provincial government’s response efforts. More
other places. We can look to renewal of the forest,
than 100 ministry staff members were directly engaged in response activities. The ministry’s management of the highway network was crucial to the safe movement of people and goods from
renewed economic activity, a renewed optimism and, as minister of both infrastructure and transportation, a renewed construction season.
the initial evacuations to the re-entry. We created
On the horizon, we continue to make progress
response strategies to manage the use of highways
on construction of the three new schools that
in the area to accommodate evacuations and
were impacted by the fire. We look forward to
eventually strategies to prepare for and manage
celebrating with students and communities at
re-entry. Opening all four lanes of Highway 63
the school openings, expected this September and
to traffic was a major milestone that enhanced highway safety and efficiency. Recently, our government officially named the King’s Street overpass at Highway 63 “Responders Way” to honour the hard work of all emergency responders during the wildfire and evacuation.
January. You can expect to see crews on Highway 63 again this summer applying second stage pavement to the newly twinned sections of the highway. North of Fort McMurray, crews will also continue work on the new truck staging area near Supertest Hill
Between the economy, wildfires and challenging
to support future economic growth while reducing
weather, people and businesses in Wood Buffalo
congestion and enhancing safety. These are just
faced more than their fair share of challenges
a few of the ways the Alberta Government is
in 2016. Looking ahead, Alberta’s economy is on the road to recovery and is expected to expand
helping to rebuild Fort McMurray.
in 2017, with real GDP forecast to increase by 2.6
per cent — the highest such forecast in Canada.
Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation
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Message from MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin and Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition
brian jean Message from MLA for Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo
tany yao As we mark the one year anniversary of the Horse River
We know not all of our residents have returned, and some
wildfire that destroyed some of our neighbourhoods, our
residents are reacting in different ways. While we see countless stories on how much this disaster has Some hosted gatherings to celebrate while others chose to leave town for a few days.
cost in terms of insurance claims, there is little mention of the human costs; what it’s done to our emotional and mental
Whichever way people chose to mark the anniversary, it
wellbeing; it broke people. The fact that more than 28,000
remains one of the most painful chapters in Fort McMurray’s
people have sought mental health care tells you just how
much hurt there is. Then there are the financial circumstances
This has been a very human story and a tragedy. Lives
as we grapple with insurance and trying to make ends meet.
were ripped apart and some have not yet recovered. The
Some residents continue making mortgage payments while
uncertainty was difficult for many and remains so for some.
paying rent for a place to stay during the rebuild.
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When re-entry began in June 2016, it was with mixed
Some families have returned home thanks to the delivery of
emotions. While it was great to be allowed home, there was
their newly manufactured homes, while once-vacant lots are
great trepidation on what we would find: homes destroyed,
now occupied with framed houses nearing completion. On
some declared unsafe for reoccupation due to contamination,
other lots, foundations are poured with stacks of wood and
and others untouched.
roof trusses waiting to be nailed into place.
It was a slow return to the new normal as air quality advisories were lifted and boil water advisories ended. Businesses and services began re-opening, then extending hours as people and staff returned. The flowers started blooming throughout our community and saplings could soon
While many have insurance to help fund the rebuild and remediation of homes, others were uninsured or underinsured and continue to face uncertainty. This is where NSUUR, the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee and the Recovery Task Force may be able to help. Homeowners needing assistance are encouraged to reach out to these resources.
be seen sprouting in burned out areas. The first baby was born in the Northern Lights Regional Hospital on June 17 after residents began their much anticipated return on June 1. It all speaks to regrowth. Signs that our community is coming closer to our new normal.
Rebuilding will take courage and strength — and it will take all of us working together to make our city better than ever. This rebuild, in many ways, will define our future as we once again establish ourselves as Canada’s economic engine. Brian Jean
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Message from the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee
jeanette bancarz On behalf of the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee
ensuring we emerge from the wildfire stronger and more
(WBRC), Iâ€™d like to welcome you to the inaugural edition of
resilient than ever before.
Rebuilding Fort McMurray.
There is no doubt that recovery from the wildfire is the
Community recovery from the costliest natural disaster
biggest challenge we have ever faced as a community.
in Canadian history takes everyone working together to
We also recognize that our neighbours are currently at
get the job done for our neighbours, families, friends and
different stages of the recovery process. We thank the
colleagues most impacted by the May 2016 wildfire.
FMCA and our construction industry for working hard
The Fort McMurray Construction Association (FMCA) and
every day in lockstep with residents, the WBRC and
its many members play a major role in recovery and the
Recovery Task Force, and other stakeholders to make our
WBRC would like to take this opportunity to thank the
recovery a reality.
FMCA and all its partners for delivering a rebuild that is safe, efficient and compliant.
As rebuilding takes shape in our neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray and across other affected areas in Wood
Overall, recovery is a comprehensive, community-
Buffalo, we are bolstered by the incredible resolve of our
driven effort that includes several factors, and the timely
residents and the can-do attitude that has always been the
rebuilding of our neighbourhoods is a key component in
foundation of our communityâ€™s success. We have gone from
PHOTOS Supplied by the WBRC.
Homes in the Stone Creek community under construction.
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This progress is because of our residents and local construction industry and we envision seeing hundreds of homes started and rebuilt in 2017. We are honoured and humbled to serve our community in providing policy recommendations and governance oversight for community recovery destruction to construction in our neighbourhoods and while there is no perfect in recovery, our collective progress is promising and inspiring.
to the mayor and council. We thank them for their support and for trusting us with this challenge. Once again, thank you and congratulations to the FMCA
We thank our residents for their drive, determination
on the publication of Rebuilding Fort McMurray. We are
and resiliency as we expect to see even more families
already looking forward to the next edition and continued
move into their rebuilt homes in the months ahead.
collaboration with the FMCA and our construction
Given the magnitude of the disaster as the third most
impactful wildland-urban interface fire in global history,
the rebuilding of our community is ahead of schedule.
Chair, Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee
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Industry Update from the
alberta construction association The Alberta Construction Association
about the government’s procurement
in a subsequent submission to the
(ACA) had a number of key actions for
policy review. The ACA reinforces
the first quarter in 2017:
the message that procurement
• The ACA equips members with
remains clear and transparent, and
speaking points to educate MLAs
that apprenticeship promotion is a
about the harm to businesses from
adding costs and administrative
• The Canadian Construction
ACA Retreat Charts Course for 2017-2018 The ACA’s board and the chief operating officers of Alberta’s local
complexity arising from potential
Association adopts ACA’s best
construction associations came
changes to the Workers’
practices approach in working with
together April 7, 2017 to fine-tune the
Compensation Board being
federal government on prompt pay.
ACA’s strategic plan for the next two
considered by government’s WCB
Paul Heyens and Chris Ambrozic lead
a proactive and influential Alberta
• The ACA lobbies Premier Rachel Notley for contractor compensation
group of CCA directors. • Alberta Economic Development
Dave Mowat, CEO for ATB Financial, laid out the challenge — to adapt to a new Alberta economy, and create the
for fixed-price contracts currently in
approves the ACA grant proposal to
place but awarded prior to the
quantify the impacts of non-standard
Jan. 1, 2017 imposition of the
contract language, adding credibility
ACA’s management committee
to the ACA’s argument that
consisting of chair Paul Heyens, senior
government should adopt standard
vice-chair Chris Ambrozic, vice-chair
Ian Reid and past chair Paul Verhesen
• The ACA is the only vertical construction association invited by Alberta Finance and Alberta
• The ACA acts within hours to
future you want.
led the group to refocus the ACA on
Infrastructure to the budget speech.
equip members to respond to the
two key mandates — helping members
The provincial budget reflects ACA
Employment Standards Review. The
seize market opportunities and acting
recommendations with an increase of
ACA reiterated the challenges of
to reduce risks for members.
imposing new requirements on our
The group outlined strategies to
project-based industry at an April 3,
accomplish a number of goals:
2017 stakeholder consultation and
• Promote infrastructure investment
$1.4 billion over 2017-2021. • Alberta Infrastructure seeks ACA input on further considerations
• Advance the use of standardized
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Impact of the Federal Budget By Bill Ferreira, vice-president, government relations and public affairs, Canadian Construction Association
On March 22, the federal government presented its latest
with a municipal or private, not-for-profit partner; 50 per
budget which is more of a clarification rather than a new
cent for projects involving a provincial government; and 75
document. With so much uncertainty in the U.S., the
per cent for projects involving Indigenous communities or
federal government has decided to limit new initiatives.
Changes to existing programs, while directional, have very little new money attached to them.
Innovation Budget 2017 also makes available $950 million to support
Deficit and debt
innovation across Canada in seven superclusters, including
The projected deficit will reach a peak of $28.6 billion in 2017-18 before falling slightly over the next five years.
infrastructure and transportation.
As a measure of debt-to-GDP, the federal government is
Skills development and training
expected to maintain a 31.6 per cent level for the next two
This yearâ€™s budget announced the creation of a new
years before the ratio begins to fall again to 30.9 per cent
organization that will work with the private sector,
educational institutions and the not-for-profit sector to identify employer-demanded skills, explore new
Infrastructure There was no new money announced in the budget, but a
approaches to delivery of skills training, and share
few additional details were released regarding the second
information and analysis to inform future training
phase of the infrastructure program. First, the new funds
investments. Budget 2017 will invest $1.8 billion over
will require the signing of new framework agreements
six years to expand the labour market development
with the provinces and territories. These are expected to be
agreements, plus an additional $900 million over six years
finalized by the fall of 2017. Second, the funding formula
to create new workforce development agreements which
for Phase II is changing, with the federal government now
will replace the previous labour market agreements (LMA)
only covering 40 per cent of estimated costs for projects
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A $73-million co-op placement fund has also been
immigrants in high demand in Canada. The temporary
established to encourage employers to take on students
foreign worker program will also be amended to improve
studying in STEM fields. Mitacs will receive $221 million
the pathway for temporary workers to acquire permanent
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post-secondary and graduate level studies to obtain work experience within the private sector.
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construction foremen is underway.
management and safety professionals in Canada. Last year was an auspicious year for the Gold Seal Certification program, as it expanded its accomplishments and announced new additions to the program, including a recognition initiative called the Gold Seal Certification Success Stories.
The foreman designation will open doors for industry professionals who aspire to take the next step in their careers. The training provided by Gold Seal Certification will provide a new generation of workers with foundational knowledge of their role, providing them with education and
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Accompanying the new designation addendum, are new
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Stronger By Bailey Hildebrand-Russell Fire approaching Fort McMurray, as seen from Four Seasons Power Sports, on May 3, 2016. SUPPLIED BY GENE OUELLETTE.
Fort McMurray residents are adjusting to a “new normal” as the community works to rebuild On May 3, 2016, Lance Bussieres was in downtown Fort McMurray with a few neighbours when he heard two explosions as wildfire crept closer to the community. That’s when he decided to return home. But the house he and his family had created a life in was engulfed in flames and past the point of being saved. “I just sat there and I cried,” Bussieres said. Firefighters work to save Lance Bussieres’ home May 3, 2016. SUPPLIED BY BLAKE BUSSIERES.
“The firemen were in the driveway doing whatever they had to do, but it was past the point. They weren’t saving anything. They were smart enough to do what they had to do to save the rest of the downtown.” Bussieres said the firemen told him his home was likely destroyed by embers from fire that ripped through the Abasand area behind his house on Crescent Heights. Bussieres, a councillor for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo since 2013 and a real estate agent since 1991, grew up in Fort McMurray. He said he wasn’t aware of how close the fire was until the day the evacuation was called.
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“I’d only seen the fire that day when I
without relying on the first advance
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it was just burning the hill behind the
to find a new normal. We obviously
downtown RE/MAX office,” Bussieres
struggle once in a while with what we
“I went into the office and I told
Bussieres said even those that didn’t
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fire and he hopes those in need will
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When it comes to the business
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community, Bussieres said some places
situation and were reluctant, but his
are re-opening, but some business
sister was able to convince staff to let
owners can’t keep up with the economic
his two sons and her son out. He said
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his sons left town with his father, while
both before and after the fire.
his wife and oldest son were already away from home at the time. He stayed
“There’s a lot of variables. Some
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“I never expected our house to burn to
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Bussieres said. “My son was smart enough to take my mother’s ashes.
Gene Ouellette is one of the lucky ones
Besides that, we lost everything. We
back in business, but he’s in a different
were fortunate enough, when we
spot after the fire destroyed Four
returned back to the community a
Seasons Power Sports, the recreational
month later, that there were a bunch of
vehicle dealership he purchased in
pictures that were covered or protected
2007. He said the week of the fire
from the fire that we were able to
began fairly normal. He said some
salvage. We did manage to save 500 or
people were on guard, but he didn’t
600 pictures and memories that way.”
think fire would destroy a large portion
Bussieres said his family stayed in
of the community within two days.
hotels in different parts of Alberta as
“We knew the fire was there for three
well as a rental in Edmonton until they
days and didn’t see a lot of resource
could return to Fort McMurray in mid-
being put on it,” Ouellette said. “The
June as council meetings started up
wind was in such a manner on the
again. He says he and his wife found a
Monday that it didn’t really seem like
place to rent there until their house was
the fire was here. On Tuesday, on (May
rebuilt. As of April 2017, the family is
3), there was not smoke in the air. So
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obviously the wind was going in a
in around the anniversary of the fire.
direction that didn’t really give you any
“We’re fortunate enough that we
indication that it was that close.”
have a roof over our head,” he said.
Ouellette went to work as usual. Later,
“Obviously dealing with insurance has
a customer came in and said he was in a
been difficult. We’ve been fortunate
hurry to leave town because he thought
enough to proceed with the rebuild
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Above: Motorbikes in the Four Seasons lot taking on the appearance of skeletons after the May 2016 fire. Inset: Gene Ouellette found out his shop and yard were on fire when a local radio DJ called him. Ouellette returned after the fire to find burned machinery covered is ashes. photos sUPPLIED BY gene ouellette.
Ouellette had been monitoring the
“An hour later it was gridlock. It was
driving up the hill and he could see the
situation from his home for the past
absolutely gridlock. I couldn’t make it
business was on fire. That was my first
few days, so he decided to leave work
back to the shop if I wanted to. By the
knowledge of the business being on
to see what it looked like from there.
time I was finished gathering up some
He said the roads were a little busier
stuff and my family made it home
than they typically were at 1 p.m. on a
the evacuation was actually called.
weekday, but it didn’t seem like people
Everything was on fire by that time.”
were in a rush to leave.
Ouellette said the first thing that crossed his mind was the safety of his employees. He said all of them got out
That included Four Seasons Power
safely, although one completely lost her
But when he arrived at home, he knew
Sports. At the time, Ouellette didn’t
the situation was dire.
know whether his shop would survive,
“I could actually see flames coming up close to the house, so I called back to
until he received a phone call from a local radio DJ.
Ouellette couldn’t return to his home until early June, but he did take a tour of Fort McMurray with the Fort
the shop and just told everybody to get
“The DJ actually called me because
McMurray Construction Association in
out,” he said.
he’s a customer and he said he was
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“I had very few things survive in
some choices that would allow me to
our yard and I think it was just the
exit this business thanks to insurance,”
placement or possibly a helicopter
Ouellette said. “There was no hesitation
dumped some water on some specific
whatsoever. I knew I wanted to be back
investing in the community. It’s home.”
Ouellette said machinery and steel
Those calling Fort McMurray home,
structures were completely destroyed,
like Ouellette, are part of a resilient
either burning from the fire or bending
and strong community, according to
from the intense heat, while some
products with plastic or canvas tops were completely untouched.
“It’s been a challenging two years,” Bussieres said. “I lived here in the ‘80s,
“I had some cardboard boxes with products in them. You open up the boxes and whatever’s inside is melted.”
and obviously we had a downturn with oil then as well. Some troubling times, but we’ll get through it. We’ll be better
Even though the Four Seasons location
from it, but right now we’re seeing a lot
on Bulyea Avenue was destroyed,
of aches and pains in this community,
Ouellette said he knew he wanted to
both financial and emotional. It’s
stay running. He persisted and a few
tough, but if there’s a community
months later, he opened a temporary
that can rebuild, it’s Fort McMurray.
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ason Loy, manager of emergency services operations (deputy fire chief) for Suncor, on the other hand, had quickly become
aware of the situation. On the south side of town, he was already seated at the regional emergency operations centre (REOC) as a representative of Suncor. As part of the mutual aid agreement between Wood Buffalo and industry partners, each have a chair at the REOC table. Conditions on the south side of town were already deteriorating — fire had reached some neighbourhoods and the smoke was like nothing he’d seen before. All of deputy chief Loy’s family was in the community of Thickwood, one of the city’s largest residential areas. Like Loy, his wife, Carrie, a support clerk with regional emergency services (RES) for the city, was already well engaged in the emergency efforts, which left the couple’s four kids and three grandchildren to pack up their three homes. With three vehicles on the move, the group was split up — one daughter, one son and one grandchild were sent north, while his son-in-law, son and dog were sent south, along with his other daughter and two grandchildren. Loy was also trying to reach his elderly father who lives in the Lower Townsite area and was not answering his telephone.
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Apparently, when his radio reception began to break up inside the house, his father went to listen to the news in his truck on the driveway and watch the fires. Loy’s wife ended up rushing over and bringing him back to the fire hall, which was already filling up with other RES family members. By the end of May 3, the mutual aid partnership was in charge of various parts of the city, and their efforts were focused on just keeping the fires at bay (Alberta Agriculture and Forestry firefighting staff were in charge of the actual wildfires). The industrial partners provided equipment pivotal to the urban interface fight. Suncor’s massive eight-wheeled aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) truck was just one of the unsung heroes, rolling along with a built-in 3,000-gallon water tank linked to a water cannon. In total, there were six ARFFs at Fort McMurray. Unlike a regular pumper truck, the ARFF, modified for mine response, had the ability spray and drive at the same time.
rian Cornforth, fire chief for Parkland County, was debriefing with his team about their county’s brushfires
from April when they got the call to aid in Fort McMurray. Armed with a list of requested resources, including a Type 6 engine and tanker truck, eight firefighters from Parkland made the five-hour trip with the Stony Plain Fire Department, arriving at the REOC just before 10 p.m.
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At their behest, the team quickly assembled a
estimated that 1,600 structures had burned.
staging area at MacDonald Island Park, the city’s
Wednesday morning, Cornforth did a recon flight
newly expanded leisure centre, with the Wood
over the city to determine how crews should be split
Buffalo team. Cornforth said even though the
up to fight the never-slowing fires. They decided to
situation was beyond any training activity the crew
split the city into south and north divisions, the area
had ever run, everyone fell back to the basics of the
in which Cornforth was tasked with co-ordinating.
Incident Command System, a standardized on-site
Their main points of focus were Timberlea,
fire management system. Staging managers ensured
Thickwood and some of the industrial structures
trucks were registered, fuelled up and out in the
along Highway 63.
“It is not a return to normal life and it’s not yet a celebration. There’s still a lot of work to recover and rebuild Wood Buffalo. This will be the work of years, not weeks,” Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
Cornforth said he estimates there were 80 pieces of fire apparatuses and 300 firefighters split between the north and south divisions at the time. But, just as important, the staging areas had also become home to essential support elements such as a camp kitchen staffed by volunteers, a fuelling site and a fleet maintenance station with fire equipmenttrained mechanics. And, said Cornforth, since an army marches on their stomach, meal delivery
It was the beginning of an exhausting three days of
services were even put in place. A team would ride
24-hour shifts — not only for the fire departments
up with Leduc Fire Services to meet with front-
and mutual aid partners, but also the city’s
line firefighters and take over the efforts while the
police service and hospital staff who had already
tireless crews got a chance to have a meal.
evacuated 105 patients from Northern Lights Regional Health Centre during the mandatory evacuation.
The camaraderie on the fire lines was very apparent, according to Cornforth. The Wood Buffalo team, despite fighting for their home turf, never flinched
Through the evening and into the night, fire
and seemed to be strengthened by their industry
destroyed homes in Beacon Hill, Waterways,
partners who had come at a moment’s notice to
Abasand and Wood Buffalo. By dawn it was
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t day three, small pockets of additional help began to arrive from the south, but the fire pushed on threatening
more areas of the city. The REOC itself was in danger, forcing the group to move from Fire Hall #5 to Nexen’s industrial facility further south. They regrouped in the facility’s large conference room, but since there was only one access road to the plant, essentially trapping the group if the fire spread, REOC uprooted itself for a second time and ended up in Lac La Biche.
eanwhile up north, oil and energy industry members were caring for the 25,000 people forced into their
camps; some would stay for up to three nights before being able to leave the area. Two days in, Suncor called upon their partnership with WestJet to provide planes. Several of the oilsands companies that operate out of the Fort McMurray area have private airstrips capable of handling commercial jet aircraft. Esler said it was like a well-oiled assembly line. Four or five planes would be waiting on the taxi apron. Then, buses full of people, pets and luggage would pull up on the airstrip, unload and get on the plane. The next bus would pull up and unload until the aircraft was full. The plane would take off and people would board the next one in line. He mused slightly at the memory of the exotic nature of some of the planes’ inhabitants. While media showed images of family dogs riding in first class, Esler said he heard of everything from lizards to tarantulas making their escape south on WestJet.
ith the fire threat to the REOC subsiding, Loy travelled back to Fire Hall #5. He said the south end of the
city looked like a scene from The Walking Dead — bushes still smouldering, while abandoned cars littered the side of the road. As the REOC group gaped at what they saw, they knew there was no time for despair. They had to continue on and work together, or there would be no homes to return to. Loy recalls many of the REOC group and firefighters on the ground had a front row seat to the destruction of homes — friends’, family’s and possibly their own. One event in particular saw a firefighter losing the battle to save his twin brother’s house — but everyone just had to push on. Some relief came with the arrival of Canada Task Force 2 (Can-TF2), which swiftly provided much needed relief at the REOC and set up a unified command of the regional emergency operations centre. Loy said the team’s arrival was a blessing. The local REOC group had been working three to four days and
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destroyed 2,400 structures — nearly 10 per cent of the city.
taking a toll on the team. Some of those fighting the fire
Residents who had homes to come back to had gritty and
now had to grapple with the fact they’d lost their homes,
exhausting work ahead cleaning their mouldy refrigerators
while many still had their family in the back of their minds
and scrubbing down homes stained by soot and ash. One
and wondered where they had ended up in the evacuation.
analyst from the Bank of Montreal estimated insurance losses could exceed $9 billion.
ornforth and his team left Fort McMurray Sunday,
Esler said no could ever plan for something like this. It
May 8. No one really wanted to leave, but they knew
was a black swan event. The Fort McMurray fires tested
the job needed rested bodies and healthy minds. While many sat in the airport waiting to go home, the skies let forth a bit of rain as if to show them a touch of assurance.
the emergency processes put in place by industry and the mutual aid agreement, but the results spoke for themselves — no one perished in the fires, vast portions of the city were saved, major infrastructure was unharmed. It was
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Heavy North supports the rebuild in Fort McMurray By Rebecca Dahl
“Together, we are stronger,” reads the banner stretching
Heavy North used what resources it had to help clean up
across Heavy North Construction Ltd.’s Fort McMurray
after the fire. The company was one of few local contractors
awarded work with the Regional Municipality of Wood
The words are a reminder of how Fort McMurray residents and businesses alike have come together to rebuild the community and surrounding area after the May 2016
Buffalo to perform demolition work throughout the rebuilding process. The company also conducted additional work post-fire with private condo boards.
wildfire that ripped through the region. The devastating
As a member of the Fort McMurray Construction
fire is considered the costliest natural disaster in Canadian
Association, Heavy North attends and supports networking
events, such as golf tournaments. This means Heavy North
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is engaged in the local construction community, as the
specializing in oil and gas and civil infrastructure projects.
FMCA also shares industry and tender information for
Since the forest fires destroyed 2,400 homes and many
upcoming projects in the region with its members.
other buildings, Heavy North has been working hard to help pick up the pieces.
Heavy North prides itself on its staff, operational excellence and relationships with partners and clients, said Stewart.
The fire created uncertainty among Heavy North staff, said
She said the company is proud of its partnership with
marketing manager Karli Stewart. Several managers and
Mikisew North LP at Mikisew Cree First Nation. Heavy
other staff members lost their homes, as did many of the
North is a partner of the Indigenous-owned business, which
has built a wide variety of projects in Fort Chipewyan
“Through diversification in other regions and markets,
we continued to grow and succeed post fire,” said Stewart.
It’s the “together we are stronger” philosophy that allows
“However, we continue to build projects in the region and
Heavy North to build successful partnerships with different
maintain an office in Fort McMurray.”
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By Bailey Hildebrand-Russell Even before residents could return
supplies. Closer to the return, a crew
to their homes after wildfire swept
through Fort McMurray, some local businesses brought some employees back to town to begin cleaning up what the blaze left behind. One of those was Casman Building Solutions, a division of Casman Group of Companies and the parent branch
condominium complex at the time. A year later, Fort McMurray is
Work to rebuild the town came
starting to return to normal, but
shortly after that. Lance Johnson,
Johnson said it’s definitely not there
construction manager with Casman
Building Solutions, said he was with the crew that came into Fort McMurray in late May 2016.
“People are bearing down and getting it done,” he said. “People are gradually coming back. They’re still not all back,
of Cherrywood Homes Construction
“We started with restoration.
obviously because some don’t have
Working with insurance companies,
homes to come back to.”
Johnson said returning to town was eerie. He drove from Confederation Way to Thickwood Boulevard and didn’t see a single person.
But Cherrywood Homes has been helping some residents get back into town and back to their lives since the fire. Weston said Casman worked from Edmonton while employees and residents alike were displaced to help
“We brought in water tanks and
doing everything from cleaning the
supplies to people that worked in
people get back to Fort McMurray as
homes to rebuilding the homes, from
town,” said Jordan Weston, division
soon as possible, whether that’s in
one end to the other.”
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manager. “Because we’re in the
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Johnson said returning to town was
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eerie. He drove from Confederation
“It’s not easy, what people are going
relationship with a few people in
Way to Thickwood Boulevard and
through, and we try to make it as
town. So, we came into town and
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comfortable as possible,” Weston said.
we brought electric water tanks and
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This past year since the 2016 wildfire has been a remarkable one with many struggles and triumphs. As the team at the Wood Buffalo Food Bank (WBFB) reflects on the time elapsed, we are more than grateful to have been here to serve our community throughout it all. Thinking back to when we first returned to Fort McMurray at the end of May 2016 to prepare for reOver 400 volunteers gave 2,679 hours of their time the summer after the fire, handing out 7,894 weekly hampers to 14,111 people.
entry, we knew a considerable job lay ahead of us. Not only the clean-up process, but the sheer task of being able to feed a community that was in such a susceptible and distressed state. Over the course of two weeks, with incredible help from countless volunteers, everyone worked together to clean, sanitize and re-paint the warehouse, dispose of 53,257 possibly contaminated food items, wash 20 pallets of cans, and restock the shelves. The WBFB was finally able to open its doors and start serving the citizens of Fort McMurray on June 11, 2016. Our services were altered to a weekly format instead of the standard appointment-based monthly system,
Individuals and businesses in Fort McMurray and from across Canada have reached out to help the Wood Buffalo Food Bank either through monetary or food donations or by volunteering.
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The Wood Buffalo Food Bank (WBFB) distributed 7,894 weekly hampers to meet immediate needs. “The way our community pulled together was heartwarming and true to the giving nature of Albertans,” said Arianna Johnson, WBFB executive director. “We continue to be amazed at the support shown for our community during this trying time.” With the long-term recovery period for a disaster of this scope being five to ten years, the need is still there. “The 20,000 people who haven’t returned to Fort McMurray will need support when they do.
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Diane Slater may not have set out to create a long and illustrious career in Fort McMurray but she certainly helped the community grow and prosper in the 35-plus years she called it home. She remained an active participant and strong advocate throughout that time, even in 2015 when she retired from her official duties. Unfortunately, Slater passed away only one year later. She was 66.
the activities at city hall, Slater is perhaps best known for her role as chief administrative officer of Fort McMurray’s Chamber of Commerce and FMCA. The two organizations shared office space and personnel at the time — a mutually beneficial arrangement that continued up until 2014. “I was the vice-president at the
Slater moved to Fort McMurray in
reins,” says Robert Gazzard, past
1980, with her first husband, Ross,
president of the Fort McMurray
and two children, Lana and Ryan.
Chamber of Commerce. “We
Both were under 10 at the time. As
convinced Diane to take on the
a newcomer to Fort McMurray, and
position. She was reluctant at first.
with both children in school, Slater
It took a while to convince her but it
sought out and soon found a position
really wasn’t that hard.”
management position and started her
Maloney remembers her mother’s concerns at the time.
on the road to managing non-profit
“The Chamber actually sought her out
for the position,” she says. “She wasn’t
“She wasn’t a traditional parent,” says her daughter Lana Maloney, executive director of the Fort McMurray Construction Association (FMCA). “She wasn’t a stay-at-home mom who cooked and cleaned. She barely cooked
sure she wanted to take it on. She didn’t know if she wanted to work full time and she knew that it would be a hard position to take on in that the group was little more than a social club back then.”
a day in her life. She was a values
Slater opted to take the chance and
person. She valued values.”
remained at the helm for the next 15
That focus on values served Slater
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Although heavily involved in
Chamber when Diane took over the
Tourism. This ultimately turned into a
Robert Gazzard, past president, Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce.
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well over the years, where she would
“It took her a bit of time but she
eventually serve as a two-time
soon changed things around at the
councillor, an assistant to Norm Weiss,
Chamber,” says Gazzard. “She started
MLA and acting mayor of the Regional
on re-directing the focus to become
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more business oriented. She was a
an opinion and she certainly wasn’t
The FMCA was a 10-member
huge advocate of the community and
afraid to express it.”
association when Slater took over. It
started laying the foundation for her campaign to champion local business. In retrospect, her work proved very successful.” Seeing red One of the most significant of Slater’s achievements while at the Chamber was her work in creating the Regional Economic Development Link (RedLink), a local business initiative developed in conjunction with the FMCA and the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA). The procurement tool was designed to enable local businesses to express interest in contracts made
In addition to his involvement with the Chamber, Allen also served two
grew to include 400 companies at the time of her retirement.
terms on regional council and one
“Her big focus was to show value for
term as a provincial MLA.
membership,” states Iggulden. “She
“I was by Diane’s side on many
believed that the whole is stronger than the individual.”
occasions where she proved very passionate,” he says. “I was in
And although Iggulden admits that
governance at the time and she was
Slater could be a bit intense at times,
in a staff position. We would argue
he believes that it was just part of the
across the table but it was clear that
package — and rightfully so.
she was aware — at all times — of her
“If you got heck from Diane, you
role. I learnt a lot about governance
deserved it,” he jokes, adding he was
from her and I often sought out her
often on the receiving end himself.
advice many times during my tenure as an MLA.”
Ken Gibson, executive director of the Alberta Construction Association
available by companies involved in the
Another huge success for the FMCA,
(ACA), is another individual who
while under Slater’s direction, was
worked with Slater.
“I would say that RedLink was Diane’s main passion for the majority of her term with the Chamber,” says Mike Allen, past president of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce. “She managed to pull together a small team of people to put it together. The program did achieve some success initially but it eventually grew and grew as those companies that began participating started putting pressure on others to join in.”
the creation of the Future Projects Summit, where oil companies and government procurement departments would engage with the local businesses to discuss upcoming work projects. The Summit provides
“My first impression of Diane arose out of some work that ACA was involved with concerning the administration of COOLNet, the online plansroom,” he recalls. “Diane called to let me know of FMCA’s concerns with the approach
the opportunity for valuable one-on-
that ACA had taken. For those that
one networking. It remains in effect
have been on the receiving end of
Diane’s displeasure, I’m sure they can
Boots on the ground
relate. Diane could be a formidable
“Diane had a lot of credibility at all levels of government and industry,”
personality but her facts were bang on, her analysis was sound, and she brooked no disagreement.”
RedLink remains a valuable
says Charles Iggulden, president of the
procurement tool in Fort McMurray to
FMCA. “She had a type-A personality
Despite this awkward introduction,
and didn’t pull any punches. And she
the two became strong associates.
was always fair. She never made it
“From there we became friends and,
despite being an extremely busy
According to Iggulden, Slater’s position
person, Diane would make the time
with the FMCA was a “pretty critical”
I requested of her to help me out,”
Allen remembers Slater fondly, describing her as a feisty and respected individual. “When I first joined the Chamber, I was running a small local business,” he recalls. “On occasion, I would attend the Chamber luncheons and it was there that I first met her. She had this
one as it involved a lot of government lobbying at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. He worked with Slater for about 15 years.
continues Gibson. “Diane was a good mentor, in particular, helping me out on some issues of proper governance and association operation, including a transparent process for the ACA board
huge smile on her face — at all times I
“She was a real go-getter,” Iggulden
to invest surplus funds to the benefit
would later discover. She always had
says. “She was a very active advocate.”
of members. Diane was extremely
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plugged in to decision makers across
the years but we loved each other
It also won her many awards and
industry and governments at all levels
nonetheless. She was the type of
recognition, including the Queen
and she was always gracious to share
person who always got in the last
Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal,
her insights to ensure unity to the
word. But she was also highly
a commemorative award served to
benefit of industry.”
honour significant contributions and
Gibson is quick to add that although
Gazzard is quick to add that Slater was
Slater proved formidable in the
a very knowledgeable person.
business world, she was also caring at heart.
“She knew what the region was all about and was very concerned about
“My strongest impression of Diane
growing it and making sure that it
was her absolute fierce commitment
became self-sustainable,” he says. “She
to her family, to her members and to
was not egotistical in the least. For
her community of Fort McMurray
Diane, it was all about the community.”
and the RM of Wood Buffalo,” he says.
achievements made by Canadians. “Every time she won an award, we had to fight with her to go and accept it,” says Maloney. “That just wasn’t her. She didn’t want the recognition. She never bragged about her successes. Even after RedLink proved to be such a huge success, she didn’t want a pat on the back. She just said, ‘It was what
needed to be done and we got it done.’”
to protect and reward the contractors
“A lot of people referred to Diane as
On the political scene
and suppliers who had put stakes
a bull in a china shop,” she says. “She
Wearing two hats as CAO for the
down and risked their businesses
didn’t have a filter. She said what she
Chamber of Commerce and the FMCA
making a go of it in her isolated
thought. Was blunt and to the point.
didn’t slow Slater down. She remained
community. She was very astute at
But everything she did, she did for the
a political animal throughout that
developing partnerships to enhance
local business community and for the
time — she even considered entering
business prospects for her members
community as a whole.”
the race for the upcoming mayoral
“Diane wore on her sleeve her desire
and their voice at the local, provincial and national levels.”
Maloney describes her mother as an “adrenalin junkie.” But one who was
selfless at all times.
Slater is fondly remembered by all
“She would weigh the pros and cons of
who knew her, although many of
everything before deciding to take it to
these people are quick to note that
the board,” she explains. “She always
they did have their “run-ins” with the
wanted to make sure that whatever it
was would be helping the community,
“You didn’t want to get on her bad
not hindering it.”
election in October 2017 if her health had prevailed. Sadly, she wasn’t able to make a run for it. Slater’s two terms as councillor served her well. Her 1992 political campaign for councillor noted, even back then, her commitment to community. She promised to maintain the current cost of municipal government to taxpayers, encourage cost-effective
side,” Gazzard says jokingly. “We
The commitment to community
administration, encourage community
butted heads so many times over
served Slater well over the years.
involvement in the decision-making
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of taking on monumental tasks and
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Mayor Blake says that first impression
Although Mayor Blake describes
her relationship with Slater as “up
spending thousands of dollars on consultant fees. She remained loyal to these strategies throughout her career. It was while working with council that Slater implemented My Community, My Voice, an online forum that
“Our conversations became longer and her passions more amplified but she always let me know what she thought,” she says.
brought potential voters and
Blake had occasion to connect with
political candidates together. It was
Slater and stay abreast of each
an initiative in which Slater took
other’s interest over lunches with the
particular pride in.
president of Chamber and municipal
“I met Diane the day after I was
chief administration officer.
and down over times”, she is quick to add that they remained friends throughout, with those periodic ups and downs occurring less often and more quickly forgotten. “Diane demonstrated lots of frustration over the years,” she says. “But understanding that her passion came from the desire to make life better for people, I would have to say
elected to council in 1998,” says
“I found Diane to be someone who
those challenges did indeed make for
Melissa Blake, mayor of the Regional
enjoyed ‘stirring the pot,’” continues
Municipality of Wood Buffalo. “She
Blake. “She had no trouble standing
called to congratulate me, warn me of
up for what she believed in. She
Reflecting on retirement
some things and offer her assistance
took pride in the work of young
Perhaps one of the most surprising
if I needed it. My first impression of
entrepreneurs and made sure they
things about Slater came when she
her was that she was very direct,
were recognized. And she was capable
announced her plans to retire.
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“She had kind of talked about retiring before she followed through on it,” says Iggulden. “We tried to talk her out of it, of course. But we weren’t able to convince her. Nonetheless, she continued to work with us after she retired.” Iggulden wasn’t the only one surprised to hear the news. “Diane was one of those people I believed would never retire,” says Allen. “I think she thought that she had put in a lot of years already and that it was time to move on. But she never stopped being active and was involved in a lot of community initiatives up until the day she died.” Being who she was, Slater started
And the rest, as they say, is history. Maloney would end up joining the Chamber of Commerce and FMCA full time. In all, she would work with the Chamber and FMCA for 10 years before moving on as executive director of the FMCA in 2015. “I was taught by my mother,” says Maloney. “She groomed me for the position.” Although Maloney admits that she never consciously thought about following in her mother’s footsteps, she is quick to add that she has benefitted from the close working relationship. “Fortunately, we had worked together
speaking to her on one occasion, she noted she was just like her mom: determined. I think Lana will benefit from embracing her mother’s best traits and leaving the less productive ones to someone else.” Maloney herself is quick to highlight the differences between herself and her mother. “I’d like to say that I am the same but I can’t,” she explains. “She would react very quickly to things and sometimes that would get her into trouble. I’m more likely to sit back and read the situation.” Another way in which the two differ is adapting to change.
for so long that by the time she retired,
“My goal is to continue to work with
we were able to conduct a seamless
the FMCA and to make it thrive,” says
transition,” says Maloney, who adds
Maloney. “This is our 30th anniversary
that the FMCA kept Slater on an as-
this year. I don’t want to destroy her
needed basis for the first year. “We
legacy but, at the same time, I need to
“Diane was also extremely tough
never hid the fact that she was my
be amenable to change. And I think I
mentally and had no illusions about
mother. She went to both boards to get
am more amenable than she was.”
her health,” says Gibson. “Like
their permission before hiring me.”
working on her retirement plan very early in the game. She had things well in hand by the time the official date came around in 2015.
everything else she did, she planned
But in some ways, adds Maloney, they
And permission was soon granted.
are like two peas in a pod.
of the FMCA would remain strong
“Lana was hired initially as a
“My mother was very circular in her
by developing Lana Maloney as her
receptionist,” says Iggulden. “She
thinking and I am the same way,” she
very capable successor. Diane truly
worked her way up through the
says. “When people come to me and
was a remarkable leader in serving
organization. There is no doubt that
want to partner with the FMCA, I
the members of the Fort McMurray
she was the right person for the job. It
always ask myself if this is the best
was a unanimous decision.”
thing for the construction industry
Maloney’s ascension to the position of
As to how much of Slater resides in
executive director of the FMCA was
Maloney, Iggulden says that the two
Even today, on her own, Maloney calls
one skillfully orchestrated.
are of the same stock.
upon her mother for advice.
“By the time my mother took on the
“Lana has her own personality but she
“There are some things that have
Chamber position, I was married
also has the same beliefs and values as
had to change,” she explains. “Like
and had moved to Edmonton,” recalls
Diane,” he says.
our Futures Projects Summit, for
and executed to ensure the leadership
Maloney. “My husband and I ended up moving back to Fort McMurray and at
Mayor Blake is a little less subtle.
and for the community.”
example. Over the last couple of years, the economic environment
that point, she needed some additional
“My connection to Lana really came
has necessitated that we make some
help. I ended up working with her part
from Diane and interfacing with her at
changes to it. But in my head, I am
a variety of events,” she states. “When
still asking myself whether my mom
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would be okay with the changes. She
Allen. “She embraced growth but, at
is still involved in the decision-making
the same time, didn’t want to lose that
process because she is still in my head
community feel. She strived to have a
— and my heart.”
growing, thriving community while
A stronger community
maintaining the very values at the
Slater remains in the minds and hearts
heart of that community. Fortunately
of many people throughout the Fort
for us, that community was Fort
McMurray business community and
the community itself. During her distinguished career, she spearheaded many initiatives that have paid huge
It’s been a tough year. But together we’re making progress.
But sadly, Slater never got a chance to fulfill the part of her life after retirement. She passed away on
dividends as a result. Upon her retirement, Slater spoke of championing the “I Love Oilsands” campaign. She was also on the board
Dec. 31, 2016. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo flew its flags at half-mast on the day of her
of Centre for Hope, the only daytime
drop-in centre for the homeless and
“The world is a lesser place without
near homeless in the municipality. “Diane embraced development,” says
her, especially Fort McMurray,” says Gazzard. n
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Rebuilding our community, one contract at a time (From left to right) Laurie Gaudet, certified public procurement officer and chartered manager, along with buyers Stephanie Rogers, Shaunnah Blackmore and Belinda Brunet.
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is the first
jobs prosperity by awarding points for the number of
municipality in Alberta to develop and adopt a social
project-specific positions, and additional bonus points for
procurement framework. By transforming its method of
a commitment to full-time employment. The successful
purchasing goods and services, the RMWB is proactively
bidder committed to seven project specific positions and five
seeking social and economically sustainable benefits for
of those will become full-time employees.
the region. Social procurement is a growing practice that seeks to better leverage tax dollars to achieve positive
The RMWB is also rewarding and recognizing bidders
social outcomes to shape more equitable and healthy
for their commitments through a social audit which
communities. In 2013, social procurement became law
identifies diverse hiring practices, workforce development,
in the United Kingdom, then Europe, and is now rapidly
employment and income stability, and supporting the
moving across Canada.
community. The pilot process has identified this tool to be applied to the purchase of materials and equipment.
Adding social to procurement results in a powerful tool for improving lives and achieving goals. It supports
RMWB buyers, Stephanie Rogers, Belinda Brunet and
inclusive economic development, Indigenous economic
Shaunnah Blackmore, have emerged as strong internal
reconciliation, skills training and workforce development,
champions of social procurement.
youth employment, supportive employment, supply chain diversity, social enterprise capacity building, and improved small business access to public sector supply chains. Through a series of social procurement design labs, held in partnership with the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, Fort McMurray Construction Association and the non-profit sector, RMWB’s procurement department has included the feedback obtained within the development of the social procurement policy.
“With a little education, we realized that it was only our own belief system that had to change, then we could start thinking strategically about ways to add social value to the procurement process,” they say. For them perhaps the biggest surprise was that no rules or laws had to change to make this new approach possible. Social procurement works within the guiding principles of a fair, open, transparent and competitive process that is trade agreement compliant.
Since September 2016, the procurement team has conducted a series of pilot bid opportunities focusing on jobs prosperity
Laurie Gaudet, certified public procurement officer and
and skills development. In the past eight months, seven
chartered manager, is the social procurement lead at the
opportunities were offered resulting in 12 job placements
RMWB where procurement processes have been re-
and three skills opportunities. Partnerships have been
designed to align and support the social and economic
developed with Choices Association of Fort McMurray
goals of recovery. Gaudet sees social procurement as an
and CAREERS: The Next Generation as the liaison for the
important paradigm shift; a best value approach to inclusive
One of the bid opportunities was a requirement for drainage
“This has been an incredible opportunity for staff
improvements to several greenspaces in Timberlea. The
engagement and has resulted in a high level of
timeline to complete the work is June to September 2017.
empowerment amongst our buyers. Having the chance to
This is a great opportunity to include a social value for
improve lives is very rewarding.” n
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Dunvegan Gardens (AB) Ltd. P.O. Box 6580 Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5N4 Tel: 780-791-4363 www.dunvegangardensfm.com
Challenger Geomatics 8026A Franklin Avenue Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5K3 Tel: 780-743-8697 www.challengergeomatics.com Chinook Fuels 160 MacKay Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4W8 Tel: 780-743-2381 www.chinookfuels.ca Clean Harbors Lodging Services Ltd. 216-26229 Township Road 531A Acheson, AB T7X 5L4 Tel: 780-960-1507 www.cleanharbors.com The Clearwater Suite Hotel 4 Haineault Street Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1R6 Tel: 780-799-7676 www.clearwaterfortmcmurray.com CLH Contracting Ltd. 104 Walnut Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0N6 Tel: 780-750-1086 www.clhcontracting.ca Combined Concrete Pumping 2007 Ltd. 365 TaigaNova Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0T4 Tel: 780-598-0088 www.combinedconcretepumping.com Command Equipment Ltd. 1-12415 Stony Plain Road Edmonton, AB T5N 3N3 Tel: 780-482-6003 www.commandequipment.com Compliant Energy Services Ltd. Bay 2-145 McMillan Road Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4G3 Tel: 780-214-7741 www.compliantenergy.ca Concept Electric Ltd. 101-427 Gregoire Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4K7 Tel: 587-258-1581 www.conceptgroup.ca Consun Contracting Ltd. P.O. Box 5056 Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3E2 Tel: 780-743-3163 www.consun.ca
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Coverall Uniform Linen & Mat Ltd. 345 TaigaNova Cres Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0T4 Tel: 780-792-5217 www.getcoverall.com / www.armourready.com CQNetwork 204-52 Sioux Road Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4X1 Tel: 780-449-5545 www.cqnadvantage.com Creative Escapes Inc. 122 Brett Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9K 2H7 Tel: 780-972-4848 www.creativeescapes.ca Crescent Electrical Services 104 Ward Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0X5 Tel: 587-723-1237 www.crescentelectricalservices.com D&T Construction & Landscaping Ltd. 165 Huberman Way Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0Z9 Tel: 780-880-6022 www.dt-construction.ca
DVD Masonry Ltd. 340 Circle Drive Edmonton, AB T8N 7L5 Tel: 780-458-1203 www.dvdmasonry.com E Construction Ltd. 745 Memorial Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3G3 Tel: 780-743-3822 www.ecltd.ca Eagle Builders P.O. Box 1690 Blackfalds, AB T0M 0J0 Tel: 403-885-5525 www.eaglebuilders.ca Eastern Infrastructure Inc. 4-69 Park Road Elmsdale, NS B2S 2L3 Tel: 902-883-9685 www.easterninfrastructure.com Edwards Land Surveys Ltd. 33 Gregoire Lake Estates Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5S1 Tel: 780-334-9622 www.edwardslandsurveys.ca
DC Wiring Ltd. 209 Wilson Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5B4 Tel: 780-715-7973
EMCO Waterworks 1-360 MacKenzie Boulevard Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4C4 Tel: 780-713-2433 www.emcowaterworks.com
Dechant Construction Ltd. 10301 96 Street High Level, AB T0H 1Z0 Tel: 780-926-4411 www.dechantconstruction.ab.ca
Enterprise Holdings Inc. 196 MacDonald Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4B3 Tel: 780-804-2166 www.enterprisetrucks.ca
Deep Foundations Contractors Inc. 6030-88 Street NW, Suite 224 Edmonton, AB T6E 6G4 Tel: 780-469-7888 www.deepfoundations.ca
Fort Lakes Landscaping & Contracting Ltd. P.O. Box 6623 Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5N4 Tel: 780-598-0569 www.fortlakes.com
Dene Sky Site Services Ltd. P.O. Box 34 Chard, AB T0P 1G0 Tel: 780-559-2202 www.denesky.com Denmax Energy Services Ltd. P.O. Box 2881 Wainwright, AB T9W 1S7 Tel: 780-842-3661 www.denmax.ca
Forthryte Services Inc. Bay 1-242 Macalpine Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4A6 Tel: 780-743-4811 www.forthryte.com Fuller Austin Inc. #1 Bay A-225 MacDonald Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4B5 Tel: 780-790-3424 www.fulleraustin.com
Fort McMurray Construction Association MEMBERSHIP Genron Enterprises 2007 Ltd. 295 MacDonald Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4B7 Tel: 780-743-3445 www.genron.ca
Inland Concrete Ltd. 580 Memorial Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4V9 Tel: 780-743-2180 www.inlandconcrete.com
LARR Management Corp. 14th Floor, 10665 Jasper Avenue Edmonton, AB T5J 3S9 Tel: 587-334-4969 www.larrmanagementcorp.ca
Geomatic Point Surveys Ltd. 146 Hilltop Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3V4 Tel: 780-743-3724
Inline Construction Surveys Ltd. 8 Eton Terrace St. Albert, AB T8N 5K5 Tel: 780-307-3319 www.inlinesurveys.ca
Ledcor Construction Ltd. 220 TaigaNova Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0T4 Tel: 250-491-2991 www.ledcor.com
Insite Construction Surveys Inc. 22-240 Laffont Way Fort McMurray, AB T9K 2W2 Tel: 780-742-8078 www.insitesurveys.ca
LetCar Mechanical Group Ltd. 8115 Fraser Avenue Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1W5 Tel: 780-790-0757 www.letcar.ca
INSPEK Crushing Ltd. 311 Woodward Lane Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5K8 Tel: 780-743-8862
Lexon Projects Inc. 2371 91 Avenue Edmonton, AB T6P 1L1 Tel: 780-435-7476 www.lexonprojects.com
H. Wilson Industries (2010) Ltd. 1045 Memorial Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0K4 Tel: 780-743-1881 www.hwilson.net Hammerstone Corp. 500-4838 Richard Road SW Calgary, AB T2R 0H8 Tel: 403-297-1680 www.hammerstonecorp.com Harris Steel Services Ltd. (Harris Rebar) 205-427 Gregoire Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4K7 Tel: 780-791-5900 www.harrisrebar.com Hatfield Consultants Partnership 10208 Centennial Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1Y5 Tel: 780-743-4290 www.hatfieldgroup.com Heavy North 9-400 TaigaNova Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0T4 Tel: 780-742-2094 www.heavynorth.com Hedco Group Inc. P.O. Box 5635 Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5C3 Tel: 780-750-2680 Hertz Car & Truck Rentals Fort McMurray - Young Motors (1971) Ltd. 315 Macalpine Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4Y4 Tel: 780-743-2894 www.youngmotors.ca Hertz Equipment Rental 105 MacKay Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4C9 Tel: 780-743-6233 www.hertzequiprentals.com Horizon North Logistics 5637-67 Avenue NW Edmonton, AB T6B 2R8 Tel: 780-395-7340 www.horizonnorth.ca HVAC Solutions Ltd. 300F MacLennan Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4G1 Tel: 780-792-0800 www.hvac-solutions.ca
Janes Brother’s Contracting Ltd. 124 Westwood Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5C3 Tel: 780-743-5153 K Plowman Contracting Ltd. P.O. Box 534 Athabasca, AB T9S 2A5 Tel: 780-370-8450 www.kplowman.ca Kaycan 8025 127 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5C 1R9 Tel: 780-468-4643 www.kaycan.com Ketek Group Inc. 270 MacLennan Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4G1 Tel: 780-714-5059 www.ketek.ca Lafarge Canada Inc. P.O. Box 5246 Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3G3 Tel: 780-743-8474 www.lafarge-na.com Laird Electric Inc. 225 MacDonald Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4B5 Tel: 780-715-3190 www.lairdelectric.com Lakeshore Contracting Ltd. 370 Snow Eagle Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 0H7 Tel: 780-714-3665 www.lakeshorecontracting.ca Landing Trail Petroleum Company Ltd. 14 Westpark Road Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 3X2 Tel: 780-799-2772
Liam Construction Alberta Ltd. 17B-30 Riedel Street Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3E1 Tel: 780-791-1500 www.liamfirst.com Live Better Homes Ltd. 20-3908 97 Street NW Edmonton, AB T6E 6N2 Tel: 780-461-7599 www.livebetterhomes.ca Lucullan Properties Ltd. P.O. Box 3681 Station Terminal Vancouver, BC V6B 3Y8 Tel: 1-888-753-5162 www.lucullan.ca Marco Builders Inc. 9703 Franklin Avenue Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K1 Tel: 780-880-9524 www.marcobuilders.ca Marvel Contracting Inc. P.O. Box 6189 Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4W1 Tel: 780-791-7100 www.marvelcontracting.ca Mastertech Plumbing 269 Beaton Place Fort McMurray, AB T9K 2B2 Tel: 780-715-6036 Midlite Construction Ltd. P.O. Box 25058 Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5N8 Tel: 780-714-6559 www.midlitepowerline.com Morgan Construction and Environmental Ltd. 702 Acheson Road Acheson, AB T7X 5A7 Tel: 780-960-6966 www.mcel.ca
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Fort McMurray Construction Association MEMBERSHIP Nason Contracting Group Ltd. 25 Corriveau Avenue St. Albert, AB T8N 5A3 Tel: 780-470-7100 www.nason.ca
P&R Concrete Ltd. 180 Grenfell Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2M5 Tel: 780-748-8412 www.pandrconcrete.com
Ripley Construction 146 Erindale Road Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4N5 Tel: 780-747-5530 www.ripleyconstruction.ca
NC Transport & Equipment (1258140 AB Ltd.) 101 Beardsley Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2T5 Tel: 780-713-1169
Park Derochie Inc. 11850 28 Street NE Edmonton, AB T6S 1G6 Tel: 780-791-2205 www.parkderochie.com
NEC Construction Ltd. P.O. Box 2100 Lac La Biche, AB T0A 2C0 Tel: 780-623-4643 www.necconst.ca
Parsons Creek Resources P.O. Box 25085, RPO Signal Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5N8 Tel: 780-799-3817 www.parsonscreekaggregates.com
RJ Rice Enterprises Ltd. o/a Fort McMurray Home Hardware Building Centre 7925 Franklin Avenue Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2H5 Tel: 780-743-2271 www.homehardware.ca
Nedco 17-280 TaigaNova Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0T4 Tel: 780-743-3461 www.nedco.ca
PCL Construction Management Inc. 5400 99 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 3N7 Tel: 780-733-5855 www.pcl.com
Nilex Inc. 6810 8 Street NW Edmonton, AB T6P 0C5 Tel: 780-463-9535 www.nilex.com
Pidherney’s Inc. P.O. Box 130 Blackfall, AB T0M 0J0 Tel: 403-845-8959 www.pidherneys.com
Norbasca Homes Ltd. 112 Macrae Place Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0Z7 Tel: 780-799-2655
Powermax Contracting Ltd. 130-316 Dawson Avenue Penticton, BC V2A 3N6 Tel: 780-714-9690 www.powermaxltd.com
NorthCor Construction Inc. 302-8706 Franklin Avenue Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2J6 Tel: 780-756-9191 www.northcor.com Northland Construction Supplies 111-190 Macalpine Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4A6 Tel: 780-278-4537 www.northlandconstruction.com NWT Promotions 103-7 Boulder Boulevard Stony Plain, AB T7Z 1V6 Tel: 780-743-8708 www.nwtpromotions.com OCL Group Inc. 10014 Main Street Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2G5 Tel: 780-881-6399 www.coscl.ca One Rule Construction Ltd. P.O. Box 37, Eagle Ridge PO Fort McMurray, AB T9K 2Y4 Tel: 780-381-8889/587-988-3734 www.onerule.ca Optics Engineering 112 Trillium Road Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0H5 Tel: 780-715-6767
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Prairie North Const. Ltd. 110 Hilltop Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3V4 Tel: 780-715-0636 www.dirtmoving.com Proserve Cleaning & Restoration Services DKI 300J Maclennan Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4G1 Tel: 780-791-3663 R.EX Contracting Ltd. P.O. Box 5057 Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3G2 Tel: 780-791-2867 www.rexcontracting.ca Randy Smith Trucking (1190919 AB Ltd.) 176 Mustang Road Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5K4 Tel: 780-598-5822 Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo 9909 Franklin Avenue Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4 Tel: 780-788-4311 www.rmwb.ca Revel Contracting 1024584 Alberta Ltd. P.O. Box 5808 Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4V9 Tel: 780-799-9652
Romeo’s Flooring & Stone 10203 Centennial Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3K7 Tel: 780-743-9497 www.romeosflooring.com RONA Inc./HC Fort McMurray 8408 Manning Avenue Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5G2 Tel: 780-743-4666 www.rona.ca Roofmart Alberta Inc. 394 Gregoire Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3R2 Tel: 780-790-3000 www.roofmart.ca S.A.W.S General Contracting Inc. P.O. Box 607 Plamondon, AB T0A 2T0 Tel: 780-212-1148 www.sawsgeneral.ca Savard Construction -1254916 AB Ltd. 189 Bird Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4T4 Tel: 780-799-3392 www.savardconstruction.com Scott Builders Inc. 3500 Saprae Creek Trail Fort McMurray, AB T9H 0H6 Tel: 587-797-2804 www.scottbuilders.com SELECT Safety Communications 216 Carleton Street Borden-Carleton, PEI C0B 1X0 Tel: 780-972-2357 www.selectsafetycommunications.com SeNa Constructors Inc. 30 Freestone Way Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5B4 Tel: 780-799-0230 www.senaco.ca SNC - Lavalin O&M Logistics Inc. 300-640 5th Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2P 3G4 Tel: 403-776-7108 www.snclavalin.com/en/operationsmaintenance
Fort McMurray Construction Association MEMBERSHIP Speedpro Signs Fort McMurray 505A-8600 Franklin Avenue Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4G8 Tel: 587-536-6464 www.speedprosignsfortmcmurray.com
Surmont Sand & Gravel Ltd. 320 MacKenzie Boulevard Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4C4 Tel: 780-598-9099 www.surmont.ca
United Rentals Inc. 375 MacKenzie Boulevard Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5E2 Tel: 780-790-2700 www.ur.com
Stigg Security Inc. 143 Killdeer Way Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0P8 Tel: 780-972-3200 www.stigg.ca
T&B’s Glass & Door Ltd. 5B-235 Macalpine Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4A5 Tel: 780-750-7195 www.tbglassanddoor.ca
Vallen 3-431 MacKenzie Boulevard Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4C5 Tel: 780-743-4336 www.vallen.ca
Stirling Electrical Contracting Inc. 201 Ash Way Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0E9 Tel: 780-799-9777
T.J’s Oilfield Contracting Ltd. P.O. Box 5537 Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3G5 Tel: 780-799-9592 www.tjsgroup.ca
Viceroy Construction Ltd. 12211 Horseshoe Way Richmond, BC V7A 4V4 Tel: 604-639-3320 www.viceroy.com
Tazi Electric Ltd. 16-170 MacLennan Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4E8 Tel: 780-714-3313 www.tazielectric.ca
Vicky’s Homes Inc. 8-380 TaigaNova Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0T4 Tel: 780-705-0188 www.vickyshomes.ca
The Casman Group of Companies 330 MacKenzie Boulevard Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4C4 Tel: 780-788-0578/780-788-0521 www.casman.ca
Voice Construction Ltd. 200 MacDonald Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4B2 Tel: 780-790-0990 www.voiceconst.com
The Driving Force Ltd. 340 Parent Way Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5E6 Tel: 780-791-0932 www.drivingforce.ca
Westburne West Electrical Supply 205 MacKay Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4T5 Tel: 780-743-0378 www.west.westburne.ca
Thompson Bros. ( Constr. ) LP 685 Memorial Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5N4 Tel: 780-715-3422 www.thompsonbros.com
Western Canadian Construction Company Ltd. 202-9908 Franklin Avenue Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K5 Tel: 587-258-0282 www.westerncanadianconstruction.ca
Stony Mountain Waste Management 171 Poplar Drive Conklin, AB T0P 1H1 Tel: 403-460-1401 www.stonymtn.com Stony Valley Contracting Ltd. 245 TaigaNova Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0T4 Tel: 780-598-2244 www.stonyvalley.ca Stratford Contracting Ltd. P.O. Box 5626 Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3G5 Tel: 780-713-5169 Streamline Mechanical LP 53113 Highway 21 Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4T7 Tel: 780-598-9770 www.streamlinemechanical.com Strongco 205 Macalpine Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4A6 Tel: 780-799-4201 www.strongco.com Sultan Management Corp. 10214 Centennial Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1Y5 Tel: 587-539-1800 www.smg.ca Summit Electric & Maintenance Ltd. P.O. Box 1317 Athabasca, AB T9S 2B2 Tel: 780-675-3638 www.summitelectric.ca Summit Valve and Controls Inc. 5304 68 Avenue Edmonton, AB T6B 3M4 Tel: 780-468-6900 www.summitvalve.com Sureway Construction Group of Companies 7331 18 Street Edmonton, AB T6P 1P9 Tel: 780-743-4789 www.sureway.ca
Top Knotch Doors Ltd. 11-266 MacKay Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5C6 Tel: 780-881-4160 www.topknotchdoors.com Tree Centre 10619 82 Street Edmonton, AB T6A 3N2 Tel: 780-474-7729 www.treecentre.ca Treit Holdings 8 Corp. o/a Radisson Hotel & Suites Fort McMurray 435 Gregoire Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4K7 Tel: 780-743-2400 ext. 632 www.radissonfortmcmurray.com
Westward Electric Services 33-280 TaigaNova Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0T4 Tel: 780-791-9378 www.westwardelectric.com Wilco Contracting Northwest Inc. 2D-380 MacKenzie Boulevard Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4C4 Tel: 780-790-2331 www.wilco.ca Wood Buffalo Building Supplies 100 Royer Way Fort McMurray, AB T9H 0E1 Tel: 587-624-0010 www.wbbs.ca
Tri-Gen Construction Ltd. 128 Burton Place Fort McMurray, AB T9K 1V4 Tel: 780-791-3662 www.tri-genconstruction.com
Wood Buffalo Housing & Development Corp. 9011-9915 Franklin Avenue Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4 Tel: 780-799-4049 www.wbhadc.ca
TS Signs Printing & Promo 195 MacKay Crescent Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5E8 Tel: 780-790-1945 www.tssigns.com
WSP Canada Inc. Bay 1-118 Millennium Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9K 2S8 Tel: 780-790-0704 www.wsp-pb.com/WSP-Canada Rebuilding Fort McMurray 2017-1
index to advertisers ACDEN Environmental................................................33, 35, 37
Advantage Learning Solutions................................................61
Heavy North............................................................................... 6 & 7
Akron Engineering....................................................................... 43
Hertz Equipment Rentals............................................................ 11
Alberta Blue Cross.........................................................................61
HVAC Solutions Ltd......................................................................19
Alcor Facilities Management....................................................21
Alpha Adroit Engineering Ltd................................................ 43
Inland Concrete Limited........................................................... 49
Alta 1 Drywall Ltd.....................................................................OBC
Kaycan..................................................................................... 40 & 41
ATB Financial................................................................................. 45
Lafarge Canada Inc.......................................................................17
Aurora Training Corp...................................................................63
Laviolette Engineering Ltd........................................................61
Bartle & Gibson Co. Ltd............................................................. 68 BFL Canada Insurance Services Inc.....................................79 Boilermakers Lodge 146............................................................62 Brock White Construction Materials....................................27 Canadian Tire...................................................................................51 Canwest Concrete........................................................................28 Casman Building Solutions...................................................... 50 Challenger Geomatics................................................................ 34 Combined Concrete Pumping................................................47 Consun Contracting Ltd............................................................23 Curved Walls Inc............................................................................33 Design 21...........................................................................................39 Driving Force....................................................................................13 E Construction Ltd.....................................................................IFC Echo Promotions Inc...................................................................63 Edmonton Kubota Ltd................................................................53 Edwards Land Surveys Ltd.......................................................33 Eecol Electric Inc.......................................................................65
Mapei Inc..........................................................................................55 MasterTech Plumbing Inc..........................................................27 Midlite Construction Ltd........................................................... 49 Nedco.................................................................................................25 Nufloors.............................................................................................47 P-Ban Concrete Pumping Ltd.................................................63 Paintearth Terrain Development............................................63 Park Derochie...................................................................................31 Petro-Canada Lubricants..........................................................57 Romeo’s Flooring & Stone....................................................... 43 Rona Inc.............................................................................................29 S.A.W.S. General Contracting..................................................67 ScotiaBank...................................................................................... 69 Solcom Ltd.......................................................................................63 Speedpro Signs Fort Mcmurray.............................................28 Stony Mountain Waste Management..................................28 Streamline Mechanical................................................................39
Empire Drywall Ltd.......................................................................35
T&B’s Glass & Door Ltd..............................................................26
Taurus Site Services Inc.............................................................33
Enterprise Holdings Incorporated...................................4 & 5
Tazi Electric Ltd.............................................................................26
The Clearwater Suite Hotel......................................................65
Flett Manning Moore...................................................................39
Tru-co Structures Inc...............................................................37
TS Signs Printing & Promo.......................................................24
Fluor Constructors Canada Ltd............................................... 9
United Rentals.................................................................................. 3
Fort Mac Cleaning Services......................................................61
Viceroy Houses (2015) Ltd........................................................15
Wood Buffalo Building Supplies.............................................18
H. Wilson Industries (2010) Ltd..............................................35
YG Concrete Ltd............................................................................47
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