Profession: Executive Director, Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce
Age: 27 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 5
At age 27, Alexis Foster is the youngest executive director for an Alberta Chamber of Commerce.
She grew up in a small town in Newfoundland, and attended Memorial University where she received her Bachelors in International Business. From there she moved to Grenoble, France, where she attended Grenoble École de Management, and received a certificate in International Business.
After graduating, Alexis began her career as the Vice President of International Business Sales for a small start-up in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and five years ago she made the move to Fort McMurray.
Without a job secured, Alexis moved in with her cousin until she could find something. She began working with the Hub Family Resource Centre, and through this position became involved in the social-profit sector. During that time, Alexis found her love of volunteering.
Alexis volunteers with the Northern Lights Health Foundation’s Festival of Trees, as well as a part of the United Way’s Community Investment Committee. She also served on the advisory committee with Convergence YMM this year. Her commitment also shone through with her work as media co-chair for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games.
The love for her community is something Alexis feels deeply. With such a strong social profit sector, and so many great people in the region working to make it home, she is proud that Fort McMurray is finally gaining some recognition for how the community bands together to help one another.
When not rocking it as the Chamber’s executive director, or volunteering to make Fort McMurray an even better place to live, Alexis loves running with her two dogs, Datz and Maxx. Travelling, and road trips with her husband, Dane, and good movies are just some of the other things that keep Alexis busy.
As a passionate advocate for local business, Alexis Foster is truly deserving of her spot on Your McMurray Magazine’s list of Top 50 Under 50.
IN HER OWN WORDS: “I always say it will work itself out. We spend so much time worrying about things we can’t change. If something goes wrong, your plans change, it isn’t the end of the world, and worrying isn’t going to fix it. You just have to remember to breathe and pick up the phone, get to work, and problem-solve.”