Kendal Netmaker


About Kendal Netmaker - Inspirational Speaker & Author on Empowering Personal Change:

Kendal Netmaker is one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs and inspirational speakers, from Sweetgrass First Nation, Saskatchewan. He was raised by a single mother who cared for Kendal and his three younger sisters while growing up in poverty and with few chances for opportunity.

In grade 5, Kendal’s life changed forever when his best friend from South Africa helped him to play soccer by paying for his soccer fees and driving him to games/practices. This act of kindness opened up a whole other world that he would have never otherwise experienced. Two years later, when the family was relocating, they gave Kendal’s family their car; it was a life-changing gift that helped his mother access all kinds of basic necessities that had previously been difficult - and meant that Kendal and his sisters could now take part in after school sports.

The incredible generosity of his childhood friend’s family inspired Kendal to give back when he launched his company, Neechie Gear® - a lifestyle apparel brand that empowers youth through sports. A percentage of all Neechie Gear® profits go toward funding underprivileged youth to take part in sports. While finishing two degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Kendal worked on growing the brand, which was founded out of Kendal’s small, one-bedroom apartment. After graduation, Kendal opened several stores while sharing his story as keynote speaker. The brand is now sold to consumers across North America through exclusive retail partners and online.

To date, Kendal has founded and invested in 5 businesses, is the author of Driven To Succeed and won over 25 business awards, including runner-up at the YBI Global Entrepreneur of the Year. Kendal speaks professionally to thousands of people each year on resilience, leadership and the power of telling your story.

Honoured with countless awards and achievements, a selection of Kendal's most recent accolades are:

  • 2019 Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Motivational
  • 2019 Driven To Succeed – Canada Book Award Winner
  • 2019 Raj Manek – Ravi Maithel Find-A-Way Award – Entrepreneurship
  • 2019 NACCA National Indigenous Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • 2019 Canada’s Top 40 Under 40®

Kendal is on a mission to empower entrepreneurs and leaders around the globe by demonstrating that regardless of where you come from and what you have gone through in your life, you have the power to enact change. Become who you were born to be!

Take Control. Shift your Mindset. Change your Circumstances.

Kendal lives with his wife and two children in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - where he continues to run his company and provide mentoring and inspiration to others through his online training program, the Netmaker Academy.

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What Kendal Netmaker Talks About:

Driven to Succeed
This motivational, true story and high-energy message is ideal for an opening or closing session as it is sure to Refuel. Recharge and Reenergize your audience – while reminding them of the importance of a resilient mindset and how it truly influences the success of an organization and an individual. Whether you are dealing with prospects, customers, associates, clients, employees, employers, family members, relationships or personal issues. Shift Your Mindset and Change Your Circumstances!

Attendees will learn:

  • How to get inspired & motivated to achieve more than ever in the next 12 months
  • How to get “unstuck” & keep moving forward
  • How to know if you are making the “right” decision for your future
  • How to gain deep insights on planning to win & achieving MASSIVE goals
  • The ultimate success formula to achieve your goals

Format: 60 minute keynote presentation

The Leader Within
This motivational leadership message will empower your audience to motivate and inspire others to outperform themselves. In this energizing talk, your audience will discover the importance of Working Together, Struggling Together and Achieving Together. Kendal presents effective leadership strategies he developed from a kid who changed his life through sports to building an award-winning business while employing over 100 staff as CEO. Kendal empowers audiences to remember what it takes to activate The Leader Within!

Attendees takeaways:

  • How ONE person can change an organization
  • Gain deep insights into the habits of successful leaders
  • Developing a high performance team built on trust & transparency
  • Understand how leaders impact change at work & outside of work
  • Discover the 3 secrets leaders use to grow high performance teams that get results

Format: 60 minute keynote presentation

Shift Your Mindset Workshop
This motivational workshop will empower your audience with the tools and confidence to work together and outperform themselves. In this half-day workshop your audience will discover the importance of building a Trust Based Work Environment so the organization can win together. Kendal presents effective team building exercises that he uses to leave teams feeling more empowered to work together and achieve more than ever together. Build Your Team, Leverage Your Success!

Attendees will learn:

  • How to successfully grow an organization for the long haul
  • This one exercise that changes the work environment for the better
  • How to build a trust based work environment where people feel valued
  • Why purpose-driven teams are able to work more effectively
  • To come out with more confidence in yourself and your team

Format: Half-day Team Building Workshop

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Kendal is an incredibly inspirational speaker. Fun, heartwarming - yet with challenging messages on how everyone can overcome any challenges they face, be successful and make a positive impact on the world around them.

Ernst & Young LLP

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