Chief and Council


Chief Jim Boucher:
First elected in 1986, Chief Jim Boucher has served as Chief of the Fort McKay First Nation for 23 of the past 27 years. Throughout this time, he has also served as the Chairman of the Board for the Fort McKay Group of Companies (FMGC). The FMGC, which is 100% owned and controlled by Fort McKay First Nation, operates eight limited partnerships and is involved in a number of joint venture partnerships in the Alberta oil and gas industry.

Under Chief Boucher's vision and leadership, the FMGC has grown into one of the most successful First Nation-owned business ventures in Canada, with annual revenues in excess of $100 million. Chief Boucher was integral to the formation of the Athabasca Tribal Council, the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, and was a member of the Board of Governors for Keyano College for six years.

The Fort McKay First Nation is situated in the northeast corner of Alberta on the banks of the Athabasca River. As a young man, Chief Boucher not only recognized the importance of the environmental and cultural issues surrounding the community's location, but he also envisioned great economic opportunities. As a result, he has strategically taken advantage of Fort McKay's geographical location to enhance the community's social and economic conditions through effective partnerships with industry and government. Chief Jim Boucher believes the practice and preservation of the Fort McKay First Nation's traditional ways of life can occur simultaneously alongside continuous and long-term sustainable oil sands development.

9894.jpg Raymond Powder: Councillor

A proud Member of the Fort McKay First Nation, Raymond Powder currently holds the position of Councillor for the Fort McKay First Nation. Some of the responsibilities of Councillor Powder include reporting to membership, review and implementation of policies, financial review, budget forecasts and strategic planning for continuous growth of the Fort McKay First Nation.

Raymond attended post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan and Alberta including religious studies at Briercrest Bible College, Business Administration at Keyano College and attended Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. (SAIT). In recent years, he has furthered his education completing a certificate of Aboriginal Leadership, Governance and Management Excellence at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta.

Raymond has always felt a strong duty to give back to the First Nation in appreciation for all the support received by the Fort McKay First Nation in terms of his education and career. While serving Fort McKay, Raymond recognized the need to capacity build, and sought to ensure that he was positioned to do everything to support that aim. Raymond has devoted his career to promoting and enhancing the opportunities for his First Nation, whether through supporting education, community planning, or capacity building. Raymond's vision is for his community to become a self-sustaining, self-reliant community with improved infrastructure and valuable job opportunities for community members of all ages.

Raymond is also heavily involved in the Athabasca Tribal Council serving as Chair of their Education Committee working on different education initiatives and plans. He was also integral in developing the corporate arm of the Athabasca Tribal Council.Raymond cites working with the people of Fort Mckay, and his opportunity to make a difference one step at a time is what he values the most. What makes him proudest about the community is knowing that Fort McKay is making significant strides in creating a better life for the Nation and its people.

During his spare time, Raymond enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, watching hockey, keeping physically and spiritually fit, and enjoys time with friends and family

9992.jpg Gerald Gladue: Councillor and Director
Mr. Gerald Gladue has been a councillor for the past 8 years with the Fort McKay First Nations Chief and Council. Gerald has over 25 years' experience with the Fort McKay Group of Companies LP, he joined the Suncor site in 1988 as Janitorial and Labour. Gerald's skill set is very diverse allowing him to work with several different divisions within the group, ranging from Supervisory role at Suncor to the trucking division, and the Fort McKay trucking and gravel division to driving heavy equipment. Mr. Gladue has been a board member with the Fort McKay Group of Companies LP Board of Director's since 1996. Gerald has been married for 20 years and was born and raised in Fort McKay with 2 daughters and 1 grandson. Mr. Gladue is a strong believer in growing success within his community and promoting aboriginal people to leadership roles within their groups.
siluette-02.png Peggy Lacorde: Councillor
siluette-02.png Crystal McDonald: Councillor 





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