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  • 22 Jul 2021 3:56 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Project: Impact Analysis Study for the Thunder Bay and District Entrepreneur Centre

    Client: Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC)

    Department: Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre

    Company Background:

    The purpose of the CEDC is to facilitate community-based economic development in Thunder Bay. This facilitation includes; the development of an environment that fosters the creation of new business, providing a catalyst to increase job opportunities, financial investment, and/or the assessment base in Thunder Bay, and any complementary activities not inconsistent with these ones.

    The CEDC mission is to capitalize on the energy associated with ideas by putting partners, financial and otherwise, together. The Corporation will use its resource to leverage public and private sector funding, both in dollar value and in in-kind value.

    The CEDC runs the Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre that is exists to help entrepreneurs create operate and grow businesses. The department is funded through a partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and the City of Thunder Bay. The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre's goal is to support small businesses' success and growth by providing the latest advice, information, workshops, and business plan reviews. The Centre delivers a series of funding delivery programs.

    Project Overview:

    The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre is seeking evaluation services with the intent of establishing program impact for the past 3 years. The evaluation of previous clients is to provide insight into how to improve or develop new programs and services at the Centre.

    Proposal Submission:

    Proposals must be submitted electronically to ryan.moore@thunderbay.ca by 4:30pm on August 6, 2021.

    Access to Full RFP

    Click here to access the full RFP for further details such as:

    • Project goals
    • Scope of work
    • Project deliverables
    • Existing roadblocks or technical issues within scope of work
    • Target deliverable schedule
    • Budget
    • Evaluation metrics
    • Proposal requirements

    Contact Information:

    For questions or concerns connected to this RFP, please reach out to:

    Ryan Moore

    Development Officer

    Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission ryan.moore@thunderbay.ca

    807-625-3972

  • 13 May 2021 10:19 AM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    This week is an opportunity to celebrate economic development in communities across Ontario. Now, more than ever, economic development is a vital component to the municipal structure. Access the letter from EDCO's President and CEO here!


  • 22 Dec 2020 1:36 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    On behalf of the Board and Staff of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario, I wish to pass along our best wishes for a safe, happy, healthy holiday season.

    This past year has been nothing short of extraordinary. Our members have been asked to make tremendous sacrifice for the good of their communities; sacrifices which not only affected their professional work, but their personal lives as we navigated the evolving pandemic threat. It has all been a heavy burden.

    But through it all, I have been witness to so many acts of kindness, of generosity, of the human spirit of perseverance that lets me know we are on the right path. EDCO members can be proud of the fact that they are working with full conviction to get Ontario on the right track, to not only see us through these awful times, but to set our communities and organizations up for future prosperity as the tides shift on this fight against the pandemic, and life tries to return to some semblance of normalcy in 2021.

    Being in this position as your EDCO President has given me a bird’s eye view to watch new partnerships form, collaboration to increase exponentially, and for innovation to thrive as we look for ways to get through all of this; I couldn’t be happier with the results, made even more special when they’re set against the global tragedy that has preceded it.

    During these times of reflection, I want you to know how proud I am – and how proud you should all be – at the work done all over this province to keep businesses open, government functioning and the world turning as best possible in 2020. Words truly do not do it justice.

    All the best for a prosperous 2021, and a fun-filled, stress-free and joyous Happy Holidays on behalf of the Board and Staff of EDCO.

    Sincerely,

    Gord Knowles, President

  • 09 Dec 2020 1:49 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Project Manager for Delivering Economic Development – The New Normal Initiative

    Request for Proposal

    Services Required

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is seeking the services of a Project Manager to oversee the creation and delivery of three virtual professional development events to be completed prior to March 31, 2021.

    EDCO Professional Development

    EDCO delivers professional development events throughout the year.  Due to the global pandemic EDCO has been unable to deliver events in the traditional manner.  A requirement for virtual training for three separate topics has risen.  The Project Manager will oversee the content development of each separate item. A separate RFP for content creation will be issued.  It is the role of the Project Manager to oversee the entire project and ensure all is complete by no later than March 31, 2021.  The delivery of the content may fall after March 31, 2021 but there are no extensions on the creation component of the initiative.

    Project Deliverables and Timelines

    1. Meet with EDCO staff and Professional Development Committee. 
    2. Issue RFP for content development.
    3. Analysis of RFP submissions. 
    4. Issue contract to successful proponent for content delivery.
    5. Oversee content creation.
    6. Create marketing plan and materials for virtual program.
    7. Finalize & produce all training materials.
    8. Confirm delivery platform of virtual program in concert with EDCO and content creator.
    9. Complete program by March 31, 2021.

    Additional Contractor Requirements

    • Provide background and education of proposed team members, if applicable.
    • Provide documented experience in similar projects – three sample project description my be submitted with the proposal.
    • Demonstrate experience in working for similar organizations.
    • The approved contractor must provide proof of minimum $2 million liability insurance policy, prior to commencing the project.

    Project Budget

    Total budget for this project is $10,000.00 excluding applicable taxes.

    Submission of Proposal

    Please provide an electronic copy of your proposal in Word or PDF format to Heather Lalonde, Ec.D., Chief Executive Officer,  Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) at edco@edco.on.ca

    The proposal is to be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than December 11, 2020 EST at 5:00 pm.

    Successful Proponent Selection

    EDCO uses a scoring system to determine the successful proponent.  An assembled team will undertake the process.  Lowest price does not determine success, but budget is a component in the scoring grid.

    Conflict of Interest

    The consultant will identify any perceived conflict of interest before the proposal is submitted to the Economic Developers Council of Ontario.

    Ownership of Collateral Materials

    Upon completion of project, all material collected and created will become the property of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario Inc.

    Other

    EDCO has the right to terminate the contract after each year with written notice.

    Background

    What is EDCO?

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is Canada’s largest provincial economic development organization.  Celebrating its 63rd year, EDCO has increased the capacity of those who practice economic, industrial, and community development through professional development initiatives, information exchanges among members and the promotion of the economic development profession.  It has also been a catalyst for assisting in the development and promotion of Ontario and its municipalities.

    The membership of EDCO is comprised of specialists from various disciplines.  Each contributes his or her expertise to the complex job of economic development.

    The Council consists of:

    • Municipal, business and economic development professionals
    • Municipal, regional, provincial and federal government officials
    • Land developers
    • Educators and technology assistance developers and facilitators
    • Industrial and commercial realtors
    • Tourism industry representatives
    • Industrial/commercial/tourism development specialists from banks, public utilities and transportation companies

    EDCO enjoys a close working relationship with the provincial and federal governments as well as links with other professional associations.

    For further information, visit the EDCO website at www.edco.on.ca

  • 24 Nov 2020 5:46 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Project Manager for Delivering Economic Development – The New Normal Initiative

    Request for Proposal

    Services Required

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is seeking the services of a Project Manager to oversee the creation and delivery of three virtual professional development events to be completed prior to March 31, 2021.

    EDCO Professional Development

    EDCO delivers professional development events throughout the year.  Due to the global pandemic EDCO has been unable to deliver events in the traditional manner.  A requirement for virtual training for three separate topics has risen.  The Project Manager will oversee the content development of each separate item. A separate RFP for content creation will be issued.  It is the role of the Project Manager to oversee the entire project and ensure all is complete by no later than March 31, 2021.  The delivery of the content may fall after March 31, 2021 but there are no extensions on the creation component of the initiative.

    Project Deliverables and Timelines

    1. Meet with EDCO staff and Professional Development Committee. 
    2. Issue RFP for content development.
    3. Analysis of RFP submissions. 
    4. Issue contract to successful proponent for content delivery.
    5. Oversee content creation.
    6. Create marketing plan and materials for virtual program.
    7. Finalize & produce all training materials.
    8. Confirm delivery platform of virtual program in concert with EDCO and content creator.
    9. Complete program by March 31, 2021.

    Additional Contractor Requirements

    • Provide background and education of proposed team members, if applicable.
    • Provide documented experience in similar projects – three sample project description my be submitted with the proposal.
    • Demonstrate experience in working for similar organizations.
    • The approved contractor must provide proof of minimum $2 million liability insurance policy, prior to commencing the project.

    Project Budget

    Total budget for this project is $10,000.00 excluding applicable taxes.

    Submission of Proposal

    Please provide an electronic copy of your proposal in Word or PDF format to Heather Lalonde, Ec.D., Chief Executive Officer,  Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) at edco@edco.on.ca

    The proposal is to be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than December 4, 2020 EST at 5:00 pm.

    Successful Proponent Selection

    EDCO uses a scoring system to determine the successful proponent.  An assembled team will undertake the process.  Lowest price does not determine success, but budget is a component in the scoring grid.

    Conflict of Interest

    The consultant will identify any perceived conflict of interest before the proposal is submitted to the Economic Developers Council of Ontario.

    Ownership of Collateral Materials

    Upon completion of project, all material collected and created will become the property of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario Inc.

    Other

    EDCO has the right to terminate the contract after each year with written notice.

    Background

    What is EDCO?

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is Canada’s largest provincial economic development organization.  Celebrating its 63rd year, EDCO has increased the capacity of those who practice economic, industrial, and community development through professional development initiatives, information exchanges among members and the promotion of the economic development profession.  It has also been a catalyst for assisting in the development and promotion of Ontario and its municipalities.

    The membership of EDCO is comprised of specialists from various disciplines.  Each contributes his or her expertise to the complex job of economic development.

    The Council consists of:

    • Municipal, business and economic development professionals
    • Municipal, regional, provincial and federal government officials
    • Land developers
    • Educators and technology assistance developers and facilitators
    • Industrial and commercial realtors
    • Tourism industry representatives
    • Industrial/commercial/tourism development specialists from banks, public utilities and transportation companies

    EDCO enjoys a close working relationship with the provincial and federal governments as well as links with other professional associations.

    For further information, visit the EDCO website at www.edco.on.ca

  • 03 Apr 2020 11:17 AM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Services Required

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is seeking the  completion of a Membership Analysis and Recruitment Strategy for the association.  This completed document will serve as the launching point for the EDCO Membership Committee moving forward in 2020.    

    EDCO Membership

    The EDCO Board of Directors approved the investment of a Membership Analysis and Recruitment Strategy to ensure continued strong membership numbers and sound strategy for recruitment.  EDCO continues to enjoy strong membership numbers but recognizes that there is room for future growth.  In order to identify opportunities an analysis of current membership to the identify of  gaps from a geographic angle is required.  Often needs vary from region to region, so strong strategies from a regional point of view should be identified. 

    Project Deliverables and Timelines

    1. Mapping of current EDCO membership. 
    2. Analysis of current membership demographics.
    3. Complete list of Ontario municipalities vs. EDCO member municipalities. 
    4. Analysis of non-municipal EDCO members with identified gap sectors.
    5. Development of Inventory of Existing Economic Development Departments/Organizations that are not EDCO members.
    6. Analysis of Competing Organizations.
    7. Development of Membership Recruitment Strategy with implementation plan and budget.
    8. Draft report to be delivered to EDCO by June 5, 2020 and final report by June 19, 2020

    Additional Contractor Requirements

    • Provide background and education of proposed team members, if applicable.
    • Provide documented experience in similar projects – three sample project description my be submitted with the proposal.
    • Demonstrate experience in working for similar organizations.
    • The approved contractor must provide proof of minimum $2 million liability insurance policy, prior to commencing the project.

    Project Budget

    Total budget for this project is $5000.00 excluding applicable taxes.

    Submission of Proposal

    Please provide an electronic copy of your proposal in Word or PDF format to Heather Lalonde, Ec.D., Chief Executive Officer,  Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) at edco@edco.on.ca

    The proposal is to be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than May 1, 2020 EST at 5:00 pm.

    Conflict of Interest

    The consultant will identify any perceived conflict of interest before the proposal is submitted to the Economic Developers Council of Ontario.

    Ownership of Collateral Materials

    Upon completion of project, all material collected and created will become the property of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario Inc.

    Other

    EDCO has the right to terminate the contract after each year with written notice.

    Background

    What is EDCO?

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is Canada’s largest provincial economic development organization.  Celebrating its 63rd year, EDCO has increased the capacity of those who practice economic, industrial, and community development through professional development initiatives, information exchanges among members and the promotion of the economic development profession.  It has also been a catalyst for assisting in the development and promotion of Ontario and its municipalities.

    The membership of EDCO is comprised of specialists from various disciplines.  Each contributes his or her expertise to the complex job of economic development.

    The Council consists of:

    • Municipal, business and economic development professionals
    • Municipal, regional, provincial and federal government officials
    • Land developers
    • Educators and technology assistance developers and facilitators
    • Industrial and commercial realtors
    • Tourism industry representatives
    • Industrial/commercial/tourism development specialists from banks, public utilities and transportation companies

    EDCO enjoys a close working relationship with the provincial and federal governments as well as links with other professional associations.

    For further information, visit the EDCO website at www.edco.on.ca

    Please see a PDF version of this request here.

  • 18 Mar 2020 9:15 AM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Dear Friends,

    The health and wellbeing of Ontarians is our government’s top priority. I know the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a widespread concern for everyone in Ontario, including the agriculture and agri-food industry.

    I want to assure you that my ministry and I are committed to working with you and doing everything we can to keep Ontario’s food supply system strong and functioning through this difficult time. I know how important the work that you do is to providing the food that the people of Ontario depend on.

    Please pass on my thanks to your members and staff for all the work that they are doing to ensure our food system stays strong and continues to provide food for the people of Ontario.

    Given the rapidly evolving situation it is important that we all continue to plan and prepare. If you haven’t already, I encourage all agri-food businesses, farmers, and food processing facilities to review their continuity plans and ensure they are up to date in the event of any potential disruptions to business practices that may result from COVID-19.

    As you review your plans, if you identify potential challenges that we can address please let me know.

    You may have seen my statement last weekend reassuring the people of Ontario that we have a robust food system and asking people to practice normal grocery buying habits to ensure there is food on the shelves for everyone in their communities. If possible, I would appreciate it if you could help to reassure Ontarians that we are working to maintain our food supply system.

    I would also encourage everyone to follow regular updates from Ontario’s Ministry of Health as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada. Please share this information as widely as is appropriate for your organization. Additionally, I encourage you to share the following websites with your stakeholders, partners and members.

    Ontario Ministry of Health:

    www.ontario.ca/coronavirus 

    Find your Local Public Health Unit:

    www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx 

    Public Health Agency of Canada:

    www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirusinfection.html#a1

    Thank you for helping to share this information. Please feel free to reach out to me or my staff if you have any questions or to let us know about any challenges you are facing.

    Again, thank you for writing.

    Sincerely,

    Original signed by

    Ernie Hardeman

    Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

  • 17 Dec 2019 7:13 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    Every mentoring relationship is different and there is no single formula for success. The EDCO Mentorship Program aims to facilitate relationships between two people in economic development where an individual with experience, knowledge, and/or connections can pass along what they have learned to another individual. The mentor will share best practices and leadership, while the mentee receives support to enhance their personal and professional development.

    Learn more about the program here. To review the Discussion Guideline, please click here

    If you are interested in becoming a Mentor or Mentee, please complete the corresponding application form linked below.

    Mentor Intake Form: www.surveymonkey.com/r/2V529T7

    Mentee Intake Form: www.surveymonkey.com/r/27QMMVQ

    Closing Date: January 10, 2020

    For questions, please contact Taylor Chamberlain at grow@edco.on.ca.

  • 20 Nov 2019 3:57 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    The Rainy River Future Development Corporation (RRFDC) has issued a Request for Proposal for consulting services. 

    Submission Deadline: 12:00 p.m. C.S.T. on December 9, 2019. 

    Submissions and questions may be emailed to Tannis Drysdale at ecdev@fortfrances.ca

    Click here to view the full RFP ad

  • 08 Oct 2019 9:53 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    October 8, 2019 - The EDCO Awards of Excellence program underwent an overhaul and will allow economic developers to leverage recognition beyond the EDCO stage in Toronto - in their local communities and municipalities.  

    With the recent changes, EDCO has received several inquiries about what category to apply to.  The list below demonstrates the kinds of economic development initiatives that are best suited for each of the new categories.  You may recognize some of the projects as the list is made up of examples from last year's awards finalists:

    Investment Attraction

    Community Economic Development

    Building Initiatives

    Planning and Strategic Development

    Tourist Attraction & Tourism Product Development

    Workforce Development & Resident Attraction

    Applicants are encouraged to choose the category they feel is most suitable.  During the adjudication process, if the judges feel the initiative will score better in another category, it will be moved for the best chance of winning the category.

    Communities and organizations from around the province are encouraged to take a few minutes to submit an application before the deadline on October 18, 2019 at www.edcoawardsofexcellence.ca.   

    For more information or for assistance in completing the application, email info@edcoawardsofexcellence.ca.

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