Our Indigenous Services Team

We’re a small but mighty team that has a passion for small business. Our team is driven by your success. Nothing gives us greater pleasure than seeing your business idea come to life. We’re proud to be part of your entrepreneurial journey and provide the best resources available to help make your startup successful.

Holly Atjecoutay

Director, Indigenous Services

Home base: Calgary

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Holly is Cree and Saulteaux from Cowessess First Nation in Treaty 4 Saskatchewan, but calls Treaty 7 and Mohkinstsis (Calgary) her home. As the Director of Indigenous Services at Business Link Alberta, she relies heavily on her fabulous team to provide assistance to Indigenous entrepreneurs in Alberta regarding the startup and expansion of their small businesses, connecting them to helpful resources while also providing guidance.

The Indigenous Services team facilitates workshops, hosts Indigenous-focused events, provides specific programming for Indigenous entrepreneurs and small businesses, and builds meaningful relationships in both rural and urban Indigenous communities. Holly guides the team to success, maintains important relationships and collaboration with partners, and ensures that every First Nations and Metis community in Alberta is aware of the services that we offer.

In her spare time Holly enjoys reading, writing, and collecting books, watching murder mysteries and going to the movie theater, is a fashion enthusiast, and also authors a blog on the Indigenous Woman’s Identity. Holly believes the art of storytelling and communication is one of the key factors in building a strong business. Holly is a mother to a young daughter, and reinforces the importance of pride and resilience in her First Nations heritage and culture.

Perry Kocis

Indigenous Procurement Coordinator

Home base: Airdrie

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Perry is our Indigenous Procurement Program Coordinator who supports an increase in successful participation of Indigenous businesses in the Government of Canada’s procurement processes. While building awareness of this program with information sessions, Perry is the first point of contact with Indigenous businesses seeking business support, identifying those that are ‘procurement ready’ and connecting them with opportunities for Federal contracts.

Perry has worked in the oil and gas sector for 27 years as an Aboriginal Supply Chain Specialist with 10+ years’ experience in supply chain management systems and contract management. While working for industry, Perry has worked closely building relationships with approximately 130 First Nations and Métis communities across Canada.

Perry is a proud member of the Hollow Water First Nation located in Manitoba and presently makes his home in Airdrie, AB. Perry is married with 3 boys and while not traveling, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his 2 granddaughters.

Jenine Campbell-Cove

Indigenous Business Strategist

Home base: Grande Prairie

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Representing the Treaty 8 territory Jenine is proudly Indigenous and extremely passionate about her culture. Her goal with Business Link Indigenous Services, is to establish a network of internal business strategists within each community via our business training programs (ask us about it).

Being born and raised in the Grande Prairie area, Jenine is familiar with the resources available to rural areas, and the challenges that entrepreneurs face when they are not near urban centers. She takes pride in being a main point of contact for Indigenous entrepreneurs and connecting them with the available resources to overcome fears and challenges to accomplish their goals.

“My work is incredibly rewarding, to actually contribute positive impact within Indigenous Communities, while building long lasting meaningful relationships, is actually what I do it for.”

April Massie

Indigenous Business Strategist

Home base: Red Deer

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Representing the Treaty 6 territory April was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta and earned her Bachelor of Business Degree from Mount Royal University. She is a proud member of the Metis Nation of Alberta and her objective is to connect Indigenous entrepreneurs to valuable resources to aid in their overall success. She is caring and passionate about her work and hopes to help as many people as possible.

In her spare time, she can be found spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors picking rocks and collecting herbs. April is eager to learn new things and is excited to be joining the Business Link AB team.

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