About John Kim Bell
John Kim Bell is an experienced First Nations energy and resource consultant with a long history of success in representing energy and mining developers and First Nations alike in building positive relationships, undertaking successful consultations, mitigating issues, and concluding commercial impact benefit agreements.
Mr. Bell was born on the Kahnawake Mohawk Reserve in Québec. His first career was as a distinguished symphony conductor and internationally recognized cultural figure.
He has built an unprecedented network in the aboriginal community across Canada and the United States having spent twenty years as a leading First Nations education advocate building the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation into Canada’s premiere charity serving the aboriginal community. As part of this work, he also established the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards on CBC television, an annual $3.5 million production that has become the flagship cultural project for the aboriginal community in Canada.
He has raised unprecedented financial support from the corporate community to send thousands of First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth through college and university.
Mr. Bell is one of the most decorated aboriginal people in Canada. His unprecedented work to build the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation and National Aboriginal Achievement Awards have earned him the Order of Canada, Order of Ontario, six Honorary Doctorates and he was the sole recipient of the Royal Bank Award for Canadian Achievement in 1998, a major award that carried a cash prize of $250,000
He represents some of Canada’s largest energy and resource developers and has worked on numerous projects across Canada, the US and Brazil and has often been referred to as “the bridge between corporate Canada and First Nations” by corporate leaders.
In 2008, he proposed the Aboriginal Loan Guaranty Program to Ontario which was established in 2010 and has been highly successful in enabling First Nations communities to secure financing for renewable energy projects in Ontario.
Mr. Bell has also served as one of five Canadian advisors for the Prince of Wales, and as a director for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Millennium Scholarship Foundation, and Ontario Chamber of Commerce to name a few.
His life and contributions to Canada has been the subject of four documentaries airing on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.