Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Edmonton is honoured to host Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation as our first guest speaker to launch the Creating Career Pathways in Commercial Real Estate (CCPCRE) industry education series.
CCPCRE is an Indigenous designed- and -led initiative project by partners Oteenow Employment and Training Society (OET), Tribal Chiefs Employment and Training Services Association (TCETSA), and BOMA Edmonton. The project builds capacity for Indigenous inclusion in the commercial real estate industry.
Chief Alexis will speak to commercial property owners and managers about how First Nations people are on a path of building success in business and are looking for opportunities to create wealth in real estate. He is interested in building a strong relationship with BOMA and its members, and he has ideas about how to realize success in commercial real estate together. Chief Alexis will share his knowledge and will discuss how to leverage their Nations’ strengths to develop positive business opportunities.
This is a special session offered to BOMA members and non-members. Space is limited.
About Chief Tony Alexis:
Chief Alexis is Chief of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation (ANSA), located west of Edmonton.
As Chief, his governance centres on protecting and advocating for Inherent and Treaty Rights of his community and his People. He excels in business as a visionary with an ability to apply his traditional and cultural knowledge to make informed decisions benefitting both business and community. ANSA is the owner of Backwoods, one of the largest Indigenous-owned business in Canada and a BOMA Edmonton member through Backwoods Security. Backwoods works with industry to create meaningful partnerships and deliver exceptional results to its clients while creating economic opportunity for the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. Chief Alexis and his Nation have been instrumental in major projects.
Chief Tony Alexis empowers and inspires generations from all walks of life to nurture the leader within by modelling traditional governance and sharing his wisdom.
After being elected to Council at age 25, Chief Tony Alexis then became Chief of the ANSN at age 42.
Chief Tony grew up with the teachings and stories shared by his parents, collecting a lifetime of cultural wisdom to benefit his worldview. With an intuitive understanding of traditional and cultural knowledge ingrained in him throughout his life, Chief Tony was able to employ his wisdom in business and through cross-cultural coaching. Before becoming Chief, he used his business experience and cultural wisdom to advise and train industry, hospitality and government organizations to improve their operations and relationship building opportunities with First Nations communities and governments. He is a helper and a storyteller, offering his perspectives and teachings by visiting and sharing stories for the betterment of others.
Collaborative, humble, protective, and remedial — Chief Tony’s leadership style reflects his personal nature as a husband, father and grandfather. Chief Tony values strong leadership and shared responsibility of those in business and in community. He works with experts and Knowledge Keepers to support the growth of his People and businesses. As a community leader, Chief Tony brings experience and expertise to protect and maintain his community, culture, customs, history and language. His efforts are recognized in his receipt of numerous awards for business and leadership, including the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal and awards celebrating corporate culture and safety.
Chief Tony helps create a broader understanding of the many ways to achieve leadership goals, finding intersections and commonalities across all communities, cultures and Peoples.