What is the best way to spend a Saturday in Fort McMurray?
Rafting down the Clearwater River with family and friends.
Kim Rizzi came to Fort McMurray from Montreal, in July 2012 to interview for the position of General Manager of the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. After spending the day with a “rock star slate” of 2015 WCSG community leaders, and visiting the region’s world-class sport facilities, Kim and her husband, Franco knew their lives were about to change with a move to Fort McMurray.
Quickly making a huge impact on our community, Kim has been a part of the Wood Buffalo Sport Connection Board of Directors, Vista Ridge Board of Directors, 2020 Canada 55+ Senior Games Bid Committee, Canadian Deaf Ice Hockey Federation Board of Directors, Bantam A Junior Oil Barons Hockey team manager and recently appointed the co-chair of the 2022 Arctic Winter Games bid committee.
“Sport has always been an important part of my life and Fort McMurray has been good to us. I volunteer my time back to our community by getting involved in Sport tourism and development “, Rizzi mentioned. “We have the best sport facilities in Canada and we certainly have a story to tell!”.
“Fort McMurray is a diverse, fascinating, multicultural, community-minded city,” Kim enthralls, “full of hard-working, driven people making a better community for our families.”
Being a part of the community has impacted Kim and her family. “There are a lot of opportunities for adults and for our children. We have deep-rooted forever friends and a true feeling of community.”
Hired by Suncor Energy shortly after the 2016 Wildfire to provide guidance and leadership in the community during the recovery process, Kim works in Stakeholder and Aboriginal Relations. Her day-to-day interactions with stakeholders in Wood Buffalo, keep her at the forefront of exciting projects, doing work she is passionate about.
Constantly working on her personal development and challenging herself, Kim is hopeful for the future of Fort McMurray. “I look forward to the day our community has fully recovered from the 2016 Wildfire,” she says, “and for the business sector to once again thrive.”