Fort McMurray’s Nicole Bourque-Bouchier wins 2019 Indigenous Women in Leadership Award

Nicole Bourque-Bouchier. Image: Joey Podlubny, JWN

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) is recognizing Nicole Bourque-Bouchier, CEO of oilsands supplier Bouchier Group, with its 2019 Indigenous Women in Leadership Award.

Borque-Bouchier’s resolute, thoughtful and principled approach to business management and community service has transformed her company and advanced quality of life for Indigenous people, CCAB said in a statement on Friday.

A member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, she is being recognized for “an extraordinary history of accomplishment in business expansion, job creation for her people and community service.”

When she joined Bouchier Group in 2004, the company had 10 employees. Today, the company ranks among the largest Indigenous-owned businesses operating in the oilsands with 850 employees, the majority of whom are Indigenous.

“Nicole is a powerful and fearless Cree woman with an unstoppable resolve to achieve excellence and advance Indigenous culture. Nicole’s journey is a source of pride and inspiration for all Indigenous women and men,” said JP Gladu, CEO of CCAB.

Among her many management accomplishments is her company’s comprehensive social economic plan outlining a detailed commitment to an Indigenous workforce, retaining Aboriginal culture and procuring goods and services from local Indigenous suppliers.

Giving back is at the core of Borque-Bouchier’s life philosophy, CCAB said.

She has served on the boards of numerous non-profits such as the Keyano College Foundation, the Athabasca University Board of Governors and the Apple Schools Foundation. She is also the first woman president of the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association and a former member of the Alberta First Nation Women’s Economic Security Council. She is also a long-time supporter of Girls Inc. in Fort McMurray.

The award will be presented in April at an event in Toronto.