Team

Team

Leadership

Sandra Klashinsky

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Sandra Klashinsky

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Sandra, as an MBA graduate, brings to the Interim CEO position a wealth of knowledge, extensive executive leadership, and a track record of leading provincial and national initiatives resulting in significant changes to program delivery for Albertans. The projects ranged from designing a strategic approach to Canada’s energy and Alberta’s oil sands including addressing economic, social and environment challenges, refocusing Alberta’s international economic offices, tackling mental health and addictions, crime reduction, child protection and improving adoption processes. Fundamental to the success of these initiatives are proven skills in engagement, change management, and collaborating with Indigenous communities and a diverse range of organizations from industry to all levels of government.

Prior to the interim CEO role with AIOC, Sandra had a successful career working across the Government of Alberta in a range of roles, including Executive Director in Energy, Infrastructure, Treasury Board and Finance, International and Intergovernmental Relations, Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security, Health and Children’s Services.

Chris Hooper

Chief Investment Officer

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 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 Boudreau

VP Engagement

Amber Boudreau

VP 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.

Terra Klassen

Sr. Financial Officer

Terra Klassen

Sr. Financial Officer

Terra Klassen is a proud Indigenous professional, a 3rd generation Calgarian and a proud member of the Flying Dust First Nation. Terra earned an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Laurentian University as well as Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA) and Certified General Accounting designation (CGA) registered in Alberta. Terra comes to AIOC with over 20 years of operational accounting, banking and consumer/corporate bankruptcy experience.

Terra is passionate about finding ways to give back to her community, and in her spare time has served as the treasurer for her community hockey association. Terra joins the AIOC with aligned core values of driving Indigenous prosperity through shared heritage and culture. In her time at AIOC, Terra plans to continue to learn more about the Indigenous communities of Alberta while finding ways to give back.

Engagement

Carole Tucker

Sr. Engagement Manager

Carole Tucker

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.

Investment

James Scarlett

Investment Principal

James Scarlett

Investment 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.

Operations

Allison Wusaty

Director of Administration, CEO and Board

Allison Wusaty

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.

Joska Eelsingh

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Joska Eelsingh

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Joska was born and raised in The Netherlands and moved to the Calgary area in the summer of 2006. Prior to joining the AIOC 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 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.