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.
Director, Indigenous Services
Home base: Calgary
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.
Indigenous Procurement Coordinator
Home base: Airdrie
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.
Indigenous Business Strategist
Home base: Grande Prairie
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.”
Indigenous Business Strategist
Home base: Lethbridge
Piinaakoyim is our Indigenous Business Strategist for southern Alberta and Treaty 7 south. He is passionate about providing Indigenous entrepreneurs with the resources and support they need to be successful. In such a fast-paced industry new challenges are likely to arise, however, he believes with new challenges come new opportunities!
He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Dhillon School of Business and also attained a postgraduate certificate from Harvard Business School. He is a member of The Blood Tribe, which is one of the four tribes in the Blackfoot Confederacy and also the largest tribe in Canada. His family has always believed in the value of hard work and determination. He believes through hard work anything is possible.
When he is not at the office you might find Piinaakoyim playing sports or spending quality time with his beautiful little family.