Neechie Gear CEO wins CCAB award
- EFN Staff | February 04, 2015
Kendal Netmaker has been honoured with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) 2015 National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award.
The award, presented by CCAB and ESS Support Services, recognizes an up-and-coming Aboriginal entrepreneur under the age of 35.
Netmaker, founder and CEO of Neechie Gear, grew the lifestyle apparel brand from a university project to a national name brand that empowers youth through sports.
He grew up in a single-parented home on the Sweetgrass First Nation and had little opportunity to be involved in extra-curricular activities. As a result, he felt compelled to give back by donating a portion of Neechie Gear's profits to help underprivileged youth to play in sports.
"Kendal Netmaker is an inspiration born of hard work and the commitment to live and build his dream," says Erin Meehan, president of ESS.
This is the second year for the National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award.
"Kendal is the new face of Aboriginal business," says JP Gladu, CCAB president and CEO. "It's a young face reflecting our people and the optimism that his success represents to all Aboriginal Canadians, young and old."
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