Cando recognizes that providing ongoing professional development opportunities is necessary to keep EDOs abreast of the current issues affecting the economic spheres they work within. An EDO is often the primary resource in dealing with prospective business partners, elected leaders and outside third parties. This represents a shift in the EDO role from focusing on assisting existing businesses to providing higher level advice and guidance on both existing business issues and a wide range of new opportunities. EDOs must be flexible and adaptive; they are now often acting as advisors, researchers, communicators, promoters, writers and providers of knowledge. The EDOs job is complex and has evolved over the last two decades.

For this reason, EDOs must be provided ongoing access to new tools, training and networking opportunities that will allow them grow and build their capacity so they are ready to identify and capitalize on economic development prospects for their communities.

We know that there is an exhaustive amount of training and workshops being offered across the country, all the time. So what makes Cando different from all the other training providers out there?

  • Cando understands that each community faces unique challenges. The one-size-fits all approach to training doesn’t work for every community. This is why we customize training to suit your specific needs. Tell us what you need and we can work together to make sure that you receive the specific and custom training you desire.
  • Cando maintains an extensive Canada-wide network of professionals working in the field of Indigenous Economic Development. This means that Cando can connect you with leading experts and deliver best practices from across the country – on virtually any subject matter related to economic development.
  • Cando is an Indigenous non-profit organization. By engaging Cando to provide your training needs, you are supporting an Indigenous organization that provides valuable and cost effective services, and are supporting Indigenous Youth through our National Youth Panel and NIEEF Scholarships initiatives.


Cando would love to chat with you about the various ways we can build capacity and strong vibrant communities – together. Please contact us for more information about how we can bring customized training opportunities to your community or organization!

For more information:

Western Region (Manitoba and west)
Geraldine Potts, Cando Certification Coordinator at 1-780-990-0303 ext 221
or email: for more information.

Eastern Region (Ontario and east)
Anita Boyle, Cando Certification Coordinator at 1-506-623-9596
or email: for more information.


If you have an interest in delivering non-accredited professional workshops for Cando, please review the following guidelines document and fill out the attached application form:

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