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  • 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

    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.


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


    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

    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: 

    Find your Local Public Health Unit: 

    Public Health Agency of Canada:

    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.


    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:

    Mentee Intake Form:

    Closing Date: January 10, 2020

    For questions, please contact Taylor Chamberlain at

  • 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

    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   

    For more information or for assistance in completing the application, email

  • 04 Jan 2019 1:59 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    IEDC - Save the date! The 2019 Economic Development Week (EDW) is kicking off from May 6-11, 2019. Now in its fourth year, #EconDevWeek promotes awareness of local economic development programs that generate jobs, advance career development opportunities, and create vibrant communities. Since launching in 2016, Economic Development Week has buzz across the country, generating hundreds of news stories, blog entries, videos, and events around the world.

    New to Economic Development Week?

    Don't worry if you didn't participate last year - you'll be creating memories this year that will continue on after the festivities. Looking for ideas on how your community can celebrate? IEDC will be highlighting campaigns from across the economic development profession. Just follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Linkedin, and use the hashtag #EconDevWeek to tell us how your EDO is marking the occasion!

    Lookout for the 2019 #EconDevWeek Toolkit
    Keep an eye out for the IEDC's 2019 #EconDevWeek Toolkit in the New Year, and get an early start planning your campaign!

    The toolkit includes resources that your EDO can build from such as:

    - Special ways to engage your elected officials
    - A press release template
    - Electronic and print advertising templates
    - City, county, and state resolutions templates
    - Social media marketing sample promotional messaging
    - Social media content matrix for easier message compilation and sharing
    - Event ideas
    - #EconDevWeek Excellence in Economic Development Week Awards details

  • 11 Dec 2018 9:04 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    This workshop is specially designed to provide an overview of economic development from a community perspective. The session will provide a focus on the roles of Councillors and Staff, the importance of economic development strategy, linkages with other functions of the municipality and examples of performance measures.

    Who should attend?

    This workshop is a great training opportunity for new Councillors (or for citizens appointed to economic development committees or boards).  It also serves as a refresher for those returning to their previous Council positions.

    Topics covered in the workshop include:

    • Role of elected officials, committees and municipal staff
    • What is economic development?
    • Delivery options for economic development services
    • Importance of economic development strategy and performance measures


    David Cash, BES, RPP, CEcD, is a Past President of EDCO and has over 35 years experience in the Ontario municipal sector in various roles including Economic Development Officer, Planning Commissioner and CAO.

    He is the President of Cash & Associates Inc., a management consulting company, which provides professional advice and consulting services in the fields of economic development, site location studies, urban planning policy and organizational/service delivery review.

    Date:           Tuesday, January 29, 2019

    Time:          12:30 - 4 pm, working lunch provided

    Location:    Main Theatre, Ontario Investment and Trade Centre

                              250  Yonge Street, 35th Floor, Toronto, ON

    Cost:           $150 plus HST per person

    How to Register:
    Register online at
    If you have any questions regarding registration, contact:
    Kerri Schuttel, Research and Marketing Coordinator, EDCO
    By phone: 519-377-4462    By email:

    This training event is a pre-conference seminar for the 62nd Annual EDCO Conference. Elected Officials are eligible for Member discounted rates to attend. For more information, visit

    Alternatively, host a local training in your own community or region.  Review the flyer for more information and contact Heather Lalonde, CEO, EDCO for more information.

  • 16 Nov 2018 1:08 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    The Town of Fort Frances wishes to obtain proposals from a reputable consulting firm to complete a study on the re-development of the Shevlin Wood Yard and former Resolute Forest Products' nursing station (hereon referred to as Gateway to Market Square).  The project is to be conducted through consultation with local stakeholders, the economic development office and Mayor and Council.  The purpose of this study is to evaluate how the properties can be best used to maximize its economic potential.  The study will analyze the sites that are needed to attract that investment.

    View the full RFP here

    This study will involve all appropriate and relevant stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, FedNor, the Rainy River Future Development Corporation (RRFDC), and the Town of Fort Frances to develop an acceptable plan.  Sealed 5 proposals, and clearly marked shall be submitted to:

    Doug Brown, CAO
    Town of Fort Frances
    320 Portage Avenue
    Fort Frances, ON P9A 3P9

  • 02 Oct 2018 5:53 PM | Kerri Schuttel
    WASHINGTON, DC (October 02, 2018) – The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO), along with nine other economic development organizational partners from Canada and the U.S. have been selected by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a Gold Award recipient for Excellence in Economic Development. 

    The award was in the category "Innovation in Economic Development Week" for the nationwide partnership that produced a video demonstrating the importance of economic development to the fabric of a community. The video and website was launched during Economic Development Week in May 2018. 

    The honour was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held September 29 – October 3, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

    To commemorate Economic Development Week 2018, economic development organizations from across Canada (plus IEDC) contributed time and effort into producing a short video to demonstrate the importance of economic development to the fabric of a community. The video was produced in English and French and launched during Economic Development Week. All the partners shared the video with their membership and encouraged their members to use the video to help promote awareness and education of the importance of economic development and economic developers. “The project brought together organizations that have not all collaborated in the past. This was a great example of how we can work together to share resources and expertise to the benefit all our members, stakeholders and communities.” -Heather Lalonde, Chief Executive Officer, EDCO.

    "This year our judges reviewed some extraordinary projects that advanced both communities and businesses. We congratulate all the award winners, and thank everyone who nominated their projects for sharing their success with fellow IEDC members. What we learn from each other helps us to grow and advance as a profession. We look forward to even greater participation from economic developers across the globe in the 2019 awards program.” -Craig Richard, CEcD, FM, President and CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation located in Tampa, Florida, and 2018 IEDC Board Chair.

  • 04 Sep 2018 2:47 PM | Kerri Schuttel
    Through partnership with the International Economic Development Council of Ontario (IEDC), EDCO is pleased to promote the upcoming BRE training taking place in October in Toronto.

    This interactive course presents the core components of a BRE program and why the concerns of local businesses need to be actively addressed. By building an understanding of business visitation techniques and survey methods, practitioners will be able to clearly gauge their community's business climate. Learn the "red flags" that may indicate a company is looking to move elsewhere, and learn how to structure an effective technical assistance program to respond to business concerns. This course helps participants understand how a BRE program relates to attraction, workforce development, small business finance, technology transfer and many other economic development activities.

    Course Highlights:

    • Establishing, maintaining and upgrading a BRE program
      Creating effective models for business visitations and surveys
      Customer-Relationship Management (CRM) techniques
      Marketing a BRE program
      Establishing an early warning system
      Cluster and industry-focused BRE programs
      Tracking and analyzing customer feedback and response
      Quantitative and qualitative economic development metrics

    EDCO Members can view the detailed agenda and register for the training at par using the code ON18BRE.  The course meets the professional requirements for points towards CEcD certification.

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