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  • 22 Aug 2017 11:01 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    In partnership with the University of Waterloo, join EDCO this fall for a four-part webinar series exploring topics including the Ontario Ministry of International Trade, recruiting local talent, marketing for experiential tourism, and government relations!

    The Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) has accredited this series and will award 4 points toward Ec.D. Certification. Please note you must attend all four webinars to receive the points—partial points will not be awarded. Recorded versions of the webinars will be available to registrants by request.

    This event is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts towards the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).

    Register Now!


    September 28 2:00 - 3:30 PM 

    Ontario’s Ministry of International Trade: Opening the world to Ontario business

    • Introduction to the new Ministry of International Trade and its global network of Trade and Investment Offices
    • What the Senior Economic Officers (SEOs) do
    • How the SEOs foster trade, investment, innovation, and BR&E
    • How SEOs and the Toronto HQ can help communities


    • Pranab Shah, Community Export Development Advisor; 
    • Michelle Madden, International Program Officer -- Ontario Ministry of International Trade

    October 17, 2017 2:00 - 3:30 PM

    Help Local Companies Find & Recruit Talent in Your Region 

    • Why online communication is critical to finding talent
    • what kind of online communication helps attract the right talent
    • How to help your retained businesses better attract talent


    • Alysha Dominico, Founder, Tangible Words

    November 7, 2017 2:00 - 3:15 PM

    How Online Marketing Will Increase Experiential Tourism Dollars In Your Region

    • What is rural experiential tourism & successes seen
    • How online communication sets experiential tourism up for success   
    • Best tools and practices in communicating "the experience"


    • Alysha Dominico, Founder, Tangible Words

    November 28, 2017 2:00 - 3:30 PM

    Ready, Set, Advocate – Government Relations Training for Economic Developers

    • How to effectively talk to Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and ask for funding, policy changes, and other requests 


    • Sean Madden, Advocacy Consultant
  • 17 Aug 2017 9:25 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) has opened the call for entries for the EDCO Awards of Excellence 

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

    On the fence about applying? Click the video below to find out what last year's award winners had to say about the impact their win has had on their community.

     Learn More!
     Ready to Submit!

    The deadline for submissions in October 6, 2017!
  • 16 Aug 2017 2:16 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    Visit IEDC's 2017 Annual Conference website

    Looking for a way to pay it forward? Give back to rising economic developers. Help your peers who are working in distressed communities meet their professional development educational training goals by donating a gift to the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund! All gifts will be sold during IEDC’s 2017 Silent Auction to be held at Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    Why donate?

    The answer is simple; donating is a great way to showcase and market your community to the largest gathering of economic developers, while helping a worthy cause. More than 1,200 professionals are expected to be at Annual Conference.

    What makes for the perfect donation?

    Vacation getaways, themed gift baskets, autographed sports items, tickets to events, hotel and inn stays, gift certificates, or other unique items that represent your community.

    Take advantage of this marketing and promotional opportunity, and leverage unique assets and attractions in your community. If your community is interested in hosting an IEDC conference, the Silent Auction is a perfect place to kick off your campaign!

    The odds of winning are in your favor - A true win - win - win!

    Who wins? Four new scholarship recipients gain access to necessary educational training; the scholarship fund maintains the ability to advance the profession by facilitating the process, and your community will gain visibility during the Conference, which is the highest attending annual event for economic developers - globally.

    Donating is easy. Find the entry form and donation instructions here. The auction takes place during the Annual Conference's Ice Cream Social at 3:30pm on Monday, September 18.

    Donation deadline?

    All donation forms are due by this Friday, August 18th, and items must be mailed in by August 25th. Have a gift idea you’d like to discuss? Contact our Members Services Coordinator, Chris Collins at or direct at 202.942.9485.

    » Download the donation form or visit the website

    IEDC appreciates your generosity! Thank you for your contribution.

    About the scholarship Fund & requirements for recipients:

    A strong advocate for economic development initiatives in distressed communities, Ms. Diane Lupke, CEcD, president of Lupke & Associates, and former board member for IEDC, founded an education scholarship fund for economic development professionals working in these areas. The award recipient is able to enhance his or her knowledge in economic development through participation in IEDC's Economic Development Training Courses.Since its inception, the scholarship fund has received numerous donations from private donors.

    The award value for each scholarship represents approximately $500. The scholarships will be awarded to two IEDC members and two non-members. Scholarship applicants should work for an organization that is based in a distressed community. Examples include, but are not limited to, community-based organizations, Main Street organizations and community development corporations.

    Add your name to the list of Silent Auction gift donors.  Find out how your community can help economic developers in distressed communities advance their career and profession as a whole by donating and supporting the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund. Give now. Get started here. 

  • 14 Aug 2017 11:56 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    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 | Kerri Schuttel

    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 | Kerri Schuttel

    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 | Kerri Schuttel

    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 | Kerri Schuttel

    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 | Kerri Schuttel

    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 | Kerri Schuttel

    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

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