Chief Jim Boucher, Canadian Energy Person of the Year
Credits:Fort McKay First Nation
Published on Jan 24, 2019
Chief Jim Boucher has been and continues to be, one of the most influential people in Canada, and one of its most successful Indigenous leaders. The Energy Council of Canada is delighted to recognize him as the 2018 Canadian Energy Person of the Year in Calgary this November. When elected as Chief of the Fort McKay First Nation, Jim Boucher recognized that the community’s proximity to the oil sands not only presented problems, but also offered ample opportunities for his people. He immediately and effectively began to build a relationship with the oil industry and all levels of government to address the community’s social and economic conditions, facilitate proper consultation, and most importantly, advocate the rights of his people. As a successful Board Chairman, Chief Boucher has developed and sustained successful First Nation-owned businesses that create economic wealth and opportunities by leading the Fort McKay First Nation majority-owned businesses and the 100 per cent band-owned and operated Fort McKay Group of Companies (FMGOC) to grow into one of the most successful First Nation-owned business ventures in Canada. Together, they earned an average gross annual revenue of $1.7 billion in the last 5 years. Chief Boucher believes the greatest accomplishment to date under his leadership, remains the signing of Fort McKay’s Treaty Land Entitlement Settlement Agreement in 2003.