First elected in 1986, Chief Jim Boucher has served as Chief of the Fort McKay First Nation for 27 of the past 30 years. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Fort McKay Group of Companies (FMGOC). The FMGOC, which is 100% owned and controlled by Fort McKay First Nation, operates three limited partnerships and is involved in a number of business and investment partnerships in the Alberta oil and gas industry.
Under Chief Boucher’s vision and leadership, the Fort McKay First Nation has grown its business portfolio of the Nation owned business with annual revenues of $500 million. It has been the Chief’s vision that FMFN could become and an economic force in the region and under his leadership the First Nation has now created 10 new and independently operating companies that offer a variety of services to customers in the region.
Chief Boucher was integral to the formation of the Athabasca Tribal Council, the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, and was a member of the Board of Governors for Keyano College for six years.
The Fort McKay First Nation is situated in the northeast corner of Alberta on the banks of the Athabasca River. As a young man, Chief Boucher not only recognized the importance of the environmental and cultural issues surrounding the community’s location, but he also envisioned great economic opportunities. As a result, he has strategically taken advantage of Fort McKay’s geographical location to enhance the community’s social and economic conditions through effective partnerships with industry and government. Chief Jim Boucher believes the practice and preservation of the Fort McKay First Nation’s traditional ways of life can occur simultaneously alongside continuous and long-term sustainable oil sands development.