Jim Boucher is an influential First Nations leader in Canada. Under his direction, Fort McKay First Nation has been internationally recognized as one of the most enterprising Indigenous communities in the world. Fort McKay First Nation (FMFN) is situated in the heart of Canada’s Athabasca oil sands. Mr. Boucher was the long standing Chief of Fort McKay First Nation and Founder and Chairperson of the Fort McKay Group of Companies for three decades (1986-2019). He led his Nation to strategically take advantage of their geographical location by enhancing the community’s social and economic conditions.
Jim initiated effective and long standing partnerships with industry and government and developed many successful First Nation-owned businesses that continue to create economic wealth and opportunity for the community. Jim believes that preservation of FMFN’s traditional ways of life can occur alongside sustainable development. In 2020, Jim co-founded the Saa Dene Group of Companies, to continue his vision of to increase Indigenous, Diversity and Inclusion through economic and social participation in the global economy.