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Engaging Post-Secondary Institutions for Economic Development

  • 25 May 2017
  • 26 May 2017
  • Stratford, ON or Online

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Date Location Tuition Value
May 25-26, 2017

University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, Stratford, ON

$595-795 7


Topics covered include:

  • Why economic development partnerships with post-secondary institutions are becoming so important
  • How to breach the "ivory tower" and effectively engage with post-secondary institutions
  • Understanding what post-secondary institutions have to offer to economic developers
  • Understanding what economic developers have to offer to post-secondary institutions
  • Key ingredients for feasibility studies
  • Performance measurement
  • Brantford case study
  • Stratford case study

Online option

Participants now have the opportunity to participate in the seminar online.

We will be using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. More details on how to use it will be provided after registration.

Full information and to register!


Brock Dickinson

Chief Executive Officer, MDB Insight

Brock DickinsonBrock is the CEO of MDB Insight, Canada's largest specialist economic development consultancy. Before entering the private sector, Brock served as Director of ICT & Advanced Manufacturing for the Toronto Region Research Alliance, as Director of Economic Development & Tourism Services for the City of St. Catharines, and as Executive Director of the Western Valley Development Authority in rural Nova Scotia. This economic development work won more than 40 national and international awards, including a UN designation as one of the “best practices in the world for improving living conditions.” His work helped to leverage more than a billion dollars in new investment, and the creation of 5,000 new jobs.

Marlene Coffey

Marlene CoffeyFormer Economic Development Executive, Milton Education Village Innovation Centre; former CEO of investStratford

Ron Gaudet

Former CEO at Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation; former Special Advisor Innovative Strategies, University of Windsor

Paul Parker

Director, Economic Development Program and Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives, University of Waterloo

Paul ParkerPaul is the director of the Economic Development Program and a professor in the Faculty of Environment. His research focuses on building sustainable communities by creating win-win opportunities for the environment and economy. Paul combines his research background with direct experience engaging local representatives from communities across Canada and overseas to envision and build local capacity, vitality and sustainability. 

Venue and accommodations

Stratford Campus - University of Waterloo OR Online


  EDAC Members Regular price
Early bird $595 $695
After April 3 $695 $795

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