Victoria LaBillois, BA, MBA
Listuguj First Nation
“When the going gets tough, the tough put on lipstick”
A Mi’gmaq entrepreneur from Listuguj, in the traditional territory of Gespe’gewa’gi; the seventh and largest district of the Mi’gmaq. Victoria owns Wejipeg Excavation Inc., which she created in 2011 to participate in wind park development across the territory; she is also President of Wejuseg Construction. She owns rental properties in both New Brunswick and Quebec, and is partner to other joint ventures in the region.
Victoria has served many roles for the First Nation public service, working at the Band level, as well as regional and national levels.
Victoria holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick at Fredericton. She also holds a contractor’s license from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec.
As coach and role model to many, Victoria serves as mentor to Aboriginal women as part of the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program at the Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Victoria is fluent in English, French and Mi’gmaq. With her gift for languages, Victoria is the go-to M.C. for events in her community. She belongs to a woman’s hand drum group, Pugwalesg, learning and sharing ancestral songs of the Mi’gmaq.
Victoria is currently serving as co-chair for a national Project Management Steering Committee with the Canadian Construction Association, overseeing development of an Aboriginal Engagement Best Practices Guide for small and medium enterprises.