Celero Sponsoring Technology Training Program for Indigenous Adults

May 18, 2022 – Celero is proud to announce we are the Presenting Sponsor of a unique technology training, mentorship and employment program dedicated to the Indigenous Community.  

SAGE TECHWORK is a 12-week in-depth training program aimed at providing participants with certification in quality assurance (QA) and software testing. The program is being piloted in Calgary by students in Treaty 7 First Nation.  

Calgary-based Business and Technology organization Levvel Inc., along with Community Futures Treaty Seven and Eagle Spirit Business Development launched the program in May as a solution for the technology skill shortage in Calgary and the influx of technology start-ups and companies in the region. 

“Eagle Spirit Business Development is very excited to partner with SAGE TECHWORK with this step towards economic reconciliation. Indigenous peoples are under-represented in the technology industry, and this partnership opens the door for skilled Indigenous workers in Alberta’s booming tech sector,” says Jeremy Thompson, President, Eagle Spirit Business Development.  

Developing Core Competencies and Technical Skills 

The program, which was modelled after a successful QA and Software Testing program in Rwanda, focuses not only on the technical training and skills required by the technology industry, but it also encompasses the core competencies necessary for business career success.  

Unlike traditional education, TECHWORK graduates are job-ready, have job placement support, and will receive on-going program coaching during the first 12 weeks of employment, addressing the challenges of workplace integration. 

“Companies highly value talent who can keep learning new technology. SAGE TECHWORK partners with Indigenous talent to develop their own competencies, to amplify the ways of learning and working that bring quality to the software development industry,” says Dr. Michael Pucci, Program Director, SAGE TECHWORK. 

For Celero, this program aligns with our organizational core values, our focus on contributing to enabling success in a digital economy through technical skill development and opportunities, as well as our diversity, equity and inclusion journey.  

Richard Hannah presenting at the Sage Techwork gathering

“SAGE TECHWORK is an important step forward in creating more inclusion and equity within the technology industry, and we are committed to enabling its success. We are excited to participate in the journey and contribute to the growth and empowerment of each candidate as they gain valuable and in-demand skills,” says Richard Hannah, CEO, Celero. 

Celero will provide support throughout the program as well as opportunities for students to participate in paid internships in quality assurance and software testing. 

About Levvel 

Levvel is a privately held business and technology services firm that specializes in Tech Talent Solutions, Change & Transformation, Global Business Consulting, and innovative programs & products for many of Canada’s well-recognized enterprise organizations. 

Levvel focuses on organization’s key areas to help them achieve balance, including Talent Solutions, Change Management Solutions, Business Solutions, and technology-based products and programs. Levvel provides its clients with a roadmap in which they can leverage their core competencies and grow by utilizing Levvel’s expertise in these areas. For more information, visit levvel.ca. 

About Community Futures Treaty Seven 

Community Futures Treaty Seven (CFT7) is an economic development, employment training best practices leader, advising and collaborating with Treaty Seven First Nations and their members to build on collective and unique strengths and successes. 

CFT7 supports all First Nations individuals in obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment based on community needs by providing training in the Treaty Seven Catchment Area. CFT7 respects Treaty Seven cultural diversity autonomy while developing the Treaty Seven Economy through community economic development and entrepreneur workforce development to assist and support Treaty Seven First Nations and their members in achieving economic success. For more information, visit t7edc.com. 

About Eagle Spirit Business Development 

Eagle Spirit Business Development is an Indigenous-owned company that operates on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda. This region is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Eagle Spirit is committed to growing the Indigenous economy through reconciliation and mentorship strategies to honor and preserve Indigenous culture. 


Eagle Spirit works with businesses to better understand their processes and identify solutions to help streamline their sales and business development opportunities. Eagle Spirit offers cultural awareness training, technology, and automation recommendations, sales initiatives and leadership coaching and mentorship programs to streamline operations. For more information, visit eaglespiritbd.com.

About Celero 

Celero is a leading provider of digital technology and integration solutions to credit unions and financial institutions across Canada. Clients trust Celero’s proven track record delivering innovative banking technologies, digital and payment solutions, cloud computing, outsourcing, IT and advisory services. 

Celero offers reliability and security through its world-class hosted banking system and data center operations. With key partnerships across the globe, Celero also brings the scale and extensive capabilities of multinational technology companies and the focused expertise of fintech startups. For more information, visit celero.ca.