The YMM Check-In

Welcome to the YMM Check-In! This monthly newsletter aims to keep you in the know on all things YMM: air service announcements, contesting, events and happenings at our terminal. Thank you for subscribing!

YMM Community Highlights

Team YMM has been busy reconnecting with residents and communities, after two quiet years. Group and school tours have resumed, and special events at YMM such as the Easter and Halloween parties. You’ve likely seen our team members at community events, such as Pride, the ACDEN Show and Shine and the Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Tradeshow, to name a few. We are proud to support our community in many ways, be it volunteerism, gifts in kind or event hosting. If you have an upcoming event and would like to connect with us, please email

Trip for Four to Tucson Winner Contest Announcement

Since announcing the new direct flight with Flair Airlines, Team YMM has been promoting a community contest to grant one lucky winner a Trip for Four to Tucson. Congratulations to Katrina Walsh! She’s won four direct roundtrip flights from YMM to Tucson, Arizona, a four-night stay at the El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort, four golf passes, Kartchner Caverns tour and Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum passes and a gift card to Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails. If you’ve entered our contest, you are automatically entered into the next Trip for Four giveaway. Stay tuned for more announcements!

Tucson: Where Golf Season Never Ends

Although another great Fort McMurray golf season has come to a close, players can relax knowing they won’t have to say farewell to the fairway because direct flights to Tucson will place them straight back in the game.

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New Leadership at YMM

Vice President of Corporate Services and CFO, Denean Robinson, was named Interim President and CEO, on August 29. Denean has thrived with the Fort McMurray Airport Authority for over five years. The announcement came after news of former President and CEO, RJ Steenstra, leaving his role to pursue a new opportunity as President and CEO of PortsToronto. RJ has settled into his condo in downtown Toronto and is enjoying his new role. He visits Fort McMurray frequently, as he has formed many relationships in his six years in the region.

Team YMM gathered to bid farewell to RJ Steenstra in the Fort McMurray International Airport’s courtyard in September 2022.

YMM employee celebrates Canadian citizenship

Congratulations to our Airport Maintenance Assistant Manager Valery Driz on obtaining Canadian citizenship on November 1, 2022. Born in Ukraine and raised in Israel, Valery started his career with Team YMM in 2018 as an intern from Georgina College. By 2021, he returned as an airport maintenance technician and was recently promoted to Assistant Manager. Welcome, Valery to the Canadian family!

The I See You: Sawubona project at MacDonald Island in 2019. The exhibit will be back in the community at the Fort McMurray International Airport starting next week.

International Day for Tolerance event coming to YMM

The I See You: Sawubona exhibit was created by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in partnership with Coalitions Creating Equity. It will be displayed at the Fort McMurray International Airport from November 14 to 28. Come to the airport for the International Day for Tolerance event on November 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and join the Vital Conversation: Supports for Immigrants and Newcomers. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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Halloween event raises over $5K for the United Way

The Fort McMurray International Airport raised $5020 for the United Way of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo thanks to everyone who came to the YMM Family Halloween Party on October 23, 2022. Guests explored the YMM terminal trick or treating, enjoying Halloween games and activities along the way. Read the full news release online.

Congratulations to the winners of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2022!

We were honoured to be nominated in the Medium Business of the Year and Sustainability & Environment categories. And a HUGE congratulations to Melanie Dubreuil, the winner of the trip to Tucson door prize.

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