Indigenous Economic Development: Examples of Inspiring CESO Mentorships from across Canada

Our proposed workshop will explore the concept of economic reconciliation in relation to CESO’s work with Indigenous peoples in Canada. We will provide examples of projects that we’ve completed across Canada and discuss implications for future partnerships. In addition to the workshop, we will also have a tradeshow booth where we will have a CESO Volunteer Advisor on site to provide 30 sessions with communities to discuss their need or project and provide coaching.

Presented by: Allison Deer, CESO

Allison Deer is a Mohawk woman from the community of Kahnawake, Quebec and a member of the Wolf Clan.  She is the Manager of CESO Indigenous Services in Montreal. CESO is an NGO that helps build stronger economies and better lives through skilled advisors who volunteer their time and expertise to Aboriginal peoples across Canada; and to peoples of emerging economies worldwide.  Allison has 30 years experience in Community Economic Development at the local, regional and national levels of development and recently obtained an MBA at Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia; a degree most suited for the development challenges and opportunities faced by Aboriginal communities from coast to coast.  Her expertise is in the area of business development, research, leadership, marketing, organizational development and strategic management.  She also holds a Bachelor degree in Canadian Studies and a graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Allison’s passion for capacity building and community development began early in her career with Employment and Immigration Canada (EIC) in1983.   She always had a passion for “helping others to help themselves” by providing access to tools, resources and opportunities to move oneself forward.  She continues to adapt to the ever evolving environment of business/organizational development; and keeps current on issues that shape Indigenous lives, communities and nations. Allison has also been an active member on many local, regional and national boards.  Her most recent tenure was Vice President of Miziwe Biik Employment and Training, in Toronto, Ontario.  CESO is a registered charitable organization with no political or religious affiliation.