Justin Bourque Establishes sokan Generational Developments Ltd.
New consulting firm will provide services that bridge the gap between industry and Indigenous communities.
Im thrilled for the opportunity to build on my achievements and offer my experience to other Indigenous communities and their industry partners.”ANZAC, ALBERTA, CANADA, January 25, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Justin Bourque, President of Athabasca Indigenous Investments and former CEO of Willow Lake Mtis Nation, announced today the establishment of sokan Generational Developments Ltd., a new firm dedicated to providing strategic advisory services focused on bridging the gap between industry and Indigenous communities.
— Justin Bourque
sokan has been established to support Indigenous resilience and economic sovereignty through negotiation and management of meaningful Indigenous-industry partnerships, as well as to build understanding of corporate responsibility and enhance opportunity through the development of indigenous ESG frameworks that localize economic benefit for current and future generations.
During my time as CEO of Willow Lake Mtis Nation, I had the privilege of building the Nations governance and ESG framework, as well as leading the negotiations of two significant equity investments between the community and its energy partners, said Justin Bourque, Founder of sokan Generational Developments. Im thrilled for the opportunity to build on my achievements and offer my experience to other Indigenous communities and their industry partners.
Bourque played a key role in the creation of Athabasca Indigenous Investments, a historical limited partnership of 23 diverse Treaty 6 and Treaty 8 First Nations and Mtis communities located in northern Alberta who came together to invest in seven Enbridge-operated pipelines. He remains as the active President of the Limited Partnership. Bourque also helped in the creation of the Astisiy Partnership, which was created when Suncor exercised its option to purchase TC Energys remaining interest in the Northern Courier Pipeline LP a purchase that brought 8 Indigenous communities together in partnership with Suncor. Both agreements resulted in long term generational wealth and security for the Indigenous partners.
Justin is an extraordinary, innovative and driven Mtis leader, said Ron Quintal, President of Fort McKay Mtis Nation. He has an innate ability to support Indigenous Peoples in increasing their capacity and knowledge to help them achieve their goals with government, industry and business partnerships. We have worked beside him on many historical events and are excited to see him sharing his mastery with other Indigenous Peoples and businesses. Our team supports Justin and sokan Generational Developments, and we look forward to seeing their growth within our region and throughout Alberta.
ACFN wanted to get ownership in the Alberta Energy Sector. Why not a pipeline to complement ACFNs investments in solar power, said Chief Adam Allan of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. It was not a simple task to get 23 unique Nations together and through the hard work of a team lead by Justin Bourque, the Athabasca Indigenous Investments was born. Every great project requires a leader, a doer, and Justin is definitely that.
sokan is the Cree word for bridge, which is exactly the role that sokan Generational Development will play between Indigenous communities and their industry partners. In addition to working directly with clients, Bourque plans to continue to share his experience and expertise as a speaker, presenter, and teacher at conferences, in boardrooms, and with Indigenous communities and youth.
About sokan Generational Developments
sokan Generational Developments is a consultancy firm that specializes in Indigenous governance and capacity building, as well as ESG Framework development, and negotiation and project management of Indigenous-industry partnerships. sokan is the Cree word for bridge, which is exactly the role the sokan Generational Developments has been created, to connect between industry and Indigenous communities. The organizations ultimate goal is to Empower Indigenous Lives Today, with Tomorrow in Mind.
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