Honorary Degrees

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Name: Keith Martell, B.Comm.
Convocation date: June 1, 2016
Discipline / contribution: Commerce
Citation / biographical information:
Being the eldest of four children raised by a single mother, Keith Martell learned how to take on responsibilities early in life. He also found that taking personal responsibility was necessary to achieve success. Armed with the first university degree in his extended family and an ethic for hard work, he was determined to achieve a better life for himself, his family and his community.
Mr. Martell graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985 with a Bachelor of Commerce. He worked with the chartered accounting firm KPMG for 10 years and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). From 1995 to 2000, he served the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) as their executive director of finance and fiscal relations. While at the FSIN, he worked with a team of First Nations leaders to create the First Nations Bank of Canada. He became chair of the board of directors when this new bank was chartered in 1996, soon after becoming the executive chair and then the chief executive officer; the role he continues to fill today.
He was instrumental in the creation of AFOA Canada, a professional organization dedicated to advancing the financial management skills of Aboriginal financial professionals across Canada. He received one of the first Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designations from this organization in 2000 and was the first recipient of its Excellence in Leadership Award in 2004.
In 2001 he received a “Top 40 Under 40” in Canada Award.
Mr. Martell has served on the board of directors for many organizations including crown corporations, public and private companies and non-profit organizations. He was a student of good governance before this was a focus of attention and continues to advocate for this in all the organizations he serves. In addition to being a director of the First Nations Bank of Canada, he is also currently a director of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., Saskatoon Safe Streets Commission Inc. and River Cree Enterprises GP Ltd. and is a trustee on the Primrose Lake Settlement Trust.
The best connection Mr. Martell ever made at the University of Saskatchewan was the chance meeting of his future spouse, Cathy Martell (Grunert) B.Comm. 1984. Together they have produced his proudest achievement, their five children.
Mr. Martell is an active volunteer and contributor in Saskatoon, serving on many local boards and fundraising committees and is always willing to help in whatever way needed.
Mr. Martell is a member of the Waterhen Lake First Nation in northwest Saskatchewan.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: Daphne Taras

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