Chana MartineauChief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chana Martineau is the CEO of the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, a provincial Crown Corporation with a mandate to serve as a catalyst for Indigenous prosperity and independence through investment and involvement in Alberta’s natural resources, agriculture, transportation, and telecommunications sectors. Prior to joining AIOC, Chana had an extensive and diverse background in the financial services sector with 30 years of experience across all aspects of banking and investing. Her experience includes strategy and consulting in the key sectors under the AIOC mandate. Chana has been recognized for her efforts fostering Inclusion and Diversity for women in leadership and Indigenous peoples. She has a track record of building high performance teams both inside and outside of the boardroom. Her governance experience encompasses several board positions, including time as the Enterprise Risk Finance & Audit Committee chair of a National Sport Organization and is a current candidate for the ICD.D. Chana is a proud member of Frog Lake First Nation on Treaty 6 Territory and is a graduate from the University of Alberta with a degree in Economics.
Chris HooperChief Investment Officer
Chief Investment Officer
Chris is responsible for leadership of the investment group within AIOC. The investment group’s function includes evaluating projects presented to 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 board of directors, and leading the AIOC team on consummating approved transactions.
Prior to 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 BoudreauVP Engagement
As VP, Amber coordinates engagement for the AIOC, including leading the Engagement Team. Amber has the critical responsibility of driving AIOC’s mandate and establishing a platform to facilitate and welcome Indigenous investment and equity share ownership and partnerships in Alberta’s natural resources, transportation, telecommunication, agriculture, and related infrastructure projects. Through Amber’s leadership, meaningful business partnerships are fostered with Indigenous communities and a range of stakeholders, including industry.
Amber is a proud member of the Red Rock Indian Band in Northwestern Ontario and comes to AIOC with more than 18 years 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 is an active member of the Corporate Indigenous Relations Council on behalf of AIOC, a member of the Population Health Subcommittee for the O’Brien Institute of the University of Calgary, and previously served on the Board of Directors for Algoma Family Services.
Before joining AIOC, she acted as interim Team Lead and Senior Manager for CIBC’s Indigenous Markets Team, was a mentor for women in Commercial Banking, and actively championed diversity and inclusivity, having been a member of the Gender and Diversity Committees during her time at both CIBC and RBC as well as a proud leading member of the Indigenous Employee Circle and RBC Royal Eagles
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.
Carole TuckerSr. Engagement Manager
Sr. Engagement Manager
Carole is a proud member of the Dokis First Nation, and was raised in her community, near North Bay, Ontario. She moved to Calgary with her family 25 years ago. Carole has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Laurentian University, a Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University, as well as a Human Resources Management Certificate from the University of Calgary.
Carole most recently worked in Indigenous Relations Business Engagement with TC Energy prior to coming to the AIOC. She has a strong background in Indigenous community outreach, client negotiations, procurement processes and evaluations, and contract management.
Prior to her career in the energy sector, Carole worked at the University of Calgary as a Student Advisor overseeing Indigenous student retention and success programming, as well as leading the community outreach leadership programming. Carole also worked for the Wesley First Nation as the Human Resources and Education Director.
Jessica ClarkEngagement Coordinator
Jessica is of Cree Métis and French/Scottish/German ancestry. She was born and raised in Mohkinstsis. Jessica is the granddaughter of Bertha Clark Jones (nee Houle), who was an Indigenous Women's rights activist and the first president of Native Women's Association of Canada. It is due to the wisdom and leadership of her grandmother that Jessica has pursued a career in Indigenous Engagement.
Jessica comes to the AIOC with over 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector with a focus on strategic communications and community development. She believes strongly in a relational approach to engagement to centre the voices of Indigenous communities.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, and a Journalism Certificate from Mount Royal University. She also has a strong passion for the arts community and volunteers as a committee member for Femme Wave arts festival and her community association's Artist in Residence Program.
Whitney McKenzieEngagement Manager
Whitney brings over 13 years of energy industry experience. Prior to joining AIOC, she worked in the midstream sector where her role focused on community and Indigenous engagement, and more recently explored sustainability and specifically how it relates to Indigenous relations. Prior to that, her career focused on community engagement, with further experience in community investment, communications, and business development.
Whitney holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of Victoria where her studies focused on Indigenous history in Canada. While studying, she spent time in south central BC living in the Stó:lō community where she drove a community-based research project. This transformational learning experience ignited her passion for reconciliation and further set the foundation to her approach to engagement.
In her spare time, Whitney volunteers on Young Women in Energy’s Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Committee and is a Learning Partner for the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Indigenous Awareness Learning program, where she supports other engagement professionals in exploring our shared history and complexities relating to engagement with Indigenous communities.
James ScarlettInvestment Principal
James is an investment Principal 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 WusatyDirector of Administration, CEO and Board
Director of Administration, CEO and Board
Allison has over 15 years experience working with senior executives and boards.
Before joining AIOC, she held roles at ENMAX, SNC Lavalin ATP and TransAlta Utilities.
Allison enjoys hiking and travel.