EDCO Celebrates Excellence in Economic Development
February 7, 2018 - Toronto, ON: Award-winning economic development initiatives from around the province were announced and celebrated at the 2017 EDCO Awards of Excellence, the grand finale to the 61st Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Annual Conference. The President’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony took place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto and showcased the winning entries chosen through a rigorous judging process by an expert panel. In total, 118 submissions from 55 communities and organizations were received. Almost 400 industry leaders attended to recognize the achievements of their peers and success in the areas of promotion, collaboration and building initiatives.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Award, the highest award for the best business marketing achievement in Ontario was awarded to Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board for Bay of Quinte Discovery Guide 4th Edition. In addition to recognizing communities of all sizes, the evening honoured individuals who influence the communities in which they work and exhibit a high standard of professionalism in economic development through leadership, mentorship, and collaboration. EDCO Leadership Awards were awarded to Savanna Myers of Grey County for Young Professional Influencer of the Year and Mayor Jeff Lehman, City of Barrie - Invest Barrie received the Community Influencer of the Year award. EDCO President’s Award recognized two recipients: Lauren Millier of MDB Insight Inc. and the City of Toronto. Belinda Wick-Graham from the Town of Minto received EDCO’s prestigious honour - the Joseph A. Montgomery Economic Development Award.
“The EDCO Awards of Excellence Program continues to help communities raise their profile and enhances the work that economic developers are doing in Ontario,” said Alison Newton, EDCO 2018 President. “Sharing the creativity and innovation of the winning projects is transforming how economic development is practiced, increasing our competitiveness for business attraction and investment.”
EDCO is proud of the many initiatives and projects recognized annually through the Awards of Excellence program. 2017 EDCO Awards of Excellence List of Recipients