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 1: Fundamentals of Community ​Economic Development – ONLINE

May 16 - 20, 2022
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.
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Year 3: Leadership & Economic Insights – Waterloo

November 15 - 18, 2022
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Year 3 is an enriched four-day program where senior colleagues learn from other leaders in the field. Join an experienced and enthusiastic group to discuss the latest trends, explore the future, and learn new leadership skills in a collaborative team environment.
Courses

YEAR 1: Fundamentals of Community ​Economic Development – ONLINE every Wednesday

September 14 - October 12, 2022
9:30 AM - 4:30 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

Year 2: Advancing Economic Development Opportunities – ONLINE every Wednesday

October 19 - November 16, 2022
9:30 AM - 4:30 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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Sustainable Northern Ontario Ec Dev (SNOED) 101 (EN) – Fall

September 14 - December 7, 2022
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
An online course from Northern Policy Institute, in partnership with Laurentian University, that will challenge how you think about regional economic development
Courses

Sustainable Northern Ontario Ec Dev (SNOED) 101 (EN) – Winter

February 23 - May 18, 2022
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
An online course from Northern Policy Institute, in partnership with Laurentian University, that will challenge how you think about regional economic development
Courses

Sustainable Northern Ec Dev (SNOED) 101 (FR) – TBD 2022

January 1 - December 31, 2022
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
An online course from Northern Policy Institute, in partnership with Laurentian University, that will challenge how you think about regional economic development
Seminars

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in LED Seminar – ONLINE

April 12 - 12, 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
As LED professionals work to restore their local economies, they must "build back better" by considering how diversity, equity and inclusion can transform their local community development in post-covid recovery. While the pressures of this global pandemic have revealed fissures in dated and inequitable patterns of economic development, it has also given LED professionals the opportunity to better understand the diverse needs of their community. Diversity, equity, and inclusion in LED has the potential to build and transform community.
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