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.
Amber Boudreau VP Engagement
Amber is a proud member of the Red Rock Indian Band in northwestern Ontario and comes to the AIOC with more than 18 years of experience in the banking industry. She has a strong background in Indigenous Commercial Banking, with experience in Enterprise Commercial Banking, Small Business and Personal Markets and Investments. Amber currently serves on the Board of Directors for Algoma Family Services. Before joining the AIOC, she acted as interim Team Lead and Senior Manager for CIBC’s Indigenous Markets Team and actively mentored women in Commercial Banking.
Prior to her career in banking, Amber worked at an Ontario law firm that specialized in Aboriginal Law and acted as a Community Facilitator for the Self-Governance and Education Initiative with the Union of Ontario Indians.
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.
Allison Wusaty Executive Assistant to the CEO
Allison has over 15 years experience as an executive assistant working with senior executives.
Before joining AIOC, she held roles at ENMAX, SNC Lavalin ATP and TransAlta Utilities.
Allison enjoys hiking and travel.
Joska Eelsingh Board Administrator
Joska was born and raised in The Netherlands and moved to the Calgary area in the summer of 2006. Prior to joining the AIOC as Board Administrator in December 2020, she has held executive assistant positions in a variety of industries such as accounting, IT, insurance and most recently security.
Joska has always been intrigued by the traditions of the Indigenous Peoples and at a young age accompanied her mother to several conferences organized by the NANAI (Dutch Action Group North American Indians). In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, hiking and spending quality time with friends and family.