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EDCO Spring Symposium - Connecting the North to the South

  • 18 May 2016
  • 12:00 PM
  • 19 May 2016
  • 4:30 PM
  • Delta Sault Ste. Marie


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  • Must show proof of registration in academic program to qualify for special rate. Please bring copy to event.

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EDCO Spring Symposium – Connecting the North to the South

May 18  12:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Official Opening & Registration – Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront

Join your colleagues for a meet and greet lunch at the Delta Waterfront to kick off EDCO’s first Spring Symposium.  Prepare for an afternoon of cultural tourism as the Sault Ste Marie Economic Development Corporation blends tourism, culture and brownfield redevelopment into the afternoon agenda.  Buses will be provided to transport you to the Ermatinger Clergue Heritage Discovery Centre for a Site Tour & Group of Seven “Moments in Algoma” performance.  Following that you will be transported to the Art Gallery of Algoma for a Group of Seven Display and Presentation, then off to the Bushplane Heritage Centre and Wildfire Video.  President and CEO of Porter Airlines will address participants.  Food and beverage will be provided at each stop.  Buses will then return to the hotel for a brief break. 

6:35 – 8:30 p.m

Buses depart from the Delta Lobby for the Machine Shop  where a reception will follow. .

May 19

7:30- 8:15 a.m. – Breakfast – Algoma Ballroom – Delta Hotel

8:15 -10:00 a.m. - The EDCO Performance Measurement Town Hall

This interactive session will allow you gain insights on the issues that are affecting performance measurement and expectations in your community. With the help of a facilitator and crowd-sourcing the wisdom of the participants, special attention will be paid to the performance measurement issues that you are most challenged by. This session will provide a great opportunity for peer-to-peer learning.


Eric McSweeney, McSweeney and Associates.  Eric is one of Canada's economic development thought leaders, specializing in helping municipalities find innovative, sustainable, economic development solutions.  An experienced facilitator, community and capacity builder, Eric has delivered superior and lasting outcomes for urban and rural municipalities across Canada and in Eastern Europe. 

Myles Buck who is an Economic Development Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs.  In his current role, Mr. Buck is leading the Regional Economic Development Branch's strategy to develop performance measures and metrics to report on the economic impacts of its programs and services.  An experienced practitioner, Myles has delivered on performance measurement mandates to both municipalities and provincial ministries.

Melanie Muncaster - Assistant Director, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Tom Dodds - CEO, Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corproation

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Refreshment Break

10:15 – 12:45 p.m. Collaborative Project Management – Increasing Economic Impact

Significant shifts in the global economy have impacted the way that development occurs in communities.  Increasingly, development involves collaboration between several of the following players:  municipalities, provincial and/or federal governments, businesses, First Nations, non-profits and other social economy players, and even consumers.  This workshop explores project management within this emerging collaborative environment, and how such collaborations can increase the economic impact:  What tools are needed to bring such a diversity of players to the table? – and keep them there?  How can the collaborative find win/win/win/win solutions?  What processes and principles best promote such collaboratives? How can collaboratives enhance the economic impact of development?

The workshop will offer panelists with expertise in collaborative project management an opportunity to engage with workshop participants knowledgeable and experienced in range of economic development activities to dialogue, analyze and co-learn how the economic impact of projects can be increased through collaboration.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Workshop participants shall be able to describe a diversity of examples of wise practices in managing collaborative projects
  • Participants shall be able to describe key processes of engaging a number of community based organizations and/or businesses in a collaborative project
  • Participants shall identify underlying principles for managing successful collaborative businesses


Dr. Gayle Broad – Director of Research – Nordik Institute

David Thompson - Director of the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a collaborative project engaging producers, consumers, health providers, researchers and marketing organizations and multiple funders, a regional collaborative.

Jude Ortiz - Jude Ortiz led the "Animating the John Rowswell Hub Trail" project - a collaborative of over 40 organizations and individuals.

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  -  Lunch

1:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Public Private Partnerships – Current trends, projects and lessons from Ontario

This session, presented in partnership with the Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships, will provide participants with an overview of what P3s are, how they operate in context of the Canadian marketplace, common myths and public opinion research. A panel discussion with leaders from both the public and private sector will explore best practices and lessons learned from recent Regional and Municipal P3 projects. Learn how to research and explore potential P3 projects in your community and what role EDO’s play in these partnerships.  Steve Hobbs from CCPPP will deliver a 15-20 minute overview of P3's in the context of Ontario, followed by a panel discussion moderated by EDCO President John Regan.


Drazen Bulat, Partner, Miller Thomson

Drazen Bulat is a partner in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson and is the National Leader of the Construction and Infrastructure Group. The focus of Drazen's practice is on the development and drafting of "front end" procurement and contract documents, including tender documents, RFPs and different forms of contracts.

Joey Comeau, Senior Vice President, Capital Services, EllisDon Corporation

Joey Comeau is a Senior Vice President, Capital Services at EllisDon , a construction and services company with approximately 2,500 employees and $3.3 billon in annual work.

Sashen Guneratna, Managing Director, Infrastructure and Project Finance PwC

Sashen  Guneratna has over 10 years experience in structured and project finance. Having led bid side and public side advisory mandates across a variety of sectors, Sashen has developed broad expertise on PPP projects with a particular focus on optimal and innovative financing.

4:00 p.m :  Closing Remarks

Hotel Information:

The Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel and Conference Centre ( will be the host hotel for the symposium.  Rates of $114.00 of a Delta Room, $124.00 for a Premier Room and $134.00 for a Delta Deluxe Room are being held under Room Block EDCO2016.  Email: or by calling (705) 949-0611.  The block will be held until Sunday, April 17, 2016.


How to Get There 

Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 15% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from the EDCO Spring Symposium. The discounted fares are available for booking from March 07, 2016 to May 19, 2016 and available for travel:


Dates of Travel:

From: Anywhere in Canada

To: Sault Ste. Marie

From: 14/05/2016

To: 19/05/2016

From: Sault Ste. Marie

To: Anywhere in Canada

From: 17/05/2016

To: 19/05/2016

Please book online at or through your travel agent using promo code “EDCOSS”.

Porter offers complimentary in-flight snacks and beverages (including beer and wine), GatePorter service for carry-on and access to the Porter Lounge in Toronto and Ottawa, where free Wi-Fi and comfortable, leather seating is available.

The promo code is intended for use by conference attendees and organizers and is not meant for distribution outside of authorized channels. Porter’s fare rules and conditions apply. For any questions regarding Porter’s services or any pre-travel concerns, contact us at 1-888-619-8622.

Porter Airlines est fière d’offrir une réduction de 15% sur tous les tarifs de base (à l'exception des tarifs de la plus basse classe lors d'une période de vente promotionnelle) pour les déplacements à destination et au retour de EDCO Spring Symposium. Ces tarifs réduits sont offerts pour les réservations faites à partir du March 07, 2016 jusqu’au May 19, 2016 et visent les déplacements :

Lieu :                                                            Dates du déplacement :

Départ : n’importe où au Canada

Destination :

Sault Ste. Marie

Du: 14/05/2016

Au: 19/05/2016

Départ :

Sault Ste. Marie

Destination: n’importe où au Canada

Du: 17/05/2016

Au: 19/05/2016


Veuillez réserver en ligne à l’adresse ou par l’entremise de votre agent de voyages et utiliser le code promotionnel EDCOSS’.

Porter offre à titre gracieux des collations et des boissons (y compris bière et vin) durant ses vols, le service GatePorter pour les bagages de cabine et l’accès aux salons des voyageurs Porter à Toronto et à Ottawa, qui comprennent l’accès Wi-Fi gratuit et des sièges en cuir confortables.

Ce code est réservé aux participants et organisateurs de conférences et ne doit pas être diffusé en dehors des canaux autorisés. Les modalités relatives aux tarifs de Porter s’appliquent. Pour toute question concernant les services de Porter ou en cas de préoccupation avant votre déplacement, veuillez communiquer avec nous au 1 888 619-8622. 


Cancellations will be accepted by email to  up until May 6, 2016 but are subject to a $75.00 + HST administration fee.  All cancellations following May 6, 2016 will be subject to a 100% forfeiture of the registration fee.

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