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Stanley Barnaby

Stanley Barnaby -
Cando Certification Assists JEDI Manager With Employment Career

Taking some specialty courses during his post-secondary education has paid off handsomely for Stanley Barnaby. The 28-year-old, who is from Quebec’s Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation, attended the University of New Brunswick, earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

While at UNB, Barnaby also took the necessary courses to obtain his First Nations Business Administration Certificate. By fulfilling the requirements for this certificate Barnaby met the criteria to obtain his Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED) certificate through Cando, the national Indigenous organization which promotes economic development. Barnaby credits his Cando certification with helping him land some of the jobs he has held.

“It certainly helped me with some of the employment I’ve had in my career,” he said. “It being on my resume really helped.”


Nick Paul

Nick Paul -
Former U.S. Sergeant Credits Cando Certification For Current Successes

Nick Paul has made some major life-altering decisions in the past. But the 39-year-old Maliseet, from New Brunswick’s Tobique First Nation, is rather content with his current job, thanks in large part to the Cando certification he earned.

For the past decade Paul has been working for Peace Hills Trust, the First Nation banking institute. He’s the assistant manager of credit at Saskatchewan’s Fort Qu’Appelle regional office.

“I don’t know what the future holds but I know Peace Hills Trust is a top-notch employer,” Paul said.

Though he was already working for the company at the time, Paul decided to complete the requirements and earn his Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED) certificate through Cando, the national Indigenous organization that promotes economic development. He was awarded his certificate in May of 2010.

Inspiring Success:

Kluane Adamek

Kluane Adamek -
Focused on developing youth as leaders

Kluane Adamek wants to build young leaders.

She plans to use what she’s learned to support community building in the north as she works toward her master degree in business administration at Simon Fraser University.

“Supporting community building through inspiration and innovation is how I feel I can contribute and working with young emerging leaders, as well,” said Adamek, who lives in Whitehorse.

The $2,000 she received through Cando’s National Indigenous Economic Education Foundation scholarship fall 2016 made that possible.

“That’s why the scholarship was helpful for me. I travel down to Vancouver usually about every six weeks to do my course work and then I come back to Whitehorse and I do my assignments from here,” she said. “I’m really grateful to have had the scholarship. It really helped me out this year.”

Inter-tribal Trade Opportunities:

Keith Matthew

Keith Matthew -
Cando to be “honest broker” in developing inter-tribal trade

The potential for inter-tribal trade between First Nations in Canada and Tribes in the United States “is absolutely huge,” says business consultant Keith Matthew, who also serves as president of Cando.But realizing that potential will not be easy as First Nations need to overcome the trade barriers that are in place between Canada and the U.S.

“We’re unfortunately at the whim of both of those governments,” said Matthew.

With the Canadian dollar still weaker than U.S. currency, exporting product to the U.S. is a golden opportunity that First Nations need to take advantage of. But, Matthew admits, First Nations need to get “export ready,” which means obtaining export licenses, figuring out the logistics of getting product to U.S. markets, and understanding how foreign-trade zones, in places like the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma, work.


Ray Wanuch -
Strong economic development plans required to move forward with FTZs

Ray Wanuch, executive director of Cando, doesn’t mince words when he talks about inter-tribal trade.“The end goal is huge,” he said. “Free-trade zones create jobs, gets us into the economy. I think it’s part and parcel of Indigenous people producing their share of the gross domestic product.”

FTZs would be custom free with no duties and allow the exchange of goods between Canada and the United States.