Kevin Chief bio

Through Chief Partnerships Manitoba Inc., Kevin leads a team working to build relationships that strengthen community. He currently works in the field of education, training and employment.

Born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End, he has considerable public sector and community experience. He was Vice President at the Business Council of Manitoba from 2017 – 2019. The Business Council is made up of Chief Executive Officers of leading Manitoba companies committed to the economic growth and community development of our province. Previously he spent six years as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, representing Point Douglas. He was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities in 2012, Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg in 2013, and Minister of Jobs and the Economy in 2014.

Kevin spent a decade working in education as Coordinator of the Innovative Learning Centre at the University of Winnipeg, Director of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre, and Community Networker with the River East Transcona School Division. He is always looking to learn from the experience and ideas of people who have overcome hardship and adversity and want to help others do the same.

Kevin is also a sought-after speaker. Drawing from his humble beginnings as an Indigenous youth, to working alongside business, community and government leaders, Kevin is inspiring the next generation of young people to overcome adversity, mentor others, and achieve their potential. Audiences who have heard Kevin’s message recognize that he brings a unique voice that is able to attract diverse crowds into inclusive and healthy conversations about diversity, policy, and social change.

Kevin and his wife Melanie have three young sons: Hayden, Kellan, and Daxton. He is also known as a high steppin’ square dancer as a part of the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers.