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  • 14 Aug 2017 11:56 AM | Deleted user

    Wednesday September 6, 12 pm - 2 pm

    Ontario Investment and Trade Centre (35th Floor, 250 Yonge Street, Toronto)

    Cost: Free

    RSVP by August 30th with Michelle Madden at

    The Ontario Ministry of International Trade invites to you have lunch with the new SEOs before they travel to their posts. This will be a great opportunity to introduce yourself and your community in-person.

    The Senior Economic Officers are the province’s official representative in their respective markets, where they build relationships and make connections to strengthen commercial ties with Ontario. They support communities by: 

    • Sharing market intelligence to strengthen  trade and investment activities;
    • Advocating on behalf of communities to in-market decision makers;
    • Connecting local businesses, post secondary institutions, and research centres to foreign businesses and organizations; and
    • Providing program advice for inbound/outbound missions.
  • 10 Aug 2017 8:48 AM | Deleted user

    Upcoming Webinar: Connecting the Dots to Strengthen the Agri-Business Value Chain

    Monday, 21 August 2017 

    10:00AM to 11:30AM (EDT)

    The Agriculture Economic Development and Planning Community of Practice virtually brings together economic development and planning professionals across Ontario interested in agriculture and agri-business issues.

    Please register for this FREE event and an email will be sent prior to the webinar with log-in details. 


    10:00 - 10:30 a.m.   Workshops, Speed Dating and Tradeshows: How to Effectively Facilitate Local Food Value Chain Connections

    Presentation and Discussion: Franco Naccarato, Program Manager, Greenbelt Fund 

    10:30 - 11:00 a.m.  Developing the Sarnia-Lambton Biohybrid Chemistry Cluster: Integrating Value Chains in the Agriculture and Biochemistry Sectors

    Presentation and Discussion: Matthew Slotwinski, Business Development Consultant, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership

    11:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Virtual Coffee Shop: Network, exchange ideas, initiatives and challenges with fellow practitioners.

    Please share this event with any co-workers, colleagues and networks that might be interested. 

    Be sure to RSVP to receive the webinar log-in details. 

    We hope you can make it!


    Co-Chairs, Ryan Deska (OMAFRA) and Danielle Collins (OFA)

    Agriculture Economic Development and Planning Community of Practice

  • 08 Aug 2017 10:17 AM | Deleted user

    BCEDA is in need of some additional volunteers to call back businesses that reach out to the Business Hotline. Over 85% of everyone that is calling is wanting a call back by someone who may be able to offer some guidance and assistance. We provide the call details that are recorded by the FortisBC agents, a link to a resource guide that we do our best to update, and a checklist to help you with the conversation when you call back.  

    Please email if you can spare some time. Even 30 minutes a day to call two businesses would be appreciated.  


    Dale Wheeldon 
    President and CEO 
    British Columbia Economic Development Association 

  • 04 Aug 2017 10:06 AM | Deleted user

    This Fall 2017, Ryerson 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 learners with the skills and knowledge to thrive in public and private local economic development (LED) positions in the Canadian context. More details about the program are available at .

    You 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.

  • 02 Aug 2017 8:43 AM | Deleted user

    Apply now for an EDCO Award of Excellence! 

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) has opened the call for entries for the EDCO Awards of Excellence. The Awards of Excellence are a highly coveted commodity, an honour to receive, and are also a great profile builder and opportunity to showcase your efforts to hundreds of economic development professionals. As an EDCO award recipient you set the bar as a leader and innovator in the profession.

    We are excited about 2 NEW award categories this year - the Special Events category and the Local Collaboration category. Find out more about these award categories and all the others here.

    Learn More                                                                   Submit

    What you need to know:

    • All submissions receive a Scoring Card as feedback - NEW
    • Submissions are due October 6, 2017
    • Cost per submission is $75(+HST) for EDCO members & $125 (+HST) for non-members
    • Award submissions must include a promo image 
    • Finalists are notified in advance
    • All submissions are highlighted on the EDCO website (see last year's)
    • Winners are announced at the President's Dinner, February 7th, in Toronto

    Still not convinced? Here's what last year's award winners have to say about the EDCO Awards!

  • 24 Jul 2017 2:23 PM | Deleted user

    Mark Your Calendars - EDCO 2018 is here!

    Planning is well underway for the 61st Annual EDCO Conference. Our theme this year is Mission Possible: Agents of Change

    This year, there are two changes to note. First, EDCO 2018 will be held at the beautiful Sheraton Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto. Second, the conference will run from February 5-7, 2018 (Monday to Wednesday).

    Keep an eye on the Conference website for updates!

  • 20 Jul 2017 10:45 AM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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!

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