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Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO)

CESO is an international economic development engine growing sustainable, inclusive businesses, and strengthening government infrastructure. CESO deploys its experts to communities, partners, governments and people starting or growing their businesses around the world and in Canada. A not-for-profit organization since 1967, CESO’s experts are volunteer advisors who devote their time and energy toward economic and social change in more than 450 assignments each year. 

CESO thanks and gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Global Affairs Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and our private-sector supporters.

Key Facts 2019

123
number countries CESO has worked in
7,663
number of days donated by CESO volunteer advisors [in 2017-18]

Vision

Stronger Economies. Better Lives.

Mission

To catalyze and strengthen sustainable economic and social growth in Canada and globally through the collaborative approach of our highly-experienced Volunteer Advisors.

Values

  • Respect for Diversity

    A profound respect for diversity and inclusivity is a part of our DNA, and it comes from a natural openness to and deep appreciation for different perspectives and new ideas. It permeates everything we do and guides our work in Canada and around the world.

  • Partnership & Collaboration

    We believe the best solutions come out of the convergence of multiple perspectives. We actively seek opportunities to work with others to identify common goals and synergies, and to develop mutually enriching and balanced outcomes. We believe through partnership and collaboration we will continue to push beyond the status quo to achieve exceptional results.

  • Innovation & Creativity

    We believe there is always a way to push the boundaries to find new ways of solving problems, and that the best ideas emerge from challenges. We know to be truly innovative and creative, we must be open to taking risks and to reimagine ‘failure’ as a tool for learning.

  • Meaningful & Sustainable Impact

    We believe our activities are defined by the impact they produce for those with whom we work, and by their sustainability, long after our work is done. We accomplish this through the transfer of knowledge and skills by our highly-experienced Volunteer Advisors in a mentorship and advisory capacity.

  • Transparency & Accountability

    We are consistent, transparent, and accountable in our decisions and actions. Our direction is fuelled by integrity, and we consider the responsibility we bear to our stakeholders to be of vital importance. We employ a rigorous performance measurement and feedback system both to ensure the effectiveness of our impacts, and to continually learn, improve and evolve from every experience.

  • Volunteerism & Commitment to Service Excellence

    Active volunteers are an essential element of healthy communities. We encourage and support volunteerism that yields meaningful impacts for our clients and partners, and rewarding and professionally challenging opportunities for our volunteers. We aim to deliver the highest standard of service in everything we do.

Team

Leadership

Wendy Harris, CPA, CA CEO & President wharris@ceso-saco.com
Gale Lee Director, International Services, Asia, Americas and the Caribbean glee@ceso-saco.com
Apollinaire Ihaza Director, International Services, Africa and Haiti apollinaire@saco-ceso.com
Michelle Ng Director, Finance mng@ceso-saco.com
David King Project Specialist dking@ceso-saco.com
David Brazeau Director, Communications and Engagement dbrazeau@ceso-saco.com
Stacia Kean Director, Indigenous Services skean@ceso-saco.com

Board of Directors

Department Contacts

info@ceso-saco.com 1-800-268-9052
Canadian Executive Service Organization CESO | SACO is a registered charity (BN 11883 0850 RR 0001), with no political or religious affiliations. Copyright CESO-SACO 2019 • All Rights Reserved
CESO thanks and gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Global Affairs Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, and our private-sector supporters.