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Announcing the 2019 Awards of Excellence Finalists

December 17, 2019 ~ EDCO is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2019 Awards of Excellence.

Finalists will be celebrated and award recipients announced at the President's Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Marriot Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, the finale of the 63rd EDCO Conference & Showcase.

The EDCO Awards of Excellence is an annual program coordinated through the EDCO Awards Committee and aims to seek distinctive ideas and initiatives that have the ability to become economic development best practices of the future.

Ninety-eight entries were submitted from communities and organizations across Ontario.  A judging panel with expertise in marketing, communications, tourism, workforce development and industrial/commercial development met in Toronto in November to evaluate each entry.  Entries were scored on the ability of the entries to meet their objectives and reach a target audience, return on investment, and uniqueness.   Entries were required to meet a minimum score threshold in order to be chosen as a finalist; as a result, awards are not necessarily given for every category. 

Throughout the judging process, judges were encouraged to watch for new, innovative and extraordinary initiatives to be considered for the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Economic Development Excellence (formerly known as the Best of Show Award).  This year, four initiatives were endorsed, and the winner will be announced at the ceremony.  Individual leadership awards such as Young Influencer of the Year, Community Influencer of the Year and the prestigious Joseph A. Montgomery Award will also be presented.

Congratulations to all the finalists!  Thank you for continuing to demonstrate outstanding leadership in the profession and elevating economic development practices in Ontario. 

The 2019 EDCO Awards of Excellence Finalists, in alphabetical order (with links to the impressive initiatives) are:


For a list of previous year's EDCO Award winners, click here.

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