EDCO Regional Economic Development Professional Development Event

Earn 3 Economic Development Certification Points for Attending!

Southwestern Region - Walkerton

Tuesday, September 24, 2024


8:30 - 9:00 am           Registration, Networking

9:00 - 9:15 am           Opening Remarks     

9:15 - 10:15am         Energy Transition: Shifting Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy 

10:15 - 10:35 am      Break   

 10:35 - 11:20 am      Laugh Lessons, Entertainment - Why Community and Economic Development?

 11:20 - 12:30 pm      Fireside Chat (Panel Discussion): Small Business Investment and Expansion 

·                Entrepreneurs from Southwestern Ontario sharing their stories as to why they opened their business while providing examples of how municipal EDOs were able to support their business development.

12:30 - 1:30 pm         Lunch and Networking        

 1:30 - 3:00 pm           Fireside Chat: Agriculture and Innovation Panel 

Learn from entrepreneurs in the agriculture industry about opportunities, challenges and gaps. How EDOs can collaborate with the Agriculture industry and add value.

3:00 - 3:15 pm          Break / Refreshment / Networking             

3:15 - 4:15 pm          Destination Management:

Potty Talk - Why providing great visitor experiences should be your number one and number two priority.

4:15 - 4:30pm           Closing Remarks      


Best Western Plus Walkerton Hotel & Conference Centre

10 East Ridge RoadWalkerton, ON N0G 2V0 


Best Western Plus Walkerton Hotel & Conference Centre

10 East Ridge Road

Walkerton, ON 

N0G 2V0 

·       King Standard Rooms with 1 bed - $165.00, per night

·       Queen Standard Rooms with 2 beds - $175.00, per night

·       Rates include the full hot breakfast buffet plus all the amenities of the hotel.

·       Guests must call in to the hotel to book the rooms and get the rate. (226) 436-3030

·       Reservation Method: Guests to call into hotel individually to book their rooms & provide their own Credit Card to guarantee their reservation.

·       Block of rooms held under name “EDCO Forum 2024” – Block will be held until Monday August 12th, 2024.

*Regional Event Registrations are non-refundable after September 13, 2024. Before this date, registrations are refundable less a $50.00 +HST administration fee*

*Event registrations are transferrable until September 17, 2024.*

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