Congratulations to CeCe Baptiste on being appointed to United Way Centraide Canada’s board of directors. CeCe has been an integral supporter of United Way of Saskatoon and Area, serving as our local board chair for 2 years and acting as a community champion for change. Thank you CeCe, for providing leadership and insight in your role. We are excited to see you move into this next step in your United Way journey!
CeCe Baptiste, a member of Little Pine First Nation, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and is a Certified Professional Accountant, and holds designations from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Her career spans senior positions in a variety of sectors including provincial ministries, banking institutions, crown corporations, and higher education. Ms. Baptiste is a past board member for the SaskGaming Corporation, the United Way of Saskatoon and Area, and currently sits on the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. Her leadership roles have been recognized through various nominations and awards, including a finalist for the YWCA Women of Distinction, CBC’s Top 40 Under 40, the FSIN Strength of our Women award in Business, and the U of S Canada 150 Citizen award. Through active promotion of leadership at board tables, she devotes her energy to enhancing partnerships between the Indigenous and the non-Indigenous communities.
Ms. Baptiste is currently the Vice President of Finance at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT). Ms. Baptiste also works with both the board and external leaders in higher education, and with governments and industry partners focused on Indigenous prosperity. This position is responsible for risk management, for governance, and for financial accountability, providing key strategic advice at the executive table for multi-year decision making.
Other activities that Ms. Baptiste focuses on are providing public speaking engagements to highlight intergenerational trauma, resilience, and reconciliation. She actively participates in public forums that discuss the current realities of Indigenous peoples, drawing a distinct line between the effects of intergenerational trauma, the culture of Indigenous peoples, and the culture or environment of those affected by poverty.