"CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization)has mentored thousands of women over its 45-year history. Through this experience CESO has refined its partnership model, which works by aligning client needs with the specific expertise of volunteer advisors who have, on average, 25 years of experience and who are leaders in their industries and professions. CESO’s international work in economic development and governance illustrates the positive impact and lasting change that is possible through targeted support at the individual, business, and government level.
"To bring together industry leaders and Aboriginal organizations to share best practices in partnership building and promote further engagement from both communities, the Public Policy Forum organized a national workshop at The Westin in Ottawa on June 4, 2009, with a private reception the evening before.
"This paper uses survey information to examine several common assertions about the institutional prerequisites for successful profitability when a First Nation enters an economic enterprise either independently or in joint effort with an outside firm. In the winter of 2004-2005, we interviewed managers on both the First Nations and private sides of joint ventures and other business alliances in Canada, to determine what affected their recent profitability experience. We gathered information on the ages, sizes, and activities of the firms.
Article describes how economic participation must be on their own terms and for their own purposes. Also, traditional lands, history, culture and values all play a critical role in economic development. In order to attempt to compete in the global economy on their own terms, Indigenous people are using all types of partnerships, both among themselves and with non-Indigenous enterprises. A case study of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band is used as they are recognized as one of the leaders in economic development in Canada.
Article includes a figure showing the Aboriginal approach to economic development, including the four purposes and three main processes. It also looks at whether the Aboriginal approach to development can deliver the results anticipated by the government (by 2016, Aboriginal people are projected to be making a $375 million contribution to the Canadian economy – as opposed to an estimated $11 billion cost should their circumstances remain as they were in 1996 relative to other Canadians – due to land claim settlements and other capacity-building activities by the government).
"To survive and prosper in today's business world requires an understanding of the broader issues that organizations face - the social, political and economic environment within which they operate. The fundamental aim of this course is to help you better understand the nature of organizations, how they are managed, and how they must deal with challenging, contemporary issues.
"Bernd Christmas, CEO of Membertou First Nation near Sydney, NS, ponders some obstacles which he and his staff have encountered over the past number of years, in their quest to establish a strong brand and strong brand recognition for this First Nation community of 1100. They realize Membertou’s journey from a community with a massive operating deficit and escalating welfare costs, to one with budget surpluses and economic renewal has been seen as a model for First Nations development in Canada.
"Aboriginal economic development” differs from other forms of development by emphasizing aboriginal values and community involvement. Joint ventures, while providing business advantages, may not be able to contribute to aboriginal economic development. This paper examines two joint ventures in the interior of British Columbia to examine their ability or inability to contribute the extra dimensions of development desired by aboriginal communities.
This is the third course in the Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager Program. It offers Aboriginal financial managers the opportunity to learn about legal and legislative requirements and practices that occur in activities undertaken by Aboriginal organizations.