Meet Our Team
Mathieu Leger: Chief Executive Officer
With over 21 years of industry experience, Mathieu Leger began his career 16 years ago with Fort McKay Group of Companies LP (FMGOC) and is an avid supporter of the Fort McKay First Nation community.
Mathieu started at FMGOC in 2001 as a truck driver and quickly advanced to Operations Manager of Logistics where he managed the Logistics, Environment, Warehouse, Mailroom, Fuel Hauling, and Transportation departments. He was then promoted to Executive Director of Operations which he held for 5 years before taking on the role of interim CEO in both 2012 and again later in 2013.
From 2014 to 2018, Mathieu was a strong addition to the Logistics division as the General Manager, overseeing the growth of the business and securing long-term contracts. Recently Mathieu has been promoted as Interim Chief Executive Officer for the FMGOC.
As part of his role, Mathieu develops strategies to lead the Fort McKay Businesses by understanding, defining, developing & implementing processes. He also ensures the effective management of inventory and assets in relation to business profitability and the management of contracts for quality delivery performance, while overseeing costs and budgets and implementing solutions that measure performance.
Mathieu’s accomplishments and expertise have assisted to gain new business while creating lasting partnerships with industry leaders. His positive outlook and leadership skills have transferred to all employees from management to frontline staff. He has positioned several divisions to be an asset to all companies developing in the Alberta Oil Sands; ensuring success for years to come.
Marguerite MacDonald: Chief Financial Officer
Marguerite MacDonald joined Fort McKay Group of Companies LP in 2010 as Accounting Manager. Marguerite has over 26 years’ experience in finance and construction industries; 15 years in civil construction prior to arriving in Fort McMurray and 10 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas sector.
Marguerite’s persistence and dedication to the finance department resulted in progressive internal promotions, culminating in her current position of Chief Financial Officer. Marguerite received her Bachelor of Marketing and Management from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia and is a member of the Alberta Certified General Accountant Association.
Marguerite is a great leader and believes in building today for a better tomorrow.
Robert Cochrane: General Manager
Robert, originally from St John’s, Newfoundland started his career with Fort McKay Group of Companies LP in 2007 and in 2008 he received the Employee of the Year Award for Logistics.
During his time with the organization, Robert has worked in several areas of the company including; trucking, warehousing and project management; learning as much as he could each step along the way. This supported his successful completion of the National Construction Safety Officer, NCSO certificate at the Alberta Construction Safety Association, ACSA in 2009. Furthering his career path in Safety, he became a Supervisor on the Syncrude site under the Logistics division. Since that time he’s also completed his Certificate in Union Contract Negotiations and is working on finishing his designation to be a Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP).
In 2014 Robert accepted the position of Operations Manager for Logistics, encompassing overseeing all client contracts, new work opportunities, and commercial needs while managing 400 employees, account managers, and terminal manager under his responsibilities. Since then Robert has been promoted to Interim General Manager where he applies a strong expertise in data-driven, long-term strategic planning with the leadership and general management of the company.
Robert promotes working hard and doing the right thing. He values the advice his Father gave him at 18 years old, “Change is constant. Always be prepared for that. Embrace it and it will carry you into great success."
Tanya Solomone: Health, Safety & Environment Manager
Tanya Solomone is the Health, Safety & Environment Manager for the Fort McKay Group of Companies LP. Tanya completed her Environmental Technology diploma in 2005; furthering her education Tanya became certified with completion of a National Construction Safety Officer, NSCO designation in 2011 and obtained her Occupational Health and Safety Certificate in 2012. Tanya started with Fort McKay Group of Companies LP in 2005 as an Environmental Technician and soon became an embedded Environmental Specialist in 2008 with Shell Canada.
Developing her safety career Tanya became an HSE Advisor responsible for the environmental and trucking division at Syncrude site. Currently the HSE Manager Tanya has over 9 years' experience in Health, Safety & Environment ensuring compliance with all applicable safety legislation. Tanya has received several awards since joining the company ranging from; Safety Excellence, to Team Player of the Year, as well as Employee of the Year.
Dawn Davis: Human Resource Manager
A Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band Member, Dawn moved to the Wood Buffalo Region in 2007 and immediately started working with the Fort McKay Group of Companies Human Resources Department. Dawn graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 2004 from Saint Mary's University in Nova Scotia, with a double major in Human Resource Management and Marketing, along with a Certificate in Human Resources. She went on to study Indigenous Leadership and Management, is a member of the Canadian Aboriginal Human Resources Management Association, and also continues to study the ever-changing Human Resources field.
After spending a couple of years in the insurance industry and the Health and Safety field, she moved into the Human Resources field to follow her field of study. Currently the Human Resource Manager, she is dedicated to hard work and leadership for the whole group. Dawn promotes aboriginal employment, retention, success, and development believes in continuing education and the role of Human Resources as a strategic partner for business development and enhancement.
Kristen Kane: Operations Manager, Logistics
Kristen joined Fort McKay Logistic LP in 2005 in the role of a dispatcher. She quickly worked her way up in the organization in the areas of transportation and warehousing services. In 2008 she was promoted to Team Lead for the warehouse division and again in 2011 as the Team Lead for transportation. In 2013, her career was advanced again to Supervisor for a supply chain contract and as of 2014, she began acting in the role of an Account Manager.
Her varied background in material handling, safety, trucking, and supervision, provided the perfect foundation for her current role of Interim Operations Manager for Logistics. She has developed a strong and constant foundation for logistics that allowed us to grow our client relations. She is responsible for the overall resource management, supply chain operations and identifying opportunities for logistics operation improvements.
Since then she has received training in Leadership for Safety Excellence, Basic Instruction Techniques, Principles of Health & Safety and Operational Health & Safety Legislation Awareness.
Outside of work, Kristen enjoys spending time camping - relaxing with friends and family around a campfire.
Jamie Rice: Business Development Manager
Jamie offers a history of success spearheading all facets of operations management in multiple companies and accounts. By applying strong business acumen, systems acuity, process dedication, and leadership, Jamie is an advocate for delivering operational excellence.
Jamie has recently been promoted to Business Development Manager for Fort McKay Logistics focusing on the overall success of new business opportunities and client relations. Jamie is distinguished by his passion for business, his focus on collaborative team-building, and his commitment to meeting customer and market demands.
When Jamie is not busy at the office you can find him outdoors, hiking, biking, snowboarding or playing golf.
Matt Spurrell: Account Manager
Matt joined Fort McKay Trucking in 2006 as a labourer on a fuel truck. In 2008, Matt completed his class 1 drivers license and started hauling fuel for Fort McKay using a Super B. Shortly after that, Matt was promoted to Team Leader and managed the employees who serviced all of the support equipment at Syncrude site.
In 2012, Matt changed departments to Fort McKay Logistics where he managed a team of truck drivers and serviced Syncrude’s delivery of materials. Two years later when Fort McKay Logistics was awarded the Supply Chain Management contract at Syncrude, Matt was promoted to Supervisor. Matt’s responsibilities included overseeing the day to day operation of the tool cribs, shipping/ receiving, and deliveries of all material destined for Syncrude site.
In June 2018 Matt was promoted to Interim Account Manager of the Syncrude Integrated Supply Chain Management account.
When Matt isn’t working, he likes to spend his time outdoors doing activities such as; riding his motorcycle, mountain biking, snowboarding, golfing, hiking, jogging or walking trails with his dog.