In the spirit of peace, friendship and respect, we recognize that our work takes place on traditional Indigenous territories across Canada. We also wish to acknowledge that the CESO office in Toronto is located on the traditional Indigenous territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. In Montreal, our office is located on the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka.

CESO works with Indigenous communities in Canada to build capacity and foster economic growth. For over 50 years, we have been matching highly skilled CESO Advisors with communities and clients to achieve their immediate and long-term goals.

CESO Advisors are Canadian senior-level professionals from across sectors and industries with expertise in institutional strengthening and business development. They share their knowledge and expertise with clients in a collaborative, advisory and coaching framework.

CESO’s work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis clients and communities is governed by a board committee that is led by Indigenous board members. This committee provides leadership, governance and strategic direction for each of the programs and services we deliver. On CESO’s roster of active volunteers are Advisors who are First Nations, Inuit and Métis and have extensive experience working with Indigenous communities and in northern and remote locations. We work very closely with our partners in Canada to recruit First Nations, Inuit and Métis Advisors. Click here to learn more.

Our Services

  • Coaching and mentorship
  • Training and workshops
  • Project management advice
  • Product and service development advice

Check out our areas of expertise and a sample list of services offered to governments, enterprises and community organizations.

CESO services come at no cost to eligible clients. However, travel and accommodation, where needed, must be covered by the community or client.

How We Work

  • After you contact CESO, we set up a call with you to learn about your current situation and goals.
  • From our roster of 1,500 expert CESO Advisors, we select two to three individuals who have the right expertise and background and send you their resumes for consideration.
  • We work with you to screen the individuals and make a final selection.
  • You and the CESO Advisor develop a work plan together and embark on an assignment.
  • An assignment typically combines in-person and remote collaboration. Assignments may be conducted fully virtually at the request of the client or partner or in compliance with COVID-19 safety regulations. 
  • An experienced and dedicated Community Relations Officer (CRO) is the main point of contact throughout the project.

Current Opportunities

Through the following programs, eligible businesses and organizations can access CESO’s virtual mentoring and training services free of charge: