Local HERO Foundation

Board Of Directors

Paul Spring

Born in Montreal and educated in Ontario, Paul first came to Fort McMurray in 1980 working as a helicopter mechanic to support forest fire suppression action. In 1991 he left his position as YMM base manager for Associated Helicopters and started his own company. In addition to being an accomplished helicopter pilot and AME Paul is also a fixed wing AME and pilot licensed on a wide variety of aircraft including maintenance certification for Boeing 737.


Mr. Spring has grown Phoenix Heli-Flight in step with the Oil Sands from one machine to a fleet of 10 modern Eurocopter twin and single engine helicopters. His company and employees are recognized internationally as industry leaders in safety and a premier supplier of helicopter charter services. Paul is a founding member of the Global Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Steering Group. As an HFDM practitioner since the technology was introduced in 2007 Paul donates his time to lecture at global aviation conferences explaining the public and corporate benefits of a systematic and proactive approach to digital oversight of flight operations.


As long time community members Paul & Andrea Spring ensure that Phoenix Heli-Flight remains active in the support and fundraising activities of local charities and community groups. Paul is most proud of his 28 year relationship with the Fort McMurray Fire Department; the two organizations have worked seamlessly to save lives and deliver timely medical care to over 1,400 regional residents.


Robert Stone

Robert Stone moved to Fort McMurray from Yellowknife in 2004 to work at the local MNP office. Over the last 10 years Robert and his family, wife Christine, twin sons Matthew and Jacob have made Fort McMurray home.


Robert is still with MNP in the role of Managing Partner. He currently sits on the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame board as treasurer, has recently joined the board of directors of the Northern Lights Health Foundation, and previously served as the treasurer for the local Community Futures Wood Buffalo board.


Bryce Kumka

Bryce Bio Photo


Bryce Kumka is a Partner and Senior Account Executive for Commercial Insurance for Rogers Insurance North. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Fort McMurray and has held an executive position for the past five years, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He holds the position of the Treasurer of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, and has been on the Board of Directors for the past 5 years.  Bryce is the past Community Campaign chair (2012) for the United Way of Fort McMurray, and current Vice President of the Board of Directors as well as chairing the Community Campaign Committee chair. Bryce sits on the Board of Directors of Changes Supported Living Services, a non-profit organization that provides community based residential, supported, and independent living services to over 600 mentally challenged adults.


He is married to Lee-Anne and they have 2 lovely daughters.


Brad Grainger

Grainger Bio

Brad has been a member of the medical community in Alberta for over 30 years and holds an Advanced Life Support – Paramedic status (ACP) in Fort McMurray. During his 27 years in the city he has been a strong community advocate, and is currently the Team Venue Chair for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. He was involved in both the Arctic Winter games and the Alberta Senior Games as Medical Chair. Brad currently works for The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo – Emergency Services, as the Deputy Chief of Operations and Technical Services.


Brad has been married to his wife Valerie for 25 years and has three children.