Board Of Directors

Jaime Harpe
Sherri Herman
Lloyd Antoine
Leona Lepine
Adam Tatum
Mike Deranger
Ashley Shears-Matei
Corie L. Flett
Robert Stone
Todd Pruden
Mitch Mercredi
President : Jaime Harpe
TJs Group

Jaime Harpe is the President and co-owner of TJs Oilfield Contracting Ltd, which her husband founded in 2000. Jaime, a member of the Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, grew up in the community and is fluent in the Dene Language. She sees in a strong and growing NAABA the opportunity to strengthen our communities and to help all community members achieve success. Jaime has been a board member of the Sekweha Youth Centre and of the Fort McMurray Native Youth Hockey. She envisions a strong and growing organization, one that gives opportunities to strengthen our communities and helps all community members achieve success. Jaime, along with her husband and their five children, believe in the importance of keeping Aboriginal traditions and culture alive.

1st Vice President : Sherri Herman
Dene Sky Site Services Ltd.

Launched in 2017, Dene North Site Services is an exclusive partnership between Dene Sky Site Services Ltd. and North American Enterprises Ltd. Founded by CEO and Owner Sherri Herman in 2005, Dene Sky Site Services is a privately-owned First Nations business providing a wide range of skilled labour force and some of the largest heavy equipment in northern Alberta’s Oilsands. Areas of specialization include earthworks, road construction and maintenance, site wide services, plant maintenance, survey services, heavy duty mechanic services and welding, Dene North Site Services will expand on the initial success of Dene Sky Site Services, broadening its capacity to embrace larger projects. Sherri is a member of the Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, and grew up in the region, calling both Fort McMurray and Janvier home. Her traditional Dene values are very important to her and her family. Sherri is a board member of the Sekweha and is now serving a 3rd term on the NAABA Board of Directors. She is also a mother, a grandmother, and a dedicated supporter of the community.

2nd Vice President : Lloyd Antoine
A.P.E. Maintenance Ltd.

Lloyd is President and co-owner of A.P.E. Maintenance Ltd., a 100% Aboriginal-owned local company that supplies oilfield construction, maintenance and transport services. Originally from Fort Chipewyan, Lloyd worked for Syncrude for 16 years prior to starting A.P.E. Maintenance in 2008. A Full Member of NAABA since 2008, Lloyd is enthusiastic in his support of the association’s goals, initiatives, and future endeavours. An avid outdoorsman, Lloyd enjoys boating, fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time with his wife and two children at their cabin on the Athabasca River.

Director : Leona Lepine
Peyak Mekwan Maintenance Ltd.

Leona was born and raised in Fort Chipewyan. She is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation.

She attended and graduated from Bishop Piche School in Fort Chipewyan.  She also completed her Early Childhood Development Certificate and Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Certificate at the same time obtaining a Personal Achievement award on both.

Leona worked with the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) producing a local newspaper. She worked with Seniors as a Coordinator, with both FCSS and her band, Mikisew Cree First Nation. She also worked with children at Chip Child Development, as a Bus driver, Instructor and Director. For 23 years she submitted local community reports to CBC Radio in Yellowknife.  While working her regular daytime jobs, she also started a janitorial company working with various companies in Fort Chipewyan including: Alberta Forestry, Canada Post, RCMP, RMWB and the Northern.

Director : Adam Tatum
Infinity Leasing & Rentals

Adam is from Janvier and he is the owner of Infinity Leasing & Rentals. He and his family are longtime residents of Fort McMurray. A prominent member of the local business community, Adam is dedicated, hard working and a strong believer in the future of the Wood Buffalo region. He sees the key to collective success in strengthened relationships between local Industry and all other businesses in Wood Buffalo.

Director : Mike Deranger
Derantech JV Group

Mike’s family is from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mike is a first-generation business owner. His drive and initiative has built Derantech into a major force, providing mechanical services in a 100,000-square-foot facility in Nisku. also runs an innovative and successful apprenticeship development program that has been adopted by companies as far away as Mongolia. Mike has served on numerous boards, including three years on the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Board of Directors where he promoted Indigenous youth in trades across Canada.  He is also the recipient of two awards from RARA as well as from Keyano College and, in 2016, from Alberta Industry Training as Top Employer of Indigenous people. Among other work on behalf of the Indigenous community in Canada and the U.S., Mike founded the Pathways Gathering, an Indigenous Youth for Trades Conference held in Edmonton to bring together local Indigenous companies, government bodies, educators and most importantly, Indigenous youth from across Canada.

Director : Ashley Shears-Matei

Ashley Shears-Matei is a local First Nations woman in business. Born and raised in the RMWB, Ashley employs more than 70 people. Under her leadership, Saskana has grown 550% in the past 3 years, maintaining a minimum of 40% Indigenous personnel in all areas of the business, including leadership roles. Passionate about the community, Ashley volunteers on numerous boards in the community and supports diverse youth-related and charitable organizations. At NAABA, Ashley is committed to continued growth and to work to support local Indigenous businesses and the community.

Advisory Board Member : Corie L. Flett
Muessle Flett Law LLP, Partner

A graduate of University of Alberta Law School in 2010, Corie is now Partner at Muessle Flett Law LLP. She has demonstrated strong leadership and commitment to the Wood Buffalo region through her ongoing involvement in various community organizations. A member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Corie is a member of the Northern Lights Health Foundation Board of Directors, the Fort McMurray Airport Authority Board of Directors, and the Law Society of Alberta Education and Credentials Committee. Corie has provided a wide variety of pro-bono legal services to First Nations people in RMWB and is dedicated to the community and to helping those in need. She has demonstrated a dedication to her clients and a tradition of excellence in representing their interests. In assisting her clients, she brings to the task not only her knowledge of the law and her litigation skills, but also the dispute resolution skills she learned as a mediator. Married with two young children, Corie and her family are proud to say “McMurray’s my Home”.

Advisory Board Member : Robert Stone
MNP, Partner

Robert Stone, CPA, CA, is a Partner and Business Advisor in MNP’s Fort McMurray office. Drawing on more than 16 years of experience, Robert delivers a full suite of assurance
and accounting services to help owner-managers achieve their goals.

A trusted advisor, Robert assists clients with tax planning and compliance and financial statement forecasting and consults on all aspects of operating a business. He is experienced with numerous industries, including the real estate, oilfield service, auto dealership, electrical, surveying and professional services sectors. Robert gets to know clients so he can deliver customized solutions designed to help them advance their businesses to the next level of success.

Robert received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University in 2000 and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 2004. He has served as director and treasurer for the Local HERO Foundation and the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and as director and finance committee member for the Northern Lights Health Foundation.

Secretary/Treasurer : Todd Pruden
Dreamline Canada Inc.

Todd Pruden has been in Fort McMurray since December 1977. His father was a teacher and his mother worked at the College. Todd has been a teacher and a police officer and also obtained his MEd in leadership at the University of Alberta. Since starting Dreamline Promotions in 2003, Todd now has time to give back to the community where it all started. Todd also sits on the Board of CFAR (Circle for Aboriginal Relations).

Director : Mitch Mercredi
Acden Group

Mitch Mercredi is member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and the Business Development Manager of Acden, a multidisciplinary corporation owned by the ACFN. Born and raised in Fort Chipewyan, he now calls Fort McMurray home along with his beautiful and talented wife Crystal and three children. He proudly represents the 19 companies and over 2,000 employees who share a dedication to the land, people and traditions, and through consultation with industry and government strive for a sustainable, ethical and prosperous future.

Mitch was on the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association Board as Director and past President from 2011 to 2015 and is happy to be back to serve its members.

His Aboriginal culture is very important to him, learning both Dene and Cree traditional ways of life. He volunteers his time in the Aboriginal Entrepreneur Program at Father Patrick Mercredi High School,  Wood Buffalo Native Youth Hockey Club and the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association. He is passionate about promoting the beauty of the Aboriginal culture and promoting Aboriginal businesses and entrepreneurs within our Region.