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CESO has been making a real difference since 1967, driving  economic and social change and sustainably reducing poverty. We match senior-level professionals from the public and private sector with economic development projects across Canada and around the world.

Our Volunteer Advisors (VAs) are highly-skilled professionals who advise, mentor and share strategic and technical expertise with partners and clients through a planned sequence of short-term, strategic assignments.

Focus Areas

The private sector plays a critical role in building and strengthening economies. In order for the private sector to succeed, it’s important to make sure the institutions and systems that support it are working well.

This is where CESO comes in.

CESO focuses on both private sector development and strengthening institutions.

Private sector development

We help micro-, small-, and medium- sized enterprises (MSMEs) get started, stabilize, and scale-up.

CESO Volunteer Advisors provide a range of business support across nearly every sector. Driven by activities in our program communities and countries, the current industry areas with the highest volume of assignments include:

  • Manufacturing/production
  • Information Technology and Systems
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Finance/micro-finance
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Agribusiness and Apiculture
  • Business and Management
Strengthening public institutions

Strong institutions create an environment in which businesses can thrive, providing the power to spark, nurture and speed up economic growth on local, regional, national, and international levels.

CESO focuses on building the capacity of the following types of institutions:

  • Local institutions and government agencies
  • All levels of government
  • Regional economic associations
  • Trade associations, chambers of commerce
  • Tribal and Band councils

Number of people trained/mentored (in 2014-15)

over 400

Average number of assignments per year

Partnership Model

Our Partnership Model is a multi-level approach that allows us to broaden and deepen our scope.

Our partnership model operates at two levels:

1. Institutional partner level
2. Individual client level

We work with partners and clients to collaboratively determine their needs and the sequence of short-term assignments required to help them meet their goals.

The model is both scalable and flexible, allowing us to adapt to the needs of our partners and their environments.

Watch this video about our partnership model

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