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  • 28 Aug 2017 2:14 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    Click here to read more the Prime Minister's statement on the changes to the Ministry. 

  • 25 Aug 2017 1:52 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    Ontario’s Ministry of International Trade is pleased to announce that it has appointed three new Senior Economic Officers (SEOs) to the province’s Trade & Investment Offices in Seoul, New Delhi, and Munich.

    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 Ontario 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.

    If you would like to work with any of the SEOs, contact International Program Officer Michelle Madden at michelle.madden@ontario.ca. Ontario has Offices in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Germany, India, China, Japan, and South Korea.

    Seoul, South Korea (opening September 2017)

    Sonja Panday will be our new Senior Economic Officer at Ontario’s new Seoul International Trade & Investment Office located in the Embassy of Canada in Seoul, South Korea. Sonja will be starting her role in September.

    Prior to joining MIT, Sonja worked for Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, where she served as Deputy Director of North America Advocacy, implementing Canada’s strategic engagement with the new US Administration. Previously‎, Sonja was Senior Policy Advisor for the Government of Canada's engagement with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and APEC Coordinator during China's APEC year (2014). As a career diplomat, Sonja has worked in Washington DC, Abu Dhabi, and Beijing, and has supported Ontario’s ICT and financial services industries in their efforts to enter new and challenging markets.

    Sonja was born and raised in Seoul and has an in-depth understanding of the Korean business and socio-economic environment. Her education includes an MA in East Asian Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul and a Master of International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

    New Delhi, India

    Terrie Romano will be our new Senior Economic Officer at Ontario’s New Delhi International Trade & Investment Office located in the High Commission of Canada, New Delhi, India. Terrie will be starting her role in October.

    Terrie’s most recent position had her join MIT as the Director of the International Missions Secretariat, where she oversaw the International Missions Management Unit during the Premier’s trip to South Korea, Ministers’ Mission to UAE, as well as the establishment of the new Inbound Business Initiatives Unit. Terrie has also served as Ontario’s SEO in our Munich TIO, leading the team of Locally Engaged Staff representing Ontario’s trade and investment interests in Germany by attracting investments, generating new business opportunities for Ontario companies, fostering research collaboration and raising Ontario's profile.

    Fluent in French, German and Italian, as a Canadian diplomat Terrie was posted to Detroit and London, England and undertook a number of overseas assignments in Kenya, Denmark, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. The holder of a Ph.D. from Yale University, Terrie had a distinguished academic career that included time as an Assistant Professor at Queen’s School of Medicine in Kingston, a Visiting Scholar at Bielefeld University in Germany and a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University in England, before she joined the Canadian Foreign Service.

    Munich, Germany

    Chris Begley will be our new Senior Economic Officer at Ontario’s Munich International Trade & Investment Office located in the Consulate of Canada in Munich, Germany. Chris will be starting his role in September.

    Prior to joining MIT, Chris worked for Global Affairs Canada where he worked in the Trade section of the Canadian Embassy to Germany since 2014. While working there, Chris has worked on a wide range of projects including leading two German venture capital delegations to Toronto and the visit of Ontario Minister of International Trade Michael Chan to Germany in 2015.

    In addition to spending the last three years in Berlin, Chris worked for two years as the desk officer for Germany at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. His connection to Germany runs deep, with his great-grandparents emigrating to Canada in 1912 to the German community of Bruderheim, Alberta. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

  • 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!

    Agenda 

    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

    Speakers

    • 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

    Speaker

    • 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"

    Speaker

    • 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 

    Speaker

    • 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 ccollins@iedconline.org 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 michelle.madden@ontario.ca

    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. 

    Agenda

    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!


    Cheers, 

    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 bcwildfires@bceda.ca if you can spare some time. Even 30 minutes a day to call two businesses would be appreciated.  

    Regards,

    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  http://ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce/default.aspx?id=3850 .

    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.

    WHEN:

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

    WHERE:

    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!



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