Cando - New Tools and Services for EDOs


Cando has developed multiple resources and tools over the last 3 years for EDOs and community leaders to use when determining if and how to participate in government procurement opportunities and to access government support programs.  Cando is excited to showcase a number of these tools that will provide value when making strategic decisions.


  • John Johnstone, Cando
  • Paul Macedo, Cando
  • Tarra Wright Many Chief, Acosys Consulting

Speaker Bios

John Johnstone, Associate Director – Procurement, Cando

John is joining Cando on a long-term assignment from Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to support the Government of Canada’s commitment to increasing Indigenous participation in federal procurement.  Based in Victoria, BC, John will provide focused support to Economic Development Officers, communities, and businesses to navigate Government of Canada procurement opportunities. John brings over 20 years of experience with the Government of Canada and has an extensive background in project management, strategic engagement, business development, and economics.


Paul Macedo, Communications Director, Cando

Paul is excited to promote the tremendous work that Cando does as a leading authority on Indigenous Economic Development. In his role as Communications Director, Paul oversees the relationships between Cando and its many partners in the public and private sectors. Paul also oversees the development and distribution of all Cando communications including - the main Cando website ( the e-newsletters, Cando Connect magazine, plus all of Cando's growing social media channels (facebook, twitter and linkedIn). More recently, Paul has assumed the lead role for Cando's marketing and sponsorships/fundraising for Cando's various events, special projects and overall programming. Paul is a graduate of the University of Alberta where he received a Bachelors of Education and a Masters of Business Administration. After graduating, Paul spent the next 25 years working in marketing and communications. Paul’s career has ranged from overseeing satellite distribution for 35+ northern Alberta Indigenous communities to developing a compressive marketing and sales strategy for Windspeaker/AMMSA’s many media brands including: CFWE radio, Alberta Sweetgrass and Windspeaker and many others. Paul has extensive knowledge of Indigenous communities - having travelled to and worked with most First Nations and Métis Settlements in Alberta and several more in western Canada. Paul has worked with governments of all levels as well as with corporations and non-profit organizations in developing effective and culturally-sensitive strategies to communicate with Indigenous people and their communities throughout Canada.