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.

Year 1 – Fundamentals of Community ​Economic Development – St. John’s

June 17 - 21, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 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.

Pre-Conference Seminar – Investment Readiness & Strategic Planning

September 19 - 20, 2019
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Foreign direct investment in Canada was $732.3 billion in 2014. To draw from that sizable 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. Held at the JW Marriott in Edmonton, AB preceding the EDAC Annual Conference.

EDAC 2019 Conference

September 21 - 24, 2019
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join EDAC for our 51st Annual ‘Conference of Inspired Change’ on September 21-24, 2019 at the brand new J.W. Marriot in Edmonton, AB!

The Power of Social Innovation & Social Enterprise

November 28 - 28, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Topics include: Understanding social innovation and social enterprise, First Nations, the Cultural Community, and Millennials: New Partnerships for Social Enterprise, Working with social entrepreneurs, and Sources of Support for Social Enterprise.

Fostering Local Innovation: Incubators

November 29 - 29, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This seminar provides economic developers what they need to know about incubators. It gives an understanding what types of models exist, what building an incubator is like, and what incubation is like in communities of different sizes. This seminar is hosted at evolv1, UW Economic Development Program’s new home and Canada’s first net-zero certified office building.