CESO is now Catalyste+
CESO was created to be a catalyst for stronger economies and better lives. Our organization has grown since its founding, and our work has evolved to address diverse development challenges and deepen our economic impact. We’ve modernized our name and look to reflect this evolution and better express our purpose and promise.Our transformation story
Stronger Economies for Better Lives
Catalyste+ is a Canadian economic development organization. We help people build better lives by strengthening local economies in Canada and in developing countries around the world. Since 1967, we’ve been building capacity with businesses, governments and community organizations to promote locally driven, inclusive growth and sustainable development. We act as a catalyst for our partners to realize their full potential.
What We Do
We collaborate with businesses, governments and community organizations to strengthen knowledge and accelerate solutions for inclusive and sustainable progress. Alongside our partners, we’re dedicated to ensuring all members of society have the chance to strengthen their livelihoods, improve their lives and drive progress that protects nature.
For over 50 years, we’ve been creating positive change for hundreds of thousands of people in more than 120 countries around the world. The success of our work is measured not only by the data showing results, but by the way that our mentorship and advisory services lead to better lives, long after our work is done.
Request Our Services
Our more than 1,500 Catalyste+ Advisors have extensive expertise in a variety of sectors and functional disciplines in order to provide the advice you need to unlock solutions and achieve your goals.
Leveraging an average of 20 years of experience, our Advisors provide mentorship and advisory services to Catalyste+ partners and clients through a sequence of short-term, strategic assignments.
Volunteer with Us
Supporting others to unlock potential and overcome obstacles is a powerful way to create positive change. Join our dedicated team of Catalyste+ Advisors for a rewarding mentorship experience that helps advance inclusive economic growth and build stronger communities.
Your donation helps connect businesses, governments and community organizations with the skills and support to achieve their goals and contribute to inclusive growth. When you give to Catalyste+, you empower women and drive progress in harmony with nature. You’re helping people get what they need to improve their lives and build strong communities.