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  • 24 Apr 2017 8:30 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    EDCO's Spring Symposium in Thunder Bay is now accredited by EDAC! Those in attendance will earn 6 points towards their Ec.D. designation. 

    Don't miss your chance to take this course at a discount - early bird rates end April 26, 2017. 

    Full event details and registration information.

  • 19 Apr 2017 8:41 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    The clock is running out on great early bird rates for our Spring Symposium


    Join us in Thunder Bay, May 16-18 and learn about:
    • Thunder Bay's newly redeveloped waterfront
    • Fort William Historical Park
    • Evidence-Based Decision Making: OMAFRA's Analyst Tool for Economic Development Professionals
    • Building Business Diversification within Your Community
    • Northern funding opportunities 

    Register before April 26 and save $50! If you have already registered, don't forget to book your hotel room. Our special rate at the Valhalla also ends April 26!

    Improve your skills and build your network by attending this don't miss event. 

    Register Now!
  • 10 Apr 2017 3:27 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Several Ontario cities were once again featured prominently in the 2017/2018 American Cities of the Future report.

    FDi, a division of Financial Times Limited, ranked 421 locations across North and South America in five categories: economic potential, business friendliness, human capital and lifestyle, cost-effectiveness and connectivity.

    This year, Canadian cities, many in Ontario, dominated the business friendliness category, proving that the province has many opportunities for new and established businesses.

    The Ontario cities named in the 2017/2018 report across all categories include TorontoMississaugaOttawaBramptonLondonHamiltonOakvilleMarkhamGuelphWaterlooCambridgeWindsorBurlingtonNiagara FallsBrantfordSarniaSudburyChatham-KentKingston and Pickering.

    Read the full article.  via StartUp Toronto

  • 10 Apr 2017 8:50 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    From CBC: Trade ministers gathered in Toronto Friday to congratulate each other for pledging to lower internal trade barriers that have irritated businesses for decades.

    Every province and territory, as well as the federal government, has signed on to the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), a new deal to co-ordinate trade across interprovincial borders and replace limited rules put in place two decades ago that are no longer up to the job.

    It's significant in three ways:

    • It creates a formal and binding process for cutting the myriad of trade barriers that currently exist.
    • It catches up to what provinces and territories offered Europeans in the Canada-EU trade deal, opening up, not just the same access to government contracts, but better access.
    • It improves the dispute resolution system currently in place between jurisdictions, making it faster and simpler to start and doubling potential fines payable if jurisdictions can't justify regulations.
  • 07 Apr 2017 8:36 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    Some would agree that the best way to learn is by experience. So what's the best way to learn about credit analysis in economic development? Perform an analysis using data from a real business. In IEDC's credit analysis course in Toronto, ON, you'll read case studies of real businesses and find out how to read and analyze their finances. Register through EDCO and receive a special Canadian rate!

    This hands-on course presents business financing tools and available private financing options, as well as how the public sector can complement bank financing. You will learn how to stimulate private sector investment that results in the creation of permanent, private sector jobs and increased productivity. Course participants will also perform credit analysis by determining how well a company buys and sells to make a profit. Learn how to read financial reports, financial statements, balance sheets and profit and loss statements. Enroll now to understand the basics of structuring deals for small businesses that often combine public and private sector financing programs.

    A Few Course Highlights:

    - Business credit analysis and deal structuring/restructuring
    - Credit risk, maturity risk, rate risk and liquidity
    - Determining if a firm is productive and profitable 

    Learn more and register now!

  • 05 Apr 2017 12:27 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    This is your invitation to join us in Thunder Bay for EDCO's 2nd Annual Spring Symposium May 16-18, 2017!

    Learn about Thunder Bay's approach to Cultural Tourism and take back their valuable information to your community to enhance your local program. Enjoy some of Thunder Bay's historical landmarks such as its newly development waterfront and Fort Williams Historical Park. Then, it is time to enhance your skills on Economic Impact Tools and Creating Investment Opportunities. The final morning will focus on how to improve your funding proposal writing to secure additional monies to complement economic development initiatives.

    Improve your skills and build your network but attending this don't miss event!

    Early bird rates for EDCO Members end April 26, 2017 so register today and save!

    Tentative Agenda

    May 16, 2017
     - 1:00 p.m. - Official Welcome
     - 1:15 - 2:45 - Waterfront Thunder Bay Tour
     - 2:45 - 7:00 - Fort William Historical Park - Program and Reception
     - 7:00 - Return to Valhalla Inn

    May 17, 2017
    - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast
    - 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 -  Investment Attraction
    - 11:45 - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
    - 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - OMAFRA Analyst Training
    - 4:00 Formal Symposium Conclusion

    May 18, 2017
    - 8:30 - 11 am - Northern Funders Forum

    Hotel Information:
    Rooms have been reserved at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay Ontario at a rate of $199.00 per night until April 26, 2017. Participants should call 1-800-964-1121 or 807-475-4723 or email at reservations@valhallainn.com. Please quote booking number 170517ECON.
  • 30 Mar 2017 4:07 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    The workforce population is shrinking as more and more baby-boomers retire. This will result in more pressure for communities to actively attract and retain immigrant talent. 

    This webinar is designed to help rural employers and communities understand how to attract newcomers.

    Details
    Date: Thursday, April 6
    Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
    To register:
    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/attracting-retaining-immigrant-talent-in-rural-areas

    Listen to this free webinar to learn about:

    • Economic imperative for recruiting newcomers
    • Practical initiatives to attract and retain newcomers
    • Promising practices from rural communities

    Speakers:

    Ryan Deska
    Economic Development Specialist
    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs

    Oliver Pryce
    Project Coordinator, Rural Employment Initiative Project
    Newcomer Centre of Peel

    For more information, please visit:
    http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/webinars

  • 30 Mar 2017 3:09 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS COUNCIL OF ONTARIO (EDCO)

    REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
    AUDIT SERVICES

    Services Required

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is seeking a qualified consultant/company to audit financial records of the association for the fiscal years ending September 2017 and September 2018.  These audits are to be performed in accordance with the provisions contained in this Request for Proposal.

    Project Background

    As per EDCO’s constitution and bylaws, the association must engage the services of a qualified accounting firm to perform an annual audit of its financial records.  EDCO currently uses Quickbooks Online as its software and retains the services of a bookkeeper to perform reconciliation of monthly accounts and overview of operations throughout the year.  Material will be delivered to successful auditing firm by December 1st of each year with audit services to be complete in report format no later than January 1st of each year.

    Download the full RFP.

  • 30 Mar 2017 2:41 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    See below a list of upcoming export programs, some NEW such as the Ontario trade mission to ITTSEC for Serious Games, computer-based 3D graphics, flight simulators, convoy trainers, SCORM, advanced distributed learning, aerospace, communications, and public safety sectors. List below and details below and after my signature. Please contact the respective person on each item.

    • May 30, Ottawa: Global Aerospace, Defence & Security showcase (NEW)
    • May 18 – 25: CommunicAsia 2017 in Singapore (May 23-25) and optional pre-Trade Mission to Vietnam (May 18 – 19) (1 spot left)
    • May 2016 (date to be confirmed):  Smart Grid Trade Mission to Washington, DC and Richmond, VA
    • June 4-6:  Southeastern US and Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Alliance Conference, Toronto, ON
    • June 5-9:  ICT to EduTECH, Australia (2 spots left)
    • August (date to be confirmed):  Water-Energy Nexus Trade Mission to Florida
    • Sept. 12-14, San Francisco: Mobile World Congress Americas (3 spots left)
    • Sept. 25-28, Dallas: Ontario security trade mission to ASIS (4 spots left)
    • October 2-4:  Ontario Pavilion at WEFTEC, Chicago, IL
    • October 22-27, Las Vegas: Ontario fintech trade mission to Money2020 (1 spot left, 7 sold)
    • Nov. 27-Dec. 1, Orlando: Ontario trade mission to ITTSEC (NEW) For Serious Games, computer-based 3D graphics, flight simulators, convoy trainers, SCORM, advanced distributed learning, aerospace, communications, and public safety sectors.

    GLOBAL AEROSPACE, DEFENCE & SECURITY INNOVATION SHOWCASE

    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada / 30th May 2017

    This event is open to cutting edge innovative defence and security technology companies, including cyber security solution providers, Government, Research and Development Organizations and Academia. This defence and security innovation showcase event will include briefing sessions, exhibition area and networking event. Learn about current Canadian and international business and funding opportunities, connect with defence and security procurement officials / customers and meet with potential international clients and partners. Further details available upon request. The theme for this event is international business and R&D partnerships. Details and registration at  www.btiglobalinnovation.com/innovation-showcase.html

     

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    May 18 – 25: CommunicAsia 2017 in Singapore (May 23-25) and optional pre-Trade Mission to Vietnam (May 18 – 19)

    Join the Ontario showcase at CommunicAsia 2017, the premier sourcing and knowledge ICT platform in Asia. ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is one of the world’s fastest growing regions.  Specific market projections for ASEAN include cloud IT infrastructure sales rose to 49% in 2015 with a projected market value of USD$7 billion by 2019; the Internet of Things (IoT) market is expected to grow from USD$1.68 billion in 2015 to US$7.53 billion by 2020. It is our most popular trade show/mission of the year so apply early as space in the Ontario program is limited to 12 companies.  For details please contact eve.rotstein@ontario.ca and to ensure email delivery due to tech difficulties call 416 325-6896

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    May 2016 (date to be confirmed):  Smart Grid Trade Mission to Washington, DC and Richmond, VA

    The Export Services Branch, in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy, will organize a three-day outgoing trade mission of Canadian smart grid companies to DC and VA.   Ontario companies will have the opportunity to pitch and meet with smaller energy providers, consultants, integrators and engineering firms at the Embassy on the first day, and will to the same on the second and third day but with Dominion Power in DC and with Pepco in VA.   For more information contact Rita.Patlan@ontario.ca and to ensure email delivery due to tech difficulties call (416) 325-9210.

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    June 4-6:  Southeastern US and Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Alliance Conference, Toronto, ON

    Ontario will host the 10th Annual SEUS-CP Conference: Trade Partnerships at Work on June 4-6 at the Fairmont Royal York, Toronto. Join business leaders and elected officials from the southeast United States and Canadian provinces (SEUS-CP) for this three-day conference aimed at increasing business on both sides of the border. Trade Partnerships at Work will focus on three industry sectors: automotive, ICT and clean technologies, and feature B2B meetings with pre-selected business prospects; sessions about industry insights and best practices; and networking events.  For more information, visit: www.seuscp.com.

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    June 5-9:  ICT to EduTECH, Australia (2 spots left)

    The international education sector is one of Australia’s largest export earners, valued at over $19.5 billion in 2015. In fact, it is one of the country’s top two services exports, along with tourism, and is one of five key super-growth sectors that will support Australia’s economy into the next decade. In partnership with the Canadian Consulate in Sydney, the Ontario government will co-organize a trade mission to Australia for up to 8 Ontario companies interested in exploring this expansive market. As a member of the mission, you will have the opportunity to exhibit at EduTECH 2017—the largest education related ICT event in the Asia-Pacific region. Plus, you’ll participate in pre-arranged B2B meetings and group visits in Sydney and Melbourne. Outreach program in New Zealand is available.  Contact Wenbo.Pan@Ontario.Ca and to ensure email delivery due to tech difficulties call  tel:416-325-6782  

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    August (date to be confirmed):  Water-Energy Nexus Trade Mission to Florida

    The Export Services Branch, in collaboration with the Canadian Consulate General in Miami, will organize a three-city water and energy nexus trade mission to Miami, Tampa and Orlando, Florida.  The Ontario participants will have an opportunity to pitch and meet with water and electric utility wholesalers and retailers, federal and state government officials, engineering firms and industry related consultants.    For more information contact Rita.Patlan@ontario.ca and to ensure email delivery due to tech difficulties call (416) 325-9210.

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    Sept. 12-14, San Francisco: Mobile World Congress Americas (3 spots left)

    The Export Services Branch invites you to be part of the Ontario wireless and M2M trade mission to Mobiler World Congress Americas – formerly CTIA (www.gsma.com/events/mobile-world-congress-americas). Sixteen new and established companies will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion (# SP24). There are only 3 spots left.  Participants will also receive several value-added services including an up-to-date database, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception, a market intelligence briefing and likely 1x1 meetings. This exciting new event will highlight core mobile technologies, consumer and industrial applications in the Internet of Things, the intersection of mobile with entertainment, content and media, and the leading role of the Americas region in driving global innovation. Details with Mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca and to ensure email delivery due to tech difficulties call 416 325 6151

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    Sept. 25-28, Dallas: Ontario security trade mission to ASIS (4 spots left)

    ASIS is North America’s premiere security event, attracting more than 22,000 security professionals from the US and around the world, including potential buyers, partners and investors for your products and services. Of the 8 total spots, only 4 remain available. Cost: $2,500 only for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is June 30, 2017). Regular fee is $2,800. Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant approved to join the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program Details with Mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca   and to ensure email delivery due to tech difficulties call 416 325 6151

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    October 2-4:  Ontario Pavilion at WEFTEC, Chicago, IL

    Recruitment is underway for Ontario companies interested in exhibiting in the Ontario Pavilion at WEFTEC 2017 (www.weftec.org) - the largest annual event for water quality professionals.  For more information contact Rita.Patlan@ontario.ca and to ensure email delivery due to tech difficulties call (416) 325-9210..

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    October 22-27, Las Vegas: Ontario fintech trade mission to Money2020 (1 spot available, 7 sold)

    The Ontario Ministry of International Trade invites you to be part of the Ontario trade mission to Money2020 (www.money2020.com). Money2020 in Las Vegas is the largest global event for the financial technology industry with 11,000 attendees from over 4,500 companies including 1,700 CEOs from 3,000 companies and 85 countries. More than 35% are C-level (CEO, CTO, CIO) attendees and almost 70% are vice presidents. Benefits include turn-key exhibit space in the Ontario Pavilion (#539), one pass per company plus $250 discount off additional passes, promotion during the Ontario business reception, opportunity to reach attendees for meetings, databases and a market briefing (tbc). Our program is open to eight Ontario-based companies. Priority registration for first time participants in an Ontario In development - Details with Mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca   and to ensure email delivery due to tech difficulties call 416 325 6151

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    November 27-Dec 1, Orlando: Ontario trade mission to ITTSEC (NEW..! 8 spots available)

    Ontario Ministry of International Trade invites you to be part of the Canadian trade mission to the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (www.iitsec.org), 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 turn-key exhibit space in the 20’x50’ Canada pavilion (#1081), databases of U.S. contacts, meetings networking activities. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program Details with Mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca   and to ensure email delivery due to tech difficulties call 416 325 6151

  • 23 Mar 2017 10:15 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    In this month's Exchange:

    • Innovation article round-up
    • The Small Business Innovation Challenge
    • OMAFRA MeasuringUp! ToolKit
    • New reports in the EDCO Library
    • April-May Economic Development Events Calendar
    • Employment Opportunities 
    Read the Exchange
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