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.  During the next 4 weeks, 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.

In addition, Cando has ended all staff travel for the next 4 weeks and will utilize teleconferencing to maintain our contact with partners and clients.

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.   



Assistive Technology Services BC - Webinar

Schedule TBD


Could you or an employee or a community member benefit from assistive technology to overcome a functional barrier at work?

Do you or they have a disability or a chronic medical condition such as back, neck, or shoulder pain, or carpal tunnel syndrome?


Funding is available now for supports such as: assistive technology, ergonomics, restorative supports, communication and hearing devices, vehicle modifications, and more.


To learn more, join Nate Toevs for a webinar on WorkBC Assistive Technology Services. This program is operated by Neil Squire Society and provides supports to individuals experiencing work-related barriers caused by a disability or functional limitation.
Below are the Zoom Room meeting details for your Work BC webinars:
Room Name: WorkBC ATS Meeting Room

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/635547822

Dial in number is 1855 703 8985 Canada Toll-free
Meeting ID: 635 547 822

In advance of the session, I would suggest participants visit
the following link:



Living Soils Symposium - CANCELLED!

March 18 - 21, 2020 - Cancelled

Marché Bonsecours in Montreal

Four days of solution-focused and action-oriented discussions.
Bringing together a diversity of people from across sectors with one same goal:
regenerating soil health to feed the planet and heal the world from climate change.

Regeneration Canada is a non-profit organization that promotes regenerative land management, in order to mitigate climate change, restore biodiversity, improve water cycles and support a more productive and just food system. As Indigenous knowledge ensures thriving for all beings, it is crucial to include Indigenous participation in conversations on land regeneration. Shaun Soonias, Director of Indigenous Relations at Farm Credit Canada suggested we contact you in this regard and concerning our event.

From March 18 to 21, 2020, we will be hosting our third edition of the Living Soils Symposium at Marché Bonsecours in Montreal, an international event that brings together and mobilizes a diversity of actors with a role to play in soil regeneration, including scientists, agronomists, consultants, farmers, students, policy makers, activists, entrepreneurs and citizens. As soil health is a complex issue and has ramifications across sectors, we believe in the importance of this interdisciplinary approach to bring about lasting change. Several innovative and inspiring speakers will join us for the event, including Dr. David Montgomery (University of Seattle in Washington), Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin (Regeneration International), Louis Robert (agronomist, MAPAQ), Dr. Rattan Lal (Ohio State University), MkoMosé Dr. Andrew Judge (Conestoga College), Gillian Flies (The New Farm), and many others.

We are currently going through one of the biggest climate crises. We firmly believe that it is through the regeneration of soil health that together we can help restore the climate and the land that was once nurtured by Indegenous Peoples.

More information: livingsoilssymposium.ca



EDA logo

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.


National Economic Development Youth Summit

July 19-22, 2020

Westin Calgary Airport, Calgary, Alberta

Youth Summit 2020

Details: www.edo.ca/youth

Cando 27th Annual Conference and AGM

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

Save the Date - Conference 2020

Save the Date - Conference 2020 2

More details at www.edo.ca/conference !

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