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March 23 & 25, 2021
Coming Together Virtually: Zoom 101
Presenters: Mark Salter and Justin Chrones
This workshop will introduce participants to effective methods of hosting or participating in zoom meeting while presenting themselves in professional manor. The skill set used for presenting to camera and interacting with a virtual audience is very different to the skill set used when presenting or participating in group sessions. This also includes;
- what equipment is needed for participants to present themselves in a professional environment
- Differences between facilitation skill sets in remote sessions
- Use of proper audio and video equipment to ensure full audience engagement
What Participants will learn by attending:
Learning outcomes include:
- Understanding proper methods for remote facilitation invitations and notice to participants
- Understanding the setup of remote facilitation and teaching session materials
- Understand how to use zoom features and tools, including the use of A/V settings
- Understanding of what equipment is required for professional environments
- Understand habits for presenting to camera and interacting with a virtual audience
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March 16 & 18, 2021
Mining and Indigenous Economic Development:
Tools for Communities
Cando is delivering 4 webinars in March 2021 to provide an overview of exploration and mining activities, and how Indigenous communities can generate long-lasting business and socio-economic opportunities within their territories. Sponsored by Natural Resources Canada, these webinars are presented by David Lefebure, Ph.D., P. Geo., a geologist with more than 30 years of experience with government geoscience surveys and mineral exploration companies, and well known for delivering numerous workshops explaining mineral development to Indigenous communities.
The webinars are designed for economic development officers, land planners, community leadership and others interested in understanding the mining sector from an Indigenous perspective.
Each webinar will focus on information specific to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and will aim to:
- Provide a description of the mineral exploration and mining activities, existing minerals/metals potential and where to find them
- Highlight the types of employment and economic/business opportunities through the procurement of goods and services required by the mining industry
- Present leading examples of Indigenous companies and communities benefiting from the mining sector.
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March 9, 2021
Presentation: Financial Literacy Session - The Top 5 common Mistakes Start-ups make
Learn about the value of a business plan and how to monitor cash flow.
- identify the value of a developing a business plan
- identify business structure
- gain a better understanding of monitoring cash flow
- make informed decisions regarding taxes
- the business plan
- what’s your structure
- staffing — you can’t do everything
- cash is king
- taxes — even when operating at a loss, are you ready for the big time?
Presenter: Heather Askham, CPA
Cando in Partnership with BDC, Calgary, Alberta.
March 9, 2021
Presentation: Financial Literacy Session - Understanding Financial Statements
Cover the basics around the terms and concepts of financial statements.
- review and understand financial statements
- be able to ask informed questions of financial professionals
- How’s the business doing?
- Did we make money this year?
- What does my P&L tell me?
- Why do I need a balance sheet?
- Where is my cash coming from?
- Where is my cash going to?
- Why isn’t my cash equal to my profit?
Presenter: Raymond Dlima, CPA
Cando in Partnership with BDC, Vancouver, BC.
March 11, 2021
Presentation: A Healthy Balance Sheet and Why it Matters
Understand the concept of a healthy balance sheet and learn how to create one.
- understand the key ratios that are used to measure a healthy balance sheet
- be able to explain the actions necessary to fix any unhealthy parts of their balance sheet
- What does having a healthy balance sheet mean?
- How do others look at my balance sheet?
- What are measures of balance sheet health?
- What does an investor look at?
- What does the bank look at?
- How can I “cure” an unhealthy balance sheet?
Cando in Partnership with BDC, Vancouver, BC.
Presenter: Alexander Mariano, CPA, CA
March 11, 2021
Presentation: Financial Literacy Session - Getting Money: What Lenders and Investors Want
Find out what financial and nonfinancial information is used to evaluate a loan request and the steps to prepare for a presentation to lenders.
- understand how a bank or investor will evaluate your business
- learn the steps necessary to get financial statements and business plans in order for presentation to lenders and investors
- Why will I need additional financing and capital?
- What are the typical sources for financing?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of them?
- How are lenders and investors different?
- Why do I need a business plan and how do I create one?
- What are leverage ratios and how should I use them?
- How do leverage ratios vary between business types?
- How do lenders look at my business?
Cando in Partnership with BDC, Saskatchewan.
Presenter: Zachery Solomon, CPA
March 2 & 4, 2021
Presentation: Navigate the opportunities and challenges in one of Canada’s biggest industries
Canadian agriculture and food is a $49 billion dollar industry – and it’s loaded with opportunity.
You’ll hear details that could help you navigate through the challenges facing First Nations businesses and communities as Jesse Robson, from Farm Credit Canada, highlights key points from their recent article in the Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development.
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February 23 & 25, 2021
Presentation: Strengthening Community Through Food Projects
Food projects produce more than food. They also provide opportunities for employment, youth engagement, and deeper integration with community projects. Through first-hand experiences, this session explores how food projects empower communities in ways beyond the plate. The conversations will focus on why our guests undertook a community food project and its results.
Geena Jackson, Vice President, Indigenous Advancement at Allteck Limited Partnership and Canadian Utility Construction
Geena is a proud member of the Shíshálh (Sechelt) Nation.
As a passionate advocate for Indigenous Rights, Geena has worked with the Squamish Nation for 13 years. She was the Economic Development Officer, leading in procurement, partnerships and relationship building with industry for Major Capital Projects. She also managed the Squamish Nation Trust where she assisted the development of over 500 Indigenous businesses with Squamish Nation member entrepreneurs. Geena is especially proud to have 6 of her Squamish Nation Businesses win the BC Indigenous Achievement Awards in the last 6 years.
Geena is passionate about initiatives to benefit First Nation Communities including increased housing, food sustainability, water purity, and opportunities for economic growth. She also supports initiatives such as Right to Play, teaching Indigenous youth life skills, and Live Different, an organization that provides assistance and education to assist with youth suicide prevention in First Nation Communities. These initiatives create positive life changing impacts in Indigenous lives.
Geena has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars supporting Indigenous initiatives, such as The Residential Day Scholars fundraiser, the Squamish Nation annual Trades Centre Fundraiser, and the Vancouver Indigenous Film Festival.
Jackie Gonzales, Elder in Residence at Squamish First Nation's Ayas Men Men Child and Family Services.
Partner, BDO Consulting
Jacques is a Partner in BDO’s Winnipeg office and has 20+ years of experience within First Nations finance working in a financial advisory, management, and economic development capacity. Jacques is BDO’s National Aboriginal Consulting Lead for Canada.
Jacques has undertaken engagements across seven provinces (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador). His office’s work with First Nations has led to successful outcomes for communities in Financial Accounting, project management, debt retirement, and bringing value to all programs and entities throughout local consultation. His focus is now to enable substantial capacity improvement of First Nations through accounting and management reporting to bring value through qualitative financial information framework by generating a specialized focus on best practices through procurement generating substantial financial gains for First Nations. Strategic planning in housing, programs and for profit entities operated by First Nations using methodologies that are easily applied at the local level to bring real practice focus on socioeconomic improvements for First Nations communities across Canada.
Economic Development Consultant, Aboriginal Services
With 30 plus years working within First Nations Communities and 10 years with BDO, Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. Paul has previously been an on site band manager for several First Nations Communities working along side Chief and Council members, the main objective in each community has always been to assist in ensuring Frist Nations developmental goals are achieved. Paul has a strong success rate in acquiring funding for projects such as housing, licensing for community led radio stations and is a driving force in positive financial change. Through his work with First Nations, Paul consistently demonstrates a required cultural sensitivity, which is crucial to the successful outcomes that he achieves in each community.
Branavan Tharmarajah is an alumnus of McGill and Acadia University, with a business and nutrition background. He is presently finishing his MBA in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University. His experience spans private and nonprofit sectors, and he brings a unique perspective on using community-based approaches to promote health and economic development.
At The Growcer, Branavan supports communities in their efforts to take back control of their food system.
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February 16 & 18, 2021
Presentation: The 13 Things you Need to Know for Successful Economic Development
The reasons why a community will engage in economic development activities varies greatly. Each community has unique characteristics and own reasons for actively engaging in economic development. Communities understand to create economic diversity, maintain and expand infrastructure, create a sustainable economy and to increase their ability to meet the needs of residents and businesses; they need to develop their economic development focus and goals. The more you understand about economic development, the more effective you can be in supporting your community’s economic development efforts. This session is directed to all elected leaders including Chiefs, council members, economic development boards and team members.
Dale Wheeldon, President and CEO, BC Economic Development Association
Dale Wheeldon has 26 years of economic development experience and is the CEO of the BC Economic Development Association and one of the founding partners of EDCD Consulting. Starting out as in economic development in a rural BC community he then moved to Chilliwack where he worked to make Chilliwack one of the leading economic development communities in BC. He is in demand as a speaker with a presentation style combining humour with simplicity for understanding
Colleen Bond, EDCD Consulting
Colleen Bond is a certified Economic Developer with 24 years of economic development experience. She has extensive knowledge in building economic development programs for business retention and expansion, business attraction and foreign investment attraction. Colleen has worked from grassroots to government organizations in a variety of community development and capacity building roles earning awards along with way. Colleen co-founded EDCD Consulting to provide consulting services to economic development agencies at all levels of government.
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February 9 & 11, 2021
Presentation: Introduction to Export Development Canada and Exporting
Indigenous companies face a unique set of challenges when starting and running a business. Join Todd Evans, EDC’s National Lead for Indigenous-led Exporters, and Joben Lopez, EDC’s Sr. Account Manager for Alberta, as they explain how exporting and selling to international customers can support your economic development strategy.
This session will cover:
An overview of the top export industries in your province
An introduction to local Account Managers to learn more about EDC’s support for exporters
A case study illustrating how EDC works with Canadian companies and exporters
An overview of the tools available to help you explore and research potential export opportunities
Todd Evans - National Lead, Indigenous Exporters, Export Development Canada As National Lead for Indigenous Exporters, Todd’s role is to advance Export Development Canada’s understanding of the needs and challenges of the Indigenous business community, and to help develop a longer-term strategy for serving this market. Todd is responsible for EDC’s engagement with external stakeholders and Indigenous clients. He works closely with his EDC colleagues and senior management to support the growing export needs of Indigenous businesses.
Prior to taking on his current role, Todd was a principal with EDC’s Economics team. His previous positions at EDC include director of economic analysis and forecasting, and director of the corporate research department. Before joining EDC in 1997, Todd worked with various public and private sector organizations including Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Economic Council of Canada, the Conference Board of Canada and HLB. His areas of expertise include economic development and international trade.
During his 23 years with EDC, Todd has led a number of initiatives including development of the Corporation’s Canadian economic benefits framework, developing the Global Export Forecast and he is a key author of EDC’s integrative trade methodology. He has published several articles on issues around international trade, investment and global supply chains. Todd has a BA degree in economics and statistics from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a MA degree in economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
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February 2 & 4, 2021
Indigenous Development & Prosperity
Indigenous peoples are looking for ways to grow their own economy so their membership can prosper. Throughout history, they have faced obstacles that have limited their growth and have had to look at other ways of creating prosperity. It is very important that we understand one another in order to work together for a prosperous future.
Kendal Netmaker takes you into the worldview of Indigenous Peoples and how we can all prosper together. Lets Build Economies For A Prosperous Future!
Format: 60 minute keynote
Attendees will gain:
· Deep insights into Indigenous Peoples economy opportunities
· Understand the importance of Indigenous spirituality/beliefs
· Understand the similarities/differences between different Indigenous groups in Canada
· Learn how to build an economy that is alignment with indigenous values
Presenter: Kendal Netmaker
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January 26 & 28, 2021
Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) - Department of National Defense (DND) and Public Services Procurement Canada (PSPC).
9:00am PT; 10:00am MT; 11:00am CT; 12:00pm ET; 1:00pm AT
Since its launch in April 2018, IDEaS has been posting Challenges for the Canadian Innovation Community. The various elements of IDEaS, which include Competitive Projects, Contests, Innovation Networks, Sandboxes, and Test Drive are going to be used to present these Challenges to you!
The program is looking for your solutions to support the development of defence and security capabilities.
IDEaS fosters open innovation to provide creative thinkers with the structure and support to encourage solutions, which will assist in solving some of Canada’s toughest defence and security challenges.
IDEaS will support the development of solutions from their conceptual stage, through prototype testing and capability development. The program includes several elements that promote collaboration between innovators, provides developmental resources and provides opportunities to interact with DND’s science and military members. Through which all innovators are on an even playing field to solve specific defence and security challenges.
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Alberta Webinar - Eric Fournier
Mr. Fournier is presently the Director General Innovation for the Assistant Deputy Minister (Science & Technology). He is a Scientific Advisor to the Department of National Defence and to the Canadian Armed Forces. His role is to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces/Department of National Defence (CAF/DND) have access to the most cutting-edge solutions for their challenges from Canadian Innovators.
Eric began his career with Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) as a Defence Scientist in the Flight Mechanics Group of the Precision Weapons Section at the Valcartier laboratory in August 1992. He spent most of his scientific career in that establishment, where he held a number of positions in the Weapons field of study.
In 2014, Mr. Fournier took up the position of Defence R&D Counsellor at CDLS (London) where he was responsible for liaison in defence Science and Technology between Canada and the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Upon returning to Canada in July 2017, he was appointed DG Innovation, and also selected to develop and lead the implementation of the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) initiative.
Manitoba Webinar – Kristina Proulx
Kristina is the Director of Innovation Operations for the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program. She joined the team in March 2020 and is charged with ensuring the operational effectiveness of the Program’s five funding elements that facilitate third-party innovation relating to the needs of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence.
Prior to this role, Kristina worked with variety of government programs and services advising on change management, business renewal and employee engagement. Most recently, Kristina served as the Chief of Staff to the Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence.
Saskatchewan Webinar – Sarah Blair
Ms. Blair is presently the Manager of Outreach and Engagement for the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program. IDEaS provides financial support to Canadian organizations to develop solutions for Canada’s toughest defence and security challenges. Sarah’s role is two-fold: to develop strategic partnerships and engage with Canadian innovators to increase participation in the IDEaS Program, and to communicate its successes and achievements back to the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces.
Sarah began her public service career at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and has a history of supporting the implementation and delivery of several high-profile and complex government programs over the past 14 years. In 2010, she was selected to work on the delivery of the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program, a $1 billion transfer payment program that provided Canadian pulp and paper mills with access to funding for capital investments that make demonstrable environmental improvements to their facilities. She also delivered several other NRCan innovation programs, including the Forest Innovation Program as well as the Investment in Forest Industry Transformation Program that funded first-in-kind technologies in the areas of bioenergy, biomaterials, biochemicals and next-generation building products at Canadian forest industry facilities.
In early 2018 Sarah joined DND to support the implementation, launch, and delivery of DND’s 1.6 billion dollar IDEaS program.
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January 19 & 21, 2020
Is supporting young entrepreneurs a key pillar in your Indigenous economic development strategy? If it is – let’s talk!
Futurpreneur’s sole purpose is to support young entrepreneurs (18-39 yrs old) in Canada launch successful businesses. That is our mission. Our support model includes one-on-one coaching, training, financing and mentorship. We also strive, wherever we can, to connect the young entrepreneurs we support to each other and to promote their businesses through our communications and marketing activities.
In 2019, we galvanized the resources to establish a national team to support young, Indigenous entrepreneurs launch successful businesses. We see Indigenous Economic Development professionals as key collaborators in this work. Please join us in this important conversation.
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Presented by Joanne Norris and Sammy Zoerb and Justin Holness
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December 15 & 17, 2020
Zoomed out? Zoom in!
It is almost the end of 2020 and you are probably Zoom’ed out! Your stress level is probably a bit high too with the pandemic & the time of year. COVID 19 has brought about challenge & added stress in our lives both personally & professionally.
Join us for our last Links to Learning webinar of 2020 for a down to earth presentation.
This webinar will provide you with some inspiration, tips on stress management & self care and some ideas to create a better virtual work experience.
The session will end with an opportunity for you to reconnect with my mind, heart, spirit and body!
Presenter: Michelle Nieviadomy
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December 8 & 10, 2020
Indigenous leaders are becoming more in demand year after year. Throughout history, Indigenous Leaders were the backbone of their respected communities because they followed a specific set of principles to live and prosper together.
Kendal Netmaker takes you into the worldview of Indigenous Leaders and how we can all learn to lead and live in harmony with one another. Indigenous Leadership Is A Way Of Life!
Format: 60 minute keynote
Attendees will gain:
· Deep insights into Indigenous Leadership views
· Understand the importance of Indigenous spirituality/beliefs
· Understand how Indigenous Leadership is different from the mainstream
· Learn the success principles of Indigenous Leadership
Presenter: Kendal Netmaker
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December 1 & 3, 2020
Entrepreneurship is one of the greatest opportunities to help build Indigenous peoples and communities . Kendal takes you on a journey by showing you how to use what you have in front of you and make something BIG out of it.
A four-time entrepreneur of the year, Kendal Netmaker shows entrepreneurs and organizations how to embrace the power of entrepreneurship. Kendal Netmaker helps Indigenous peoples Ignite The Entrepreneur Within!
Attendees will gain:
· How to launch & scale a profitable business
· Learn how to market your product/service
· Embrace the power of “using what you have in front you”
· Learn the top 3 secrets to growing a successful business
Presenter: Kendal Netmaker
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November 24 & 26, 2020
Establishing Decolonized Development Corporations
- In this workshop we will share with you the key considerations that we have walked leaders through to establish development corporations that operate in accordance with the characteristics of good corporate governance and are accountable to leaders, community citizens, and future generations.
- For our term decolonizing is informing and reframing your view of the world, which includes a critical analysis of the world around us (systems, policies, and assumptions), who we were prior to colonization, and how we wish to be in the world.
Learning outcomes include:
- Develop critical understanding of why and how colonial business law effects indigenous community economic development and how to overcome that bias.
- Understanding what First Nation DC’s must do to be effective;
- Understanding good corporate governance is.
Presenters: Laara E. Yaghujaanas, M.A. and Mark F. Salter
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November 10 & 12, 2020
Making Economic Resiliency and Recovery The New Norm
All over the world, communities and their economic development efforts are navigating uncharted waters. The COVID-19 pandemic has opened many questions about a post-COVID economy. While COVID-19 has been a devasting disaster affecting the world there are other disasters that can happen at any time and hit at a more local level. It does not matter if it is a flood, a fire, the closure of your major employer or something else that unexpectantly negatively impacts your economy. These disasters seem to be happening more frequently and your community needs to be prepared to ensure you have a resilient community if one happens. This session explores what you need to do to be ready for an economic disaster and to address current challenges impacting our economy.
Presenters: Dale wheeldon and Colleeen Bond
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November 3 & 5, 2020
First Nations Good Governance & Economic Resiliency
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This workshop will introduce participants to the concepts of what effective governing institutions (FN Development Corporations) are, what strategic directions must be built into the DNA of a DC, what good corporate governance is, and what economic resiliency is. This information will be shared from an indigenous worldview, best practices, and more than a quarter of a century of experience.
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October 13 & 15, 2020
Master Your Disaster: A Primer