The Sustainability department oversees monitoring and program initiatives related to the environment within the Fort McKay area as well as community engagement and public consultation along with government relations with respect to development and environmental impacts. This includes such areas as water quality, air quality monitoring (and indexing), land use, the impact of industrial activity and development on the environment, cumulative effects as well as environmental research. The department is dedicated to building greater efficiency and community access to information and services while continuing Fort McKay First Nation’s tradition of longstanding relationship building with industry for the betterment of the community.
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Alvaro Pinto, Director of Sustainability
The Director of Fort McKay First Nation’s Sustainability Department, Dr. Alvaro Pinto, is an internationally educated and experienced environmental engineer. During a career that has spanned over 20 years, he has worked throughout North and South America, as well as South Africa, gaining extensive experience in health, safety, environment and community relations (HSEC) working for the oil and gas industry, as well as mining and consulting companies. In addition, he has also been instrumental in the management of institutional relations with federal, state and local HSEC agencies with respect to permitting and licensing matters as well as relations with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local communities.
After obtaining his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in Denver, Colorado in 2004, Dr. Pinto came to Canada, as a landed immigrant, to work for Albian Sands Energy at the Jackpine Mine Project in Fort McMurray. During his time with Albian Sands Energy as the HSE Manager, Dr. Pinto became highly interested in the work of the Muskeg River Mine Environment Department with Fort McKay First Nation, and visitedthe Fort McKay community. Prior to joining Fort McKay First Nation, Dr. Pinto was the Sustainability (HSEC) Corporate Director for Yamana Gold—a Canadian-based gold mining company that operates in South America (Brazil, Chile and Argentina) and North America (Mexico and the U.S.) in both opencast and underground mining. In that role, Dr. Pinto developed and oversaw HSEC programs and plans for implementation. In 2009, he completed an Executive MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC as a complement to his formal education in mining and metallurgical engineering and environmental sciences from academic institutions around the world, including the U.S., the U.K., Brazil and Sweden.