• Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO)

CESO & EDA- A Winning Collaboration

The Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) is one of Canada’s leading volunteer-based development organizations. Since 1967, through partnership and the dedication of volunteers that are highly-skilled and experienced in their professions, CESO has completed more than 46,000 assignments focused on improving the economic and social well-being of peoples across Canada, and in more than 120 countries. Click here for more information.

EDA knows that economic developers have a unique skill set that can help to create vibrant and well balanced communities. By collaborating with CESO, EDA is able to provide its members with a volunteer opportunity that will enhance their personal and professional development, while giving back to the global community. 

As a CESO Volunteer Advisor, you will have the opportunity to share your skills and expertise with clients and partners through short-term, high impact economic development assignments that produce immediate, sustainable results in Aboriginal communities in Canada and in many other countries around the world. 

To see urgent volunteer opportunities, click here.

Why Volunteer for CESO?
  • CESO offers the opportunity to enhance your professional development through assignments overseas and in Aboriginal communities in Canada
  • You can exercise your passion for community economic development outside your region
  • Volunteers are an essential asset of a healthy community 
  • You will have a fulfilling experience worthy of your talents, skills and time 
  • You can connect with other Volunteer Advisors to raise awareness about issues related to economic development among Canadian through CESO’s public engagement program 

How it Works:

CESO begins by identifying the needs of its clients, which allows each assignment to be designed around the specific skills and knowledge in demand.  We then match the right Volunteer Advisor with the expertise to deliver the assignment.  Once selected, the Volunteer Advisor connects with the client to put together a proposed workplan.

All projects are supported by a team of dedicated staff in CESO’s offices in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. Read about the CESO assignment process here.

Who Would You Help?

CESO serves clients and local partners in Canada (primarily First Nations communities) and in regions including: Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia. Our clients and partners work in a range of sectors and industries, from agri-business and hospitality to microfinance and manufacturing.  Click here to read who they are. 

How to Get Involved: 

CESO offers a highly unique volunteering experience. Our program model, and the calibre of our volunteers, set us apart among Canadian organizations.  We are also the only organization that offers volunteers an opportunity to share their skills and experience around the world and in communities here in Canada.  Simply click on this link to read more and fill out an application form.

Apply for Services 

If your community would benefit from the expertise CESO provides, click here to learn more and to apply for services.

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