Board Of Directors

President: Nicole Bourque-Bouchier
Bouchier Contracting Ltd.
Nicole Bourque-Bouchier is a long-time resident of Fort McMurray and member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Nicole Bourque-Bouchier is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner of The Bouchier Group.

She has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations such as the Keyano College Foundation, Athabasca University Board of Governors, and is past-president of the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association. She currently sits on the Keyano College Board of Governors, and co-chairs the Pacesetting & Leadership Committee for the Northern Lights Health Foundation.

Nicole has been honoured with numerous accolades including the Rotary Club of Fort McMurray Oil Sands Integrity Award; nominated as the 2013 Girls Inc Woman of Inspiration; recipient of the Ernst & Young’s Oil and Gas Entrepreneur of Year Award, awarded the 2015 Alberta Women Entrepreneur’s Celebration of Achievement Award and named Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People in Alberta Venture magazine. More recently, she has been recognized as Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and accepted the MacEwan University 2016 Allard Chair in Business.

1st Vice President: Todd Pruden
Athabasca Workforce Solutions Inc.
Todd Pruden has been in Fort McMurray since December 1977. His father was a teacher and his mother worked at the College. Todd has been a teacher and a police officer and also obtained his MEd in leadership at the University of Alberta. Since starting Dreamline Promotions in 2003, Todd now has time to give back to the community where it all started. Todd also sits on the Board of CFAR (Circle for Aboriginal Relations).
2nd Vice President: Lloyd Antoine
A.P.E. Maintenance Ltd.
Lloyd Antoine is President and co-owner of A.P.E. Maintenance Ltd. which is a 100% Aboriginal owned local company that supplies oilfield, construction, maintenance and transport services to this Region.

Lloyd moved from his hometown of Fort Chipewyan to work for Syncrude for 16 years prior to starting A.P.E. Maintenance in 2008.

He loves to spend his free time boating, fishing, snowmobiling or spending time with his wife and two children at their cabin along the Athabasca River.

Lloyd has been a Full Member with NAABA since 2008 and is ready, willing and able to become actively involved to work towards NAABA’s goals, initiative and future endeavours. He believes in being open, transparent and is approachable by all who seek his input.

Secretary/Treasurer: Cheryl Alexander
C & O Consulting Ltd.
Cheryl Alexander is the President and CEO of her own Aboriginal consulting business, C & O Consulting Ltd. In addition to providing Aboriginal Awareness & Cultural Training Cheryl specializes in facilitating Strategic Planning Sessions, Team Building Workshops, and board development. Cheryl is a dynamic facilitator who has been facilitating training sessions and workshops for C&O Consulting Ltd. since 2006.

Cheryl Alexander is a Mikisew Cree First Nation member born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta. She holds a Masters Degree in Theocentric Counseling from Genesis Institute, and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University. She has been the recipient of several awards and received a nomination for the 2014/2015 Women of Inspiration Award hosted by Girls Inc of Northern Alberta and Syncrude Canada. In 2011 Cheryl was a recipient of the Leadership Award and Female Citizen of the Year Award from the Regional Aboriginal Recognition Awards Organization. A familiar face within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Cheryl was featured in the “Faces of Fort McMurray” by Wood Buffalo Big Spirit magazine, and in the “Top 40 under 40” by Connect weekly newspaper.

Cheryl is an advocate for giving back to your community and works as a volunteer for the Wood Buffalo Wellness Society and Tabernacle of Praise Church. Her diverse professional and personal experiences, along with a dynamic personality have made Cheryl an engaging Master of Ceremonies, and an intriguing keynote speaker at many events.

Last but not least, Cheryl values her commitment to her husband and three children, and is a testament to maintaining a work-life balance.

Director: Tyrone Brass
Bayzik Electrical, Valve and Instrumentation Inc.
Tyrone has been an active community member since 1988. He worked for Syncrude for 20 years, and then in March 2005 he began his business, Bayzik Electrical, Valve and Instrumentation. Tyrone became a NAABA member in May of 2005.

He has four wonderful children who are very active in academics and sports.

Tyrone is an experienced member of the NAABA Board. He volunteers many hours to the Board and has established relationships with NAABA members, the NAABA Board, Industry and community.

Leona Lepine
Peyak Mekwan Maintenance Ltd.
Leona was born and raised in Fort Chipewyan. She is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation.

She attended and graduated from Bishop Piche School in Fort Chipewyan.  She also completed her Early Childhood Development Certificate and Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Certificate at the same time achieving a Personal Achievement award on both.

Leona worked with the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) producing a local newspaper. She then went on to work as the Seniors Coordinator, for 9 years. Leona than joined Keyano College and worked as the Literacy Coordinator part time. After a couple of years she than went back to working with the elders with her band,  Mikisew Cree First Nation.  For 23 years she  submitted  local community reports to CBC Radio in Yellowknife.  Leona joined the Chip Child Development Society first as a bus driver than an instructor for Head Start then went on to be  the Director.  While working her regular daytime jobs, she also started a janitorial company working with various companies in Fort Chipewyan including: Alberta Forestry, Canada Post, RCMP, RMWB and the Northern.  After 23 years of working daytime and cleaning at night, she went to work for Syncrude as a Heavy Equipment Operator through the “Fly in Program” Heavy Equipment Operator, until she was injured.  She left Syncrude and went to work as an Admin Assistant for the Nunee Health Authority at the Nursing Station while her daughter finished high school. Her Daughter completed school graduated and then Leona decided she needed to move to help her Daughter pursue her education further, they moved to Fort McMurray and once again the janitorial field of work fell back on her lap.  She decided to form Peyak Mekwan Maintenance Ltd.  Peyak Mekwan meaning “One Feather.”  She chose a Cree name as she is fluent in her Cree language.  Leona believes in helping family, friends and her Aboriginal people with employment, therefore; her goal is to help employ Aboriginal people, and the same time working with other

Director: Adam Tatum
MXC Automotive Services
Adam is from Janvier and he is the owner of MXC Automotive Services. An upstanding father and long time family resident of Fort McMurray, Adam is dedicated, hard working and a prominent business man in the Wood Buffalo region. He believes in strengthening relationships with Industry and all business in Wood Buffalo so we all can succeed together.
Director: Jaime Harpe
TJs Group
Jaime Harpe is the President and co-owner of T.J.’s Oilfield Contracting Ltd. A company that her husband began in 2000. Jaime, a member of the Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, grew up in the community and she is fluent in the Dene Language. She, along with her husband and their five children, enjoy family time. Keeping their aboriginal traditions and culture alive important to their family.

Jaime has been a board member of the Sekweha, Fort McMurray Native Youth Hockey and believes in giving back to the region and communities. Strong communities mean a strong and healthy future for our region.

Jaime would like to contribute to the success of NAABA and its members. In assisting to provide opportunities for the current membership and the future membership as well. To assist NAABA as membership increases and to strengthen our communities and region by helping the membership to be successful.

Director: Shaun Janvier
Janvier Management Inc.
Shaun Janvier is a small business owner of Janvier Management Inc (JMI), a 100% aboriginal owned Oilfield Construction Company that started in 2009, providing security services to the energy sector and private enterprise.

He is a member of Chipewyan Prairie First Nation; he is fluent in Dene Language and is proud of his solid roots he established as a young man raised between his community and his father’s trapline where he learnt the meaning of hard work and dedication. In his spare time he and his family enjoy travelling, playing sports and the great outdoors hunting, fishing, trapping, snowmobile and mud racing.

Mr. Janvier and his wife Verna, a Metiś from Conklin have one lovely daughter Skye who reside in Conklin, lifelong residents of the region.

Shaun served two terms as a band councilor for his nation and for the past nine years has held title of IRC Director. He wanted to be a part of NAABA because he feels that with his education, knowledge and experience as a successful business owner and First Nation leader he can contribute moving the vision, prosperity, initiatives of NAABA and its members well into the future for all generations to follow as well as uphold the mission statement of our founders of NAABA’s past.