Courses & Events


EDAC Members enjoy preferential rates on many courses, seminars and events across Canada. To be eligible, EDAC membership must be in good standing (paid in full) prior to registering for University of Waterloo (or any other applicable courses/seminars) at discounted member rates. Should EDAC membership not be paid in full by the date of registration, the attendee is responsible for paying the full (non-member) registration fees.
Seminars

Data Discovery & Analytics

October 19 - 19, 2023
9:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The purpose of the seminar is to provide an accessible and practical introduction to using data in economic development. The goal is to demonstrate how the use of data leads to better decision making and strategic planning. Through instruction and hands on learning, participants will learn how to find and interpret data, including data/analysis that is relevant to their specific needs/community.
Courses

Fundamentals of Community ​Economic Development – ONLINE Fall

September 13 - October 11, 2023
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Why take Year 1? Year 1 is about two things: building a strong foundation of knowledge in economic development, and building connections with your peers. This course helps economic development professionals learn the basics of the field, from what an EDO really does, to measuring success. Generalists will learn strategies for handling the many and diverse tasks they're expected to do. Specialists will learn about the spectrum of economic development activities and become more insightful team members.
Courses

Advancing Economic Development Opportunities – ONLINE Fall

October 18 - November 15, 2023
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Why take Year 2? Advancing Economic Development Opportunities (Year 2) builds on the foundation created in Year 1 and addresses more advanced topics like financial analysis, project management and performance measurement. Just like in Year 1, peer-learning and networking are built into the course.
Seminars

How to Communicate with Elected Officials – Queen’s Park, Toronto

February 10 - 10, 2023
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Economic Developers and other municipal officials must often secure support and engagement from elected officials, but this is often easier said than done. Led by communications expert Kadie Ward, this workshop will help guide participants to the most effective tactics, tools and approaches for successfully engaging elected officials.
Courses

YEAR 1: Fundamentals of Community ​Economic Development – Waterloo

May 7 - 12, 2023
3:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Year 1 is about two things: building a strong foundation of knowledge in economic development, and building connections with your peers. This course helps economic development professionals learn the basics of the field, from what an EDO really does, to measuring success. Generalists will learn strategies for handling the many and diverse tasks they're expected to do. Specialists will learn about the spectrum of economic development activities and become more insightful team members.
Courses

Advanced Economic Development Opportunities (Spring Year 2)

June 4 - 9, 2023
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Advancing Economic Development Opportunities (Year 2) builds on the foundation created in Year 1 and addresses more advanced topics like financial analysis, project management and performance measurement. Just like in Year 1, peer-learning and networking are built into the course.
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