Discussion on the Impact of Cando and the Aboriginal Economic Developer Certification Program

Presenting organization: Cando

Cando is a national Aboriginal organization involved in community economic development. We build capacity which strengthens Aboriginal economies by providing programs and services to Economic Development Officers. www.edo.ca

Session length 1.5 hours


This workshop will present the key findings from the assessment conducted by The Evidence Network in summer 2015. The assessment, which was conducted on behalf of Cando, identified the impact of Cando, as well as the Aboriginal Economic Developer Certification Program on Economic Development Officers from across Canada.

What Participants will learn by attending

Workshop Goals

  • To introduce participants to the role of impact assessments as part of performance improvement efforts.
  • To present key learnings from the impact assessment.
  • To provide an opportunity for an in-depth discussion about the role of Cando within the EDO context in Canada.


Brian Barge, President and CEO, The Evidence Network


Presenter Biography

Brian Barge is co-founder, President and CEO of The Evidence Network. He has served as President & CEO of three leading innovation intermediaries in Canada. Over his 40-year career in research management and economic development, Brian has forged numerous innovative initiatives among universities, industries, and governments that have stimulated the formation and growth of countless firms. He has served on the Board of Directors of over 15 innovation-enabling organizations.