Profile: Brent Davis
Brent Davis is a senior leader at Finning with over a decade of management experience at the company. Additionally, he appears to be devoted to community service, both in a professional and personal capacity.
- An extensive search for biographical information on Brent Davis from credible media sources (e.g., Pembroke Observer & News, Fort McMurray Today), Finning's corporate website, historic interviews and social media revealed limited insight into his educational history.
- Publicly available information through LinkedIn, however, indicates that Mr. Davis graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor in Economics.
- Subsequently, he also completed the Queens Executive Program at Queen's University.
- Although there is similarly limited public information about Mr. Davis' work history, his accounts on social media provide details into his time with Finning.
- Notably, he has held leadership positions of increasing authority during his 13 years with the company.
- Most recently, and for the past 7 years, Mr. Davis has served as Finning's Vice President of Mining Solutions.
- Prior to 2013, he also served as the General Manager of Operations for Oilsands (4 years, from 2009 to 2013) and the General Manager of Health and Safety (2 years, from 2007 to 2009).
- Mr. Davis has received significant public attention for his leadership at Finning in the area of community engagement and investment.
- In addition to his most recent sponsorship efforts in 2019 with the Fill the Box campaign to support local hockey leagues, Operation SMART Program for local girls and Operation Bear Hug for local hospital patients, Mr. Davis has an extensive track record of leading Finning's community and charitable endeavors.
- For example, in 2018, he led Finning in partnering with Keyano College to move and re-assemble teaching tools at the trade school.
- As part of this, he not only strengthened Finning's "long-time partnership" with the college, but also engaged the support and resources of other business partners.
- Just the year prior, in 2017, he led the creation of the Finning Canada Endowment Fund at Keyano College by leading a $100,000 donation to the school.
- Even back in 2012, when he was still serving as a General Manager at Finning, Mr. Davis led several additionalt community outreach and engagement initiatives.
- Meanwhile, Mr. Davis has also assumed key local leadership positions, including his position as a director within the Alberta Chamber of Resources Board.
- Mr. Davis' work accomplishments and public statements suggest that his business philosophy is largely centered working in partnership with his community.
- From a more tactical perspective, he recognizes the connection between investing in the community and longer-term profitability.
- For example, in 2017, he remarked that Finning's contributions to Keyano College were important for both the school as well as the business, given that "many of our employees" are helped and sourced from the local university.
- Similarly, in 2012, he commented that Finning's community investments were important because they help the company "meet the need for skilled labor" and "grow our existing workforce."
- However, Mr. Davis also appears to view community service and investment as an end in itself, commenting that a "core purpose" of Finning is to "build and power a better world."
- All three recent media mentions of Mr. Davis in the last year are consistent with his extensive work accomplishments in the areas of community service and engagement.
- For example, Mr. Davis appeared on the Fort Mac Hockey Bros show on local radio station 93.3 Country this past April 30, 2019.
- During the show, Mr. Davis discussed Finning's contribution to the Fill the Box campaign, which raised over $100,000 in funds to support local children's hockey leagues and donated over $40,000 in hockey supplies for local children.
- In particular, he mentioned his "pride" at participating in this cause, and his commitment to continuing to support such local efforts, whether through "time, effort or money."
- Additionally, Mr. Davis emphasized that the leadership by local boys in the community was "inspirational" for everyone and gives "hope for the future."
- More recently, on September 9, 2019, statements by Mr. Davis were included as part of an announcement of Finning's latest partnership with Girls Inc.
- Once again, Mr. Davis emphasized his and Finning's "pride" at contributing scholarship awards to support local girls with their STEM education.
- Finally, on December 16, 2019, remarks by Mr. Davis were highlighted as part of an article that recognized key contributors to a hospital fundraising campaign named Operation Bear Hug.
- The limited personal information about Mr. Davis suggests that his personal life and interests mirror his professional accomplishments.
- Specifically, in addition to his leadership around community engagement and investment at Finning, Mr. Davis also volunteers in his personal time.
- Most notably, he has served as a volunteer helper in the warehouses of the Fort McMurray Food Bank for the past 4 years (since 2016).