TFAB Aboriginal Business Networking Event – Toronto

Toronto’s TFAB Aboriginal Business Networking Event, sponsored by Federated Insurance, brought together an amazing group of community and business leaders to network, connect, and learn. Federated Insurance announced they will be working with TFAB as Operations Business Function Partner to bring TFAB to more Aboriginal businesses across Canada. In this spirit, Federated Insurance has launched the first installment of their Risk Insights Library on TFAB. The Library will host a variety of guides that provide insights into understanding an managing a variety of business risks and will be added to throughout the year. Check out the library here!

Keynote speaker, Alicia Dubois, also announced that CIBC will be working with CCAB to provide greater financing opportunities to female Indigenous entrepreneurs through TFAB.

JP Gladu, President and CEO, announced CCAB’s Aboriginal Procurement Strategy and issued a challenge to corporations and governments to champion the increased use of Aboriginal businesses. For more information visit our strategy here.

TFAB Aboriginal Business Networking Events are held in a variety of locations across Canada to:

  • Create a space for Aboriginal entrepreneurs to connect with likeminded peers
  • Provide Aboriginal entrepreneurs and businesses with the opportunity to grow their professional networks and profile through connecting with CCAB corporate members and other organizations committed to Aboriginal business
  • Provide opportunities to learn more about what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur from special guest speakers.

Thank you to our event sponsor and TFAB Operations Business Function Partner.

Alicia Dubois

Market Vice-President, Indigenous Markets, CIBC

CCAB Board of Directors, Co-Vice-Chair


Alicia is a proud Indigenous woman who was born in Sudbury, Ontario and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Alicia earned a B.Sc., with Distinction, from the University of Lethbridge and had her first of three children while doing so. Afterward, Alicia and her then three year old daughter moved to Toronto where Alicia earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto before returning to Calgary to begin her legal career at Alberta Justice. Alicia and her family returned to Toronto in 2012.

In April, 2016, Alicia joined CIBC as Market Vice President, Indigenous Markets, before which she was the head of Aboriginal banking at Scotiabank. Prior to her career in Indigenous banking, Alicia practiced law in Toronto at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto and Scotiabank.

Prior to returning to Toronto, Alicia served as a Board member for a not-for-profit organization and was Compliance Counsel at ENMAX Corporation in Calgary. While at ENMAX, she represented the corporation (and in effect, Canada) on an Antarctic expedition that focused on the environmental and economic benefits of alternative energy solutions. In this capacity, Alicia worked with international energy executives and NGO environmentalists, and presented to Alberta audiences on alternative energy solutions. As a result of her work, Alicia was named a delegate of the Canadian Electricity Association and attended the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.