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With 50 years as a leader in international economic development and many exciting opportunities for further growth, CESO has a lot to celebrate.

Explore our history

Our 50th anniversary year celebrates the people, partners, clients and organizations who have contributed to CESO’s rich history. We also proudly recognize the impacts and contributions it has made through socio-economic change in the communities where we partner in Canada and around the world.

 

Events

Over the coming year, we will be hosting several events to celebrate CESO’s 50th anniversary and recognize those who have been a part of our organization in meaningful ways. 

  • 14 Sep

    50th Anniversary Celebration

    Montreal

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  • Nov

    50th Celebratory Event

    Ottawa

  • Dec

    50th Celebratory Event

    Toronto

FACES of CESO

There are so many individuals and groups who have helped shape CESO over the last 50 years. Below you will find only some of the many staff, volunteers, clients and friends from the past and present who embody CESO’s values of collaboration, diversity and commitment to excellence. We will continue to highlight CESO’s rich mosaic of individuals, organizations, programs and assignments in a variety of ways.

HISTORY OF CESO

The concept and ideology that launched CESO in 1967 – matching retired Canadian business executives with businesses in developing countries using short term assignments that grow into long-term partnerships – remains at the core of what we do today. We look back on the events of the last 50 years.

1967

Location of CESO's first assignment is in

Tanzania

1968

4 months

Average length of assignments

4 months

50-60 assignments

at any one time

1969

30 countries

Assignments in

30 countries

1970

100 doctors

100 doctors

sent abroad through CESO-CMA partnership

1971

Cyril Peachey

C.A. Peachey

 takes over as CESO’s new president

1972

50 Volunteer Advisors

work with Aboriginal communities

1973

Roster of Volunteers

Roster of Volunteers

reaches nearly 1,400

1974

CESO VAs on assignment in

33 countries

1976

130 Canadian companies

donate $62,000

1977

Partnership agreement

with UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) begins

1978

Romney Lowry, MD, becomes

CESO’s CEO

1979

youth program

Canadian Native Program introduces

youth program

1980

950 assignments

950 assignments

within the year

1981

331 new projects in

63 countries

2,700 volunteers

on roster

1983

Canadian Native Program

Canadian Native Program

expands to include Inuit people

1984

1984 - Traditional Native snowshoes in Loretteville, Quebec

6,000 assignments

completed in Canada to date

1985

The "O" in CESO

The "O" in CESO

changes from Overseas to Organization

CEO Daniel Haggerty

CEO Daniel Haggerty

replaces Lowry after his death

1986

A single day of VA mentorship

valued at $350

1987

Spouse

Creation of

CESO Spouses Program

for VA spouses

1988

Rotary International

becomes a major sponsor of assignments

1989

Private donations

exceed $1M

1990

TD Bank, CIBC, RBC & Nova

host receptions to introduce CESO to the corporate community

1992

$400K

raised through donations

1994

Volunteer donations

Volunteer donations

total $95K

1995

CESO MBA program

initiated in National services

1996

Volunteer Advisory Fund and

Community Sponsorship

program begins

1997

“Lead VA”

Concept of

“Lead VA”

introduced in some projects

1998

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien

First of many annual letters from

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien

and Ministers of INAC

2001

single board of 14 Directors

replaces multiple boards for each program department.

2002

CESO website offered in

English, French, Spanish, Russian and Inuktitut

2003

1992-Gwen-La-Freniere-the-first-Aboriginal-Woman-to-become-a-CESO-Regional-Manager

156 assignments completed under

CESO At Home Program

2004

MBA Experience Program

supports 400 students to date

2005

Public Engagement Program

launches

cluster model of delivery

International

cluster model of delivery

is introduced

2006

TransCanada Pipeline

provides mentoring and capacity building to communities 

2007

Indian Residential School

Scotiabank becomes a sponsor for domestic

Indian Residential School

Program

2008

Aboriginal Services

programming reduced by 60%

2010

Wendy Harris

Wendy Harris

becomes CESO’s first female CEO

2011

local coffee cooperative

CESO creates a

local coffee cooperative

with 39 Haitian producers

2012

Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services

Contract with the

Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services

2013

Volunteers donate more than

6,233 days

of their time

2014

Of the 5,977 people

trained and mentored

56% are women

2015

One CESO conference

One CESO conference

brings together CESO community

66% increase in funding

for flagship international program STRIVE

Partnership with the

Native Women’s Association of Canada

(NWAC) to support female Indigenous leaders

2016

IN-AFO Regional Conference

Senegal hosts

IN-AFO Regional Conference

Partnership with CANDO for

mentorship program

to support Indigenous youth

2017

CESO celebrates its

50 year anniversary

1967
1967
2017

Gallery

We are pleased to welcome Volunteer Advisors, government leaders and corporate partners to help celebrate CESO’s 50th anniversary and recognize those who have been a part of our organization in meaningful ways. Please enjoy some photos from some of our 50th anniversary events below.

Wendy Harris, CESO CEO speaks at the Vancouver event, April 2017

Wendy Harris, CESO CEO speaks at the Vancouver event, April 2017

Robert Tuss receives an award at the Vancouver event, April 2017

Robert Tuss receives an award at the Vancouver event, April 2017

MP Jenny Kwon presents an award at the Vancouver event, April 2017

MP Jenny Kwon presents an award at the Vancouver event, April 2017

Vancouver event, April 2017

Vancouver event, April 2017

Doug Bruce speaks at the Vancouver event, April 2017

Doug Bruce speaks at the Vancouver event, April 2017

Wendy Harris, CESO CEO speaks at the Victoria event, April 2017

Wendy Harris, CESO CEO speaks at the Victoria event, April 2017

Ralph Graham receives an award at the Victoria event, April 2017

Ralph Graham receives an award at the Victoria event, April 2017

Marcus Beuk receives an award at the Victoria event, April 2017

Marcus Beuk receives an award at the Victoria event, April 2017

Victoria event, April 2017

Victoria event, April 2017

Susan Wetmore, keynote speaker at the Victoria event, April 2017

Susan Wetmore, keynote speaker at the Victoria event, April 2017

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