Economic Developer of the Year Award


ED of the Year LogoSharing 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!

2015 ED of the Year Award Winners

  • Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation, BC - Community Category
  • Cliff Fregin, BC - Individual EDO Category
  • Spirit Staffing & Consulting Inc., AB - Aboriginal Private Sector Category

ED Winners

L-R: Cliff Fregin, New Relationship Trust; Jenny Larocque & Janice Larocque, Spirit Staffing & Consulting Inc.; Chief Jonathan Kruger, Penticton Indian Band. Credit: Sean Fenzl Photography.

2014 ED of the Year Award Recognition Recipients

  • English River First Nation, SK - Community Category
  • Larry Casper, BC - Individual EDO Category
  • Vickie's a Little off the Top Landscaping, BC - Aboriginal Private Sector Business Category

Download copies of nominees' presentations: Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation, English River First Nation, Cliff Fregin, Larry Casper, and Spirit Staffing & Consulting Inc.

To learn about past Economic Developer of the Year Award winners visit the ED of the Year Award page.