Best wishes and Happy Holidays EDAC members!

As 2014 comes to an end, I would like to thank you, our members, for your support of EDAC and the Profession. 2015 membership invoices have been mailed to all members. We would be very appreciative if you could process these invoices at your earliest convenience.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email. 2014 has been a fruitful and busy year for EDAC, filled with plenty of exciting, groundbreaking initiatives. January saw … read more

#EDAC14 Conference Photo Galleries

It has been a fantastic conference thus far in Calgary. Take a look at some of the highlights in our Conference Photo Galleries, and click the download arrow to grab a copy of any photo to share with your colleagues and stakeholders back home. Thanks for making this conference such a wonderful and memorable event!    

EDAC Members get exclusive group rates on auto and home insurance

A message from our Group Insurance provider: Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) partners with Economical Select to provide its members with an opportunity to take advantage of reduced insurance rates. As a qualified member, you could save on coverage for your vehicle as well as for your home, condo, apartment or seasonal getaway. Our convenient, no-fee payment options make it easy, plus you may enjoy even more savings when you qualify for category or multi-policy discounts. There’s never been … read more

Airdrie Target Sector Review RFP

Overview of the Project A consultant will be hired to review our four target sectors and make recommendations for AED moving forward.  Based on the research, the consultant will identify whether the current target sectors have a good outlook in the next 5 years, or suggest new emerging sectors/subsectors that AED can target.  The findings should reflect the current and future state of the economic trends in the region, and the recommendations should ensure that Airdrie’s priorities align with the … read more

Have you seen the Marketing Awards submission gallery?

EDAC Marketing Canada Awards Gallery of Nominees now available! We have added a section of our website where all 2014 Marketing Awards Submissions are on display! This provides added value and recognition to the communities who submit and is a bonus for all our members! We are sharing inspiration and best practices, while showcasing submitting community’s marketing excellence on Thanks for another great year supporting the Marketing Canada Awards program with all your submissions! Award Recipients will be notified … read more

Expression of Interest to Host EDAC 2016 Conference

Did you know: EDAC Conference’s make a significant positive economic impact on our host community each year?  In view of the next federal election – slated for October 19, 2015 – EDAC CEO and Board of Directors feel the 2016 Conference would present a significant opportunity to theme the professional development, speakers, and sessions around ‘New Policy’. For example, international trade, transportation, logistics, entrepreneurship, advocacy, temporary foreign workers, immigration, etc. Is your community interested in hosting EDAC’s 48th Annual Professional Development Conference?  Contact CEO … read more

SiteLink comes to Canada for the first time, hosted in Durham Region, Ontario

September 10-12, 2014 Ajax Convention Centre Durham Region, Ontario LINK UP WITH 7 U.S. SITE SELECTORS SiteLink is an event that connects leaders in economic development with experienced site selectors, who will provide insight and share expertise to improve your community’s strategic positioning, in today’s globally competitive marketplace. Learning first-hand about your value proposition is an added feature.   Link individually with internationally recognized site selectors and move your community to the top of the list. Learn Best Practises and … read more

Need help with your new Member Profile?

This post is meant to help our members with the new Member Dashboard. We are delighted by the intial comments and feedback coming in… ”(The Dashboard) is a very good improvement”, “Clean, with easy navigation“, “Quite the accomplishment“, etc.  However, we recognize that with change comes uncertainty and difficulties. **As a note, please understand that we have deliberately blocked some of the fields that members can make changes to themselves to ensure that our office is maintaining the appropriate records pertaining … read more

Mario Belvedere

We, at EDAC, are saddened by the loss of one of our colleagues Mario Belvedere, earlier this week. Mario was truly dedicated to the economic development profession and will be greatly missed. View his obituary.

Find the 2014 Marketing Awards Details

Members, you’ve been asking and here it is!  EDAC’s Marketing Canada Awards categories and submission requirements can now be found on the new We also have a brand new online submission form – Submissions will be accepted starting Monday, June 2 and all submissions are due by August 8! View all the Submission Details and start to prepare your submissions!