MASKWACIS, AB – Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. (NGCI) is thrilled to have a new VP Business Development join the Executive Team. The VP Business Development will assist in the development, implementation, and execution of new and existing businesses and works closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Vice President of Operations and Financial Controller.
Stephen Wagner, NGCI’s new VP Business Development, started with NGCI on November 18, 2021. He is from the Ermineskin Cree Nation; but grew up in the county of Ponoka, so he’s a good old farm boy. Stephen is son to Ralph Wagner and Esther Wildcat.
Stephen takes pride in his family; he is father to Landon Crier-Wagner who is 22 years old, and he considers himself close knit to two young boys, Dayson and Drae Stoyka. He has two sisters, Annette and Gina, between them they have 8 children in which he is known as the crazy uncle.
Mr. Wagner graduated from Ponoka Composite High School; prior to graduation Stephen played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Olds Grizzlys from Olds, AB. He received a scholarship while playing in Olds; from there he moved on to study at the University of Denver where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, which is like a Business Commerce degree in Canada.
Because of Stephen’s dedication and love for hockey he had a choice from 13 NCAA Division 1 schools in the United States; he had played such a good year at Olds; that he was drafted to play with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues. Hockey and education are Stephen’s most accomplished skills and talents. But Stephen’s Greatest accomplishments are his son and the two boys he is closest to. He loves being a part of their lives and helping them become young prospering men. He is proud of them in every way and every day.
Some things that Stephen learned over his lifetime that he would like to share with the younger generation is “Work hard towards your goals and dreams! Don’t let others discourage you or take you off your course. If you truly want to achieve your dreams, you can, but you must put in the work. That means you will probably lose some friends along the way because their goals and dreams are different. But you will make new friends as well that a line with what you want to do”.
Warmest welcome to Stephen Wagner, NGCI is excited to have such an enthusiastic new team member with a creative mindset among us.