47 Years Old
Class of 2020
“If you are happy, challenged every day, learning something new every day and able to help others then that’s pretty good. And doing all this while remaining healthy. Ultimately if my family is proud of me for who I am and what I do, then that’s success.”
– Tom Gear when asked how he defines success
Focused on being a great dad, husband, and leader, Tom Gear spends his professional hours as General Manager (Firebag SAGD) of Suncor Energy, and every hour as husband to Philippa, and dad to Tamsin and Devlin.
A true Fort McMurray love story, Tom and Philippa went to High School at Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School together, and dated briefly in Grade 12. They reconnected as summer students for Syncrude in Fort McMurray following their first year of university, and have been together since.
That first year of university was a game-changer for Tom. Realizing that engineering was something that interested him, he shifted his goal of becoming a marine biologist to becoming an engineer. He excelled, graduating from the Mechanical Engineering program of the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering as Valedictorian.
Having participated in the co-op program, Tom knew he wanted to work in the complex, large plants of the oil and gas industry, but he also knew that he wanted to grow into leadership roles.
“I’ve had a rewarding and diverse career that has spanned a multitude of different roles between Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray,” shares Tom. “What keeps me working in this industry is the constant challenges and need to adapt/change to stay competitive.”
Wherever Tom has put down roots, that’s where he’s invested his time in community involvement as well. From various United Way campaigns through his workplaces, to coaching soccer and basketball, Tom is now the Chair of the Board for the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce. He has also been involved with the Keyano Business program as an advisor.
In his free time, Tom focuses on staying fit, keeping the garden and yard in order, and boating, fishing, and RVing with the family.
It’s this dedication that forms what he hopes is his legacy in our community. “I hope, one day, people will say that I helped improve things, while being a strong family role model.”