Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s 8th Woman of Inspiration 2017-2018 Presented by Syncrude Announced

January 2018

(Fort McMurray) Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude are proud to announce the 8th nominee for the Women of Inspiration Series 2017-2018:

Annette Antoniak

Annette Antoniak relocated to RMWB in 2015 from Penticton B.C. to take over as Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo.   While serving as CAO for the City of Penticton, Ms. Antoniak honed her leadership skills.  Under her leadership, with an amazingly dedicated staff, Antoniak tackled 64 recommendations from a completed core services review and addressed a municipal deficit.  She brought these skills to RMWB and recently took over the position of Chief Administrative Officer for the RMWB.

Challenges and leadership roles aren’t new to Ms. Antoniak.  Some of her past roles have been as an Economic Development Officer, Executive Vice President of Canada Place Corporation, President and CEO of Pacific National Exhibition, President and CEO of British Columbia’s Olympic and Paralympic Games Secretariat.

The former mayor, Melissa Blake was pleased to welcome Antoniak to the municipality.  ”We are excited to have someone of Annette’s caliber join the municipality’s leadership team.  As a local resident, she knows our community well and brings tremendous personal skill, vision and business acumen to this important role.”

Ms. Antoniak has spent her entire career challenging gender barriers.  She serves to mentor, encourage and inspire women throughout the organization, and her example demonstrates what can be achieved through hard work, persistence and determination.

Through her role at the RMWB Annette has had the opportunity to develop positive collaborative partnerships with Indigenous communities.  In addition, she works successfully with other levels of government, industry leaders and a variety of community stakeholders.  She uses her breath of experience to mentor others, and is always willing to offer words of advice and encouragement for women who are encountering obstacles.  Annette has faced barriers due to her gender, these have often been based only on the fact that these roles have traditionally been held by males.  Her leadership is an inspiration to girls, who have the good fortune to grow up in a community that not only accepts women as leaders but embraces this concept in a region often viewed by the external world as being dominated by men and unwelcoming to women.

Annette is a logical choice as a Women of Inspiration as her entire life has symbolized the Girls Inc. Mandate of inspiring ALL girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude will honour Annette and 11 other nominees, at the Women of Inspiration Celebration which will take place in June, 2018.

The Women of Inspiration is a partnership between Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude, with a goal to recognize women throughout the Wood Buffalo region who inspire others, break new ground or old barriers and help create change.  The series also aims to show local girls positive role models who live right here.

To nominate a woman of inspiration, please visit our website at or contact the Girls Inc. office at 780-790-9236.

For more information, please contact:

Ann Dort-MacLean
Executive Director – Girls Inc.  of Northern Alberta
Phone: 780-790-9236