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 Advisor

Matt was appointed to Interim CEO of the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation in late 2019. He has led a number of portfolios in his 30 years with the Government of Alberta that included; agriculture, energy, environment and international trade. Prior to assuming this role he was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Trade and Investment Attraction, which oversaw Alberta’s 12 international offices and Trade Policy team. Matt is proud of his aggie roots, he was born and 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.

James Gaby AIOC Secretariat

As a member of the Government of Alberta’s AIOC Secretariat, James is providing support with the design and implementation of all business operations and functional areas.

Prior to the AIOC Secretariat, James held various roles in the Ministry of Indigenous Relations, activated a portfolio of over 20 corporate partners at Oilers Entertainment Group, expanded business operations at general contracting construction company, and managed daily branch operations at a leading car rental company.

James holds a Master of Business Administration in Natural Resources, Energy and Environment from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from Ryerson University, and a Business Administration Diploma with Honours from George Brown College.

Kristen Lawson Board Support

Kristen has worked for more than 20 years helping business leaders anticipate and navigate public policy challenges to protect and enhance their license to operate. Her experience at the intersection of public policy, government relations and strategic communications spans the energy, defense, mining, public health, pharmaceutical and tech sectors.

Kristen has held senior positions at Hill & Knowlton and Miller Thomson LLP. In these roles, she advised clients on interprovincial and international trade matters, international market access, government approvals of mergers, government affairs challenges and she implemented strategies in each area.

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.