Our Team

Our values of integrity, transparency and accountability are woven with the Seven Sacred Teachings of Indigenous Ways of Knowing, creating the unique Âsokan DNA

Experienced, knowledgeable team with a unique skillset

  • Âsokan’s two partners, Justin Bourque and Jenny Xenos, bring together nearly 50 years of diverse Industry and Indigenous Community development experience.
  • The team has won multiple awards and recognitions for its exemplary leadership and invaluable contributions to Indigenous Communities.
  • As required, Âsokan draws on its extensive network of service providers and matter experts, including consultants, advisors, community leaders and elders, to achieve scalability for project execution.
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Named One of 10 Most Innovative Business Leaders to Follow in 2022
Medal
2022 Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal
Award
Junior Achievement (JA) Northern Alberta Business Hall of Fame 2022 Innovator Award
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One of Canada's Top 20 Dynamic CEOs

Justin Bourque, PMP
Founder & President

Justin is an experienced and passionate leader with 27 years of diverse Industry and Indigenous Community development experience. 

As a passionate Indigenous leader, Justin is deeply committed to enhancing relationships between corporations and Indigenous Communities. With extensive experience in both, he sees the value in mutually beneficial relationships. He works towards building Indigenous resilience, economic sovereignty and shareholder value through development and management of meaningful, sustainable partnerships between Indigenous Communities and Industry. Justin has been at the forefront of ideating, developing and successfully executing a number of major projects, both greenfield and brownfield, representing Indigenous Communities as well as corporate clients. These projects included a number of complex Indigenous equity ownership transactions, where he has served in diverse roles, including as an advisor, management committee representative, project lead, lead negotiator, Indigenous Community leader, President and Director of the Board post-closing. Most recently, Justin has played an integral role in three major Indigenous equity transactions worth approximately $2.6 billion and involving more than 35 unique Indigenous Communities throughout Alberta. As part of executing these transactions, Justin supported the raise of nearly $0.5 billion in capital.

These transactions included:

  • Astisiy Community Partnership – A transaction that saw three First Nations and five Métis Communities, alongside Suncor Energy, acquire an ownership interest in the Northern Courier Pipeline system from TC Energy. Justin served as key representative for Willow Lake Métis Community during the transaction and continues to serve as a Management Committee representative for the Limited Partnership.
  • Athabasca Indigenous Investments – Justin played a key role in the creation of this historical limited partnership of 23 diverse Treaty 6 and Treaty 8 First Nations and Métis Communities located in northern Alberta. In a landmark deal, the Nations purchased from Enbridge an 11.57% working interest in seven major pipelines within the Athabasca oil sands system in northern Alberta, the largest Indigenous energy partnership in North America to date. Justin remains an active President of the Limited Partnership.
  • Wâpiscânís Wâseskwan Nipiy Partnership – Justin led the structuring of a consortium of 12 Indigenous Communities, including First Nations and Métis Settlements, in the creation of the Wâpiscânís Wâseskwan Nipiy Partnership which acquired 85% ownership in major oil and gas midstream infrastructure in the Clearwater area of northwestern Alberta from Tamarack Valley Energy.


Justin’s unique vision, significant experience in Alberta’s energy sector and Indigenous Community development, paired with his traditional upbringing and values, provide him with a unique, holistic perspective, enabling him to bridge the gap between the Western and the Indigenous worlds. By building bridges between Indigenous Communities, Industry and government organizations, while promoting the strictest standards of governance, Justin has established a reputation as an influential Indigenous leader throughout the business community, and a relentless advocate for Indigenous prosperity. He has advised local, provincial and federal governments as well as Industry on the dynamics of Indigenous partnerships and is often featured in local and national events, conferences and in the media.

In recognition of his exemplary leadership and invaluable contributions to Indigenous Communities, in December 2022, Justin was awarded Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal. In November 2023, Âsokan was added to the Indigenomics Institute 10 To Watch List for demonstrating excellence and leadership in the emerging $100 billion Indigenous economy. Justin was also named one of Canada’s Top 20 Dynamic CEOs by The CEO Publication; One of 10 Most Innovative Business Leaders to Follow in 2022 by CIO Views; and Top 50 Under 50 by YMM. In addition, he has been awarded the JA Northern Alberta Business Hall of Fame “Innovator” Award for his forward-thinking leadership and innovative spirit during his tenure as CEO of Willow Lake Métis Nation in Anzac, Alberta. During his time as CEO, Justin built the Nation’s innovative governance and ESG frameworks, and forged several strategic partnerships to create revenue and job opportunities, spur community development, and secure the Nation’s future. Under his leadership, Willow Lake Métis became a self-governing Nation. In addition, through the Sohkastwâwin initiative, which in Cree means “the act of being resilient”, the previously landless Nation purchased 205 acres of land that it plans to reclaim and develop in a sustainable way, providing their community a home for the first time.

Justin was born and raised in the community of Willow Lake/Anzac and is proud to call it home. He is a traditional harvester, trapper and land user and continues to exercise his rights on the land, passing his knowledge on to his community and kin. He is also Owner and Operator of Traditional Teachings Inc., an Indigenous business providing land-based learning to the youth.

Justin takes great pride in both his home and his Métis upbringing, which instilled in him a deep connection to the land, environmental stewardship, cultural integrity, and respect for the governance his ancestors promoted. He has a true passion for all Indigenous Peoples and communities and continually strives to share knowledge, develop partnerships, and maintain cultural connections.

Recognition

Âsokan is an industry leader. His connections in industry and with Indigenous communities are unparalleled. Recently he has been recognized by a number of organizations.
leader
Named One of 10 Most Innovative Business Leaders to Follow in 2022
Medal
2022 Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal
Award
Junior Achievement (JA) Northern Alberta Business Hall of Fame 2022 Innovator Award
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One of Canada's Top 20 Dynamic CEOs

Jenny Xenos, MBA, CFA

Jenny is an experienced finance professional with 20 years of diverse energy and investment industry experience.
She spent over 13 years in institutional equity research in Canada, including at Canaccord Genuity, Macquarie Capital, Raymond James and FirstEnergy Capital. Over her tenure as an award-winning research analyst, Jenny covered oil and gas companies of all sizes, both private and public. She published thousands of pages of research, organized dozens of marketing campaigns across the Americas and in Europe, facilitated over C$1 billion of small and micro-cap energy company financings, and supported numerous mandates and due diligence processes. She led a number of successful business development initiatives and built lasting relationships with buy-side, sell-side and corporate clients.
Jenny also lived and worked in Europe, where she spent several years in management consulting for the industrial and energy sectors. She led and supported a variety of strategic, operational and functional projects in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Americas. Jenny currently serves as Managing Partner at Quester Advisors, an independent consulting company specializing in strategy, corporate development and capital markets advisory services.

Jenny has extensive experience across the transaction lifecycle and strong knowledge of capital markets. Most recently, she was part of the Interim Investment Team at the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (AIOC), where she was instrumental in successfully executing three transactions:

  • The purchase of a 43% interest in the Access NGL Pipeline System by five First Nations and Métis Settlements from Wolf Midstream, for which the AIOC provided a $103 million loan guarantee;
  • The purchase of an 85% interest in Clearwater oil and gas midstream infrastructure by 12 First Nations and Métis Settlements from Tamarack Valley Energy, for which the AIOC provided a $150 million loan guarantee, its
  • second-largest to date; and The purchase of an interest in a cogeneration unit at the Wembley Gas Plant by five Indigenous Communities from NuVista Energy, for which the AIOC provided a $20.5 million loan guarantee.

In addition, Jenny oversaw AIOC’s existing investment portfolio and progressed a number of potential new projects. She has substantial experience working closely with financial, legal, tax and technical advisors, as well as industry partners, potential investors and government groups in executing complex transactions.

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Our Network

We have an exceptional network of consultants and advisors that can accommodate the needs of any job. Reach out to our team to find out more about how we can support your next project.
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