Member Services Update 2014

EDAC has undertaken a number of initiatives in recent months to better serve our growing membership. View our Report Presentation, which will highlight some of these new programs and accomplishments!

EDAC on the Hill Event ReCap

The inaugural EDAC Day on the Hill took place last week in Ottawa, and the event exceeded the expectations of board members and EDAC staff alike. Over the course of two days, the EDAC Board of Directors participated in almost 30 individual meetings with MPs, senior staff and partner organizations like the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Industry Canada (IC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). The event kicked off with a reception hosted by MP Rodney Weston … read more

Ec.D. Success: Growing numbers for Ec.D.!

The demand for the Ec.D. designation over the past few years – 2013 in particular – has increased substantially. More and more Canadian employers are requesting their existing economic development professionals earn their Ec.D. and are seeking the Ec.D. as pre-requisite when searching for new employees. Prior to our #EDAC13 Conference in Newfoundland, 12 EDAC members earned their Ec.D. designation in a matter of months! These numbers helped to make 2013 a very successful year for the Ec.D. The 2014 … read more

2013 Conference in review

The 2013 EDAC Annual Professional Development Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland was a huge success! Thanks to our members who continue to support this four-day professional development and networking event. Through our post-conference survey, 96.9% of attendees reported that they will use what they learned from sessions at the EDAC Conference in their community! See more statistics from our Conference Infographic. The 2013 Conference was also a social media hit! People were really talking about #EDAC13 on Twitter and LinkedIn … read more

Accredited Courses and Seminars

Providing quality professional Development for EDAC members continued to be priority in 2013. Our accredited courses and seminars are what lead economic development professionals to gaining the points required to obtain the Ec.D. designation! We hope to continue to best serve our members by partnering with a variety of delivery agents in Canada. We will continue to strive to deliver accessible programming across the country in 2014.

Marketing Canada Awards

Thank you to all those who sent in submissions for the 2013 EDAC Marketing Canada Awards. It was another great year – especially for our always delighted adjudication committee and grateful recipients. The 2013 EDAC Cup went to the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta. We continue to revamp and improve the program to meet the needs of our members and promote up and coming best practices! Keep an eye out for our 2014 Marketing Awards Brochure expected to be … read more

Advocacy: Lending a voice to the Profession

First steps were taken in 2013 by the EDAC Board of Directors to pursue an advocacy role. We began by engaging Global Public Affairs to conduct an external perception audit of the knowledge of the profession as well as the association. ip information This information proved that we had some work to do. Since, the objectives adopted have been to: establish awareness of the profession, EDAC, and its mission – among parliamentarians and influential NGO leaders broaden the network of … read more