Brian was raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta and has called Northern Alberta his home since 1967 after moving from Westbank B.C. at the age of four. Although leaving to attain a science degree from Warner Pacific College and a law degree and masters in business administration from Bond University in Australia, he returned home to begin his business and law practice at the age of 26. He is a former Director of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce and former President of the Downtown Business Association.
As practicing partner at Campbell, Germain, Cooper and Jean, Brian specialized in litigation until leaving his practice ten years later to run as a federal Member of Parliament. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and re-elected in 2006 when he was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
After four elections and 10 years of service to the people of northern Alberta, Brian left federal parliament to spend more time in his home province and more time with his family. In 2015 he saw the need to re-enter public service provincially, and in May 2015 was elected as Member of the Legislative Assembly for Fort McMurray - Conklin and Leader of the Wildrose Official Opposition.
As a father and grandfather, Brian is a family man and avid outdoorsman and hunter. He has always appreciated Northern Alberta as a great place to live, work, and raise a family and is happy to still be in Fort McMurray.
Mrs. Frances Jean
Mrs. Jean has been in Fort McMurray for almost fifty years. With her husband, Bernard, she owned and operated many successful businesses including Fort McMurray’s first newspaper, The McMurray Courier, where she acted as reporter, writer, editor.
From the earliest days of the company in 1968, Bernard and Frances Jean supported the growing community of Fort McMurray in many ways. They served on municipal boards as well as donating time and money to local groups. Their weekly newspaper was delivered free to every home in town. For many years Bernard was the director of a youth camp sponsored by the local Baptist Church. Mrs. Jean continues to manage day-to-day operations in the businesses when not away travelling. Her extensive travels have taken her to every continent, the North West Passage and to the Antarctic. She also continues to travel with charities that the company supports, recent trips including Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and the Republic of the Philippines. As a woman in the north, she has had to fight many times for her voice to be heard and became, as a result, one of the first female members of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs. Jean has volunteered thousands of hours on countless non-profit boards. On her 80th birthday she launched her own written book “More Than Oil: Trappers, Traders and Settlers of Northern Alberta” – about the land that she loves so much.
During the economic downturn of the late 1980s and early ‘90s, the Jeans’ store was one of only two retail stores in Fort McMurray to survive the recession. With hard work, the subsequent growth of the oilsands industry and Brian investing in the company and heading up development of new projects, the corporation has since flourished. This has made it possible for the Jeans to be able to donate a significant portion of company profits to Christian organizations providing food, water and medicines to the world’s most needy.