Partnering for Successful Economic Development

Presenting Organization

BCEDA / Cando


Dive into the heart of economic development partnerships focused on collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.  Discover best practices and opportunities that drive collaborative growth. Through examples of successful initiatives, attendees will gain actionable insights to foster greater cooperation between communities. Join us to explore proven strategies that pave the way for mutually beneficial alliances, empowering your community's economic future.

How Indigenous and Municipal governments and communities partner for mutual success that fosters sustainable growth, preserves cultural heritage and empowers communities.  The session hopes to leave participants looking at new ways of collaboration for successful economic development. 


  • Dale Wheeldon
  • Colleen Bond

Speaker Biographies

Colleen and Dale have over five decades of extensive experience in economic and community development. Their collaborative efforts extend globally, spanning North America and beyond, where they specialize in formulating comprehensive plans and programs tailored to communities of diverse scales. With a proven track record, they engage with many organizations and agencies, delivering professional development training, such as Economic Development for Leaders, Economic Disaster Recovery, and Business Retention. They have an impressive portfolio, having authored numerous manuals and papers on economic and community development.