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New Royal B.C. Museum CEO brings extensive legal, Indigenous-focused background to Victoria

Alicia Dubois has served as senior executive, legal counsel with various Canadian organizations
The Royal B.C. Museum announced Alicia Dubois this week as its new CEO, a year after former CEO Jack Lohman stepped down amid allegations of Indigenous racism and discrimination within the museum. (Photo courtesy RBCM))

The Royal B.C. Museum announced the appointment of its new CEO Wednesday.

Alicia Dubois replaces Jack Lohman, who stepped down in February 2021 amidst reports of racism and discrimination against Indigenous employees at the museum.

Dubois, whose start date is Feb. 28, brings an extensive background as a senior executive and legal counsel to multiple high-level Canadian organizations, many of them Indigenous-focused. She was the legal counsel for Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, national director of Indigenous financial services for Scotiabank, vice-president of Indigenous markets for CIBC, and CEO for the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation.

Dubois also holds a bachelor of science from the University of Lethbridge and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

“I started my career with a background in science and law, and hold a deep appreciation for how cultural diversity adds resiliency to our communities and institutions,” she said in a release. “I am excited and honoured to be working with the Royal BC Museum’s outstanding team and helping steer the (museum) forward into its next chapter.”

Dubois enters her new role as the museum works to address findings of racism in its workplace, and replace its third-floor galleries with ones that emphasize more than the province’s colonial history.

Speaking on behalf of the board of directors, Carole James said Dubois will be a benefit to the museum and bring invaluable skills and insight to the region and province.

“With her multidisciplinary background coupled with her passion for fostering inclusive perspectives, we feel Alicia is the right person to lead the museum going forward,” James said.

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