Upcoming Events 

There’s always something happening at Cando! Check back often as we continually update our community with current events. Do you have any news or events you would like us to share? If you have any questions, or would like us to share your news and/or upcoming event, please email them to Paul Macedo.




COVID-19: First Nations Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports

Cando hopes that everyone reading this, along with their loved ones, is safe and healthy. 

As the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate and evolve, Cando continues to closely monitor the situation and is taking preventative measures to ensure business continuity and service while prioritizing the health of our employees.

As a precautionary measure, as of March 16 the majority of Cando staff will be transitioning to remote/work-from-home.  Until May 15th, the Cando office will remain open but with a reduced staff level.  

Cando will maintain all of our member services, webinars and program commitment with our office staff as well as with Cando staff working remotely from their homes.

Cando will continue to monitor this situation and follow the advice and recommendations of provincial and federal health authorities. We plan to continue service to our members and our clients/partners with minimal impact.   

Check out Cando's list of COVID-19 Resources and Guide




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The Indigenous Business Survey

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact economies, up-to-date information and data are critical to fully understand the extent of the disruption to Indigenous businesses.

The Indigenous Business COVID-19 Response Taskforce is conducting The Indigenous Business Survey to gather information to help advise the Government of Canada on policy decisions that directly impact Indigenous businesses.

Your participation is crucial. We know that you are asked to complete a lot of surveys and they are time-consuming. However, the Indigenous Business Survey is uniquely targeted, and its results could have a major impact on how government moves forward on new policies affecting your business.

Your participation remains anonymous and your organization is not identified unless you indicate that you are willing to provide goods or services to Canada's medical supply chain. We would then share only your name and company contact information with the appropriate department.

Please click the following link to complete the survey
Questions about the survey? 
Please contact research@ccab.com
Nakurmik, marsee, wela'lin, miigwetch, thank you for your participation.   






IHII Circle Monthly Webinar


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Tuesday, July 28 1 pm – 2 pm EST

Richard GeorgeStories from the field: Addressing off-reserve housing needs for Indigenous people and funding on-reserve capital projects

Join Richard George a member of the Ahousaht Tribe, who will share his experiences while working to develop off-reserve housing for Indigenous peoples in British Columbia.

Richard is a longstanding member of the Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) and has served as its Chair for the past ten years. He also reviewed and approved loan applications for capital projects on reserve while working for 19 years in the financial industry and economic development agencies, and will share insights for those seeking to access loans for on-reserve projects.


2020 Virtual Economic Development Youth Summit

UPDATE: Due to health concerns from the Coronavirus Pandemic
the 2020 Economic Development Youth Summit will be held virtually.

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Virtual Youth Summit: August 10-13, 2020

60 Youth delegates from across Canada
will be invited to participate in this virtual event.

More than $10,000 in prizes!

Show us why we should choose you to be a delegate!

Applications open June 8 until July 24.

Download Application Form

Submit application form to Danielle Stanley:
Email: danielle.stanley@edo.ca

Youth Summit 2020 Virtual


Why do you want to be a delegate?

• You will be provided accredited training FREE of charge - each delegate successfully completing the Youth Summit will receive course credit suitable for an Indigenous Economic Developer Certification through Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. Valued at $750

• You and your fellow delegates will be placed into groups to compete for $9600 in prizes:

• First Place Team: $700 for each team member ($4200)
• Second Place Team: $500 for each team member ($3000)
• Third Place Team: $300 for each team member ($1800)
• Fourth Place Team: $100 for each team member ($600)


• Two delegates will be selected as the "Mover & Shaker" and the "Outstanding Delegate" - each will be provided with a prize package.

• Ten delegates will be awarded a "fast-track invitation" to attend the 2021 Youth Summit to be located in Calgary or Edmonton in July 2021. You'll have an opportunity to participate in person!

More information: www.edo.ca/youth

Cando 27th Annual Conference and AGM

October 18-21, 2020
Dakota Dunes Resort, Whitecap Dakota (Saskatoon), SK

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More details at www.edo.ca/conference !


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Economic Developers Alberta


November 25-27 2020

Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Kananaskis, Alberta

EDA’s Annual General Meeting & Professional Conference attracts approximately 400 local, national and international experts in the field of economic development and elected officials from various parts of our province. Delegates are provided with updates on economic development issues and trends, best practices, inspiring keynote addresses and valuable networking opportunities. 

EDA’s next annual conference is being held April 1-3, 2020 at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge in Kananaskis, Alberta. This beautiful, recently renovated, modern conference venue offers a stunning backdrop to showcase your organization to economic developers and elected officials from Alberta’s communities and regions.

Our theme is “Fostering Innovation, Transformation & Diversification".

To download the conference app and agenda here:  https://my.yapp.us/EDA2020.

BC Links to Learning

November/December 12-14, 2019

International Indigenous Tourism Conference


More details soon!


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Past Events - 2019



BC Links to Learning

December 3 & 4, 2019

Successful land management and economic development initiatives are key to building healthy, thriving First Nations communities. Links to Learning is an annual technical training forum which provide a range of learning opportunities for First Nations Economic Development Officers and Lands Management Officers.

Links to Learning 2019 is a partnership between Cando, the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association and Indigenous Services Canada.

Westin Bayshore,
Vancouver, BC

November 26-28, 2019

3rd Annual National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference

Interest in Cannabis and Hemp continues to raise much debate amongst Indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast. Our National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Conference, which began early last year, was designed to assist Nations and Communities dealing with the opportunities cannabis and hemp can present.

Grand Okanagan Resort
Kelowna, BC


November 12-14, 2019

International Indigenous Tourism Conference

This year’s conference theme is “Inspire. Transform. Unite. Accelerating Indigenous tourism growth.”
Presentations will be focused on inspiring communities and entrepreneurs to explore tourism as an economic driver. Transform, focuses on the impacts of Indigenous tourism on visitors and Indigenous operators alike. Unite speaks to the power of partnerships and coming together to empower the Indigenous tourism industry.

Grand Okanagan Resort
Kelowna, BC


26th Annual Cando National Conference

October 27-30, 2019



Hilton Lac-Leamy
Gatineau, QC

More information is here!

Atlantic Links to Learning Symposium

September 24-26, 2019

Cando is pleased to deliver its second Atlantic Links to Learning Symposium! The event focuses on knowledge sharing and skills enhancement among practitioners at the community level. This forum delivers a series of workshops, led by experts in a range of economic and land development related disciplines, and offer opportunities for dialogue and networking.

The 2019 Atlantic Links will be held in conjunction with Inclusion Works ‘19. Combining the two events will enable greater sharing of knowledge, learning and provide enhanced networking opportunities for delegates of both events.

More information here!

Delta Hotels by Marriott Fredericton
225 Woodstock Rd,
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 2H8


2nd Annual Economic Development Youth Summit

July 21-24, 2019

Youth from accross Canada 18-30 years-old were eligible.

River Cree Resort
Enoch, AB


Yukon Links to Learning Symposium

June 17-19, 2019


Host: Däna Näye Ventures

More information at www.yukonlinkstolearning.com!

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
Whitehorse, YK

Helping Indigenous Companies Sell Goods and Services to the Government of Canada

Webinar - May 14 10:30am PDT/1:30pm EDT

Are you an Economic Development Officer or a community leader interested in assisting Indigenous companies selling goods or services to the Government of Canada?

Join the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Public Services and Procurement Canada in partnership with CANDO on May 14 at 10:30 PDT for a national webinar designed to provide key information and strategies to support companies and community based organizations that want to sell goods and services to the Government of Canada.

The 60 min session will include:

  • Tips that can help EDOs support companies wanting to sell goods and services to government
  • Resources that EDOs and companies can use to find government opportunities and support
  • Contact information for people that are available to assist EDOs working with companies
  • Information on the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Businesses (PSAB)
  • An additional 30 mins for questions if required

Date / Time: May 14 10:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time