Our Team

"Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”
– Mattie Stepanek
Shannon Rex
Shannon Rex
Executive Director

Shannon felt an immediate connection to the vibrant, family-centred community of Fort McMurray, experiencing first-hand the intrinsic role our social profit sector plays in shaping and upholding community values through the delivery of meaningful services and programs. As such, she’s thoroughly invested in various research initiatives that aim to identify the strengths, challenges and opportunities that will collectively support our sector in providing sustainable programs and services for the benefit of our entire community.

Michelle Lange
Michelle Lange
Operations Director

Michelle ensures that we are operationally efficient in all we do by maintaining and improving office and central systems based on strong business principles she developed throughout her career. Her innovative approach is instrumental in developing resilient, sustainable, operational excellence.

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Shawna Huxter
Capacity Building Programs Director

Shawna is passionate about her community and dedicated to building capacity in the social sector. Her exceptional problem-solving ability and creative approach to sector collaboration will ensure that Fuse Social continues to grow, develop and successfully deliver programming that will add the highest value possible to the social profit sector and further enhance their capacity to fulfil their missions.

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Melanie Drever
Operations Coordinator

Motivated by a strong connection to community and matched by her big heart, Melanie’s enthusiasm for helping strengthen the social profit sector is evident in all that she does. She provides vital organizational support ensuring we continue to build capacity and increase our collective impact through a lens of sustainability and outcome-based delivery.

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Brenna Kimball
Community Engagement Coordinator, NorthStar Ford Wood Buffalo Volunteer Centre

Brenna has proudly made Fort McMurray her home for the past 13 years. She believes strongly in what this community has to offer and appreciates all its vast opportunities. Brenna is committed to lending her creative mind to growing her community’s connection to FuseSocial and it’s wide variety of programming including volunteerism, leadership development, training and board support.

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Melanie Asher, B.Mgmt
Training & Development Coordinator

Melanie has a genuine interest in seeing Wood Buffalo thrive. Her dedication to lifelong learning and relationship building, coupled with her creativity and adaptability will ensure FuseSocial continues to connect our sector with relevant, high-quality training and coaching opportunities that will support organizational capacity, strategic thinking, and collaboration for a stronger community.

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Sara Bursey (MATERNITY)
Marketing & Communications Coordinator (O

Born and raised in Fort McMurray, Sara is passionate about capturing stories and communicating them in a memorable and impactful way. Her goal is to strengthen the connection FuseSocial has with the community of RMWB and increase awareness of the wonderful programs FuseSocial has to offer the social profit sector.

Amy Arendt
Amy Arendt
Marketing & Communications Business Partner, Shared Services

Amy believes that our ability to share stories and experiences is what connects us as a community. She thrives on being able to apply her creativity and artistic skills into her everyday work in a way that supports social profit agencies connect with their audience through meaningful storytelling and great design.

Kayla Mawhinney
Kayla Mawhinney
Human Resources Business Partner, Shared Services

Kayla knows that people are at the centre of every great organization and the single greatest asset a social profit sector has. With a creative approach to problem solving, coupled with her passion for the non-profit sector, Kayla looks forward to providing our partner agencies with dedicated HR support to help build sustainability in our sector.

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Ebenezer Olowo
Leadership Coordinator

Ebenezer is dedicated to fostering growth and championing equal opportunities for individuals and communities. His determination to cultivate diversity and inclusion within team environments fuels his excitement for embarking on a transformative journey as the Leadership Coordinator at FuseSocial. With boundless passion, Ebenezer eagerly looks forward to making a significant impact by building capacity in the social profit sector. He aims to turn his visionary ideas into tangible outcomes, driving positive change within FuseSocial and extending its influence.

Cindy Tucker
Capacity Building Coordinator NorthStar Ford Wood Buffalo Volunteer Centre

Cindy Tucker is a seasoned professional with over 14 years of expertise in Human Resources Management, coaching, and advising. Having returned to Fort McMurray from Newfoundland in July 2023, after an 8-year stint, she possesses a unique perspective. Cindy is passionate about social justice and community engagement and believes collaborative knowledge is the cornerstone of success. Her proactive and positive approach underscores her excitement to help organizations strengthen their volunteerism programs and overall capacity. With Cindy, expect a dedicated individual who blends experience, passion, and a forward-looking mindset to drive meaningful change.


Christopher Cameron
Christopher Cameron PhD, MBA, CE
Board and Organizational Capacity Building Advisor

With over 20 years of experience and extensive skill in research, program evaluation, and performance management, Christopher has a proven track record of delivering organizations high quality results that meet their unique needs. Christopher brings a strategic and forward-thinking mindset to his work enabling him to support the social profit sector with great expertise and efficiency.

Board of Directors

Tracy Aitchison-Methe
Tracy Aitchison, Board Chair
HR Strategic Business Partners, Regional Operations for Suncor

With an impressive HR portfolio, Tracy is a strong advocate for the role that board, staff and volunteer development plays on the sustainability of the social profit sector. Tracy has also championed inclusion and diversity policies for FuseSocial, believing this framework will positively impact the sector.

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Thomas Hopkins, Vice Chair
Tailings Contact Engineer, Suncor

Thomas is a strong community advocate and believes a prosperous social sector is instrumental in creating a thriving Wood Buffalo. His experience as an entrepreneur and in the social profit and mining sectors have developed a strong foundation for sustainable collaboration. He is thrilled to be joining the FuseSocial Board of Directors for his first term for the 22/23 year.

John Evans
John Evans, Director
President of Universal Builders Supply

John believes that volunteering is core to community development. An entrepreneur and natural leader, his extensive resume of board leadership positions is a testament to his skillset and values and has ensured strong, community-focused leadership at FuseSocial.

Nabil Malik
Nabil Malik, Director
Planner II, Statutory Plans, Planning and Development, RM of Wood Buffalo

Nabil is passionate about community and social development. A big picture thinker, coupled with a strong governance perspective, is reflected in his many achievements and continued efforts supporting the social profit sector.

James Knelsen
James Knelsen, Treasurer
CFO, Hedco Group Inc.

Methodical and detail-orientated, James’ financial and accounting experience has benefited many community groups in our community. At FuseSocial, James ensures we operate with financial accountability and transparency.

Cliff Dimm
Cliff Dimm, Secretary
Manager for Community Relations, Syncrude Canada

A passionate community leader and volunteer, Cliff’s commitment and strategic leadership have benefited many local organizations over the years. At FuseSocial, Cliff has played an instrumental role in developing governance policies and enhancing stakeholder engagement.

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Michael Penney, Director
Director of Service - Sales, NorthStar Ford Lincoln

Michael is a dedicated leader that passionately promotes and facilitates leadership in others. His commitment to collaboration and innovation, combined with his loyalty to the Wood Buffalo community, are the driving forces behind his joining the FuseSocial Board of Directors

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Laura Walford, Director
Senior Sales and Events, Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo

Laura is experienced in community engagement and has curated her skills in stakeholder relations, strategic planning, along with community advocacy. As a champion for the region, paired with her enthusiasm for governance, Laura looks forward to supporting the continued growth of the social profit sector.

Rhonda Hite, Director
Supervisor Training and Development - RM of Wood Buffalo

Rhonda believes that small acts of kindness, like volunteering can have a huge impact on your life and can create a happier environment for everyone. She has extensive experience in leadership development, facilitation, strategic planning, and stakeholder relationships and is excited about utilizing these skills as a FuseSocial Board member.

Join Our Team

Are you interested in joining our collaborative, dynamic team and help to strengthen the social profit sector in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo? You can view all current job opportunities here.