Kendal Netmaker – Keynote Speaker

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Author, and Indigenous Speaker

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Specialist Subjects

  • The Future of Indigenizing Work
  • Indigenous Diversity Awareness & Education
  • DRIVEN! The Ultimate Resiliency Formula
  • DRIVEN! The Leader Within
  • Build A World-Class Brand in a Digital World

Language

  • English

Biography

An award-winning entrepreneur and author, Kendal Netmaker is a master storyteller who uses his natural gift to help people shift their mindset and find the success they seek. He speaks professionally to thousands of people worldwide on resilience, leadership, and the power of telling your story, weaving his real-life experiences into motivating lessons that empower and build more resilient leaders and organizations.

From Sweetgrass First Nation, Netmaker and his siblings were raised by their single mother. Life wasn’t easy growing up on the reserve surrounded by poverty and few opportunities, but one moment changed his life forever. In grade five, he and his best friend shared a love of sports, but his family couldn’t afford extracurricular activities. So, his friend’s family stepped in. They paid the fees and drove him to his games and practices. It wasn’t until he was older that Netmaker understood exactly what this family did for him, and how different his life would have been without them. It’s this that has motivated him throughout his life and drives him still to this day.

Today, Netmaker is a leading entrepreneur whose passion to succeed is contagious. He has founded and invested in five businesses, including Neechie Gear, a lifestyle apparel brand that gives back a percentage of their profits to help underprivileged youth take part in sports. Netmaker has won over 25 business awards, including being named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” and being runner-up at the YBI Global Entrepreneur of the Year. He is also the author of Driven to Succeed: From Poverty To Podium.

Popular Talks by Kendal Netmaker

The Future of Indigenizing Work

The future of work will be positively influenced by Indigenous participation in the workforce. As the fastest growing population in Canada, there is opportunity for this new cohort of employees with diverse experiences to join your teams and contribute to the impact of your organization.

In this powerful keynote, Kendal takes you into Indigenous Peoples’ worldview and how it can complement your organization. Indigenous Peoples face a significantly low employment rate compared to non-Indigenous peoples – Kendall shares real-life stories on the obstacles Indigenous Peoples face while trying to secure and maintain long-term employment. He shares solutions many industries can utilize to successfully engage and maintain long-term employment with Indigenous team members. Together, we can make Reconciliation a priority in our country.

Attendees will gain:

  • Deep insights into engaging the Indigenous workforce
  • Understand how technology impacts Indigenous groups
  • Learn best practices in Indigenous hiring and engagement
  • Educating about the importance of Indigenous spirituality and beliefs

Indigenous Diversity Awareness & Education

Indigenous peoples are the fastest growing demographic in Canada, and there are over 370 Million Indigenous people worldwide in over 90 countries. We must continue to raise awareness and educate to work together for a prosperous future.

In this powerful keynote, Kendal takes you into Indigenous peoples’ worldview and shares his heartfelt stories of living and thriving in two different worlds. He explains the importance of understanding everyone’s stories, beliefs, and way of life. Kendal’s offering is to plant seeds of hope so that we all are working, succeeding, and prospering together.

Attendees will gain:

  • Deep insights into Indigenous peoples’ way of life
  • Educating about the importance of Indigenous spirituality and beliefs
  • Understand the similarities/differences between different Indigenous groups in Canada
  • Creating awareness on how to be respectful towards one another and work together

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