2016 Top 50 Under 50

Nov
28
2016
Volume
5-1
MELANIE FERENCE Profession: Business Owner, Chocolates & Candlelight Age: 43 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 23 Our community’s “Chocolate Lady”. 43-year-old Melanie Ference moved to Fort McMurray 23 years ago in search of a new start. She found it as a legal assistant with Campbell & Cooper, and met her…
Nov
28
2016
Volume
5-1
MELISSA BLAKE Profession: Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Age: 46 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 34 46-year-old Melissa Blake is best known as her role as Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. She came to Fort McMurray from Quebec as a child in 1982, and graduated from…
Nov
28
2016
Volume
5-1
MICHAEL MANKOWSKI Profession: Filmmaker Age: 30 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 30 Rescuer of two baby grizzly bears, he learns the most from making his own mistakes. 30-year-old Michael Mankowski is an accomplished screenplay writer, graduate of the University of Lethbridge’s faculty of management, and co-founder of Wood Buffalo Productions.…
Nov
28
2016
Volume
5-1
MICHELLE THORNE Profession: Theatre Artist (Director, Producer, Performer, Educator) Age: 32 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 32 Deathly afraid of aliens, has always wished she could play the guitar, lover of lasagna. 32-year-old Michelle Thorne is a director, producer, and actor. Born and raised in Fort McMurray, her recent directing…
Nov
28
2016
Volume
5-1
MITCH MERCREDI Profession: Business Development Manager, Acden Age: 35 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 35 Born and raised in Fort Chipewyan, 35-year-old Mitch Mercredi is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and has called the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo home all his life. In 2010, Mitch joined…
Nov
28
2016
Volume
5-1
NELSON BARBOSA Profession: Senior Financial Advisor with ATB Investor Services Age: 34 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 5.5 Appreciates the region and how it allows residents to go out and do the things they enjoy. Typical to the Fort McMurray story, 34-year-old Nelson Barbosa and his wife came to the…
Nov
28
2016
Volume
5-1
NICOLE BOURQUE-BOUCHIER Profession: CEO & Business Owner Age: 41 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 37 Focused on taking a negative, learning the best lesson possible, and then turning it into a positive. 41-year old Nicole Bourque-Bouchier is a long-time resident of Fort McMurray, and member of the Mikisew Cree First…
Nov
28
2016
Volume
5-1
NICOLE GREVILLE Profession: Librarian, Wood Buffalo Regional Library Age: 31 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 5 Bending notions of traditional library services, promoting meaningful relationships and a community-led approach. 31-year-old Nicole Greville is the Community Services Librarian at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library. Nicole grew up beside the lake in…

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