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First-ever Indigenous CEO appointed to AIOC

Don Horne   


Indigenous groups in Alberta have long expressed interest in meaningful business partnerships related to natural resource projects and infrastructure.

Today, the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (AIOC) named its first-ever Chief Executive Officer Alicia Dubois.

“The Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation’s (AIOC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia Dubois to Chief Executive Officer of the AIOC effective September 1, 2020,” states the press release.“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.”

Under Dubois’s leadership, the AIOC will provide up to $1 billion in loan guarantees for such opportunities.


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.

Dubois 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.

Dubois 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, Dubois 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, Dubois practiced law at Alberta Justice, ENMAX Corporation and Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.


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