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  • 20 Jul 2017 10:45 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Ontario tech executives, movers and shakers and colleagues, share and apply ASAP as spots sell out:

    • 1.    Ontario mission to Tokyo Game Show 2017, Free – Sept. 19-22
    • 2.    Ontario security trade mission to ASIS Security, Sept 25-28, Dallas   
    • 3.    Ontario mission to IoT Korea, Participation fee TBD – Oct. 10-13
    • 4.    Canadian Wireless Trade Show, Oct. 17-18
    • 5.    Ontario Industrial Automation Mission to China, Oct. 18-27
    • 6.    Ontario mission to Japan Financial IT Expo, Free – Oct. 26-27
    • 7.    Canadian trade mission to IITSEC, Nov. 27-Dec 1, 2017, Orlando FL   
    • 8.    Sharing a personal honor: Ryerson’s inaugural Outstanding Volunteer Awards
    • 1)    Ontario Mission to Tokyo Game Show 2017, Free – Sept. 19-22

    Canadian companies interested in supplying to Japanese gaming market are invited to participate to the business development programs planned on the margins of Tokyo Game Show 2017 (September 21-24, 2017). Mission members will attend Global Business Seminar hosted by the Canadian Embassy, JETRO and Japan Computer Game Association (JCGA) and attending B2B meetings with JETRO Global Buyers at the Canadian Embassy. Mission members will also be able to exhibit at Canada booth on Tokyo Game Show.  Contact  (416-325-6782) before July 27 for more details or registration.

    • 2)    Ontario security trade mission to ASIS, Sept 25-28, Dallas   (2 spaces left)

    The Ontario Aerospace Council and the Ontario Ministry of International Trade invite you to be part of the Ontario trade mission to ASIS 2017 ( ASIS is the world's security trade show attracting more than 22,000 professionals from across all industries and around the globe. The program is open to eight Ontario-based companies. Priority registration for first time participants in an Ontario mission. Benefits include turn-key exhibit space in the Ontario Pavilion (Hall A #507) located near the entrance, databases of local and international contacts and networking activities, and three exhibitor passes per company. Separate exhibitor listings are available for a US $500 fee. To apply, please contact, Tel. 416-325-6151

    • 3)    Ontario mission to IoT Korea 2017, Participation fee TBD – Oct. 10-13

    Korea’s fast growing Internet of Things (IoT) subsector is forecast to grow by almost 40% per year to reach C$19 billion in 2020. Smart homes, Smart Cities and Connected car are the areas that will lead the growth of the IoT subsector in Korea. The Canadian Embassy in South Korea invites interested Ontario companies to join a Canadian Pavilion at IoT Korea 2017 ( in Seoul, the largest IoT-dedicated show in Korea, and to attend B2B meetings set up for them. Contact  (416-325-6782) before August 15 for more details or registration.

    • 4)    Canadian Wireless Trade Show, Oct. 17-18

    Canada’s technology show for the wireless and tech community with exhibition areas, demos and engaging speakers. Full details available at

    • 5)    Ontario Industrial Automation Mission to China, Oct. 18-27, 2017

    The Ontario Government, in partnership with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, will organize a mission to Greater China Region in October 2017. Ontario companies will participate in outreach programs in Taipei, Tianjin, Chengdu, Wuhan and Quanzhou, where you will explore partnership and cooperation opportunities with companies and organizations in those regions. Market briefings, technical seminars, company visits and on-on-one meetings will be arranged with the support of federal posts and local Chinese partners. If your company is interested in exporting to China, or you’re looking to expand your current Asian market, then this trade mission is a must. To participate, contact: or call  (416) 326-1346

    • 6)    Ontario mission to Japan Financial Information Technology Expo 2017, Free October 26-27

    Ontario Fintech and Cyber Security companies interested in Japanese finance sector are invited to participate to the mission free of charge. Mission members will obtain Japanese financial market information, exhibit at Canadian FinTech Corner on the Financial Information Technology (FIT) Expo 2017 (organized by the Japan Financial News) and the only trade show solely focused on the finance sector in Japan),  and attend pre-arranged B2B meetings with Japanese companies.  Contact  (416-325-6782) before July 20 for more details or registration.

    • 7)    Canadian trade mission to IITSEC, Nov. 27-Dec 1, 2017, Orlando FL   (7spaces left)

    The Ontario Aerospace Council and the Ontario Ministry of International Trade invite you to be part of the Canadian trade mission to the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (, the world's largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. IITSEC attracts about 14,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors from the computer-based 3D graphics, flight simulators, convoy trainers, SCORM, advanced distributed learning, aerospace, communications, and public safety sectors.

    The program, open to 16 companies from Ontario and Atlantic Canada, is organized in cooperation with Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence and the Canadian Consulate in Miami. Priority registration for first time participants in an Ontario mission. Benefits include exhibit space in the 20’x50’ Canada pavilion (#1081), databases of U.S. contacts, meetings and more. To apply, please contact, Tel. 416-325-6151

  • 11 Jul 2017 11:13 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    EDCO Awards season is almost here! Thanks to your input, the Awards Program will be new and improved this year, including two new awards, an improved feedback mechanism for applicants and a more detailed and straight-forward submission process. 

    Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!

  • 29 Jun 2017 2:35 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    The Township of Springwater has issued an RFP for a small scale Economic Development Marketing Plan. 

    Please click here to download/view the full RFP in .pdf format. 

    Request for Proposal 

    Planning Services Department


    Consulting Services

    Economic Development Marketing Plan

     ISSUE DATE: June 29, 2017 

    Closing Location: 

    Customer Service/Finance Department 

    Township of Springwater 

    2231 Nursery Road 

    Minesing, ON L9X 1A8 

    Closing Date and Time: 

    By no later than 2:00 p.m. local time, on July 20, 2017 to: 

    Contact person 

    Mr. Brent Spagnol, MCIP, RPP 

    Director of Planning Services 

    Township of Springwater 

    2231 Nursery Road 

    Minesing, ON L9X 1A8 


    Proponents shall submit enquiries via email to the Contact Person noted above. No telephone and/or facsimile enquiries will be accepted for this Proposal. 

    All proposals are subject to the terms and conditions of the Request for Proposal, the accompanying specifications, scope of work, and all other contract provisions or data that are incorporated. 

    The Township of Springwater reserves the right to accept or reject all or part or item of any Proposal, and to accept the Proposal that is in the best interest of the Township.  

  • 27 Jun 2017 3:31 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Join the EDCO Investment Alliance and maximize your international participation for a reasonable financial investment. Investors’ are looking to shelter funds and invest in secure jurisdictions with steady growth projections. Now is the time for Ontario to step up and self-promote! 

    The EDCO Investment Alliance is a partnership of government and economic development organizations in Ontario dedicated to promoting real estate investment opportunities in their communities in an international marketplace. 

    Is the EDCO Investment Alliance right for your municipality? 

    Does your community have a foreign direct investment strategy in place? 

    Does your community have properties or projects in place that are ready to market? 

    Participation in the EDCO Investment Alliance for 2018 is $5,500 per municipality (plus HST), which includes: 

    • one complimentary registration for 4-day MIPIM 2018 conference (the world’s largest real estate development trade show) Valued at $2,250 CDN, including lead generation 
    • access to the MIPIM on-line investor meeting and networking portal 
    • opportunitity to showcase your investment opportunities 
    • two additional North American events to be determined. 

    Why join the EDCO Investment Alliance? 

    “In Hamilton, as part of our FDI Strategy, we are always very mindful and strategic about our outreach and we feel that these types of partnerships/alliances are necessary when competing in a global marketplace.” - Jennifer Patterson, Alliance Member, City of Hamilton 

    “In all my 20 years in this business I have never seen any person bring together a group as diverse as the group that went to MIPIM (from small community to large city) and come away with such a cohesive effort.” - Dan Degazio, Alliance Member, City of Welland 

    Join now for 2018 and receive benefits for the 2017 year! Includes access to the IEDC Site Selector Reception in September 2017! 

    *To take advantage of this offer, please respond by August 1, 2017* 

    Get in Touch! 

    Chief Executive Officer - Heather Lalonde 

    Phone: 613-931-9827 


    Download the EDCO Investment Alliance Flyer!

  • 26 Jun 2017 8:06 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    From July 10 to 21, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will be holding a series of Public Hearings across the province on Bill 148. This is an opportunity for you to have your position on raising the minimum wage and proposed labour reforms heard by the Committee and I encourage you to participate. The presentation would be about five minutes of your position and thoughts on the bill, followed by questions from the committee members. The presentation can also be made to the Committee by phone.  

    If you are unable to present to the committee during one of the Public Hearings or would prefer to submit in writing, you can also participate by submitting your comment in writing to Eric Rennie, Clerk of the Committee, before 5:30PM on July 21st.

    Registration is now open for the Public Hearings. For more information, here is a link to the Clerk’s advertisement for the Public Hearings, which has all the information for registering and making written submissions to the Committee:

    If you are selected by the Clerk and wish to present in person, their office will reach out to inquire about your availability to present at the following locations on the dates listed below (please note the presenter registration deadline):

    • ·         Monday, July 10: Thunder Bay
    • ·         Tuesday, July 11: North Bay
    • ·         Wednesday, July 12: Ottawa
    • ·         Thursday, July 13: Kingston
    • ·         Friday, July 14: Windsor-Essex

    Week 2 (Presenter Registration Deadline is Monday, July 10, 2017 at 10:00a.m.)

    • Monday, July 17: London
    • Tuesday, July 18: Kitchener-Waterloo
    • Wednesday, July 19: Niagara
    • Thursday, July 20: Hamilton
    • Friday, July 21: Toronto
  • 16 Jun 2017 9:00 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Don’t miss the 2017 Teeny Tiny Summits - a forum dedicated to community development in “Teeny Tiny Places”. for registration and details.

    For those on the Rideau Corridor, join us in advance of the Merrickville session towelcome Le Boat, Europe's largest operator of self-driving boating vacations to the Rideau Canal. Cheryl Brown, Managing Director of Le Boat, will share company highlights on the business, its clients and the decision to start cruising the Rideau Canal. Learn more about their intentions to make Smiths Falls their North American Headquarters incorporating sales, marketing and operations plus learn about their plans for 2017 and onwards. 

    Breakfast: 7 a.m.

    "Le Boat Who's On Board": 7:20 a.m. 

    Cost: Free

    Le Boat Presentation Registration

  • 12 Jun 2017 8:40 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Ryerson University Introduces a New Certificate in Local Economic Development

    This Fall 2017, Ryerson's University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and the School of Urban & Regional Planning are launching the new Certificate in Local Economic Development. This program is designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge to thrive in public and private local economic development (LED) positions in the Canadian context.

    EDCO members are invited to attend the official launch event for this certificate. At this event, a panel of industry experts will discuss the latest trends in the LED field and provide more information on how this new program can help with career advancement.

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

    Ryerson University

    For more information and to RSVP, visit the event page.

  • 06 Jun 2017 8:52 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Canada is in a global innovation race, competing with countries around the world for the most talented people, the newest technologies, and the fastest-growing companies. As part of the Innovation and Skills Plan - an agenda to spark growth and help Canada realize its potential as a global leader in innovation - the Government intends to accelerate business-led innovation superclusters to deliver real results for Canadians.

    On May 24, 2017, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the Innovation Superclusters Initiative, a new funding initiative designed to support a small number of business-led innovation superclusters that have the greatest potential to accelerate economic growth. The Government will invest up to $950 million by 2022 in superclusters that will enhance Canada's global competitiveness by focusing on highly innovative industries such as advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital technology, health/bioscience and clean resources, as well as infrastructure and transportation. These superclusters will become engines of innovation that support the development and growth of globally competitive Canadian companies, and ensure that Canada continues to develop and attract the best ideas, brightest talent and smart capital necessary for success.

    Please visit the website to find out more about how this program will help Canada realize its potential as a global leader in innovation.

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada will be holding information sessions in Ontario (June 6, 2017 to June 9, 2017) to provide program information to applicants preparing for Phase I of the application process (Letter of Intent). Online webinars are also available. Should you wish to register, please do so directly on the website

  • 05 Jun 2017 8:48 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Nominations for the 2018 - 2020 term of the EDCO Board of Directors will be accepted from June 5, 2017 to September 15, 2017. There are three vacancies to be filled. 

    Elections will take place by electronic ballots. Successful candidates will be announced at EDCO's 61st Annual Conference and Showcase to be held at the Sheraton Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario February 5-7, 2018. 

    Remember, your Council is only as good as the participation of its members. Make sure you vote for your EDCO Board of Directors!

    Download the nomination form.

  • 02 Jun 2017 9:07 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Canadian Business Magazine recently published a list of the Top 25 Jobs in Canada in 2017. What came in at #8? Economic Development Director of course!

    What makes a job one of Canada’s Best? Healthy demand for talent, a growing workforce, and a generous salary with room to move up. 

    Check out the full list of Canada's top jobs. 

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