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Boutilier, Guy C. - Progressive Conservative MLA, Fort McMurray

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Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016, at 8:54 p.m.

Boutilier, Guy C.
Progressive Conservative MLA, Fort McMurray

Guy Boutilier was elected as the MLA for Fort McMurray on March 11, 1997 and was appointed by Premier Klein to sit in Cabinet as the Chair for the Standing Policy Committee on Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection.

Mr. Boutilier brings a combination of academic, private and public service experience to the Legislature. For eight years he was a college professor instructing business management courses at Keyano College in Fort McMurray in financial and entrepreneurial management disciplines. He has also worked as a financial analyst in the oil industry and most recently, he had the honour of serving as Mayor of the City of Fort McMurray.

Guy was a member of Fort McMurray City Council for 11 years, serving two terms as an Alderman and two terms as Fort McMurray's youngest Mayor.

The most significant accomplishment of Mr. Boutilier's tenure as Mayor was to examine the makeup of municipal government and how it could be improved. With the cooperation of industry, schools and college, hospitals and local governments, he formed and chaired the Fort McMurray Stakeholders' Group. Collectively the group examined better ways to serve the region's citizens in today's economic climate while reducing the cost of government. The end result was Alberta's first rural-urban amalgamation into the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo - the largest in North America spanning 69,000 square kilometres.

His academic accomplishments include a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in Cambridge-Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and an Education degree with honours from St. Mary's University in Halifax.

Guy has received a number of awards and distinctions, particularly for his service in municipal government. He received the 1995 Award of Excellence by the Board of Directors of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association in Alberta. In 1994 the International Association of Business Communicators selected him as the "Top Communicator of the Year". In 1996, he was chosen co-chair of the next Asia-Pacific Young Legislators Conference that will be hosted for the first time ever in Canada in 1997.

Mr. Boutilier has been extremely active in the community having served on numerous commissions and boards. He is a member of the Oil Sands Rotary Club, the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the Fort McMurray Diabetes Association. In his spare time he enjoys coaching minor league sports, where recently his hockey team won the international championship at the Quebec World Pee Wee AA Hockey Tournament.

Guy and his wife Gail reside in Fort McMurray.

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