Kendal Netmaker is one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs and speakers. Originally from Sweetgrass First Nation in Saskatchewan, Kendal was raised by a single mother who cared for him and his three younger sisters while growing up in poverty, with few chances for opportunity.
Kendal’s life changed forever in Grade 5, when his best friend from South Africa helped him play soccer by paying his fees and driving him to games and practices. This act of kindness opened up a whole new world for Kendal, and inspired him to want to give back. Today, through his company Neechie Gear® – an empowering lifestyle apparel brand – a percentage of profits go toward funding underprivileged youth to take part in sports.
Kendal resides in Saskatoon with his wife and two children. To date, he has founded and invested in five businesses, authored Driven to Succeed, won 25 business awards, and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40®. Kendal speaks to thousands of people each year on resilience, leadership, and the power of telling your story.