January 8, 2013

Fort McMurray, Alberta – A representative of the Fort McKay Métis community was elected to the Governance Committee of the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) in December 2012.

Peter Fortna, Manager of Sustainable Development with the Fort McKay Métis has joined WBEA’s Governance Committee as the new Secretary/Treasurer.

WBEA Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Percy, is pleased to have Peter on board. Dr. Percy said, “I welcome Peter as our newest member of the WBEA Governance Committee. Peter has been attending WBEA general and committee meetings and has a very good understanding WBEA’s Mission and Values. The Métis community is a very important stakeholder within WBEA, and we are glad to have the Métis perspective represented at our boardroom table.”

Of his new position, Fortna said, “I am looking forward to taking on a more active role within WBEA. Environmental monitoring is something that is very near and dear to the Fort McKay Métis, and I am proud to represent their interests at the WBEA table.”

The Fort McKay Métis people are members of the community of Fort McKay and their growing and diverse membership is represented by the Fort McKay Métis Community, a not-for-profit society incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act (www.fortmckaymetis.com).


The Governance Committee is made up of seven representatives from WBEA’s larger General Membership:

Diane Phillips, Syncrude Canada Ltd. – WBEA President

Nick Veriotes, Total E&P Canada Ltd. – Vice President

Peter Fortna, Fort McKay Métis Community – Secretary/Treasurer

Daniel Stuckless, Fort McKay Sustainability Department – WBEA Director

Lance Miller, Devon – WBEA Director

Michael Aiton, Alberta Environment – WBEA Director

Angela Pohl, Suncor Energy – WBEA Director

WBEA is made up of 28 member organizations:

  • Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
  • Cenovus Energy
  • Conoco Phillips Canada
  • Devon Canada Corp
  • Energy Resources Conservation Board
  • Environment Canada
  • Finning
  • Fort McKay First Nation
  • Fort McKay Metis Local 63
  • Fort McMurray Environmental Association
  • Hammerstone Corporation
  • Health Canada
  • Husky Energy
  • Imperial Exxon-Mobil Oil
  • MEG Energy
  • Nexen Inc.
  • Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development
  • Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Saskatchewan Environment
  • Shell Albian Sands
  • Statoil Canada Ltd.
  • Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Sunshine Oilsands Ltd.
  • Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • Total Canada