FNQLEDC was Well Represented at a National Event
The 26th CANDO Annual Conference (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) was held in Gatineau, from October 26 to 30, at Hôtel Hilton Lac-Leamy. The important event brought together more than 350 participants, mainly advisors from the economic development sector that came from every province and territory in Canada.
The FNQLEDC was well represented and presented a great showcase with three conferences hosted by our team members. I had the opportunity to address the first conference before an attendance of over 300 persons with a brief overview of what the FNQLEDC is, its origins, its historical background and its development over the past few years. I also took the time to go through the whole range of our service offering, the interventions we do in the field, the past year’s accomplishments, not forgetting to emphasize the launching of our new Website, in September 2019.
To carry on, my colleague Emmanuel Bertrand-Gauvin, our Advisor in Women Entrepreneurship, presented our service which is dedicated to female entrepreneurs. Since 2013, Emmanuel has been working to develop a pathway to enable women wishing to become entrepreneurs to bring their project to fruition. During his presentation, he also illustrated the results of his findings, his experiences and also the evolution of this specialized service over time.
To conclude, Mickel Robertson, our Director General, along with Émilie Fortin-Lefebvre, professor at the Département de management et technologie de l’École des sciences de la gestion (ESG) of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), presented the results and findings of an ongoing research on entrepreneurial support for First Nations. This study is being conducted together with UQAM. The results were based on the views of Community Economic Development Officers (CEDO) and First Nations entrepreneurs, who were questioned about the barriers to entrepreneurship and about areas for improvement. Key suggestions included, among others, the need for more communication with one another with a view to exchange best practices. They also expressed a desire to have access to more training courses and be able to benefit from a centralized source of information as regard services for business start-ups.
In essence, this event gave great visibility to the FNQLEDC, which allowed us to raise awareness for our organization to the rest of Canada. During this convention and our presentations, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to network, discuss and meet new people and broaden our network of contacts, while discovering several additional services available in Canada.
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