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Chief Jim Boucher of the Fort McKay First Nation

chief-Jim-Boucher-interviewRelease Date: October  9, 2013  NationTalk Interviews Chief Jim Boucher of the Fort McKay First Nation .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.

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