Meet our Senior Leadership Team

Chris Johnson CPA, CMA
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Johnson joined Fort McKay First Nation as CFO in November of 2018 and has resided in Alberta for 12 years and has served in a range of senior roles in the Business and Finance Sectors of Oil and Gas. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia and a CPA, CMA designation from CPA Alberta.

Previously the CFO for a large service provider in Western Canada, Alaska, and Texas, Mr. Johnson has lead teams on restructuring and strategy development in various markets. Additionally, Mr. Johnson brings operational experience in the oil and gas industry, previously working in contract negotiation and management as well as Director of Business Development.

Phone: (780) 828 5305

Alvaro Pinto
CEO Oilsands Development & Sustainability

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 visited the 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.

Phone: (780) 799 6831

Denise Wilkinson
Director, Health and Senior Services

Ms. Wilkinson joined Fort McKay First Nation as Director, Health and Senior Services in November 2019 and has resided in Fort McMurray for 12 years.

Ms. Wilkinson holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Postgraduate diploma in Cardiac Ultrasound and a Diploma in Aromatherapy.

Previous positions included Area Manager for Seniors Health with AHS, in the greater Wood Buffalo area, Chief Cardiac Scientist for a large rural facility in Australia and various management positions.

Ms. Wilkinson brings expertise to the position with experience in Health Care for over 26 years working in the Private sector, publicly funded services and working closely with Indigenous communities in Australia and Northern Alberta.

Phone: (780) 828 2456

Angela McKenzie
Director of Occupational Health Safety & Environmental (OHSE)

Angela McKenzie is a member of the Fort McKay First Nation band, born and raised, and has started with the Fort McKay First Nation in 2012 as the Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager. She introduced workplace health and safety to the Fort McKay First Nation and introduced an OHS system that has met industry standards and is COR approved, including new hire orientation, HSE daily summary reports, incident reporting matrix, disability management, supervisor and employee training job-specific training.

Angela holds an HSA and NCSO designation with the Alberta Construction Safety Association, which was obtained in 2011 while working at Atco Structures and Logistics. Angela then moved to the Fort McKay Group of Companies, where she was employed as an HSE Advisor, specifically; in the mining industry at Syncrude and Shell with Muskeg Mountain, trucking and fuel handling with Muskeg Distributors, deliveries with logistics, as well as the industrial park. While employed with Fort McKay First Nation, Angela completed her OHS Certificate, Completed various training with Worker’s Compensation board which includes ergonomics. Angela also holds a membership with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE) – Fort McMurray chapter, Women in Occupational Health and safety society as well as attends committee meetings with the Wood Buffalo safety Committee.

These valuable training, experiences, and networking have provided Angela with the necessary skills and training to continue to excel in her role. Angela’s goal is to provide the Nation and community with enough educational information to be able to a safe community and zero incidents.

Angela has also been appointed the Director of Emergency Management (DEM) and holds incident command systems certificates ICS 100, 200 300, attends training sessions and conferences with Alberta Emergency Management Agency.

Angela also commits her time to community safety initiatives and providing expertise is safety related items like safety at home, driving safety, wildlife reports, and highway/weather conditions.

Phone: (780) 828 8808

James Owl
Director of Capital Projects

James Owl is a member of the Serpent River First Nation located on the North Shore of Lake Huron. Growing up in a Small First Nation Community he always had the desire to focus on improving living conditions by sharing expertise and fostering Technical Self Reliance. This translated into a career in managing community infrastructure that has spanned 25 years.

James had a career plan that included working in Western Canada prior to retirement, so he and his wife moved from Ontario to Alberta in January of 2014 and he spent a short time working as the Director of Technical Services with the Athabasca Tribal Council before accepting an offer to work as Construction Manager for Capital Projects with the Fort Mckay First Nation. Within a few months, he became the Director of Capital Projects, then in 2016 the Executive Director. This role oversees Housing, Public Works, Major Projects and Protective Services.

Prior to making the decision to move to Alberta James spent about 20 years working as a Technical Services Specialist and Building Inspector with a number of First Nations and Tribal Councils in Ontario. From 2005 to 2008 he was appointed the President of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation, an organization responsible for providing high level technical advisory services to all First Nation Communities in Ontario.

In addition to formal employment activities, James has spent 20 years as a Contract Trainer delivering courses in Building Science, Project Management and Contract Administration for organizations including CMHC, SAIT, and ISC.

James attended Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan where he studied Fire Science. Following that, he moved on to Sault College in Sault Ste Marie Ontario where he studied Civil Engineering Technology. Although full-time formal studies concluded in 1995, he has spent some time pursuing certifications in Project Management, Construction Management, Water Treatment, and Distribution Systems, Energy Innovation, and Emerging Technologies and Indoor Air Quality Investigations.

James recently completed a Professional Designation Audit through the Project Management Institute, and is currently pursuing his PMP Designation.

Phone: (780) 828 5533

Noma Mangena
Director of Human Resources

Noma started with FMFN in December 2013 bringing over 12 years’ human resources management experience in the public sector, Oil and Gas, health care, and retail. Her role as the Executive Director Human Resources and Social is to oversee organizational development; recruitment and selection, staff training and development, Performance management, HRIS and Employee Relations, and Wellness; labour relations, employee health and benefits, and pensions.

Under her portfolio are two Social Development programs that support the marginalized population. Manages the Employment and Training program that provides information and advice to underemployed community members about employment search, career planning, and employment opportunities while connecting the job seekers to employers in the oils and gas. Noma also supervises the social assistance program works with the staff to help those able and willing to working get out of the social system and find meaningful work.

Noma has held entry-level roles and progressed to senior positions with both small and large organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Labour Relations from Athabasca University and is currently working towards a master’s in business administration and Human Resources Leadership with Fredericton University.

Phone: (780) 828 2422