Thursday September 19

9:00 am
JW Marriott

Pre-Conference Seminar

Investment Readiness & Strategic Planning – Day 1

This seminar precedes the Economic Developers Association of Canada conference to help maximize the professional benefits from limited travel budgets. Please note, registration to this seminar and the conference are separate.

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9:00 am
JW Marriott

Pre-Conference Seminar

Investment Readiness & Strategic Planning – Day 2

Saturday September 21

8:00 am

Golf

Optional – Independent of the conference program

Book your own at Broadmoor Public Golf Course.

12:00 pm

EDAC Registration Desk Opens

12:00 pm

Trade Show Booths Set-Up

7:00 pm

Opening Reception

Greetings from EDAC President and Mayor of Edmonton

Sunday September 22

8:30 am

EDAC Registration Desk Opens

8:30 am

Welcome Breakfast

9:30 am

EDAC Annual General Meeting

Members Only Event
10:15 am

Keynote: Geoff Green

Founder & President, Students on Ice Foundation
10:45 am

Refreshment Break / Trade Show Walk

11:15 am

Plenary: Revitalization

Roger Brooks – President & CEO Roger Brooks International Consulting
11:45 am

Plenary: Environmental & Energy Discussion

Vivian Krause – Canadian Writer/Blogger, “Fair Questions”
12:15 pm

Lunch

1:15 pm

Marketing Canada Awards Presentation

1:45 pm

Investment – FDI: Site Selector Panel

Chris Steele – Vice President, Advisor, Conway Inc.
Marc Beauchamp – President & CEO, CAI Global

Site Selectors Panel – A fantastic opportunity for members to engage with Site Selection Consultants from across North America.  Discover what companies and consultants look for when searching for locations.  Learn how to best engage with consultants, the information they will be looking for, and how to position your municipality to successfully attract investment.

2:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Track A: Public Private Partnerships
TBA
Track B: How to Respond to an Investment Inquiry
TBA
Chris Steele – Vice President – Advisor, Conway, Inc.

Site selection and inward investment projects occur within a highly competitive context. Companies and investors have literally the entire world to choose from, and how economic development organizations respond to the initial inquiry can make or break a community’s chances. Come to this session to learn more about how to anticipate investors’ needs and put together an effective response to an investment inquiry.

Track C: CRIN Operationalization
TBA
Joy Romero – Vice President, Technology & Innovation – Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Operationalization of the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), the “Network of Networks”.

3:15 pm

Refreshment Break / Trade Show Walk

3:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

Track A: HLP System – Citizen Engagement of Community Decision Making
TBA
Mike Thususka, Ec.D. – Director Economic Development, City of Summerside

The Hello Lamp Post (HLP) project is centered on a citizen engagement platform utilizing a technology platform to engage residents and visitors to provide feedback on areas of insights to inform the decision making process in Summerside around the themes of culture, recreation and finance. The HLP system is a completely innovative and digital approach to citizen engagement and consultation, our system encourages citizens to share thoughts and opinions in a playful way, building their trust, allowing us to gather honest feedback and responses anonymously.

Track B: From Data to Strategy to Action
TBA
Jessica Linthorne, Ec.D. – Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Town of Saugeen Shores
Aileen Murray, Ec.D.(F) – President, Mellor Murray Consulting
David Campbell – President, Jupia Consultants Inc.

Data mining and meticulous review isn’t’ for everyone, but when the right person is on the job and the data is brought to the surface, this careful research provides an invaluable opportunity. With the right collection of data, a creative and customized strategy can be built. The Town of Saugeen Shores is a community with a population of 14,000, on the shore of Lake Huron in Ontario. The Economic Development Strategic Plan provides recommendations and actions toward short- and long-term goals. Saugeen Shores is implementing a plan based on data and is seeing results.

Track C: Business Continuity Planning – Inspiring Economic Resilience in the Face of Natural Disasters
TBA
Colin O’Leary, Ec.D. – Principal, O’Leary and Associates Ltd.

Emergencies and disasters are unavoidable and are happening more and more frequently in Canada. Time and time again, well prepared businesses have been proven to fare much better through and after a disaster. Although it is impossible to predict what will happen in the future, it is possible to use the best available information now to prepare for futures disasters and take steps to mitigate potential impacts. Therefore, a business continuity plan is such a vital piece for all businesses in Canada.

4:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Track A: Cannabis Panel: One Year Later – What Does this Look Like?
TBA
James Cox – Manager of Economic Development, Tourism & Special Events, Municipality of Leamington

The presentation will focus on how cannabis production has been integrated into Leamington’s economy, how Leamington has address some of the emerging challenges around cannabis greenhouse development, and the pressures that cannabis growth has placed on traditional vegetable production.

Track B: A.I. and Economic Development Panel
TBA
Track C: First Nation Economic Inclusion & Partnership
TBA
Jason Rasevych, Ec.D. – President, Anishnawbe Business Professional Association

Learn about the indigenous economy and how partnerships between First Nations and municipalities or industry proponents can create regional economic growth.

7:00 pm

Fun Night

Monday September 23

8:30 pm

EDAC Registration Desk Opens

8:30 am

Breakfast

9:30 am

Plenary: Is Economic Development 9 to 5 or 24/7?

Jennifer Schnier, Ec.D.(F) – Economic Development Officer, Township of Georgian Bay

Since her presentation at EDAC 2018, Jennifer has had countless conversations and encouraged EDP’s all over the country to show how the economy is changing and how 9-5 just doesn’t fit anymore to those who manage their workspace. This year Jennifer will share with you information you need to solicit the change in the work environment so that is a win-win exists for everyone in your organization.

10:00 am

Breakout Sessions

Track A: Redevelopment of Brownfields Leading to Revitalization
TBA
Judy Lam – Manager, Urban Renewal Section, Economic Development, City of Hamilton

The City of Hamilton has been recognized, and continues to be viewed, as a national leader in brownfield redevelopment efforts. The City was the first municipality in Canada to adopt a brownfields Community Improvement Plan (CIP) in 2001 and since then, the CIP has been amended to stay innovative and to address current legislative amendments in environmental regulations with the most recent update completed in 2018. The ERASE program has generated significant assessment value and property taxes but more importantly, it has played a key part in the revitalization and enrichment of Hamilton.

Track B: Development & Implementation of a Mitigation Strategy
TBA
Dorothy St. George, Ec.D. – Director, Economic Development, Town of Oakville

Development and implementation of a Mitigation Strategy to address the impact to Downtown Oakville resulting from a two year reconstruction and streetscape project on the main street.

Track C: Downtown Events
TBA
Rebecca Taylor – Business Development Officer, Town of Amherst

Traditional public events drive positive awareness and activity to a downtown, but they often don’t do much to increase sales for businesses. Find out how to design and plan downtown events in a totally different way to create new customer relationships, increase local shopping, and bring a downtown to life. Examples will be shared along with a planning tool that can be used for any downtown event.

10:45 am

Refreshment Break / Trade Show Walk

11:15 am

Plenary: What Are We Selling? Re-evaluating your Value Proposition

David Campbell – President, Jupia Consultants Inc.

There are many challenges facing municipal economic development organizations these days from heightened competition for investment to the challenges of an aging workforce. Despite these challenges, it is important for communities to ensure they are focused on leveraging core strengths, assets and attributes as the best way to ensure long term, sustained economic growth and vitality. This discussion will elevate the conversation above the provision of the tactical, day-to-day functions of economic development to a strategic focus on the fundamentals to ensure long term economic prosperity.

11:50 am

Breakout Sessions

Track A: Investment Attraction for Smaller Communities – Laying the Groundwork
TBA
Gillian Hatton – Founder and Managing Consultant Location Strategies

Small communities face unique challenges in attracting investment. Drawing on practical hands-on experience, this seminar will cover the components involved in developing and deploying investment attraction strategies through the lens of smaller communities. The presentation will explore how a small community can capitalize on its strengths through realigning its assets, leveraging technologies, positioning, partnerships, and resources to deploy campaigns that will engage potential investors.

Track B: Waterfront Re-Development and Public Washrooms as a Tourism Need
TBA
John Regan, Ec.D.(F) – Chief Administrative Officer, Director of Economic Development, Township of Black River – Matheson

Black River – Matheson wants to be Tourists #1 because of their #2. Not really, however this is a side effect of Public Washrooms. Hear how a simple boat launch revitalization project turns into a year-round operation that will generate tourism, visitors, jobs and revenue through quality of place and public events.

Track C: Hidden Professional Market
TBA
Kevin Poole – Manager of Economic Development & Tourism, City of Vernon
Wayne Robert – Principal and Economic/Management Consultant, Lochaven Consulting

Hidden professionals are dynamic creatures that make substantial contributions to local economies, but surprisingly little is known about the scale and nature of this sector in most communities. This presentation will explore the findings of our research within the North Okanagan 1) the characteristics Hidden Professionals in the North Okanagan; 2) the socio-economic factors and motivations that drive the segment; 3) Explore types of community benefits of the hidden professionals to communities and Regions; and, opportunities for strategies support the cohort.

12:35 pm

Lunch

1:30 pm

Keynote: Entrepreneurship - What Communities Can do to Support their Entrepreneurs

Arlene Dickinson – CEO, Venture Communications, District Ventures & YouInc.

Can anyone be an entrepreneur? Arlene Dickinson’s emphatic answer is “Yes.” In this talk, one of Canada’s most high profile business speakers distills a lifetime of experience to reveal everything you need to know—and do—to start, to run, and to grow a great business. (A customized clip from the hit show Dragons’ Den provides buzz, though that’s just a starting point.) On stage, as on the small screen, Dickinson is an inspirational speaker. She displays a palpable and infectious belief in the entrepreneurial spirit; she reminds us of the major contributions Canadians have made to international business and the entrepreneurial tradition.

2:30 pm
JW Marriott - room TBA

Alternate to Study Tours*:

Economic Disaster Resilience & Recovery Condensed Workshop

Presenter: Leann Hackman-Carty, CEO EDA Alberta – Disasters don’t discriminate. Floods, fires and other natural disasters can happen without warning. Factory closures, cyber security breaches, and major industry shifts can also cause significant economic disruptions. This 1/2-day workshop delivers practical steps to help lessen damages to your local economy.

*Additional fees: EDA is offering special pricing for this course. $60 includes the course as well as a copy of the Community Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency (2019 Canadian Version).

Must pre-register in advance: http://edaalberta.ca/event-3446256

 

2:45 pm

Depart for Study Tours*

*Pre-registration required + Additional fees. All registrations for tours must be paid in advance.

5:00 pm

Free Night

Tuesday September 24

8:00 am

Breakfast

9:00 am

Registration Desk Opens

9:00 am

Downtown Revitalization - Shaping a Dynamic Urban Core

Andrew Malcolm, RPP, MCIP – Urban Revitalization Manager, City of Lethbridge

A look at the force behind Lethbridge’s healthy and thriving urban core including a dive into the dedicated urban place management program that focuses on addressing challenges head on, harnessing the energy and ideas of community champions, developing and implementing strategic incentives and program and investing in key infrastructure improvements.

9:45 am

Plenary: CEDI Partnership Program

10:30 am

EDAC/IEDC Panel

Greg Borduas, Ec.D.(F) – Past President & EDAC International Board Liaison
Kenny McDonald – Vice Chair, IEDC
11:00 am

Refreshment Break / Trade Show Walk

11:30 am

25 Years of Indigenous Community Economic Development

Ray Wanuch – Executive Director, CANDO

Sharing results of the IMPACT CANDO makes on its EDO’s and the IMPACT CANDO Certified EDO’s make on their community economy.

12:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm

Plenary: Social Enterprise / Social Innovation

Brock Dickinson, Ec.D.(F) – Adjunct Professor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, University of Waterloo
1:30 pm

Trade Show Booth Teardown

1:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

Track A: Small Size Communities – Economic Development is Tough to Navigate in Any Community
TBA
Tracey Snow – Economic Development Officer, Lennox & Addington County

Lennox and Addington recognizes that “on the ground” economic development focusing on small businesses and entrepreneurs is a significant catalyst for business and community growth. We developed a “Made in Lennox and Addington” Business Coaching program that for ten years has been coaching and mentoring new and existing businesses. When we coach a business we focus on three key business elements: Product / Service, Marketing and Financial Management. We work with each business to determine their gaps or challenges and then find a community resource to help them with their problem. Let us show you how this unique approach to economic development can bring results and opportunities to rural communities.

Track B: Medium Size Communities – Integrated Investment Attraction, Lead Handling, Business Development System
TBA
Cody Joudry – Director Economic Development, Huron County

We are second tier County with 9 lower tiers. We have developed an integrated investment attraction, lead handling, and business development system we would like to share.

Track C: Ec.D. Exam Prep Session
TBA
Larry Horncastle, Ec.D., HLM – Keystone Strategies

Economic development professionals all across this great country are certifiable, are you?

Find out how you can stand above the crowd and become a Certified Economic Developer (Ec.D.)  This session will explain the requirements, including recent changes, on how you can receive EDAC’s Certified Economic Developer designation.

This session will explore what requirements must be met in order to challenge the Certification exam, where training opportunities exist, and more importantly, what to expect when you sit down to challenge the exam. This highly interactive session will help you prepare to join the elite field of professional economic developers who have already attained their Ec.D. designation.

This session will be led by Larry Horncastle, an EDAC Past President and a regular contributor to the development and training of economic developers. Larry has assisted in the development and review of The Essentials of Economic Development Practices, Principles and Planning – often referred to as “the Study Guide”. This resource material has been known to greatly assist candidates who are preparing to write the Certification exam. Larry has also been serving on the panel for grading Certification Exams for over 25 years.

2:30 pm

Refreshment Break

3:00 pm

Plenary: Chasing FDI in Germany and Europe - a Company’s Look on FDI

Hendrik Taulin – Senior Investment Officer, Embassy of Canada Germany

This session will look into the mechanism of German potential investors and their thinking when it comes to strategic decisions such as greenfield investment, retention and expansion. It will also show how economic developers can work with Global Affairs Canada and the Embassies to reach out to key FDI target markets such as Germany. And we will hear about the necessity of building long-term relationship and what it takes to be successful in generating a potential investor’s interest.

3:30 pm

Globally Standardized City Data to Drive Economic Development

Patricia McCarney, Ph.D. – President & CEO, World Council on City Data (WCCD)
James Patava – Vice President Public Affairs & International Relations, WCCD

Cities need reliable, comparable data to drive evidence-based planning, investment and economic development. Cities reporting ISO standardized indicators in conformity with the ISO 37120 Series, are ISO certified by the WCCD. Standardized metrics allow city leaders to monitor their own year over year performance and learn from other comparable peer cities globally with “apples to apples” data. This data supports cities in identifying investment opportunities and innovative solutions.

4:30 pm

End of Sessions

6:45 pm

President’s Reception

Formal Evening

7:30 pm

President’s Dinner

Greetings & Comments from President

EDAC Marketing Canada – EDAC Cup Awarding

Ec.D. & Ec.D.(F) Recipients

President’s Award

Legacy Scholarship

2019 MIPIM Award Recipient

Recognition of EDAC Past Presidents

Recognition of Provincial / Territorial Presidents

Recognition of EDAC’s HLM’s

Introduction of EDAC’s 2019-2020 (President & BOD)

2019-2020 Presidents Comments

EDAC 2020 Conference Presentation

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