Speaker | Entrepreneur | Author
Kendal Netmaker is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and gifted keynote speaker who is on a mission to empower and motivate people worldwide by sharing his story that regardless of where you come from and what challenges you face, you have the power to enact change.
From Sweetgrass First Nation, Kendal and his siblings were raised by their single mother. Life wasn’t easy for them, growing up on the reserve surrounded by poverty and few chances for opportunities, but one moment would change their life forever.
Kendal has a natural gift; he’s a master storyteller who weaves his real-life experiences into motivating lessons that everyone can use in their own lives. His heartfelt stories are impactful, and he speaks professionally to thousands of people each year on resilience, leadership, and the power of telling your story.
He is a leading entrepreneur whose passion to succeed is contagious. To date, Kendal has founded and invested in 5 businesses. One of them is Neechie Gear® – a lifestyle apparel brand that gives back a percentage of their profits to go toward funding underprivileged youth to empower them to take part in sports. He is the author of Driven To Succeed and won over 25 business awards, including being named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® and runner-up at the YBI Global Entrepreneur of the Year.
Kendal lives with his wife and two children in Saskatoon, SK, where he continues to run his company. He delivers virtual and in-person keynotes, as well as executive leadership coaching to organizations.
What People are Saying
Municipalities of Saskatchewan featured Kendal as one of our keynotes at our 2021 Virtual Convention. The resiliency and adaptability that Kendal is known for were on full display, as although the format was much different than years past and undoubtedly different than what Kendal himself was used to, he was able to deliver a poignant keynote address to our members. Despite being behind a screen Kendal was as interactive and engaged as he would have been if he had been in front of us in a room of 1000+ delegates. Our members heard his incredible story and took to heart his messages of strength and leadership.
-Events Coordinator, Municipalities of Saskatchewan (SUMA)
On behalf of MFOA, once again I’d like to thank you for taking the time to share your expertise with our delegates at our Annual Conference this year. Please see below for the conference highlights based on survey responses.
Your session received an 87% weighted average satisfaction rating (versus overall sessions’ average 79%). WOW! CONGRATULATIONS!
Some of the comments from delegates:
- A great speaker with a very positive outlook on life
- Very inspiring
- Thank you Kendal
- Excellent presentation and speaker
-Manager, Learning & Development
Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario
What a pleasure to have Kendal bring the keynote address at our Tourism Workplace Leadership Conference. He is a riveting storyteller with a powerful message that motivates and uplifts. His wisdom exceeds his years and he leaves you feeling inspired to be a better version of yourself.
-CEO, Tourism Saskatchewan
We had the pleasure of working with Kendal at the Best of Calgary event we sponsored. His keynote was not only touching and motivating, but also funny and light-hearted. He had the crowd experience a vast mix of emotions and kept them engaged at all times. After the keynote was over, you could hear the mumble in the crowd talking and reflecting on all the ways Kendal’s keynote touched their hearts and moved them. We had members of the audience ask for his contact info so that they could book him at their next event! Kendal is such a humble and well-rounded human being, it is always such a pleasure to interact with him. Thank you again, Kendal! We hope to be able to work with you again soon!
-Client Relations Specialist – TEC Canada
Your Team Building seminar and presentation was very inspirational to myself and our group, we brainstormed, we trusted and we created an outcome of how we would like to move forward in our workplace and in our personal lives, thanks to your innovative words and ideas…we thoroughly enjoyed your sense of humour, we felt connected and appreciated; akosani, kinanaskomihtihn, we thank you.
-Human Resource Manager – Fisher River Health Services
Kendal is an incredibly inspirational speaker. We had asked him to speak at our townhall of over 100 professional staff. The staff loved him and the positive messages he communicated. Fun, heartwarming yet challenging messages on how everyone can overcome any challenges they face, be successful and make a positive impact on the world around them. I would highly recommend him for any speaking engagement.
-Ernst & Young LLP
We were fortunate to have Kendal Netmaker as a guest speaker at the College of Arts and Science 2018 Convocation Banquet and Awards Ceremony. The story he shared with our graduates about his journey from student to prominent businessperson was incredibly inspiring and Kendal’s heartfelt, personal message resonated with all present. His passion and confidence as a speaker were a great motivator to our students, as he provided them a great example of what they could achieve in their future careers as fellow alumni.
-Dean and Professor, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan
Kendal is a brilliant speaker. He is dynamic, powerful and entertaining. He shares his business experiences and expertise through real-life stories that are inspirational and motivational. Your audience will walk away with a new enthusiasm and with a to-do list of actions they can take immediately to achieve even greater success. With Kendal on your agenda, he is sure to be the highlight of your event!
-Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund