Without Campbell, known around the community as just Bob, there would be no Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Relocating to the southern British Columbia in 2012, Campbell was a community advocate who made Fort McMurray a better place to live from the day he arrived in 1975, co-founding the law firm of Campbell & Germain.Campbell spearheaded countless sports initiatives and sat on multiple boards.He has served as President of the Northern Alberta Athletic Association (i.e. Fort McMurray Oil Barons Junior Hockey Club), worked with the Fort McMurray Recreational Facilities Society, Fort McMurray YMCA as well as Fort McMurray Minor Baseball and Fort McMurray Minor Hockey just to name a few.Campbell was also Co-Chair of the 2000 Royal Bank Cup, symbolic of Junior A hockey supremacy in Canada, which was won by the host Fort McMurray Oil Barons in one of the single greatest sports moments in our city’s history.Campbell also chaired various sports for the Alberta Winter Games and Alberta Summer Games.He also managed the L. Robert Enterprises Pee Wee AA team to an International B Class Championship at the 37th Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament in 1996.


Campbell’s connections to the community also spread to Keyano College, home of the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, where he sat as Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors.


He is widely regarded as one of the most community minded builders Fort McMurray has seen, and was also instrumental in the construction of the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre.


In an interview with the Fort McMurray TODAY, Campbell was asked what some of the highlights have been during his time in Fort McMurray.

“I’ve got lots of them. Going back to my first involvement when we established Little League Baseball, well it wasn’t Little League at the time it was Alberta Baseball Association, but we got the first baseball organization here in the 1970s, and that was a lot of fun getting that off the ground and working with the kids and working with the provincial baseball organization.


“Of course, there’s the time I was president of the Oil Barons and we had quite a challenge and we were about to lose the franchise because of insolvency. But working with a very energetic group of people we were able to salvage the franchise and of course the Oil Barons story today is they are probably the most stable Junior A franchise in the country in terms of fiscal position and probably one of the most competitive.


“There’s also my involvement in minor hockey. We had one of the few teams that got to the Quebec PeeWee hockey tournament and actually winning the international division and seeing a bunch of kids from that go on to play; Scottie Upshall of course in the NHL, but others went on to play university hockey and got scholarships and played junior. At least one other guy played pro hockey as well, with my son playing in the East Coast league for a couple of years.


“So there’s that and building Little League Park, that was in preparation for the Canadian championships and there’s working for the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre when I was with the development committee for Keyano College’s board, all of those things.”


In 1990 he was named a Honourary Lifetime Director of the Oil Barons while in 2007 he received the Keyano College Distinguished Citizen Award and in 2011 the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Distinguished Citizen Award.


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