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Recovery Committee

On June 21, 2016, the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee (WBRC) was created and approved by Council to provide policy and governance oversight to the community's recovery from the 2016 wildfire.

Reporting directly to Council, the WBRC has a mandate to serve the community as the governance entity overseeing the Recovery Task Force (RTF).


Leadership and accountability for the overall recovery efforts rests with the Municipality through Council. On June 21, 2016, Council passed the amended Bylaw 16/013 that established the WBRC with mandate to serve as the governance entity to which the Recovery Team Leader reports to and is accountable.

The Committee exercises policy and governance oversight of the RTF through the Recovery Team Lead.

Committee Membership

The WBRC is currently composed of three Councillors and six members at large, including:   

  • Jeanette Bancarz, Chair (Biography)
  • Maggie Farrington, Vice-Chair (Biography)
  • Nathalie Aubrey
  • Kevin Fleury
  • Coun. Sheldon Germain (Ward 1)
  • Marty Giles
  • Kim Jenkins
  • Coun. Keith McGrath (Ward 1)
  • Coun. Allan Vinni (Ward 3, representing the Rural Service Area)

Mayor Melissa Blake is an ex-officio WBRC member.

Recovery Task Force

The Recovery Task Force is a working business unit of the Municipality, appointed by and reporting to the Recovery Team Lead.

Its mandate is to consult and work with other business units of the Municipality, private and not-for-profit sectors, other levels of government and local community stakeholders to decide upon and execute an effective recovery plan.

Its goal is to ensure that the Municipality and its residents will be well established on a path to recovery following the wildfire in the shortest time practicable.

Task Force Team Leader

Dana Woodworth is the Task Force Team Leader. Read Dana's biography here.

Public Meetings

WBRC meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of every month (excluding statutory holidays and recess periods) at 6 p.m. MST in the Council Chamber at the Jubilee Centre (9909 Franklin Avenue).

The meetings are open to the community, streamed live via and broadcast live on Shaw TV Fort McMurray.

Here for You: Public Information Sessions

The WBRC and the RTF in collaboration with its community partners, facilitate regular in-person community information sessions to bring information about recovery to residents and stakeholders. For more information, visit

More Information

To contact the WBRC, email

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