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Appointments and recruitments ahead for Keyano College’s Board of Governors

Two familiar faces return for short-term special appointment and four positions to be recruited in months ahead.

Author: Eden Boutilier/Wednesday, August 17, 2016/Categories: Keyano College General

(Fort McMurray, AB – August 17, 2016) – Nicole Bourque-Bouchier and Brent Davis have been reappointed to the Keyano College Board of Governors. Also added to the Board as the student representative is Fatima Dhooma.

Ms. Bourque-Bouchier and Mr. Davis had served the Board until April 2016. The reappointments, through an Order in Council by the Government of Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, are special appointments and will last until December 7, 2016. Ms. Dhooma is the most recently elected President of the Students’ Association of Keyano College and will serve through the full 2016-2017 academic year.

“I am pleased to welcome back Nicole and Brent, and welcome Fatima,” said Keyano College Board of Governor Chair Kara Flynn. “Having two members reappointed will ensure continuity at the governance level during this period of wildfire recovery. We also look forward to the recruitment of several new Board members in the months ahead.”

“As we work to get Keyano College back up and running, having Board members who are familiar with our operations helps bring stability to the organization,” says Keyano College Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Tracy Edwards. “Nicole and Brent are strong supporters of the work of the College and outstanding community members. As well, in my short time at Keyano, I have been impressed with the level of commitment and involvement of our student representatives and I look forward to working with Fatima this year.”

Please see below for biographies of the three appointments below.

Members of the Board are responsible for: governing Keyano College; formulating policies that enable the Board to make prudent decisions on fiscal and academic matters; establishing the purpose and vision of Keyano College; and stewarding the academic, financial and social well-being of Keyano College and post-secondary education in the region. The Board is comprised of Government of Alberta appointed positions and in addition to public members and a student representative, a representative from the Keyano College Faculty Association, CUPE, and the College’s President sit on the Board.

The Board of Governors will be recruiting four Public Members over the next several months. Two positions are presently available, with an additional two positions opening in December 2016. Appointments last three years and are not paid positions. The candidate application, evaluation, and appointment process is conducted by the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Advanced Education.  The openings are currently online at, and may be found under job number 1037609 or using key word ‘Keyano’ in the Advanced Search or by visiting here. 

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Nicole Bourque-Bouchier

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Owner | The Bouchier Group


A long-time resident of Fort McMurray and member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Nicole Bourque-Bouchier is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner of The Bouchier Group.


She has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations such as the Keyano College Foundation, Athabasca University Board of Governors, and is past-president of the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association. She currently sits on the Keyano College Board of Governors, and co-chairs the Pacesetting & Leadership Committee for the Northern Lights Health Foundation.


Nicole has been honoured with numerous accolades including the Rotary Club of Fort McMurray Oil Sands Integrity Award; nominated as the 2013 Girls Inc. Woman of Inspiration; recipient of the Ernst & Young’s Oil and Gas Entrepreneur of Year Award, awarded the 2015 Alberta Women Entrepreneur’s Celebration of Achievement Award and named Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People in Alberta Venture magazine. More recently, she has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and accepted the MacEwan University 2016 Allard Chair in Business.



Brent Davis
Vice President, Oil Sands | Finning Canada

Over his 25 year career with Finning, Brent Davis has held a variety of roles, ranging from frontline customer service and sales positions to senior management posts.

Brent joined Finning Canada in 1985 in Victoria where he successfully completed his degree in economics from the University of Victoria while working full time as a junior level employee.

Since that time, he has served as parts lead hand at Fort Nelson, product support sales representative at Grande Prairie, general line salesperson at Mackenzie and, for five years, as Syncrude account manager.

In 2003, Brent was named mining industry products and services sales manager. Two years later he was appointed as general manager, coal/base metals with overall Canadian mining marketing responsibilities and leadership of the NWT and Yukon operations.

In 2007, Brent was appointed general manager health and safety for Finning Canada, responsible for leading the safety culture of our Canadian operations. Brent returned to the oilsands in 2009 as the general manager of oilsands operations and in February 2013 he became Vice President of the Oil Sands Region.

Always active in the community, Brent has volunteered in minor hockey and baseball for many years. Brent is a past member of boards and industry organizations including Finning’s representative on the Mining Industry Advisory Counsel at the University of Alberta. Currently, Brent is on the boards of Vista Ridge and the Board of Governors with Keyano College in Fort McMurray.

Finning Canada is a division of Finning International Inc., the world's largest Caterpillar equipment dealer, which has been delivering unrivaled service to customers since 1933. Finning sells, rents and services equipment and engines to help customers maximize productivity. Headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., the company operates in western Canada, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, as well as in the United Kingdom and Ireland.



Fatima Dhooma
Student Representative

Enrolled in her third year of University Studies, Fatima is the President of the Student’s Association of Keyano College (SAKC) for the 2016-17 term and also serves as the official student representative on the College Board of Governors.

Her vision is to continue the SAKC’s involvement in our College community by providing meaningful support to the student body, encouraging their achievements, and addressing their concerns. Her first priority is the well-being of Keyano students. With the help of the SAKC team, and through collaboration from across the College, she looks forward to being a strong voice for students and is committed to ensuring a positive and rewarding student experience at Keyano.


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