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Keyano College’s Board of Governors welcomes four new members

The Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members as well as the new Students’ Association of Keyano College President.

Author: Melissa Munn/Tuesday, April 11, 2017/Categories: Keyano College General

(Fort McMurray, AB – April 5, 2017) – Tyrone Brass, Brad Callihoo and Matthew Creighton have been appointed to the Keyano College Board of Governors.

The three community leaders were appointed to three-year terms through Orders in Council by Alberta Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell. Amna Nadeem will join the trio on the Board after being elected President of the Students’ Association of Keyano College. She will serve through the full 2017 – 2018 academic year.

“I am pleased to welcome Tyrone, Brad and Matthew to the Board,” said Keyano College Board of Governor Chair Kara Flynn. “Their background, knowledge and leadership will prove invaluable to the Board over the next three years.”

“We are delighted to welcome Tyrone, Brad, Matthew and Amna to our Board,” said Keyano College President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Tracy Edwards. “Their experience and backgrounds will bring diverse skills and perspectives to our table. We have always had great student representatives on our Board and I am sure Amna will continue this tradition.”

Members of the Board are responsible for: governing Keyano; formulating policies 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 composed of eight public positions appointed by the Government of Alberta. The Board also includes a representative from the Student Association of Keyano College, a representative from the Keyano College Faculty Association, a representative from CUPE and the College President.

In the coming months, the Board of Governors will recruit a new Board Chair to replace Ms. Flynn, whose term expires in July, as well as additional public vacancies as required based on expiry dates.  Appointments typically last three years and are unpaid positions. The candidate application, evaluation and appointment process is conducted by the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Advanced Education.  New opportunities are posted online at, as well as on the Keyano College Website at

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Tyrone Brass

Owner/Manager/President | Bayzik Oils and Services Inc.

A long-time resident of Fort McMurray, Tyrone Brass has harnessed the lessons learned growing up on Key Indian Reserve No. 368 in Saskatchewan and built a successful business and raised a family of four in the Wood Buffalo region.

Tyrone has served as an Executive Board member of NAABA, establishing and maintaining strong relationships with community leaders in our region.  He has also spent time volunteering in elementary and junior high schools to share his life story and excite and educate students about the opportunities available in this region. 

As a Journey Certified Instrument Tech and Electrician, his educational experience as an apprentice within the trades provides a unique guiding perspective on the Board of Governors as we plan program strategies to meet industry and community needs.   As a graduate of Keyano College, he is a strong supporter of education and life-long learning and has been a champion of the College within our community.


Brad Callihoo

Chief Executive Officer | Fort McMurray #468 First Nation

As Chief Executive Officer for the Fort McMurray #468 First Nation, Brad Callihoo brings the unique perspective of the educational needs specific to First Nations communities in our region.  Brad previously worked in industry as an Aboriginal Liaison, giving him the opportunity to serve on both sides of the table to establish and build relationships.  From Keyano College’s perspective, these partnerships position him well for ensuring the College is providing relevant training to its students and in particular, its aboriginal population, to prepare them for long-term success within their region.

As a football coach, Brad has been actively involved in the positive development of youth in our region through sport.  His continued involvement through participation on the Keyano College Board of Governors displays his strong commitment to the betterment of our youth through advanced education.


Matthew Creighton

President | Matthew J. Creighton Professional Corporation

Matthew Creighton has been actively engaged in supporting the community since moving to Fort McMurray in 2009.  Matthew has helped create and sustain excellence in governance and sound financial management as a member on various boards and committees.  As a member of the Keyano College Foundation Board of Directors, he has provided financial oversight while also contributing creative solutions to fundraising during difficult economic times.

Matthew’s education and professional work experience in financial management make his addition to the Board of Governors very timely, as Keyano continues to work through the challenges associated with our region’s current economic realities.  Strong financial governance will be key for the College to ensure a sustainable path going forward.  Matthew’s volunteer commitment to ensuring the success of not-for-profits in our region lends itself to positioning Keyano for a bright future.


Amna Nadeem

President | Student Association of Keyano College

Enrolled in the Business Management Program at Keyano College, Amna was elected President of the Student’s Association of Keyano College (SAKC) for the 2017-18 term. She also serves as the official student representative on the College Board of Governors.

SAKC continues to provide meaningful support to the student body, encourages achievement, and addresses concerns to ensure student enjoy a positive and rewarding experience at the college.  With the support of the SAKC team, and through collaborative efforts across the college and wider community, Keyano College students continue to have strong representation and input into the educational requirements necessary for prolonged success and life-long learning. 



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