Kelly J. Lendsay
President and CEO, Aboriginal Human Resource Council
Kelly J. Lendsay is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s foremost innovators of Indigenous workplace inclusion, diversity, and corporate engagements. He has brought his message of the power of relationships and partnerships to over 250 audiences in Canada and abroad. As the inaugural President and CEO of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, Kelly has worked to grow and engage corporate Canada in Indigenous workplace inclusion since 1998, developing the council into an ISO-certified national social enterprise. He leads the council’s new national charity, Kochita, designed to empower Indigenous youth to reach their resource and career potential. He has also served on over a dozen corporate, crown, and non-profit boards in Canada.
Inclusion Leadership: The Power of Partnerships, Who is Leading, and Why
Drawing on decades of work in national and international Indigenous workplace inclusion, Kelly delivers a positive and powerful keynote on how organizations can nurture their inclusion initiatives. He shows how harnessing the power of partnerships can create new social and economic prosperity for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities alike.
Using storytelling, humour, and a firm grasp of history to address the negative aspects of Canada’s history of Indigenous exclusion, Lendsay demonstrates how Indigenous communities are adopting a business attitude, and how Canadian companies can provide global leadership for those building pathways toward workplace inclusion. He demystifies what some view as complex issues, bridges understanding, illustrates global connections regarding Indigenous employment and education, and explores customized workplace inclusion solutions for mutually beneficial partnerships.
Although the resource sector has led the charge on building positive business relationships with the Indigenous community, Kelly will showcase how other sectors of the economy are also embracing this business model. Ultimately, he demonstrates how economic resilience is a result of solid Indigenous partnerships—in regional, national, and global economies.
The New ROI: Discovering the Return on Investment in Indigenous Workplace Inclusion
Today, there are over 50 corporations aligned with the Aboriginal Human Resource Council’s (AHRC) Leadership Circle partner program. In this keynote, Kelly J. Lendsay platforms how a wide range of companies within diverse sectors can create and maintain a competitive advantage—and increase their ROI—through Indigenous workplace inclusion.
He shows how organizations can climb AHRC’s seven-stage Inclusion Continuum to harness the power of a nine-point diagnostic framework, an analysis to review all competencies of an enterprise, including: investments & resources, organizational culture, and employee engagement. And he articulates how they can benchmark their inclusion efforts, accelerate their workplace performance, and create a new ROI—a return on investment, inclusion, and integrity.
Indigenous Youth: Tapping into Canada’s Underleveraged Human Resource
Since 1998, Kelly J. Lendsay has been instrumental in implementing workforce readiness strategies to build capacity in Canada’s Indigenous workforce. Throughout this talk, Lendsay will share the rich history of Canada’s Indigenous workforce—its assimilation, and its renewal. Today, more Indigenous youth are completing high school and obtaining a post-secondary degree than ever before. Their contribution to the workforce is critical, not only to their economic futures, but to the improved health of our businesses, country, and the global economy. Lendsay will inspire employers to look at meaningful ways young Indigenous employees can contribute to the workforce, and solutions to help grow and access a resilient Indigenous talent pool: Canada’s youngest, and fastest growing, next generation. His talk will include stories and testimonials from Indigenous youth from across Canada who have participated in the annual Indigenous recruitment fair, Inclusion Works—and those who have gone on to have successful careers and do incredible things.
I attended the NWT Chamber of Commerce Business Conference in Yellowknife and had the pleasure of hearing Kelly Lendsay speak on Inclusion Leadership. I was inspired by his enthusiasm and passion for Indigenous issues. It motivated me to get more involved as I pursue new career options. I believe that all organizations would benefit from Kelly’s message and the important role of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council in nurturing relationships and partnerships with Indigenous people and businesses in the community and workforce.
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Kelly’s unique presentation style engages audiences and gets them to think critically. His message is powerful because of his passion and ability to connect to others. Our audience rated him as one of the top speakers at our Annual Conference!
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