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9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET / 1:00pm AT

With the introduction of the new 5% target for Indigenous participation in federal procurement, more opportunities are expected for Indigenous businesses and communities.  Indigenous community leaders and Economic Development Officers need to have access to information to be ready to take advantage.

On November 29th, join Cando, Procurement Assistance Canada, and Indigenous Services Canada for the Procurement Showcase, with presentations on:

  • Procurement supporting Indigenous economic development

  • Services from Procurement Assistance Canada

  • The Procurement Strategy for Indigenous Business (PSIB)

  • Transformation of Indigenous Procurement

  • Federal Demand Considerations and Opportunities

  • Indigenous Participation Requirements and Plans in Contracts

  • The Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI) – Funding to Build Indigenous Capacity

  • The Cando – PAC EDO Procurement Literacy Mentorship Pilot

  • An Indigenous Business Journey through federal procurement  


Cando et Soutien en approvisionnement Canada aimerait vous inviter à vous joindre à nous pour une séance d'information à l'intention des entreprises autochtones le 29 novembre 2022 de 10h00 à 12H50

La séance d'information à l'intention des entreprises autochtones fournira des mises à jour et des possibilités en matière d'approvisionnement, ainsi qu'une discussion plénière et une aide pratique pour que votre entreprise ou organisation puisse mieux comprendre les marchés publics et s'inscrire dans divers systèmes.
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EDO Procurement Mentorship Program Agenda


Time (Mountain Time)

  1. Opening – Elder Rick Lightning
    and Ray Wanuch, Executuive Director - Cando (5 mins)

  2. Opening Panel – Procurement, EDOs and Indigenous communities
    Speakers: Mike Bonshor / George Casimir / Jonathon Mitchell (20 mins) See bios below

Time (Mountain Time)




  • PAC – PSPC – Overview (15 mins)
    Speaker: John Johnstone – Cando|
    See bio below

  • ISC – PSIB (15 mins)
    Speaker: Mike Ricci – Indigenous Services Canada










  • ISC – Transformation of Indigenous Procurement (15 mins)
    Speaker: Beth MacDonald – Indigenous Services Canada

  • PAC / PSPC – Demand Side information (15 mins)
    Speaker: Mike Szczesniak – Procurement Assistance Canada

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  • PAC – Indigenous Participation Requirements and Plans (20 mins)
    Speakers: Carolyn Arthur / Timothy Dymond – Procurement Assistance Canada 

  • PAC / Cando – SPI (15 mins)
    Speakers: Daniel Sandoz – Procurement Assistance Canada + John Johnstone - Cando & Paul Macedo - Cando

  • PAC / Cando – Mentorship Program (10 mins)
    Speakers: Daniel Sandoz / Timothy Low – Procurement Assistance Canada

Time (Mountain Time)



  • Panel Q&A with Barry Payne –  Procurement Assistance Canada
    Barry will be sharing his experience as an Indigenous supplier (15 mins)

  • Closing – Elder Rick Lightning
    and Ray Wanuch, Executuive Director - Cando (5 mins)


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Presenters Bios (confirmed):

Elder Rick Lightning

Elder Rick LightningElder Rick (Patrick) Lightning is an Elder/Mosom from Maskwacis, raised in the traditions of Plains Cree, Nehiyaw. He is a third generation residential school survivor.

Rick has been a Cultural Support Worker to the Indian Residential School (IRS), Mental Health, Aboriginal Youth Communities Empowerment Strategy (AYCES), and the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) programs at Maskwacis.

Currently Rick is the resident Elder, or Mosom, as he prefers to be called, for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta.




Ray Wanuch
Executive Director - Cando

Ray WanuchBorn in Edmonton, Alberta, raised on the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement and is of First Nations descent from the Ermineskin Cree Nation. Obtained a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1989; and possesses the Technician and the Professional Level Certification from Cando.

Current Executive Director of Cando, Ray celebrated 17 years in his current position this past May. Prior to working with Cando, Ray was the CEO of Settlement Investment Corporation and currently serves on Settlement Investment Corporation’s board. Then moved on to facilitate and manage the Métis Settlements Economic Viability Strategy, which received international recognition for sustainable development.  Also managed and taught a self-employment program for the Métis Nation of Alberta. Then formed a consulting company with his wife to produce business and community strategic plans. Volunteer work includes being appointed to the Alberta Water Council by the Métis Settlements General Council; as well as serving as the former Cando Co-President and director representing Alberta. Also served on the Kainai health board and currently advises the Changing Horses board of directors. Changing Horses is made up of a core group of medical professionals and friends from the Kainai 1st Nation who wish to address addictions stemming from drug, alcohol, and the current Opioid crisis. Ray has recently joined NGCI, an economic development corporation serving the Ermineskin Cree Nation.

Married to Nola Wanuch from the Enoch Cree Nation, and have three children: Wendell, Natasha and Sydney, and five wonderful grandchildren.  

Loves to play golf and currently learning guitar.



John Johnstone
Associate Director, Procurement - Cando

John Johnstone

John is joining Cando on a long-term assignment from Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to support the Government of Canada’s commitment to increasing Indigenous participation in federal procurement.  

Based in Victoria, BC, John will provide focused support to Economic Development Officers, communities, and businesses to navigate Government of Canada procurement opportunities. 

John brings over 20 years of experience with the Government of Canada and has an extensive background in project management, strategic engagement, business development, and economics.




Jonathon Mitchell
Senior Manager, Indigenous Services Consulting  - MNP

Jonathon Mitchell

Jonathon Mitchell is a Senior Manager within MNP’s Indigenous Services Consulting team, and works out of Kelowna, BC. As a proud Indigenous individual and Westbank First Nation Member, Jonathon serves Indigenous clients and communities, including First Nation governments, development corporations, and Indigenous-owned or partnered businesses across the nation.

Jonathon takes pride in strategically improving Indigenous organizations with transparency, governance, and economic development, to be more sustainable and progressive. He brings in-depth knowledge of Indigenous governance, strategy, policy and operations to his role. His services include band administration and senior management support services, Indigenous consulting, supply chain management, and relationship and business development management.

Jonathon earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Indigenous business and leadership from Simon Fraser University in 2019 and a Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation from Supply Chain Canada in 2016.

Jonathon currently serves as vice-president of Supply Chain Canada, B.C. and All Nations Trust Company



George Casimir
General Manager of Community Futures of Central Interior First Nation (CFDC of CIFN)

George Casimir

George Casimir is a member of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc First Nation and is the General Manager of Community Futures of Central Interior First Nation (CFDC of CIFN).   George’s educational background includes business, horticulture, and project management.

As a member of his community George proudly served 4 terms on Chief and Council; when not on Council he managed and supervised many areas including Housing, Education and Special Projects.  Co-writing and developing the first retail Band owned and operated business as well as re-branding to what is now known as Petro Canada. For his community George has worked on a number of capital, business and corporate projects.

Entrepreneurship has always been of special interest to him as he owned several successful businesses including landscaping, transportation, consulting and currently farming.  Being a long-term Board member for All Nations Trust Company and past president has also allowed George to support aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs for many years.

As the general manager for CFDC of CIFN George has developed partnerships within the province with Indigenous and non-indigenous organizations, George represents the organization on Provincial committees and takes part in many regional and local events.

George states that he is very proud of his humble beginnings being one of the first 12 participants in the CIFN self-employment program in the early 90’s: “From this program I have learned a lot and found the inspiration to help individuals, organizations and communities in their economic journeys”.

The mandate of CFDC of CIFN is developmental lending and self-employment training; CFDC of CIFN specializes in loan portfolios for youth, women, peoples with disabilities, agriculture and our general loan fund. George says it is a pleasure to work with a great Board of Directors as well as his CIFN staff to implement and promote the services that we have and to provide opportunities for our Indigenous Peoples.



Michael Bonshor, CPA
President and CEO of Visions First Nations Financial Services/Ki’mola Indigenous Capital
Managing Director of First Nations Business Development Association

Michael Bonshor

Michael Bonshor, CPA is a member of the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet and has worked with First Nations and Indigenous organizations for the past 20 years. He is President and CEO of Visions First Nations Financial Services/Ki’mola Indigenous Capital and Managing Director of First Nations Business Development Association. In 2020 Michael was appointed to the National Indigenous Economic Development Board. He is also the Co-Chair of the BC First Nations Gaming Revenue Sharing General Partnership.









Timothy Dymond
Policy Advisor, Procurement Assistance Canada

Tim DymondTimothy Dymond is a Policy Advisor with Procurement Assistance Canada. He has experience in the development of standard procurement templates and tools that contracting officers apply to their solicitations in efforts to increase the representation of Indigenous businesses in federal procurements.







Tim Low
Policy Advisor, Procurement Assistance Canada

Tim LowTim is of Metis ancestry and is a semi-retired federal public service executive.  He has served on the boards of two very successful Aboriginal Capital Corporations at the Chairperson and Executive Committee levels. Tim is also a former Associate faculty member of the Canadian School of Public Service where he facilitated courses in the Indigenous Learning series.

Tim joined Procurement Assistance Canada (PAC) as a part-time Policy Advisor in January 2021.  His role is to assist with the Indigenous Engagement Strategy which is designed to facilitate Indigenous businesses gain greater access and success with Government of Canada procurement opportunities. 

Tim holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Regina and a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer designation from the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO).

He and his wife, Donna, live in Ladysmith, BC where they enjoy golf, hiking, being out on their boat and being with their grandchildren.  



Carolyn Arthur
Senior Advisor for Inclusive Business, Procurement Assistance Canada

Carolyn ArthurCarolyn is a Senior Advisor for Inclusive Business at Procurement Assistance Canada (PAC).  Carolyn enjoys educating and empowering clients and suppliers in the buying process. She is a committed partner in the development of procurement solutions that assist in closing socio-economic gaps and eliminating systemic barriers facing First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples, Black business owners and other equity seeking groups in the Canadian business community. 

Carolyn comes to PAC with 7 years of experience as a buyer for the Government of Canada where she managed innovative and complex contracts, advised senior government leaders. Carolyn is an inspirational leader who consistently delivers innovative service and supports Canadians with integrity and excellence.  






Mike Szczesniak
Procurement Ambassador, Procurement Assistance Canada

Mike SzczesniakWith 15 years of contracting experience as a buyer at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Mike recently joined Procurement Assistance Canada to help bridge the industry-buyer-policy divide by empowering Canadian entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to succeed in federal government procurement while also advocating for procurement reform based on the simple premise that it shouldn't be difficult to do business with the Government of Canada.

Whether it's through seminars, workshops, or one-on-one conversations, Mike looks forward to helping your business reach its full potential with the Government of Canada.




Daniel Sandoz
Senior Advisor - Indigenous Engagement, Procurement Assistance Canada

Daniel SandozDaniel joined Procurement Assistance Canada in the Pacific Region in September 2014. In addition to his work as Senior Advisor - Indigenous Engagement, within Procurement Assistance Canadas, Daniel brings a wealth of experience, including over 15 years of global purchasing and marketing experience. Daniel has been involved in procurement performance improvement projects, e-commerce and SAP implementations for a global player in the chemical industry in Switzerland. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) from Royal Roads University and an Executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business/Western University. Daniel is a Certified Agile Leader with the Scrum Alliance.








Barry Payne
PAC (Procurement Assistance Canada) PWGSC 

Barry PayneBarry Payne is a socio-economic entrepreneur. From humble beginnings, he grew his first start-up venture Adirondack Technologies Furniture Inc from his basement of his home on the Hiawatha First Nation to the  3rd largest supplier to the Canadian federal Government, this venture had allowed him to expand into a variety of other entrepreneurial activities, which included, Adirondack Information Management, which provides Information Technology, Engineering, Professional and Administrative Personnel to the private and public sectors across Canada, and OnNation, a leading national provider of technology solutions, cyber security solutions and digital transformation platforms, for business,

Barry has personally been involved in over $200M in various types of contracts with the Canadian Federal Government.

Not a person to sit around during retirement after exiting his business ventures Barry has recently accepted a role with PAC (Procurement Assistance Canada) PWGSC to assist them in reaching out to and encouraging equity deserving groups (LGBTQ2S), Indigenous and persons with disabilities, racialized communities and women businesses to increase their bidding efforts on federal government contracts, but also to assist these businesses in utilizing his over 20 years experience sharing.