(CALGARY-Alberta) — The Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation’s (AIOC) Board of Directors has appointed Alicia Dubois to Chief Executive Officer of the AIOC effective September 1, 2020. Dubois brings to the position a wealth of knowledge, extensive leadership capabilities and a track record of successful Indigenous transactions. This, combined with her excellent people engagement and communications skills, gives the Board confidence that she will continue to evolve the strong culture of AIOC.
The AIOC is a first-of-its-kind Crown corporation in Canada that will provide up to $1 billion in loan guarantees for Indigenous Investment opportunities. Through AIOC, Indigenous community prosperity will benefit from their direct investment in medium-to-large scale natural resource projects and related infrastructure.
Cody Church, chair of AIOC, says he and the board of directors are delighted to have Dubois join the AIOC as its inaugural CEO. “Alicia will be taking the AIOC to the next level, building on the solid foundation and momentum achieved by the team under the leadership of Interim CEO Matt Machielse’s leadership,” said Church.
Alicia joins the AIOC from CIBC where she developed and implemented CIBC’s Indigenous Markets strategy and framework. In this role, she established and proudly led an expert national Indigenous Markets team. At the AIOC she will continue her commitment to bolstering Indigenous economic prosperity and wellness by driving regional economic growth through meaningful business partnerships.
“We are pleased to see a person of Alicia Dubois’ caliber coming aboard the AIOC, ” said Alberta Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson. “To be able to attract someone of her qualifications, speaks to the mandate and vision of the AIOC to help make the Indigenous people in Alberta true partners in prosperity. Alicia will no doubt help make that happen.”
Alicia is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum. She actively contributes to awareness building and enhancing the positive national narrative around Indigenous finance and prosperity via speaking engagements with industry, governments and diverse audiences across the country.
In 2019, Alicia was honoured with the National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association’s inaugural Award of Distinction for her steadfast commitment to Indigenous prosperity and self-determination. Prior to her career in Indigenous financial services, Alicia practiced law at Alberta Justice, ENMAX Corporation and Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.
Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (AIOC) is a provincial Crown corporation established in November 2019 that guarantees loans to Indigenous groups to facilitate investment in natural resource projects and related infrastructure.