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Introducing CESO’s national team

by ecnationtalk on May 1, 20134899 Views





CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization) works with Aboriginal communities across Canada to help them achieve their short-term and long-term goals. Our experienced volunteer advisors can provide high-impact assistance in: 

• Economic Development (business support, community economic development)

• Health planning and management

• Community planning (housing, public works, land management)

• Governance (leadership, strategic planning, human resources)

• Finance and accounting 

Our national team is your connection to an expert volunteer advisor who can work side-by-side with you and your community. How may we help you? Please contact your local CESO representative to begin a conversation. 


Michele Baptiste

Manager, Aboriginal Relations and Client Relations Manager (Ontario, B.C. and Yukon)

[email protected]
1-800-268-9052 Ext. 4084

Michele is Bear Clan and a member of the Algonquin First Nation of Pikwakanagan, Ontario. For more than 20 years, she has devoted herself to community development at both the grassroots and national levels. Her career includes an advisory role with one of Canada’s largest banks, entrepreneurial experience as an owner and director of a marketing strategy company, and managerial work in the non-profit sector. Michele’s volunteerism with Toronto’s Aboriginal community for the past two decades has included work with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, the First Nations Financial Management Board, the Women in Leadership Foundation, the Advisory Committee for the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and the Dreamcatcher Charitable Fund.


Joeline Norgaard

Client Relations Manager (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba)

[email protected]
1-800-268-9052 Ext. 4111

Joeline brings a wide range of private sector experience in technology, project management, marketing and client relations to her role. Her keen interest in Aboriginal culture developed through a global childhood and led Joeline to study cultural anthropology in her post-secondary career. She is passionate about meeting client needs and delivering excellent service and support to her clients throughout the Prairies. 


Gabrielle Tardif

Client Relations Manager (Quebec and Atlantic)

[email protected]
1-800-561-0687 Ext. 5809

Gabriele’s extensive education in international development and project management serve her well in her busy role with CESO. An avid traveller, she brings a global perspective as well as personal and professional experience with indigenous people to the team. Gabriele speaks French, English and Spanish fluently, and works with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities throughout Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. 


Ulrike Komaksiutiksak

Manager, National Services (Nunavut and Northwest Territories)

[email protected]
1-800-268-9052 Ext. 5731

For more than 20 years, Ulrike has travelled, worked and lived in communities across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. She brings a passion for and extensive experience in the design, development and implementation of Inuit-specific policies and programs, as well as the design of culturally relevant tools and training for front-line workers in remote, fly-in communities to her role. Ulrike’s training as a Life Skills coach has been a benefit to her in balancing her career with raising her four children.   


Janet Lambert is Vice President of the National team, and also serves as CESO’s Chief Operating Officer and Head of Public Affairs. She can be reached at 1-800-268-9052 Ext. 4113, or [email protected].

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