CIBC MVP for Indigenous Banking
Alicia Dubois, a former lawyer and CIBC MVP for Indigenous Banking, uses personal experience as a catalyst to build stronger relationships, community ties and a better future for CIBC.
“As an indigenous woman, I’ve witnessed first-hand the economic inequalities that exist between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians,” she says. “Now, I work closely with a devoted team of banking professionals across the country creating meaningful banking solutions for our Inuit, Métis and First Nations clients.”
A proud member of CIBC’s Aboriginal Employee Circle, Dubois encourages and promotes diversity as a key differentiator for CIBC. “When we acknowledge and recognize difference, it creates unparalleled opportunities,” she adds. “We know we make stronger decisions when diverse perspectives are shared. We know we develop stronger connections with our clients when they can see their community within our organization.”
Having held myriad roles across different industries and sectors, from non-profits to private and public, Dubois enjoys the partnership approach to improving the lives of clients and communities from coast to coast to coast. “I enjoy working hands-on with communities on incredible projects that have a very real, positive impact for our clients,” says Dubois. “These projects not only drive the local economies but also the Canadian economy.”
Even with only one year of service at CIBC, Dubois already feels empowered, encouraged and eager to succeed. “I love working for CIBC because there are limitless career opportunities,” she adds. “My work allows me to help build the future we want for all Canadians.”
Driven by CIBC’s goal towards a bold banking future, Dubois’s advice for young, career-oriented people is to understand themselves and what motivates them. “Don’t underestimate the power of hard work. Be a team player and have courage,” she says. “Focus your career on these traits and many opportunities will come your way. Trust your instincts.”