Alicia Dubois Chief Executive Officer
Alicia is a proud Indigenous professional who earned a B.Sc., with Distinction from the University of Lethbridge and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. Alicia joined the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation from CIBC’s executive team 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 AIOC, Alicia continues her dedication to Indigenous economic prosperity and wellness by bolstering Indigenous access to capital and the economy and supporting meaningful Indigenous ownership in mid to large scale resource and related infrastructure projects.
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.
Matthew Machielse Chief Operating Officer
Matt joined as Chief Operating Officer in October 2020 after acting as the Interim CEO during the early stand up of the AIOC. Prior to taking on this role, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Trade and Investment Attraction, which oversaw Alberta’s 12 international offices and Trade Policy team. In addition, he led a number of portfolios in his 30 years with the Government of Alberta that included; agriculture, energy, environment and international trade. Matt is proud of his agriculture roots having been raised in Southern Alberta on a mixed irrigation farm.
Chris Hooper Chief Investment Officer
Chris is responsible for leadership of the investment group within AIOC. The investment group’s function includes evaluating projects presented to the AIOC and capacity grant requests, providing direction on promising projects to progress them to the approval stage, recommending projects and/or capacity grant applications for approval to the Investment Committee and the AIOC board, and leading the AIOC team on consummating approved transactions.
Prior to the AIOC, Chris worked for nearly 14 years at Azimuth Capital Management (formerly KERN Partners), most recently as a Managing Director. Prior to Azimuth, he worked at AIMCo. in the Private Equity and Infrastructure groups. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce, with Distinction, from the University of Alberta School of Business, is a CFA Charterholder and holds the ICD.D designation. He is a member of the CFA Institute Standards of Practice Council, a global committee that helps to develop and promulgate all of the CFA Institute’s ethical standards and a Past President of the Calgary CFA Society.
Belinda Chille Executive Assistant
My name is Belinda Chille, I am of Aboriginal decent and have worked for the Government of Alberta for 25 years in various ministries. I currently work for Justice and Solicitor General within the division of Correctional Services as an Executive Assistant to the Assistant Deputy Minister. I have two beautiful daughters, a Scottish son-in-law and a lovely granddaughter. My boyfriend’s passion for riding motorcycles has recently become mine and we ride as often as we can.
Kristen Lawson Communications
Kristen Lawson is a seasoned public affairs and communications professional with over 20 years of experience. She has a wide range of experience with social media, content marketing and communications strategy.
Previously, Kristen held senior positions at Hill & Knowlton where she managed a broad range of communications and public affairs issues for public and private sector clients in many fields. Kristen has been recognized for her accomplishments with awards from PR associations.
Kristen also teaches yoga and meditation at various non-profits across Calgary.
Lisa Monague Office Manager
Lisa is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) member from Beausoleil First Nation located in southern Ontario and has resided in Calgary for the past 40 years. She has worked in the oil and gas industry for nearly three decades with various size companies primarily within the Well Operations and Operational/Capital Accounting groups, starting in an administrative role and with increased responsibilities, was promoted to a leadership role where she managed several administrative teams.
Lisa’s passion for understanding and identifying traditional plant medicine lead her back to school; she enrolled full time in a Land and Water Resources Program and graduated with a major in Environmental Stewardship and Rural Planning Diploma, with Distinction. While attending college, she became an advocate for greater inclusion for all Indigenous students attending the college, with an emphasis on accessibility to Elders, academic support and advisory, and increasing instructional content to include Indigenous history and the important contributions of Indigenous people to Canada. She also assisted Indigenous students applying for scholarships and bursaries through Indspire. This advocacy role was unexpected but is something she is most proud of. Most recently, Lisa’s career has involved working as an Indigenous Engagement Coordinator and Facilitator for private organizations, solidifying her commitment to support Indigenous peoples, communities as well as building bridges for meaningful, positive relationships.
James Scarlett Investment Associate
James is an investment Associate at the AIOC. Prior to joining the AIOC in 2020, James worked in the Liquid Credit Group at Ares Management, where he focused on high-yield bond, leveraged loan and distressed debt investments in the energy sector. Previously, James was a Vice President at RS Energy Group, where he led the firm’s high-yield credit research product. James holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and is a CFA Charterholder.