Neal was the first First Nations graduate of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, Masters in Public Administration in 2011. He is also the first person of Indigenous ancestry to hold the office of the director in population and public health with the former Saskatoon Health Region. He was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Future 40 in 2017.
He is a co-founder of the Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement conference in Saskatoon community together to work towards Indigenous inclusion in human services and the economy. Neal's leadership has led to increasing the infant and childhood immunization rates to close the gap between the most affluent neighbourhoods and the inner city neighbourhoods, and also addressing safe housing issues in a new way within the scope of the Public Health Act. Thanks to this leadership, we have moved further along in the past five years than ever before in addressing inner city health disparities.
Neal is changing the culture of how this health care team meets client needs, and how we manage public health services in our region.
Neal is also a leader in changing our health care culture through his work with cultural competency. He has a quiet, gentle way of bringing forward difficult conversations that impact First Nations and Metis peoples today in the health care system and beyond. Through this he leads us to reconciliation and definitive action, and supports team work at many levels. He was honoured this year by appearing on the cover of Relevance magazine, a publication targeted towards young people looking for career options.