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Mayor Blake, Chief Allen among 50 most influential Albertans

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Mayor Blake, Chief Allen among 50 most influential Albertans

Mayor Melissa Blake helps announce the property visit plan for residents of Abasand, Beacon Hill, and Waterways on June 3, 2016 // Chris Vandenbreekel - Harvard Broadcasting

Alberta’s 50 most influential individuals feature a few local faces.

Mayor Melissa Blake and Fire Chief Darby Allen are featured on the 2016 edition of the list, which is put together annually by Alberta Venture.

The magazine notes that Blake has led the RMWB through periods of extreme fluctuation, saying that after the wildfire she is not only leading the rebuild of the community, but of the entire province after recent oil slumps.

Allen is recognized for being the “face” of the wildfire fight.

“Darby and his team led efforts to evacuate about 90,000 people from the blazing behemoth,” Alberta Venture staff write. “And reassured tens of thousands of Albertans with his crucial, emotional updates.”

The list is based off a combination of news hits, Google results, source interviews, and staff debates among Alberta Venture staff. Prominent politicians like Premier Rachel Notley and Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi are featured, as well as academics and even Oilers phenom Connor McDavid.

Fort McMurray resident George Clark also appeared on this year’s list as the leader of the failed “kudatah” to overtake the provincial NDP’s membership.

You can read the full list here.

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