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 – 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.
Seminars

Understanding Trade Agreements Canada/US – ONLINE

November 16 - 16, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The United States will hold its mid-term elections on November 8, ushering in another round of political change and conflict. From Trump’s “forced” re-negotiation of NAFTA, to Biden’s apparent lack of interest in Canada, to looming challenges on the trade front, communities dependent on trade with the United States are just trying to figure out what’s going on, and what they should be preparing for next! Join this session with two leading international experts on Canada-US trade for insights on how to prepare your community!
Seminars

Economic Development & Ethics Workshop

November 15 - 15, 2022
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Ethics are important in all professions. Economic developers work in complex and dynamic arrangements with many partners. Learn about the role of ethics in decision-making and strategic thinking with a leading ethics trainer and explore insightful case studies.
Courses

Advanced Economic Development Opportunities (Spring Year 2)

July 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.
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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