Wood Buffalo Environmental Association Elects Aboriginal, Industry, Government and ENGO Members to Governance Committee

Wood Buffalo Environmental Association Elects Aboriginal, Industry, Government 
and ENGO Members to Governance Committee 
FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/13/14 --   The Wood
Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) elected a new Governance
Committee at the Association's 16th Annual General Members meeting on
Wednesday in Fort McMurray. Made up of two Aboriginal members, three
industry members, one government member and one environmental
non-government member, the new Governance Committee is a
well-balanced, multi-sector representation of WBEA's entire
membership. 
Diane Phillips, Syncrude Canada Ltd., will remain WBEA President,
while Peter Fortna, Conklin Resource Development Advisory Committee
(CRDAC), steps into the Vice President role. Doug Johnson, Athabasca
Oil Corp., takes on the Secretary/Treasurer role, and Michael Aiton,
Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development remains as a
Director. Natasha Rowden, MEG Energy, Andrew Read, Pembina Institute,
and Linda Aidnell, Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation (CPDFN), all
join the WBEA Governance Committee as new Directors. 
Of her new position, Linda Aidnell said, "I am honoured to be
representing CPDFN at the WBEA Governance Committee table. Our
presence at the table will be beneficial to promote monitoring
activities in the southern part of the region. As a First Nation
representative, this gives us a voice to bring forward community
concerns." 
Andrew Read, Pembina Institute, said, "I'm happy to represent
Pembina's interests at the WBEA table. WBEA serves a critical role in
connecting the technical experts with the community to ensure that
environmental monitoring meets the needs and expectations of local
stakeholders. With Alberta and Canada redefining the provincial
environmental monitoring system, it is essential to maintain WBEA as
a model of how to undertake environmental monitoring effectively." 
New WBEA Vice President, Peter Fortna of CRDAC, looks forward to his
new role. "I am pleased to be returning to the WBEA Governance
Committee as Vice President. WBEA does very important environmental
monitoring work in this region, and I certainly hope that the role
and voice of local Metis communities is taken seriously by the
provincial and federal governments going forward." 
WBEA President, Diane Phillips continues her position with passion
and dedication to WBEA and its success. "I am excited and looking
forward to working with the talented individuals on the new
Governance Committee. Their active participation will be critical to
our ongoing success." 
WBEA Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Percy, is pleased with the
balanced make-up of the new Governance Committee. "Each member of our
Governance Committee brings an important voice and perspective to the
table. Having Aboriginal, industry, government and ENGO
representation at the governance level will help ensure that we
continue to have consistent and meaningful regional stakeholder
engagement in technical planning." 
Background Information: 
The Governance Committee meets monthly and is made up of seven
representatives from WBEA's larger General Membership: 


 
 
--  Diane Phillips, Syncrude Canada Ltd. - WBEA President
--  Peter Fortna, Conklin Resource Development Advisory Committee (CRDAC) -
    Vice President
--  Doug Johnson, Athabasca Oil Corp. - Secretary/Treasurer
--  Linda Aidnell, Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation (CPDFN) - WBEA
    Director
--  Michael Aiton, Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development -
    WBEA Director
--  Andrew Read, Pembina Institute - WBEA Director
--  Natasha Rowden, MEG Energy - WBEA Director

  
Contacts:
Melissa Pennell
WBEA Communications
780-977-8440
mpennell@wbea.org
 
 
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