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President's Message

Dear EDCO members, colleagues, stakeholders and friends:

This past year was an amazing one for EDCO – we celebrated 60 years as an organization; we celebrated being fortunate enough to have Heather Lalonde leading EDCO as our CEO for 20 years; and we grew to over 1,000 dedicated members. Our membership is rich in experience and breadth and we have so much to learn from each other.

The excitement surrounding this momentum is contagious and I am honoured to be serving as your President in the year ahead. 2018 has great things in the pipeline already!

I encourage you to take advantage of your EDCO membership this year to learn something new, meet someone you've been meaning to, and give back to your industry. I look forward to seeing you at one of our outstanding programs and to hearing your ideas at any time. I would also encourage you to join one of our committees, reach out to our board members and to each other. Both personally and professionally, you will find the rewards incredible.

The field of economic development is constantly changing. Through advocacy work, member benefits, networking opportunities, events, and educational forums, EDCO strives to grow and evolve with our industry and to consistently provide value and a supportive, inclusive environment to all of our members.

Lastly, I would like to extend my appreciation to our partners, stakeholders and my fellow board members. Your dedication and commitment to furthering EDCO’s mission is felt across all of our communities throughout Ontario. Together, we will continue to strengthen our economy and turn ideas into prosperity for the places we choose to live and work.

Kind regards,

Alison Newton, MBA, Ec.D., CEcD
2018 President

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