CeCe Baptiste, a member of Little Pine First Nation, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree as well as Certified Professional Accountant and Institute of Corporate Director designations. 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 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, FSIN Strength of our Women award in Business, and U of S Canada 150 Citizen award. She devotes her energy to enhancing partnerships between the Indigenous and the non-Indigenous community, through active promotion of leadership at board tables.
Ms. Baptiste is currently the Acting Vice President of Finance, at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT). SIIT provides diploma, certificate, and trades training to over 2,300 students annually, in all major centres and many rural Saskatchewan communities. Ms. Baptiste works with both the Board and external leaders in higher education, governments and industry partners focused on Indigenous prosperity. This position is responsible for risk management, governance, and financial accountability, providing key strategic advice at the executive table for multi-year decision making.
Other activities that Ms. Baptiste focuses on is 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.