Board of Governors

Maggie Farrington, a respected community leader, lawyer and compassionate Indigenous advocate, is the chair of the Board of Governors at Keyano College.

Following an open recruitment competition, Farrington was selected as the successful candidate for board chair. She is the CEO of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and previously served as CEO of the Athabasca Tribal Council. In addition to her advocacy within the Indigenous community, she was a criminal litigator for several years, working as both an assistant Crown attorney and as a defence lawyer.

Board of Governors

 Maggie Farrington - Chair
Maggie Farrington is the CEO of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and previously served as CEO of the Athabasca Tribal Council. In addition to her advocacy within the Indigenous community, she was a criminal litigator for several years, working as both an assistant Crown attorney and as a defence lawyer.

She has demonstrated excellence in community-building and Indigenous issues, and has extensive leadership experience

She has a wealth of volunteer experience and is a publicly elected director on the national board of Colleges and Institutes of Canada. She also serves as the chair of the Wood Buffalo Housing board of directors. Previously, she was vice-chair of the Wood Buffalo Wildfire Recovery Committee and director of Aboriginal and Rural Relations for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

She holds both a bachelor of arts and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Arts in organization leadership from Gonzaga University.

Trent Keough - President and CEO

Dr. Trent Keough has been working as a senior administrator in the Alberta postsecondary education system since 2006. He has more than 25 years’ experience in college/university transfer education.

Trent has held positions of: Instructor, Coordinator, Chair, Dean, Campus Administrator, Regional Director, Vice President Academic, and President & CEO.

Besides Alberta, Trent has lived and worked in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Qatar.  He is a vision-based thinker and a leader who focuses on innovation, excellence, and creativity. He is self-described as hard-wired to 'see' differently, to identify patterns and opportunities otherwise ignored or overlooked, and he has always used his talents to leverage for social infrastructure growth in college communities.

As a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Rural Development Network, Dr. Keough has been a champion for improvements to student mental health supports. During his decade in Alberta Trent has engaged extensively with First Nations and Metis peoples and has engendered effective relationships with leaders in industry, business and government. 

 Brent Davis - Public Member
Over a 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.

 Tyrone Brass - Public Member
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.

 Peter Fortna - Public Member
Peter Fortna is a Principal Consultant at Willow Springs Strategic Solutions. In this position he has helped a number of Indigenous organizations chart new courses in the fields of strategic planning, regulatory engagement, communications, and heritage resource management. Through working with a diverse range of clients in Northeastern Alberta, Peter has had the opportunity to develop and refine a broad range of skills in coordinating, managing, and evaluating community-based projects, utilizing community-based research methodologies to ensure clients make informed decisions and develop effective programs. He has also taken this diverse skill set and applied it to a number of not-for-profit initiatives and currently serves as Vice President of the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association and on the Board of Directors for the Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation.

Peter holds a BA in History with a minor in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Calgary, an MA in History from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and has a PhD (ABD) in History and Classics from the University of Alberta.

 Matthew Creighton
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.

 Nadine Rimmer - Faculty Representative
Dr.  Rimmer is the Keyano College Faculty Association elected member to the Board of Governors in May 2017.  She currently teaches nursing in the School of University Studies, Career Programs and Academic Upgrading.

Dr. Rimmer is a 1988 Nursing Diploma Graduate from Keyano College. She completed her BScN from the University of Alberta and a Master of Nursing from the University of Southern Queensland.  Nadine just completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice with distinction from Capella University in March 2017.

Dr. Rimmer currently resides in Fort McMurray.

 Prasan Naik - Non-Academic Staff Representative
A key member of Keyano College’s Information Technology Systems department, Prasan Naik has been the college’s Application System Analyst since 2014, providing analytical and technical support and improving business processes for college departments. Prior to that, he served as a Financial System Administrator and as an instructor for Keyano College.