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  • 02 Mar 2017 10:16 AM | Deleted user

    Dear EDCO Members, Colleagues and Partners:

    EDCO’s 60th anniversary milestone is an exciting time for the economic development profession and a time to celebrate our collective achievements. It is also a time to stay connected, explore new ideas and approaches, and expand our reach.

    Economic developers across Ontario are dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness and prosperity of the communities in which they work. Economic development professionals collaborate with the private sector, different levels of government, the non-profit sector, academic institutions, local and international chambers of commerce and others to retain and grow existing businesses, facilitate the commercialization of ideas, and attract new investment.

    As economic developers, our biggest asset is our knowledge of the local business community and our ability to identify and leverage opportunities and collaborate with strategic partners. Collaboration and capacity building require long term strategies, consistent effort and commitment, and the continued support of our leaders and partners.

    In these challenging times, our commitment to strengthening Ontario’s economic future is more important than ever. EDCO has a role to play in Ontario’s future by building member capacity; advancing the profession; and supporting our municipalities to foster economic prosperity in Ontario.

    Whether you are with a small community or a large one, it is important to stay current with our changing times. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I encourage you to get involved with our committees, participate in our professional development programs including EDCO’s annual conference and spring symposium, and share your ideas for new programming with EDCO’s Board of Directors

    I look forward to working with the Board, EDCO members and volunteers, provincial ministry partners, and other stakeholders to advance the economic development profession and to continue to build an inclusive association.


    Best regards,

    Christina Kakaflikas

    2017 President

  • 27 Feb 2017 1:44 PM | Deleted user

    EDAC is in the midst of solidifying the program for EDAC 2017. EDAC recognizes and values hands-on economic development experience and the benefit of sharing it! EDAC believes that by inviting ec dev professionals, working at the grass-roots level, to share their knowledge and present enriches our conference experience for all. EDAC looks forward to receiving your proposed presentation details!  

    Submit Your Idea!

  • 27 Feb 2017 1:43 PM | Deleted user

    Learn everything you need to know about the awards process in 60 minutes. Join us on Thursday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. for a FREE webinar. 

    Showcasing Excellence in Your Community: What You Need to Know About IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards

    Date: March 9, 2017   
    Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
    Price: Free
    Registration Deadline: March 9 at 11:00 a.m. ET
  • 23 Feb 2017 10:00 AM | Deleted user

    In the Exchange this month: Innovation roundup, takeaways from EDCO60, Thunder Bay Spring Symposium, new online resources, upcoming events and employment opportunities!

    Read the Exchange.

  • 21 Feb 2017 9:45 AM | Deleted user

    Have you taken the MDB Insight survey on the establishment of a pan-Canadian, grassroots workforce development forum? Share your thoughts on a Canadian Workforce Development Forum.

    Take the Survey!

  • 17 Feb 2017 9:07 AM | Deleted user
    Not able to attend EDCO60 last week in Toronto? EDCO Member Aileen Murray shares her 5 key takeaways from EDCO's 60th Annual Conference and Showcase in this week's edition of 5 on Friday.

  • 13 Feb 2017 3:25 PM | Deleted user

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) recognized excellence in
    economic development initiatives & leaders from Ontario communities on February 9, 2017. Hosted at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre the 60th Annual Conference and Awards Gala was the final event of an outstanding conference. The Gala, in conjunction with the prestigious Presidents’ dinner, gathered over 400 industry leaders who came together to celebrate and recognize the contribution of their peers.

    Full Press Release

    List of 2016 Winners

  • 06 Feb 2017 2:45 PM | Deleted user

    By Brittany Bruce
    February 6, 2017

    Toronto, ON - February 7, 2017, marks the opening of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario's 60th Annual Conference and Showcase at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. This year's theme reflects the vibrant future of our province- Ontario's Economy: Driven by InnovationEconomic development professionals from across the province will gather to participate in this two-day world class event that will be filled with engaging plenary sessions with field leading experts from around the world and stimulating breakout sessions on a wide array of economic development topics including entrepreneurship, green innovation, immigration and the global economy.

    EDCO60 will conclude with the Awards of Excellence- a highly anticipated event awarding leading edge professionals, projects and initiatives from municipalities and organizations across the province. 

    We look forward to welcoming almost 400 delegates to downtown Toronto to share, collaborate and innovate! Follow the conference on Twitter using #EDCO60

      Full details about EDCO60 are available in our online app:

    Brittany Bruce
    Research and Marketing Coordinator
  • 02 Feb 2017 8:38 AM | Deleted user
    The Rural Economic Development (RED) program is now open and accepting applications.

    Ontario's renewed community-based Rural Economic Development (RED) program is providing funding to rural communities, Indigenous communities and organizations, and not-for-profit organizations to help remove barriers to community economic development. The new RED program will receive $5M in funding annually.

    The current intake is now open, taking applications for planning and implementation oriented projects. This intake will be open until March 31, 2017. A second intake will be open from July 31 to September 29, 2017.

    For more information on the renewed RED program, please visit:

  • 31 Jan 2017 10:26 AM | Deleted user

    EDCO Director Named One of DCI's Top 40 Under 40

    Congratulations to Gord Knowles, Ec.D, CEcD, APEC-CBC for being named one of DCI's Top 40 Under 40!

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