The Staff

Steve Johnston  (
General Manager

I have worked for ESS in the Oil Sands since July 2012. I started as a Lodge Manager at CNRL, where I worked for just under a year and a half before moving over to Sycrude as the General Manager for two years. I moved back to CNRL in September 2015 when Syncrude closed its doors to the Mildred Lake Village camp. I transferred over to Firebag Village in early November and I am looking forward to making a difference. Previous to the Oil Sands, I have spent 18 years in the hospitality industry in hotels and most recently worked for Delta Hotels for 5 years.
I oversee the daily operations of Firebag Lodge. This would also include relationship building and client management with our client, Suncor. I am responsible for the safe and effective operation of the Lodge and responsible for all things related to food, accommodation, safety and hospitality. My team’s focus is to ensure the customer experience is exceptional and the needs of our residence are given the highest priority. We love any opportunity to hear from our residence and use feedback from our guests to continuously improve our business.
Should you have any comments, concerns or general feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out to us in any of the following ways:
1. Share your feedback by taking a survey. Our managers are often walking around with the iPad.
2. Complete a comment card at Front Desk or in the Dining Room
Our aim is to respond to any and all comments within 24hrs of receipt.
Thanks for your time and consideration and I look forward to meeting many of you. We all hope you have an enjoyable stay.

Kevin Stead  (
Operations Manager

I have worked for ESS in the oil sands for the past three years, most recently as lodge manager at CNRL before moving to Firebag village. I have a fourteen year military background which included food services, five years as a hotel executive chef, six years with Eurest business dining and two years with Alberta Health Services as their retail food service manager. I originate from England but now call Edmonton home.
RESPONSIBILITIES: I am responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of lodge services. I also cover the general manager during his absence from site.

Tyra Hudson  (
Accommodations Manager

Joel Carriere  (
Recreational Coordinator & Courier

I have been at Firebag since March of 2012. I have completed my Recreation leadership diploma, and am also a BCRPA certified personal trainer, as well as a group fitness trainer.
I work as backup to Lukasz for Recreation and Entertainment activities and facilities at Suncor Firebag Village. I help out on the Front Desk and Hoteling Facility, and as Courier, transporting goods to/from Firebag from Suncor Baseplant site and Fort McMurray.
Feel free to email me anytime or ask for me at the Front Desk.

Lukasz Kornas  (
Recreational Coordinator

I have been at Firebag for over 4 years now working and bring years of fitness and training experience. I have completed my Personal Training Certification with Can Fit Pro Canada and my goal is to help provide quality health and recreational programming so that all residents may enjoy the benefits of a safe & healthy lifestyle.
I am responsible for all Recreation and Entertainment activities and facilities at Suncor Firebag Village. I help facilitate all the team sport activities including Soccer, Ball Hockey, Volleyball, Badminton, Basketball, and Ice Hockey. I also organize and run the softball league and other formatted tournaments. My team is also in charge of setting up and planning major events including Super Bowl Parties, UFC Fight Nights, Grey Cup and Stanley Cup celebration. In addition a core part of the program is our fitness and health classes. We offer personal training sessions, gym orientations, and nutritional guidance as well as lead a number of group fitness classes including Spin, High Intensity Interval Training Classes, Boot Camps, Core classes and more. Finally we are in charge of the Village Movie theatre, run the Red Hot Poker league, and ensure that all our fitness and recreation equipment is running safely.
Feel free to email me anytime, good or bad, day or night.

Bayo Ganiyu  (
Health and Safety Supervisor

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