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Cando’s National Conference is the only platform that focuses on topics and trends related to the advancement of Aboriginal Economic Development in Canada. This Event brings economic developers and related stakeholders together to create new business contacts, share best practices, identify barriers and reveal existing trends in our dynamic economy. Top speakers, cutting-edge topics, training, and educational tours will provide participants with fresh strategies and tools to take their organizations and communities to the next level. With the knowledge gained from attending this Conference, participants can create a vision for the future, stimulate consensus, and prepare their Communities for success.


Benefits of Attending:

  • Bolster Your Professional Network – Mingle with the best and brightest in your field! Check out the latest progress from industry innovators, engage with like-minded people and exchange ideas, and develop friendships with people from all over Canada.
  • Build Your Knowledge Base – Attend great presentations to expand your current knowledge within a specific area of expertise.
  • Catch Up With Trends – Learn about the most recent trends in Aboriginal economic development and bring the leading best practices back home for the benefit of your community or organization.
  • Expand Your Resources – Meet people promoting new ideas, vendors selling new products and consultants teaching new methodologies. Fill your toolbox with new techniques for greater success!
  • Get Inspired – Aboriginal youth role models and economic developers will be showcased through the Economic Developer of the Year Awards and National Youth Panel.


Some Topics Include:

  • Assertion of First Nations Rights for Economic Benefit
  • Building Training Opportunity for Aboriginal Youth in the Trades through Partnership
  • Collaboration in Comox Valley: The K’ómoks First Nation and Invest Comox Valley
  • Community Decision-Making: How Good Communications Can Guide Decision Making & Lead to Stronger Communities
  • Economic Development, Land Management & Good Governance – Creating the “Trifecta” of Sustainable
    Community Development
  • Economic Growth Acceleration: Partnering for Aboriginal Economic Development Success
  • Entrepreneurship among First Nations Women in the Atlantic Region: A Presentation of Key Findings and
    Implications for Practice
  • First Nation Strategic Partnerships
  • First Nations Business Investment Strategies: New Approaches
  • First Nation – Municipal CEDI Toolkit Workshop
  • First Nation – Municipal Partnerships Panel: Shared Benefits for All
  • Generating Jobs and Revenue
  • How an Economic Leakage Study Can Benefit a First Nation
  • Managing Community Change
  • Measuring the Impact of Aboriginal Economic Development
  • Mining New Possibilities: Our Journey to Successful Community Based Training through Local Partnerships
  • New Below-Prime Rate Financing for First Nations Projects
  • Pipeline to Prosperity?  Examining Options for Financial Benefits from Major Projects
  • Strategic Planning Workshop
  • The Benefits of Partnerships – Turning Nightmares into Dreams
  • Using Nature & Heritage as a Community Builder and Economic Engine: Models from Hawaii, Nunavut & Australia
  • ‘Not Even Wrong’ – Developing Local Responses to New on Reserve Homeownership


Conference Highlights:

• Professional Development Workshops
• Icebreaker Reception in conjunction with Peace Hills Trust Native Art Contest Awards
• Economic Developer of the Year Awards
• Women in Business Panel
• Golf Day
• Trade Show/ Artisan Show & Sale
• 10th Annual National Youth Panel
• Community Tour & Cultural Events
• Interactive Workshops/ Plenary  Sessions
• President’s Reception, Dinner and Dance


Agenda – To view the Agenda, click here.


Registration Form – Register Online or Offline (to submit by FAX or EMAIL)


Travel and Accommodations – For more information, click here.


Stakeholders – Stakeholder opportunities are still available! For details, click here.


Tradeshow and Artisans – For more information, click here.


Conference Presenters – To view a listing of presenters, click here.



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For more information or to register:
Toll Free: 1-866-644-6197
Fax: 1-866-838-4399




Economic Development Officers (EDOs) need to be thoroughly trained, highly skilled and committed to building economic capacity in order to provide professional support and technical advice to their communities and organizations.

In 1990, EDOs from across Canada founded and mandated the Cando to provide a national body to focus on the training, education and networking opportunities necessary to serve their communities and/or organizations as professionals.

Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) is a federally registered, non-profit society that is Aboriginal controlled, community based, and membership driven.  Cando is directed by a national regionally represented volunteer board of elected EDOs representing every region of Canada.

Cando has been instrumental in facilitating partnerships with EDOs, academics, Aboriginal leaders and senior corporate and government representatives.  Cando is unique because it is the only national organization that focuses on education and professional development for EDOs working in Aboriginal communities or organizations.

Cando’s Vision: To be the leading authority on Aboriginal Community Economic Development

Cando’s Mission: To build capacity which strengthens Aboriginal economies by providing programs and services to Economic Development Officers.