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  • 05 May 2017 8:33 AM | Deleted user

    Don't miss your chance to earn 6 points towards your Ec.D. certification! 

    Registration for our second annual Spring Symposium closes next Friday. 

    Join us in Thunder Bay for two days of economic development programming including cultural tourism, economic development impact tools, business diversification and Northern funding opportunities. 

    Learn more about our Spring Symposium and register today!

    Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible. 

  • 04 May 2017 11:35 AM | Deleted user

    OTMPC Announces New Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

    May 2017

    The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) is pleased to announce that Melanie Robert is the successful candidate in the open competition for the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer position with OTMPC.
    Melanie joined the Ontario Government in 2005 and has worked in a variety of progressive communications and marketing positions at Cabinet Office one of which was as the Communications Advisor supporting the Premier’s writing team. In 2008, she took on the role of Marketing Manager and managed many government campaigns and led the overhaul of Ontario’s visual identity and brand standards across government.
    In her recent role as Director, Marketing & Digital Strategy, Melanie has led breakthrough, award-winning campaigns including Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment campaign #WhoWillYouHelp, Ministry of Transportation’s Distracted Driving campaign #PutDownThePhone, the impactful and timely campaign for Ontario 150 and most recently parent and student campaigns for the new OSAP. One of Melanie’s proudest career moments is Ontario making the shortlist for 2015 Marketer of the Year – a first ever for the government.
    Melanie has proven herself to be an empathic and energetic leader who encourages collaboration and ideation as well as an experienced brand steward who is passionate about smart strategy and breakthrough creative.
    Before joining the Ontario government, Melanie worked for a non-profit organizations and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Melanie has an Honours BA from the University of Guelph, a Masters of Arts from the University of Toronto and a post-graduate certificate in Communications and Marketing from Sheridan College.
    Melanie joins the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation's team effective May 24, 2017.

  • 02 May 2017 12:13 PM | Deleted user

    Originally published on Business Insider:

    The US Census Bureau releases annual statistics on international trade in goods (not services) at the state level. The agency's most recent release, covering data from 2015, includes a breakdown of the top countries each state exports to and imports from, as measured by total dollar trade value.

    For imports, China and Canada loom large. Twenty-three states import more goods from China than any other country, and 15 import the most from our northern neighbor:

    Image courtesy of Business Insider. 

    Exports tend to be more focused on North America. Thirty-six states export more goods to Canada than any other nation, while the four states that share a land border with Mexico send the lion's share of their exports there:

    Image courtesy of Business Insider. 

    Read full article.

  • 01 May 2017 11:11 AM | Deleted user

    May 14-20, 2017, marks the first annual Young Professionals Week in Canada, highlighting what is important to young professionals across the country, now and into the future. Together, our networks can educate the public about the importance and potential of young professionals Canada’s workforce, economic, social and cultural future.

    Want to get involved? Download the YPWeek Canada Package and the YPWeek Proclamation 2017.

    Young Professionals Week in Canada is a SHIFT Thunder Bay Young Professionals Network initiative in partnership with Young Professionals Network of Ontario. In 2015, SHIFT declared the first ever Young Professionals Week in Thunder Bay. In 2016, partnering with YPNO, YPWeekOntario was celebrated. 

  • 26 Apr 2017 1:37 PM | Deleted user

    Early bird rates end TODAY (April 26) for our Spring Symposium in Thunder Bay, May 16-18, 2017. 

    Don't miss your chance to save $50! For full event details and to register, click here.

  • 24 Apr 2017 8:30 AM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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!

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