SASKATOON, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The Aboriginal Financial Officers
Association of Canada is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the
AFOA/Xerox Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Awards at the 12th Annual AFOA National Conference at the TCU Place.
The recipients for the 9th year of the award are Mr. Kelly J. Lendsay, CAFM, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Aboriginal Human Resource Council located in Saskatoon and Mrs. Marion Brass-Yellowfly, CAFM, Chief Financial Officer, Siksika Nation, Alberta.
Marion Brass-Yellowfly receives the AFOA/Xerox Excellence in Aboriginal
Leadership Award -community/regional category - for her many years of
dedication and leadership in finance.
As the most senior financial officer, Marion's contribution to Siksika
Nation includes centralization of finance and accounting functions for
a multi-million dollar budget across 20 departments, creation of
Siksika Treasury Board to provide oversight for financial governance
and most recently, the creation of Siksika Nation Financial Law -
Marion`s vision for comprehensive and accountable structure to protect
the Nations financial assets.
Throughout the years, Marion has provided leadership and inspiration to
staff and encouraged them to pursue training and formal accounting
designations. Marion began her career at Siksika Nation career in 1981
as a secretary and after years of continuous career development
including numerous training and education programs she earned the role
of Senior Manager of Corporate Services in 2003. Marion is now involved
with several professional development associations including AFOA
Alberta, Payroll Association of Canada, Government Finance Officers
Association (USA) and Treasury Management Association of Canada.
The national category award is presented to Kelly J. Lendsay for his
commitment to management leadership and creating social and economic
benefits to Canadian labour and industry through Aboriginal inclusion
for more than two decades.
Kelly is recognized as one of Canada`s important innovators of
Aboriginal inclusion and diversity. His determination and energy
combined with his business acumen are key qualities that have helped in
transforming the Council from a government funded agency to an
independent social enterprise - maintaining its original mandate to
meet the needs of Corporate Canada, Aboriginal talent and the emerging
employment needs of all Canada. Under Kelly`s leadership the Council
also became ISO certified and successfully completed their first audit
A Métis from Saskatchewan, Kelly earned an MBA from the University of
Saskatchewan in 1993 where he was also received the All-Around
Outstanding MBA Graduate award presented by the Canadian Institute of
Management. Most recently, and in celebration of the 100th anniversary, the University of Saskatchewan honoured Kelly as one of
the University`s 100 Alumni of Influence - a designation given to exceptional graduates whose accomplishments
have influenced the growth and development of the University, the
province, and the world during the last century. Kelly is a social
entrepreneur who is making a difference across Canada by creating
social and economic inclusion.
"Presented in partnership with one of Canada's leading technology
companies, Xerox Canada, these annual awards help us to recognize and
celebrate leadership in Aboriginal finance and management." states Mr.
Terry Goodtrack, AFOA President and Chief Executive Officer. "Without
these awards many accomplishments would go unnoticed".
Xerox Canada and AFOA have partnered on the award for the past 9 years
to raise awareness and to recognize the often "over-looked" side of a
very vibrant, dedicated and emerging professional community.
About the Award
The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) of Canada and Xerox
Canada are dedicated to helping Aboriginal professionals reach the
highest standard of excellence in finance and management.
The Excellence in Leadership Award was created in 2004. It is designed
to recognize and celebrate Inuit, Métis and First Nation achievement in
financial management. All previous award recipients have supported a
vision for excellence and innovation, and demonstrated advanced
expertise, outstanding professionalism and leadership. Their
contributions have led to the betterment of Canadian Aboriginal
communities and people.
There are two categories for nominations for the AFOA-Xerox Excellence
in Leadership Award. The National category recognizes individuals who
have contributed to the Aboriginal finance and management profession on
a national or institutional level. The Regional category recognizes
those individuals who have made their contributions at the regional,
local or community level.
SOURCE Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada
For further information:
AFOA Canada - Darcy McKenzie
Xerox Canada - Thomas R. Maracle