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Profession: Communications/Public Affairs
Age: 33 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 5

Proud supporter of local sports, arts, culture and music; focused on the recovery efforts.

33-year-old Adam Hardiman has called Fort McMurray home for over five years since moving here from Ottawa. Born and raised in a blue-collar family in Cape Breton, and having studied politics and philosophy as a two-sport varsity athlete at Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College in Halifax, Adam was the first municipal employee to join the Wood Buffalo Recovery Task Force in July of 2016.

Prior to his role with the Task Force, Adam was Manager of Public Affairs and Press Secretary assigned to the Office of the Mayor with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. This followed a three-year tenure as Manager of Communications and Advancement at MacDonald Island Park.

Playing a key role in the community, and team-driven growth and success of MacDonald Island during his time there, Adam fostered the community engagement and communications approach behind the development of Shell Place and the proposed Northside Recreation Center while incubating the launch of the Mi Kids program.

A people-based leader who believes in the power of a strong team, Adam is focused full-time on our shared recovery efforts as a community. When he gets a break, you can likely catch Adam out in the community gathering the true pulse of his neighbours, while supporting the local sports, arts, culture and music scene. That said, Adam will tell you his favourite day since moving to Wood Buffalo came in Fort Chipewyan in 2013 when he led the planning and execution of a community breakfast and groundbreaking ceremony for the new Fort Chipewyan aquatics centre.

Adam is a former member of the University of King’s College Board of Governors and is a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Education Medal.

When reflecting on his favourite thing about living in Wood Buffalo, Adam focuses on the strength and resiliency of the community, the people, and the genuine and real nature of the community’s role in Canada’s economy and prosperity.

Adam’s dedication to our community’s recovery, and his sincere passion for Wood Buffalo and the people in it are what have landed him on YMM’s Top 50 Under 50.

IN HIS OWN WORDS: “Any awards or accomplishments aren’t mine - they are a result of the work of a team.”

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