Economic Developer of the Year Award

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Sharing our stories and celebrating our successes will ensure that economic development initiatives continue to grow.

In 1995 the Cando Economic Developer of the Year Award was created to recognize and promote recent or long-standing Aboriginal economic development initiatives throughout Canada. All winners past and present share a common desire to bring their communities forward as each pursues a vision of sustainable economic self-sufficiency. Although the path of economic development may vary from one Aboriginal community to another, the goal is always the same. That goal is to improve the wealth, prosperity and quality of life for Aboriginal people.

Three outstanding examples of Aboriginal Economic Development were awarded for their hard work over the year.  Delegates at the Cando Annual National Conference & AGM voted in three categories: Individual EDO, Community & Aboriginal Private Sector Business.

Congratulations to this year's ED of the Year Award Winners & Recognition Recipients!

2016 ED of the Year Award Winners

  • Teslin Tlingit Council & Village of Teslin, YT - Community Category
  • Rob Crow, AB - Individual EDO Category
  • Birch Mountain Enterprises Ltd., AB - Aboriginal Private Sector Business Category

TTC & Teslin 

Rob Crow   Birch Mountain

Top: Eric Morris, Richard Sidney, & Gord Curran, Teslin Tlingit Council & Village of Teslin. Bottom L-R: Rob Crow, Blood Tribe Economic Development & Chris Wilson, Birch Mountain Enterprises Credit: Archbould Photography

2016 ED of the Year Award Recognition Recipients

  • Tlicho Government, NT - Community Category
  • Richard Sidney, YT - Individual EDO Category
  • Denendeh Helicopters, NT - Aboriginal Private Sector Business Category

Tlicho Government  Richard Sidney   Denendeh Helicopters

Top: Belinda Blackduck, Susan Nitsiza, Vickie Francisco, Carol Arrowmaker and Adeline Football, Tlicho Government; and Richard Sidney, Teslin Tlingit Council. Bottom: Joachim Bonnetrouge & Albert Baetens, Denendeh Helicopters. Credit: Archbould Photography

To learn more about the ED of the Year Award winners, visit ED of the Year Award page.