Kelly is a proud Indigenous leader of Canadian Cree, Métis, and European ancestry. His dynamic and sharp communications style and social entrepreneurial success has earned him the reputation as an engaging thought leader, facilitator, and effective bridge-builder between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, companies, and communities.
Kelly earned his MBA in 1993, launched the first Aboriginal business education program in Canada at the University of Saskatchewan in 1995, and is the inaugural council president leading the charge since 1998 to build stronger corporate–Indigenous engagements and growing the council into an ISO certified enterprise. He has served on over a dozen corporate, crown, and non-profit boards in Canada; numerous advisory services; and in 2015 graduated from the Director Education Program hosted by the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman’s School of Management.
He was honoured by the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) as one of their “100 Alumni of Influence” in the last century whose accomplishments have been recognized for influencing the growth and development of the university, the province, and the world during the last century.
Kelly also leads the council’s new national charity, Kocihta, designed to empower Indigenous youth to reach their human resource and career potential. Kocihta is tackling the social deficits of poverty, despair, and hopelessness, and with a growing group of partners reversing the history of exclusion to unleash the path of human resource potential.