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#EDCO 2018 Conference Presentations

February 6, 2018 

Opening Plenary
Uncertainties persist by Ontario's economy positioned for another solid year growth - Dawn Desjardins, VP, Deputy Chief Economist, RBC Economic Research, Royal Bank of Canada

Morning Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Growing Exports in Your Community, Canada-Ontario Export Forum

Beyond Streetscapes, Best Practices for Recruiting Investment into Your Downtown
Darren Shock, OMAFRA, OMAFRA's Downtown Revitalization Program
John Archer, Chief Development Officer, Three Sixty Collective
Zach Gable, Senior Economic Development Officer, Haldimand County
Kara Van Myall, Manager of Corporate Policy & Economic Development, Bruce County

The Impact and Future of Small Business Support in Local Economic Development
Jonathan Wheatle, Manager, Strategic Economic Initiatives, Planning and Economic Development, The Regional Municipality of York
Thom Ryan, Senior Business Development Officer - High Tech, Digital Media, Life Science & Financial Services Clusters, City of Kitchener
Stephanie Mazhari, Manager, Entrepreneurship Services, Halton Region
Tim Newton, Manager, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre
Elizabeth Binning, Product and Learning Specialist, GrowthWheel International Inc.

Showcasing 2017's Best of Class Awards of Excellence Submissions
Sofie Andreou, M.Eng., Sofie Andreou & Associates

Lunch 
Assessment Based Management, Economic Development and Property Assessment Working Together - Rebecca Webb, MPAC

Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Engaging the Business Community in Economic Development
Lauren Millier, Vice-President, MDB Insight Inc.
Kim Wingrove, Chief Administrative Officer, Grey County

AI & Tech Disruption - The Impacts and Opportunities for Ontario Towns and Cities
Sean Mullin, Executive Director, Brookfield Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Advances in Succession Planning: New Tools for Your Community
Peter Cameron, Co-op Development Manager & Acting Executive Director, Ontario Co-operative Association
Alison Anderson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SuccessionMatching
Dave Meyer, (A) Director, Entrepreneurship and Start-up Services Branch, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

Decoding the Art and Science of Supporting Your Existing Businesses
Stephen Morris, Team Lead-Economic Development Programs Unit, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Laith Wardi, President, Executive Pulse Inc.
Chris Lau, Manager of Distruptive Technologies Unit, Ministry of Economic Development and Growth/Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science



February 7, 2016

Plenary
Cooperate versus compete: How visionary Agents of Change have come together to bring new international investment to Ontario's waterways.

Morning Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Award-Winning Economic Development Programs Across Ontario
Carey McMaster, Innovation Specialist/Trainer, Innovation Cluster, Peterborough and the Kawarthas

Declassifying Skills Shortages - Local Labour Markets May Not be Enough
Tom Lusis, Talent Attraction Initiative, Economic Development, County of Wellington
Natalie Surridge, Program Director, Oxford Workforce Development Partnership
Judy Doidge, Director, Partnerships and Central Regional Coordinator for Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation

NAFTA from a Canadian Perspective

Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Hot Button Roundtables: Solving the Mysteries within Ontario's Rural Communities

The Evolving Energy Landscape

Manufacturing Insights for Positive Change in Your Community

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