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RMWB Combative Sports Commission Members

Members of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Combative Sports Commission are:

Sandy Bowman (Chairperson)

Sandy Bowman

Sandy Bowman

Master Sandy Bowman has been a resident of Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo since 1992. He has over 36 years of Martial Arts experience in Taekwondo, Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts. He has experience as a coach, fighter and a promoter of the sport he loves. He is a seventh degree black belt in Taekwondo, trained by Grandmaster KH Min, a former Olympic Coach; a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, trained by Rodrigo Munduruca, a World Champion, and a brown belt in Miletich Fighting System, trained by Pat Miletich, a UFC Champion and Hall of Famer. Master Bowman was inducted into the RMWB Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Master Bowman has been instrumental in forming and getting a combative sports bylaw enacted in the RMWB. During his time with the RMWB Combative Sports Commission, he has overseen two successful events held at the Casman Centre in 2014. Most recently, he was a Sport Chair for Wrestling during the Western Canada Summer Games hosted in our region in August 2015. Previously, he was a ban substance chaperone for Winnipeg Combative Sports at several UFC events.

Master Bowman is very involved in the community in all aspects, and is an advocate of youth sports in the region. He is the President of the Fort McMurray Mixed Martial Arts Association, a non-profit-organization that provides funding for children in martial arts in Wood Buffalo. He is a volunteer in teaching stranger danger courses to students in the local schools. He also teaches ladies self-defense though martial arts school, as well as dry land training for several sports teams.

Rene Wells (Deputy Chair)

Rene Wells

Rene Wells

With a career in policing and safety that spans more than three decades, Rene Wells is a proud member and strong advocate of the RMWB Combative Sports Commission. A resident of Fort McMurray for the past eight years, Rene's interest in martial arts and combative sports was first sparked in 1985 when he took in what was originally billed "The Fight" between "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler and Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns. This short but highly entertaining middleweight bout saw Hagler, concerned that his match might be stopped because of a deep cut to his forehead, come out in the third round and maul Hearns, knocking his opponent out.

Rene is committed to ensuring that events held in our region provide entertainment value to their fans, in venues where contestants can pursue their passion and apply their skills in a safe and healthy environment.

Moe Kdouh (Treasurer)

Moe Kdouh

Moe Kdouh

Moe Kdouh arrived in Fort McMurray October 2010 from Lebanon (the country of God’s Cedars). Lebanon is a small francophone country on the Mediterranean which has more than 6,000 years of culture. Moe, a proud father of 2 beautiful girls (3 years and 11 months), now calls Fort McMurray his home.

Moe has a Master’s Degree in Finance and Banking and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Sciences. Since he has moved to Fort McMurray he started working in the banking sector, helping the people in his community to thrive and prosper. He is currently working as a Financial Advisor at The Royal Bank of Canada. Moe completed a Professional Business Communications Certificate at Keyano College and courses through Canadian Securities Institute to further enhance his knowledge and skills. Moe can also speak Arabic, English and French.

Moe is heavily involved with the non-profit sector having served for 6 months on the Fuse Social Board as an interim Board Member, a Co-Founder of Conversations Wood Buffalo, and a Committee Member for almost 2 years with KidSport Wood Buffalo. Moe also enjoys volunteering for many non-profit organizations like Food Bank, Keyano College, Northern Health Foundation and Big Brothers Big sisters. He is also a 2015-2016 Leadership Wood Buffalo Alumni.

Phil Heinzelman (Member)

Phil Heinzelman

Phil Heinzelman

Phil Heinzelman has resided with his wife, Wendy, in Fort McMurray since 2009. Phil graduated with a BSc in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Northern British Columbia and attained his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan. Currently Phil is a practicing dentist, working out of Fort McMurray Dental Centre, as well as his newly acquired Timberlea Dental Clinic.

Practicing in Fort McMurray for the past six years has allowed Phil to get in touch with many different aspects of the community. Aside from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Combative Sports Commission, he has been actively involved in both minor and men’s football in the region. A lifelong boxing fan, Phil has had the opportunity to travel to both Las Vegas and New York to attend various World Championship events as a spectator.

Sharon Grantham (Member)

Sharon Grantham

Sharon Grantham

Sharon Grantham has resided in the RMWB since August of 2011 with her husband and son. Sharon has a 20+ year health care background, and in 2017 graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix with a Masters in Nursing. Sharon currently works at Keyano College as a nursing Instructor and Coordinator of the Health Care Aide program.

When she is not working, Sharon volunteers with the Oil Baron’s, the Keyano Huskies, The Syncrude Boreal golf tournament, the Keyano College Faculty Association, and most recently the Alberta Winter Games that were hosted in the community.

Sharon has practiced Martial Arts since January of 1999, and is currently working on her 5th Dan in Tae Kwon Do, which will grant her the title of Master. Sharon welcomes the opportunity to be part of the RMWB Combative Sports Commission and utilize her experience as a health care professional and experienced Martial Artist to support ongoing combative sports in the region.

Adam Hardiman (Member)

Adam Hardiman

Adam Hardiman

A proud Fort McMurray resident since moving from the nation’s capital in 2011, Adam Hardiman was appointed by Council to the Combative Sports Commission in 2018.

Originally from Canada’s Ocean Playground, Adam is a strategist with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Prior to that, Adam was the first-ever employee assigned to the Wildfire Recovery Task Force, where he served as strategic advisor in helping steward the region’s recovery from the 2016 Horse River wildfire.

A community- and relationship-builder at heart, Adam has also held roles at the Municipality in public affairs and as press secretary (Office of the Mayor) following leading the communications, marketing and advancement team at MacDonald Island Park, Canada’s largest community recreation and events hub.

Recognized by the Premier of Alberta for his exemplary public service in response to the wildfire, Adam was also nominated by the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce for excellence in public service and was named to Your McMurray Magazine’s inaugural ‘top 50 under 50’ list in 2016. In 2017, Adam was honoured by Council for excellence in public service during the first 100 hours of the wildfire.

A former varsity athlete at the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Adam graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (honours) with a minor in Philosophy. During his university days, Adam also served on the University of King’s College Board of Governors and the Board of Appeals and Discipline. Adam is a previous winner of the Governor General’s education medal for academic excellence and community involvement.

In his spare time, you can find Adam supporting the local sports, arts and culture and music scene or volunteering his time with the students at Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School. A former provincial public speaking champion, Adam assists students with public speaking projects and the vaunted Father Mercredi RSports (Robotics) team with its presentation skills.

Roger Ashfield (Member)

Roger Ashfield

Roger Ashfield

Roger Ashfield has resided and worked in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo since January 2010. He is accompanied by his wife Leanne and also has 3 of his 4 children working and residing in the region. He is a very proud and active grandfather of 3 local grandchildren, two of which were born in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Roger has been an active participant, coach, and board member in many community organizations promoting youth football both in our region and back in Ontario. Being one of Roger’s many passions, Football, has opened the opportunity to coach at various levels for over 17 seasons while being active in community based boards as well as provincial governance boards promoting the sport in his native province of Ontario. Roger played a key role in the initial development of the Holy Trinity Knights football program here in Wood Buffalo for both Senior and junior players.

Roger has a background in Mechanical Engineering Technology – Robotics and Automation complimented with the recent completion of his MBA, he works in the Oil Sands managing projects for a major oil company of various size and complexity from conception to completion. Roger excels in strategic leadership opportunities and believes that open and two way communication is the key to bringing people together to achieve great things!

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