Economic Development Officers (EDOs) need to be thoroughly trained, highly skilled and committed to building economic capacity in order to provide professional support and technical advice to their communities and organizations. In 1990, EDOs from across Canada founded and mandated the Cando to provide a national body to focus on the training, education and networking opportunities necessary to serve their communities and/or organizations as professionals.
Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) is a federally registered, non-profit society that is Aboriginal controlled, community based, and membership driven. Cando is directed by a national regionally represented volunteer board of elected EDOs representing every region of Canada.
Cando has been instrumental in facilitating partnerships with EDOs, academics, Aboriginal leaders and senior corporate and government representatives. Cando is unique because it is the only national organization that focuses on education and professional development for EDOs working in Aboriginal communities or organizations.
To be the leading authority on Aboriginal Community Economic Development
To build capacity which strengthens Aboriginal economies by providing programs and services to Economic Development Officers
Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer (PAED) Certification
Training workshops on current topics in Economic Development
Annual National Conference
Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development
First Nations – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI)
Cando Connect Magazine
(e) Connect electronic Newsletter
Guidebooks Series (in both English & French)
National Indigenous Economic Education Fund (NIEEF) Scholarships
National Occupational Classification
Cando thanks its partners for their continued support
Canada Revenue Agency
Cando Board of Director Elections
The Cando Board attracts dedicated, strong-willed, committed and experienced EDOs who understand the benefits of volunteerism. Any new Board member will need to have the skills and abilities to effectively deal with the challenges of building on and strengthening the governance regime adopted over the past years and to ensure their region’s concerns and the voice of EDOs continue to be reflected in the organization and its work. If you are a Full Cando member in current region absent of a Director, please give some serious consideration to representing your region on the Board for the next three years.
Contact Ray Wanuch, Cando Executive Director at (780) 990-0303 for more information or if you have any questions.
Cando is currently running elections in the following regions:
Quebec Election PackageOntario
Ontario Election PackageNova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia / NL Election PackageStudent Board of Director
National Student Director Election Package
You can apply for your Cando membership online or download a copy of the Membership Form.