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Since 1969, CESO has worked with Aboriginal communities, collaborating on more than 30,000 assignments across Canada to assist individuals, small and medium-sized businesses, and community organizations to develop the skills needed to support long-term economic development, good governance, strong community health infrastructure, and sound financial management.

Our relationship with Canada’s First Nations is endorsed through a partnership agreement with the Assembly of First Nations, focused on addressing the needs of First Nations in each of our core program areas.  Our partnership with the First Nations Financial Management Board (FNFMB) underscores the contribution CESO can make towards effective internal controls and accounting practices in communities undertaking the FNFMB certification process. 

CESO is working with several Aboriginal communities to address their needs related to health planning and management, both on-site through mentorship and advisory services by CESO Volunteer Advisors, and through distance mentoring.  Our primary goal in this programming is to strengthen the capacity of community health service providers to develop and implement comprehensive community health plans. 

In Nunavut, CESO has collaborated with the Government of Nunavut to develop a highly-skilled public service. Our Volunteer Advisors provide on and off-site individual and team mentoring, peer support, coaching, workshops and other training and development initiatives as requested. 

Our partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is designed to provide employees of departments, boards and agencies within the Government with opportunities for skills and career development through the mentorship of CESO Volunteer Advisors. The mentorships will require a one-year commitment by both parties, and will be a combination of on-site and in-person mentoring in the Northwest Territories as well as distance mentoring, such as through email, telephone, Skype or Facebook.

If you would like to see how CESO’s services can assist you in Canada, please contact our staff to learn more:

Janet Lambert, Head of National Services
1-800-268-9052 Ext. 4113

Allison Deer, Manager, National Aboriginal Affairs (Quebec and Atlantic)
1-800-268-9052 Ext. 5809

Devin Woods, Client Relations Manager (Northern Region)
1-800-268-9052 Ext. 4081

Nathalie King, Client Relations Coordinator (Quebec and Atlantic)
1-800-268-9052 Ext. 6445

CESO supports economic development in Aboriginal communities across Canada through mentorship and advisory services in business management and development, operations and production, and accounting and finance. We work with clients at several levels: from individual entrepreneurs to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to tribal councils and communities.


Aboriginal Women’s Business Entrepreneurship conference

Please join us at the Aboriginal Women’s Business Entrepreneurship conference on February 25, 2016 at the Chelsea hotel in Toronto. This free event will feature interactive panel discussions, business networking opportunities and more.

Please call 1-800-461-4043 or email to register.



We’re working with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) on an excellent free business skills development and mentorship program for indigenous women entrepreneurs called the Aboriginal Women’s Business Entrepreneurship Network (AWBEN) program.

The AWBEN program aims to provide a collaborative, empowering and culturally supportive environment that addresses the challenges of female Aboriginal entrepreneurs, as well as those who aspire to become entrepreneurs. Participants in the program will enhance, develop and accelerate their business knowledge, skills and leadership through interactive group business mentorship.

The program runs from February 1 to March 31, 2016 in Toronto (ON), Montreal (QC), and Saskatoon (SK). Participants can attend workshops virtually.

Each mentee group will include up to 10 participants, who will have a total of 25 hours of interactive and collaborative group mentorship. Participants will also be provided with the AWBEN toolkit.

View the flyer with the program details for your community members.

Spaces are filling up fast. Please circulate the program information to your community, particularly to any women entrepreneurs as this is an excellent way for them to build the skills, knowledge and tools to make their dream of entrepreneurship a success.

Interested participants can contact Chris Robinson at or 647-478-4078 for additional program details.

Project undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).