Fort McMurray has produced some impressive alumni over the years, from actors and musicians to athletes and savvy politicians. But few of those famous faces have remained in the community long-term. Tyran Ault is one of those rare few, a local boy who has remained in Fort McMurray, built a successful communications career, and devoted his time and energy to giving back to the community he calls home.
Ault’s career began in radio, something he says was a natural fit with his outgoing, larger than-life personality. “I was always a talker as a kid,” he says, adding that in elementary and high school, he was a frequent MC at student events, even recording his own radio show onto cassette tapes as a teenager. “I love talking, meeting new people and being able to tell stories, so radio was the perfect ‘first career’ for me.”
When Ault realized that radio, though an enjoyable career, didn’t offer enough of a challenge, he made the leap to the other side of the microphone, acting as an ambassador for the municipality as a communications advisor for the RMWB and most recently for Suncor Energy.
What has Ault continued to call Fort McMurray home, eschewing the idea of the “fiveyear plan” so popular with other residents his age? “I think we’re on the cusp of something enormous here,” he says simply.
The same can be said for Ault himself, who recently launched his political career in the June by-election, coming within a few hundred votes of taking a council seat. “These next five years are crucial to Fort McMurray’s future for decades to come and we need to get it right,” says Ault. “I have a lot of lessons learned to go from in terms of the next run, and I can’t wait to meet more and more people as we inch closer to next fall and the general election.”
In the meantime, Ault isn’t resting on his laurels. He’s an active volunteer in the community, sitting on many committees and volunteering for a variety of organizations from MacDonald Island and the Northern Lights Health Foundation to Fort McMurray Minor Hockey and the Western Canada Summer Games.
Whatever lies ahead for Ault, you can be sure it will happen in Fort McMurray. “I’m a Fort McMurray guy, and I love this community,” he says. “I have great friends, great family and a great community to work in. I don’t plan on going anywhere.”