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  • 30 Aug 2016 8:37 AM | Kerri Schuttel


    Marketing Awards Presentation

    Request for Quote

    Services Required

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is seeking a qualified consultant to provide professional services in the form of creating, coordinating and producing an enhanced multimedia presentation for the 2016 EDCO Marketing Awards ceremony to be held on February 9, 2017.

    What is EDCO?

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is Canada’s largest provincial economic development organization. Celebrating its 60th 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, 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   

    Project Background

    Each year the Economic Developers Council of Ontario recognizes excellence in marketing through the Ontario Economic Development Awards of Excellence.  Coordinated by the EDCO Awards Committee, all Ontario municipalities, development corporations, Chambers of Commerce, practitioners of economic development, and, tourism associations/groups are encouraged to submit marketing materials in the following categories (with sub categories):

    Awards of Excellence

    ·      Promotional Award

    This category recognizes marketing initiatives created to promote business development in Ontario. Products recognized include:

    • Publications (print or electronic)
    • Advertising
    • Technology and New Media
    • Branding

    ·      Collaboration & Partnership Award

    This category is designed to recognize significant partnerships formed to support economic development initiatives and results achieved by working together, including:

    • Public-private partnerships
    • Regionalism and cross-border collaborations

    ·      Planning and Building Initiatives

    The Planning and Building Initiatives category recognizes creative forms of improving community’s competitiveness. Awards are presented to organizations that have developed leading edge and innovative marketing programs, or designed and implemented new initiatives or best practices to foster economic growth in their jurisdictions.  This category includes initiatives related to:

    • Physical infrastructure and redevelopment initiatives

    o   Strategic Plans and initiatives (Includes Strategic Plans, Research Report/Study, Workforce Development, Business Retention & Expansion, Physician Recruitment)

    Award winners in each category are eligible to receive the Lieutenant-Governors’ Best of Show Award for outstanding effort in economic development.

    EDCO Leadership Awards

    These awards recognize outstanding leaders in the public and private sectors who are advancing economic development in their communities. One individual will be presented in each category.

    ·      Joseph Montgomery Economic Development Achievement Award

    Celebrating one of the founding members of EDCO, the Joseph Montgomery Economic Development Achievement Award was created in 2010 and is awarded at the discretion of a selection committee upon receipt of nomination packages received.  The award recognizes innovative contributions to EDCO and the economic development profession that go above and beyond.

    ·      Community Leader Influencer Award

    This award celebrates the excellence of elected officials and their support for the economic development mandate within their community. Criteria include recognition of an organized economic development function within the community and their support for economic development programming. 

    ·      Young Professional Influencer Award

    This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a young, emerging leader in the economic development profession who demonstrates notable professional accomplishments to date and shows great future potential.


    This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who excels at advancing their community through social media channels.


    Nomination made by video submission and judged by EDCO members.

    Any member in good standing may self-nominate or nominate one or more candidate(s) for consideration. The entries detail their significant career achievements to date and the impact of those achievements on their economic development organization and the community as a whole, and also explain how they see these achievements contributing to the advancement of economic development as a profession. Applicants must be no more than 35 years of age on the deadline submission date set by EDCO for that year’s awards competition in order to be eligible for this award and must note their date of birth on their application.

    ·      President’s Award

    Each year, the EDCO President may present up to three awards to individuals who have contributed above and beyond the call of duty. Awards are presented at the discretion of the President and no application is necessary. Past winners of this prestigious award have included members who have demonstrated leadership in a variety of projects related to EDCO.


    The Ontario Economic Development Awards of Excellence process is initiated in early fall with marketing materials being submitted to the EDCO Marketing Awards Committee in early November.  Judging takes place in early-November. Winners are announced at the EDCO Annual Conference, President´s Dinner and Awards Ceremony in early February.

    Awards of Excellence Media Presentation

    The Ontario Economic Development Awards of Excellence are presented at the President’s Dinner & Awards Ceremony.  There are two components to the Awards Media Presentation:

    • Following the President’s Dinner, the Awards are announced and presented to the recipients by the MC and the EDCO President. 
    • A themed multimedia presentation is played during the Awards announcements.  The PowerPoint presentation includes a creative theme that relates to the award categories, music, embedded video, images (EDCO can provide images where needed), the awards category title and the names of the award recipients and honorable mentions.  Voice over for the awards winners should be part of the video presentation.
    • The presentation video is expected to be approximately 30 - 45 minutes in length to accommodate breaks between award announcements, allowing award recipients to go to the stage and accept their award prior to the announcement of the next award.

    Project Deliverables and Timelines

    1. The development of a minimum of three possible storyboards.  The storyboards will include proposed themes related to the award categories (consideration should also be given to the broader EDCO Annual Conference theme “Ontario’s Economy- Driven by Innovation”, images, and music. 
    2. A draft version of the selected multimedia presentation and dinner loop will be presented to the EDCO Marketing Awards Committee by January 3, 2017.  The EDCO Awards Committee will provide final input and changes to the proponent by January 16, 2017.
    3. A final version of the multimedia presentation to the EDCO Marketing Awards Committee by January 23, 2017
    4. It is expected the successful proponent will be in attendance at the dinner to run the presentation during the evening on February 9, 2017 at the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel.
    5. Contract to be completed by February 9, 2017.

    Skills Required of the Contractor

    The Project Manager should possess the following skills and demonstrate these within the submitted proposal:

    • Registered company with a minimum $2 million liability insurance policy.
    • Background and education of proposed team members.
    • Documented experience in enhanced PowerPoint production – three sample works must be submitted with proposal.
    • Experience in working for committees and awards presentations involving similar projects.

    Project Budget

    Total budget for this project is $4,000 which includes provision for incidentals, travel, and meetings, 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 Director, Economic Developers Council of Ontario at

    The Proposal is to be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, September 16, 2016.

    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.

  • 26 Aug 2016 1:46 PM | Kerri Schuttel
    Haldimand County Economic Development and Tourism is currently reviewing our sales process for municipally owned investment lands and seeking assistance from our colleagues. We would appreciate input on best practices, examples of when staff has delegated authority to accept offers for properties. Also any process and details that include:

    1) Parameters for accepting an offer which may include:
    • submission of a site plan, 
    • an intended construction start time
    • job numbers
    • sector specific requirements
    • performance clauses
    • other key information
    2) Commission paid to realtors. If a realtor completes the sale or registers a client. 

    All information is appreciated, please forward to: 

    Zach Gable
    Senior Economic Development Officer
  • 25 Aug 2016 9:54 AM | Kerri Schuttel
    Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada. How will your community be celebrating? 
    As one of the founding members of Confederation, Ontario will mark this milestone with a number of events and opportunities across the province showcasing the province's rich history, innovative spirit and diverse culture. 
    Municipalities, community organizations and Indigenous groups will also be able to access funding programs designed to bring people together, while laying the groundwork for a strong economic, social and cultural legacy for Ontario's next 150 years. These include:  

    • Community Capital Program that will be administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundationand will provide $25 million to help municipalities and non-profit organizations renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure to increase accessibility, improve safety and maximize community use (applications close on September 14, 2016).
    Learn more about the Community Capital Program
    • Partnership Program that will provide $5 million to support new partnerships and collaborations that engage, enable and empower youth as the next generation of Ontario leaders (applications close on September 30, 2016).
    Learn more about the Partnership Program
    • Community Celebration Program that will provide $7 million to help connect Ontarians to their communities and with opportunities to explore their heritage, allowing Ontarians the opportunity to celebrate this historic year in a way that is appropriate and meaningful for them (applications close on September 2, 2016).
    Learn more about the Community Celebration Program

    If you have questions about one of the programs, please use the links above. For general questions about the Ontario150 program, visit or contact them directly at:

    Phone: (416) 212-8846

    Toll-free: 1- 888-450-0495

    TTY: 416-325-0866 or 1-800-853-2137

  • 17 Aug 2016 2:27 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    The website for EDCO's 60th Annual Conference and Showcase is now live! Check it out and stay tuned for more exciting details! 

    EDCO 2017 takes you out of the office and puts you in the driver’s seat to engage with industry leaders and colleagues on critical issues facing economic developers.  This year’s Conference addresses an essential theme, Ontario’s Economy…Driven by Innovation.  The program features keynote presentations by distinguished experts and relevant, highly-practical and interactive workshops focussed on real-world challenges that are designed to spark new ideas, inspiration and energy. 

    Registration coming soon!

  • 17 Aug 2016 2:25 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    On Thursday, October 27th, EDCO will be hosting its first “Out and About with EDCO”, event in Eastern Ontario. This evening event will engage and showcase Ontario East Economic Development Organizations, thanks to our Partner Eastern Ontario Regional Network with presentations by the Eastern Ontario Regional Network, the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus, Ontario East Economic Development Commission, the Peterborough Economic Development, the Innovation Cluster, and the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.

    Warden Jones, Mayor Bennett, Minister Leal and Minister Monsef  have been invited to showcase their great County. 

    Please consider joining us for an interactive night highlighting the best that Eastern Ontario has to offer.  

    Event Details

    Venue: The Venue, 286 George Street North, Peterborough, ON K9J 3H2

    Time: 5-7pm 

    Cost: $20 (pre-payment and registration required)

    Cash bar

    Appetizers provided 

    Register online today!

  • 17 Aug 2016 10:31 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Attention EDCO Members

    The EDCO Investment Alliance is determining the level of interest of municipalities to participate in an international out-bound mission to promote Ontario investment opportunities, and meet with companies to bring new businesses to our region. 

    In March 2016, the Alliance participated at MIPIM – the world’s largest real estate, city building and tourism investment conference held annually in Cannes, France.
    At MIPIM, the Alliance hired a lead generation company and conducted over 20 scheduled meetings and met with hundreds of potential investors during the four-day event. Investors were generally unaware of the safe and stable business environment in Ontario. Many of the companies were very eager to learn more, and discussions continue.  

    The general feeling among many investors is of a softening economic outlook for the European Union.  Factors include:
    • The possibility of the UK pulling out of the Euro zone, now realized!
    • Potential break-up of the European Union;
    • Flat or negative growth for many European countries;
    • Strain on countries resources from displaced refugees; and
    • Uncertainty of the outcome of the US election. 

    Given recent events, many investors are looking to shelter funds and move them to secure jurisdictions with steady growth projections. Now is the time for Ontario to step up and self-promote! 

    The cost to participate at MIPIM 2017 (March 14-17) is $5,000 per municipality which includes:

    • one complementary 4-day MIPIM conference registration valued at $2,250 CDN; 
    • access to the Toronto, Ontario, Canada booth; 
    • opportunity to work with a lead generation company to set up private meetings;
    • ability to network with Ontario’s Senior Economic Officer based at the Canadian Embassy in Paris;
    • opportunity to participate in a network marketing event;
    • access to the MIPIM on-line investor meeting and networking portal; plus
    • other marketing activities to be determined. 
    For more information on MIPIM 2017, please visit:

    If you have any questions, please contact Heather LaLonde at  The deadline to confirm interest is August 24th, 2016.   

    Please note the MIPIM participation fee does not include travel costs, accommodation, food and other travel related expenses.

  • 28 Jul 2016 9:12 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Request for Proposals

    Review of Economic Development Investments and Best Practices for Sault Ste. Marie

     (File # 2016CAO-01-P)

    The City of Sault Ste. Marie is requesting proposals to conduct a study to review its economic development initiatives and investments; and provide recommendations and best practices that should be employed to maximize the results of these initiatives and investments for the City. 

    Proposals are due and will be accepted no later than 4:00 o'clock p.m., local time (Eastern), Friday August 19, 2016.

    Proponents should address any questions regarding technical information or clarification of the Terms of Reference to Mr. Don McConnell, Planning Director, telephone 705-759-5375 or by email to

    Should you want to submit a Proposal for this requirement, a copy of the RFP document may be obtained by contacting the City of Sault Ste. Marie Purchasing office at 705-759-5299 or by email to

  • 26 Jul 2016 9:28 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Rural property owners and farmers appear to be experiencing more difficulty following the Ontario Building Code. 

    Please reply to Clark Hoskin with your experience about 

    (1) Are you witnessing increased Health Unit focus on Building Code violations when they are inspecting bunkhouses or other farm buildings? 

    (2) Are your builders and contractors up-to-speed on Ontario Building Code changes are they increasingly trying to get Building Inspectors to provide suggestions? 

    (3) Are your farmers having a positive experience with your Building Dept when they undertake their own building construction? 

    You feedback is very welcome!

  • 20 Jul 2016 9:49 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Message from EDCO President, John Regan: 

    Please join me in welcoming Karen Jopling of Peterborough County to our Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Board in an interim position.

    Karen has been in the field of Economic Development for ten years and she has experienced great value in networking, collaborating, sharing best practices and challenges with a cross section of economic developers and sectors. She enjoys the challenge of learning new techniques and different ways of implementing knowledge based strategies.

    She is a high energy, creative, big picture, and strategic thinking person. Karen's strength is her personality and the ability to build relationships and engage with diverse businesses and people.

    Karen will be working on our Partnership Building Committee alongside Blair Patacairk.  Please connect with Karen M. Jopling via LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and any member of our Board.  

    Together, we can build strong economic developers; Advance the Economic Development Profession and ultimately, work to build a stronger Ontario Economy!

    Thank you to our current board members, find them here and give them a follow too.

  • 19 Jul 2016 10:45 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Last Wednesday at YPNO's Bi-Monthly Members call YPNO unveiled the ‘Get Recognized’ Campaign. They would like to thank and recognize the hard work of young professionals and networks across the province of Ontario and have introduced Young Professional of the Month & Young Professional Network of the Quarter

    You may begin sending nomination in for both/either or award, people have been sending in nominations already for September, when they will officially begin awarding recipients. 

    Award nominations may be sent to along with questions/comments/concerns. Please share amongst your community and networks! Let’s have fun with this initiativebring awareness and raise our young professionals profile.

    Eligibility: A member or affiliated member of The Young Professionals Network of Ontario in good standing. Represent their respective community in a professional manner and conduct business in an ethical fashion.

    Nomination Process: Young Professionals and Young Professional Networks can be nominated or nominate themselves. The awards are available to member or affiliated members of the YPNO.

    Judging: Based on 4 categories; Professional Achievements, Leadership Abilities, Community Involvement and Uniqueness. Winners determined by YPNO board of directors.

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