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.
Courses

Year 2: Advancing Economic Development Opportunities – Waterloo, ON

May 31 - June 5, 2020
3:00 PM - 12:00 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.
Seminars

Year 2: Advancing Economic Development Opportunities – Edmonton, AB

May 25 - 29, 2020
8:00 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.
Seminars

Planning 101 for Economic Developers

May 22 - 5, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
EDOs and planners are both working to increase the vitality of their communities, but they often approach it in different ways. While EDOs are focused on reducing barriers for business and development, planners are concerned with where and how development should occur. This seminar will include academic, provincial, and municipal planners who will demystify the planning process and policies relevant to economic development. Attending this seminar will help you understand what drives planning decisions, the role of Official Plans and local planning tools, provincial policies like Places to Grow, and the importance of collaboration.
Courses

Year 1: Fundamentals in Community Economic Development – Waterloo, ON

May 3 - 8, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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

Year 1: Fundamentals in Community Economic Development – Thunder Bay, ON

April 20 - 24, 2020
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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

Local Economic Development Fundamentals – Ryerson

September 9 - December 7, 2019
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Ryerson University CPLE 795 - Local Economic Development Fundamentals This course introduces learners to the basics of local economic development. The course provides a historical overview of the profession and roles EDP's play in the local economy. The course focuses on the spectrum of LED activities for EDP's: strategic planning, LED marketing, economic impact analysis and KPIs, foreign direct investment and strategic alliances, business retention and expansion, investment readiness, tourism development and urban renewal, governance, ethics and public relations, among other topics.
Courses

Year 1: Fundamentals of Community ‚ÄčEconomic Development – Amherst, NS

October 21 - 25, 2019
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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.
Seminars

FDI & Investment Attraction – Thunder Bay, ON

November 18 - 19, 2019
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Foreign direct investment in Canada was $732.3 billion in 2014. To draw from that sizeable pie, communities and regions need to compete at a global level. This seminar provides an opportunity to learn from investment experts who know the rising markets and sectors, what investors are looking for, and how communities can capture their attention.
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