44 Years Old
Class of 2020
“I am very excited to be part of energy production for the country and world, and enjoy taking on the duties of returning the land to a natural landscape.”
For the past two decades, Byron Fediuk has been making a career working in various roles at Syncrude Canada. Today, he is a manager in Strategic Planning.
In his role, he works with a team to build strategies and long-term plans for mining, tailings and closures to ensure the necessary regulatory approvals are in place to responsibly and safely execute these plans.
He explains how his experience has created a deep respect for the Industry and appreciation for the land.
“I am very excited to be part of energy production for the country and world, and enjoy taking on the duties of returning the land to a natural landscape,” he said. “Managing tailings and water, reclamation and closure activities, research and development of new technology all offer significant challenges.”
Byron moved to Fort McMurray with his family from Manitoba in the late ‘70s when he was three years old. Being raised in the oil sands capital of Canada, he followed in his father’s footsteps as he shared the same work interests.
“My dad worked in the mining industry. I just thought: “Wow! Big mine. Big equipment,” as a youth. I thought that it looked so cool,” he shared. “My interest in the Industry was also driven by my passion for the community, which came later in life. I love this city and the Industry that keeps it going.”
As a resident of over four decades, he is busy making a life with his wife Kara-Lyn Fediuk, who he met while they were both earning degrees at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Today, they are raising their four children and keep busy in the community through the children’s extracurricular activities, including theatre, dance, music, scouting, guiding and sports.
When not being a dad taxi or a site manager, you can find Byron “wrenching and wheeling anything with a motor and two or more wheels,” as he enjoys adventuring into the Wood Buffalo region’s big backyard.