Joe Dion’s roots in Northern Alberta are extensive and intensive. A direct descendent of hereditary chiefs of the Cree Nations, he was born in 1948 and raised in the Kehewin Cree Nation, northeast of Edmonton. He was elected for two consecutive terms as Chief of the Kehewin Cree Nation and brought down the unemployment rate from 85 per cent to 5 per cent during that time.
Over the years, he built Dion Resources Inc. – a successful consulting firm that has focused on establishing fruitful partnerships between industry, government and First Nations communities.
As an aggressive entrepreneur and experienced management consultant in the energy and oilfield supply industry, Mr. Dion has promoted rural economic development in Northern Alberta through his own business and through leadership roles in business organizations at regional and national levels.
Over the years, Mr. Dion has received a number of accolades for his achievements. In 1982, he was named one of Canada’s “Outstanding Young Canadians.”
He served on the Board of the Northern Alberta Development Council. He also served for three years as President of the Indian Association of Alberta. During this time, he developed an understanding of the feelings of estrangement that Alberta’s native people have with respect to federal and provincial politics.
Mr. Dion is married and has three children.