Call for Conference Presenters

Cando is pleased to announce a Call for Presenters for the 26th Annual National Conference & AGM to be held on October 27-30, 2019 in Gatineau, Quebec. This year’s conference will be co-hosted by Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation.

Cando’s conferences provide Economic Development Officers (EDOs) with tools and resources to discover new opportunities for community economic development in Indigenous regions & communities throughout Canada. The conference will be of interest to all, from the beginner community economic developer to the advanced practitioner. We will examine urban, rural and remote challenges; and offer exposure to diverse perspectives including First Nation, Métis and Inuit, and showcase entrepreneurial approaches in Indigenous economic development.

This is your opportunity to share your expertise, experiences and wisdom with fellow professionals working in Indigenous economic development. Conference workshop themes will reflect the multiple bottom lines of Indigenous economic development: social, cultural, economic and environmental. Conference sessions will address topics that have direct impact on EDOs and will provide the audience with the practical information and tools needed to strengthen Indigenous economies.

Download Call for Conference Presenters

Deadline for Submissions: July 15, 2019

Refer to the Conference Speaker Policy for information as to compensation for speakers’ expenses.

Women in Business Panel

Each year Cando selects four panelists to form the Women in Business Panel, one of the signature events at the Cando Annual National Conference which will be held in Gatineau, QC from October 27-30, 2019. Through this annual panel, Cando highlights and recognizes the significant impact that Indigenous women entrepreneurs have on the Canadian economy.  Four panelists from across Canada will share their experiences of being a woman in business.

Note: Only nominations submitted by current Cando members will be considered

Selection Criteria

  • Women of Indigenous descent (Inuit, Métis, First Nation)
  • Entrepreneurs with several years of experience who overcame barriers or challenges on their road to success
  • Women in corporate leadership positions who are making a difference fore the betterment of Indigenous economies
  • Industry ‘trail blazers’ who are opening career paths in a new industry for other Indigenous women

Panelists Will Enjoy

  • Recognition for their achievements
  • Networking with Indigenous leaders & peers
  • All-paid trip to Gatineau, Quebec & a complimentary conference pass

Deadline for Nominations is July 15, 2019

Download a copy of the nomination form