Empowering Indigenous Lives today,
with tomorrow in mind

ÂSOKAN IS CREE FOR BRIDGE

Âsokan in nêhiyawêwin (Cree) means “bridge” symbolizing its mission of building bridges to a sustainable and prosperous future for generations to come. We aim to be the leading catalyst for sustainable Indigenous and industry partnerships, empowering Indigenous communities towards self-determination and driving positive change in society.

Experienced, knowledgeable team with nearly 50 years of diverse Industry and Indigenous Community development experience.

Passionate about empowering Indigenous Peoples today, with an eye on a mutually prosperous tomorrow, fueling growth of the global Indigenous economy while supporting corporations on their journey of inclusion and reconciliation.

Proven ability to walk in both worlds and build strong bridges between Industry and Indigenous Communities.
Blended corporate culture, strong values and corporate governance, rooted in the Seven Sacred Teachings of Indigenous Ways of Knowing.

Unique expertise and consistent track record of building sustainable and mutually beneficial Indigenous-Industry relationships.

Substantial experience in executing Indigenous equity ownership transactions, including five recent major deals worth ~$3 billion and involving more than 40 unique Indigenous Communities across Alberta.

Recognized for exemplary leadership and invaluable contributions to Indigenous Communities with numerous prestigious awards.

Recognition

Indigenomics
Indigenomics Top 10 to Watch 2023
Nominated for the 2024
Nominated for the 2024 Alberta Chambers Indigenous Business of Distinction Award

Testimonials

“ACFN wanted to get ownership in the Alberta Energy Sector. Why not a pipeline to complement ACFN’s investments in solar power. 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 defiantly that.”

Chief Allan Adam
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
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“I have had the pleasure to work hand in hand with Justin over the years. He is results orientated, has vision and a strong business acumen; a recipe for success when mixed with his integrity, passion and loyalty in partnership. I am excited for Justin, for Âsokan Generational Developments and more importantly for industry and community as they are all sure to benefit.”

Crystal Young
CEO Fort McKay Metis Group
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“We are fortunate enough to work with Justin on two landmark Indigenous acquisitions. In 2021, we worked with Justin on a transaction involving 8 First Nations and Métis communities in their acquisition of a 15% equity interest in the Northern Courier Pipeline Limited Partnership, which is a pipeline asset with a value of approximately $1.3 billion. In 2022, we worked closely with Justin so that 23 First Nations and Métis communities could acquire, for $1.1 billion, an 11.57% equity interest in seven Enbridge-operated pipelines in the Athabasca region. Justin played an integral role in both of these acquisitions. In his role as a director and shareholder representative, Justin demonstrated a deep understanding of the complexities of acquisitions and acquisition financings; all of which was under significant time pressures. He also has a fundamental understanding of transactions supported by provincial loan guarantees from the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation. Justin is uniquely positioned as someone who has an appreciation for Indigenous community-based values while having hands-on experience negotiating two of the largest Indigenous acquisitions in Canada.”

Philip Barton and Donya Vahidi
Boughton Law
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