Holly Cooper is a First Nations professional and has worked in the Indigenous community for nearly three decades. Her experience includes more than two decades dedicated to advancing Indigenous economic reconciliation in Canada.
Holly brings a unique perspective to her engagements. She has practical work experience advancing Indigenous economic inclusion at the corporate level and has also worked in the not-for-profit sector advancing the message of inclusion with public and private companies across Canada. Holly is one of the most recognized Indigenous business leaders in Canada. She has a deep knowledge of the national, provincial and regional governance and programming for Indigenous people across the country.
As Director, Indigenous Banking & Relations at ATB Financial, Holly created the business case for Indigenous Relations in 2017. She leads the development and integration of our Indigenous banking market programs across all areas of expertise. Also, she leads the advancement of Indigenous corporate inclusion practices in the areas of recruitment, cultural awareness, corporate social responsibility, procurement, marketing, communications, leadership actions and community relations. Externally, Holly is proud to be an ambassador for ATB and is building trust and credibility with First Nations and Métis communities across the province. She has developed strong community connections and new sponsorship opportunities to engage in meaningful ways to advance reconciliation.
Holly’s volunteer and board experience includes being the co-chair of the Aboriginal Professional Network in Ottawa and as a board director with the Public Sector Aboriginal Business Association, Kahkewistahaw Economic Management Corporation, and Indigenous Works. She has a Business and Administration Management diploma and a confirmed 2021 applicant of the Master of Arts in Leadership program, Royal Roads University.
Holly is a member of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation, Saskatchewan. She currently resides in Redwood Meadows, the townsite community of the T’suu T’ina Nation, Alberta.