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Community Futures St. Paul - Smoky Lake is a community driven, non-profit organization that is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is made up of local business people who 
bring extensive knowledge and experience of the area’s economy. Our Board members represent our region’s
 population and main economic sectors. The role of the Board is to establish our organization’s priorities, monitor our performance, and 
be accountable to key stakeholders, such as local, provincial and federal governments.

Interested in becoming a board member or committee volunteer? Please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Steve Upham

Steve Upham

Board Chairperson

T: 780-726-2195

Steve is the Reeve of the County of St. Paul.  He farms with his family near Ashmont, Alberta and sits on a number of other community and service committees in the area.  Steve was appointed to our board in 2010       and serves as our board chaiperson.

Laurent Amyotte


T: 780-210-2365

Laurent is a County of St. Paul Councillor for Division 6.  He lives on a farm with his wife Patti, where they raised their four daughters.  He also owns a construction company known as The Renovators.  Of the many different boards he serves on, Community Futures is one of his favorites.

Whitelaw, Ross

Board Member

T: 780-656-3532

Ross is a first term councilor for the Town of Smoky Lake.  He and his wife operate a consulting business out of their home.  She is a bookkeeper while Ross programs and creates databases.  Ross has a consedirable experience on various boards.  He is curently chairman of YUGO Ministries, Canada and a member of the board for On Eagle's Wings.  For a while, Ross was a Council of General Synod, national governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Debra McQuinn

Board Member

T: 780-645-7266

My job is to hear, see, and speak for my communities needs and wishes.  To be an advocate for change and growth while displaying a respectful, honest, and dependable leadership role.  This term is my second time in council and I hope to be able to help our small community achieve success, growth, and prosperity.


I am a Collage graduate from Lakeland College, Lloydminster campus class of 1997; with a diploma as a Rehabilitation Practioner in the field of study of Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions.


I am currently a financial Advisor/Mutual Fund Investment Specialist with the Servus Credit Union St. Paul branch.


Nathan Taylor

Board Member

Nathan is currently a Councillor from the Town of St. Paul.  Nathan has a long history with Community Futures as he is returning to our board after sitting as a Smoky Lake representative in the past.  He enjoyed his time with our board and even after moving to a new community in the region, once again asked to be on the board representing his new community.  Nathan works for CNRL out of Elk Point.  Nathan is busy in the community as a husband and father.  He is also the President of the newly formed Lasting Impressions Toastmasters club.

Gary Ward

Board Member

T: 780-645-0053

Gary is a Town Councillor - Town of St. Paul.  He is a former business owner and an avid sports enthusiast who can be found volunteering with one of the local sports teams.  Currenlty Gary is a salesperson for Smyl Motors and enjoys working in the community to see that there are lots of opportunities for people to enjoy living small communities.

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Community Futures St. Paul - Smoky Lake
Box 1484
4802 - 50 Avenue
St. Paul, AB T0A 3A0


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Communities Served

Boyne Lake, 
Elk Point, 
Goodfish Lake, 
Horseshoe Bay, 
Saddle Lake, 
Smoky Lake, 
St Brides, 
St Edouard, 
St Lina, 
St Paul, 
St Vincent, 


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