Fort McKay Group of Companies LP

Senior Management and Divisional Managers

Mathieu Leger: General Manager Logistics

With over 21 years of industry experience, Mathieu Leger began his career 18 years ago with Fort McKay Group of Companies LP (FMGOC) and is an avid supporter of the Fort McKay First Nation community.

Mathieu started at FMGOC in 2001 as a truck driver and quickly advanced to Operations Manager of Logistics where he managed the Logistics, Environment, Warehouse, Mailroom, Fuel Hauling, and Transportation departments. Mathieu is a strong addition to the Logistics division as General Manager, overseeing the growth of the business and securing long term contracts. 

As part of his role, Mathieu develops strategies to lead the business by understanding, defining, developing & implementing processes. He also ensures the effective management of inventory and assets in relation to business profitability and the management of contracts for quality delivery performance, while overseeing costs and budgets and implementing solutions that measure performance.

Mathieu’s accomplishments and expertise have assisted to gain new business while creating lasting partnerships with industry leaders. His positive outlook and leadership skills have transferred to all employees from management to front line staff. He has positioned several divisions to be an asset to all companies developing in the Alberta Oil Sands; ensuring success for years to come.

 

Fadi Mrouwe: Operations Manager, Syncrude

Now bringing over 13 years of mining experience to his team, Fadi began his career with Fort McKay Group of Companies (FMGOC) in 2011 as a heavy equipment operator at Syncrude Aurora. He was promoted to a full-time team lead position within a year. As a team lead, he oversaw multiple projects and crews. In 2014, Fadi accepted an interim general foreman role and by late 2015 was appointed the interim mine manager at Syncrude Base Mine. He has been the mine operations manager since September 2014. As the Mine Operations Manager, Fadi oversees the embedded workforce at within Syncrude Mining.

Previous to joining the FMGOC, Fadi held a supervisor role with another mining contractor company at Syncrude Aurora for over 5 years, where he was responsible for overseeing the completion of winter reclamation amongst other projects.

Fadi's knowledge base is extensive in routine and non-routine operations of multiple equipment types, client relations as well as mining processes such as reclamation, one-off project work, and embedded operations.

Recently Fadi achieved the Project Management Profession (PMP) designation and is currently working on completing the Construction Management Program through Keyano College in Fort McMurray. Previously Fadi completed a degree program in Computer Systems Management.

Though originally from Lebanon, he now lives in Fort McMurray with his wife and 2 children on a permanent basis.

Robert Cochrane: Operations Manager, Logistics, Edmonton

Robert, originally from St John’s, Newfoundland started his career with Fort McKay Group of Companies LP in 2007 and in 2008 he received the Employee of the Year Award for Logistics.

During his time with the organization, Robert has worked in several areas of the company including; trucking, warehousing and project management; learning as much as he could each step along the way. This supported his successful completion of the National Construction Safety Officer, NCSO certificate at the Alberta Construction Safety Association, ACSA in 2009. Furthering his career path in Safety, he became a Supervisor on the Syncrude site under the Logistics division. Since that time he’s also completed his Certificate in Union Contract Negotiations and is working on finishing his designation to be a Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP).

In 2014 Robert accepted the position of Operations Manager for Logistics, encompassing overseeing all client contracts, new work opportunities, and commercial needs while managing 400 employees, account managers, and terminal manager under his responsibilities. Robert applies a strong expertise in data-driven, long-term strategic planning with the leadership and general management of the company.

Robert promotes working hard and doing the right thing. He values the advice his Father gave him at 18 years old, “Change is constant. Always be prepared for that. Embrace it and it will carry you into great success”.

Kristen Kane: Operations Manager, Logistics, Fort McMurray

Kristen joined Fort McKay Logistic LP in 2005 in the role of a dispatcher. She quickly worked her way up in the organization in the areas of transportation and warehousing services. In 2008 she was promoted to Team Lead for the warehouse division and again in 2011 as the Team Lead for transportation. In 2013, her career was advanced again to Supervisor for a supply chain contract and as of 2014, she began acting in the role of an Account Manager.

Her varied background in material handling, safety, trucking, and supervision, provided the perfect foundation for her role of Account Manager for Logistics. She has developed a strong and constant foundation for logistics that allowed us to grow our client relations. She is responsible for the overall resource management, supply chain operations and identifying opportunities for logistics operation improvements.

Since then she has received training in Leadership for Safety Excellence, Basic Instruction Techniques, Principles of Health & Safety and Operational Health & Safety Legislation Awareness.

Outside of work, Kristen enjoys spending time camping - relaxing with friends and family around a campfire.

Brad Ramstead: Bison Ranch Manager

Brad started working for Fort McKay Group of Companies (FMGOC) in March 1995 and has been part of the growing company for over 20 years. He holds the longest tenure of any current FMGOC employee.

Born and raised in Alberta, Brad spent his early years learning about wildlife, environment and all facets of resource management. He graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 1986 with B.Sc. in biological sciences and in from LCC in 1988, with his MSc equivalent in Renewable Resource Management. Early work as a biologist with the Alberta government and the National park system eventually brought him to Fort McMurray in 1991.

Brad worked as reclamation scientist at Syncrude and became directly involved in the new project of utilizing wood bison to test the reclamation successes and the formation of Beaver Creek Wood Bison ranch in 1993. Working the reclamation component of the bison ranch in the early years led into a supervisory and then Operations Manager of Environment. The unique project has been successful through operating a functional bison ranch under the web of oil sands safety protocols and systems. Finding the balance with safety in daily tasks is the forefront of each successful day.

The Bison Ranch is almost 25 years old and has reached a safety milestone, making it free of any recordable injuries for 13 years in May 2017. This is a true testament to its success. Seeing the bison thrive on this landscape makes it a reward to come to work each day.

Johnathan Grant: General Manager, Strategic Services 

Jonathan is a long term resident of Fort McMurray and has been involved with heavy construction for almost 20 years. He has experience in projects ranging from $50,000 to $100M, including reclamation, overburden, haul road construction, MSE walls, light vehicle and pipeline corridors, and site prep. He has also been the regional manager for one of western Canada’s largest and oldest petrochemical maintenance and facility firm with responsibility for Wood Buffalo.

Jonathan started with a large contractor in the oilsands and progressed from project manager to operations manager eventually managing a team of approximately 400 people over several projects. He was fortunate to have outstanding individuals in the team and focused on developing talented and committed members to provide the flexibility needed for success in the region. He had oversight of both the operations and maintenance for sites and is looking forward to working with the team to identify and support the long term vision for the company.

A significant goal is to expand the range of work that Fort McKay Group will offer and to build a team focused on providing service and value in the small to medium range heavy civil market.

David Armstrong: Health, Safety & Environment Manager

David started in August 2019 after successfully overseeing a mining Joint Venture in the Oil Sands as Regional HSET Manager. David brings over 25 years’ experience both locally and internationally with 12 of those years across Canada in Oil and gas, both upstream and downstream with key clients.

David brings a strong Safety and business operations management background with a solid safety and solutions-driven relationship manager with extensive theoretical and hands-on operational experience in health and safety management systems, inspection, investigation and enforcement methods, as well as team leadership, training, project coordination and execution in the resources sector most recently in the mining industry.

David has held senior management positions with some of the larger international companies and his strengths are advising and supporting sites and leadership in the consistent and practical application of the health and safety strategy.

David’s Capacity to interpret new safety legislation and develop change management plans comes with a proven track record in providing strategic direction on the planning, development, administration and management of organizational operations and safety policies, programs, systems, risk along with a passion for coaching and mentoring at all levels of the business.

Irene Wehler: Human Resource Manager

Irene started with FMGOC in August bringing over 30 years’ human resources management experience in Oil and Gas both upstream and downstream, health care, manufacturing and biotechnology. 

Irene has held senior positions with both small and large corporations, with a focus on building the human resources function.  Irene’s focus with the organization is advising and supporting sites and leadership in the consistent and practical application of the human resources strategy as it applies to a First Nations company.

 

Bobby Shott: Business Development Manager

Bobby joined the company recently with over 20 years of industry experience in oil and gas. A member of Fort McKay First Nation, Bobby has held multiple positions within the industry from laborer to business owner. He was a employee of FMGOC in the past and has came back to help develop our company for success.

Bobby's goal is to lead the company's sales and development initiatives across the organization and grow the organization for the betterment and prosperity of his community.

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