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

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.
Seminars

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.
Conferences

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!
Courses

Year 1 – Fundamentals of Community ​Economic Development – Amherst

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

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.
Seminars

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.
Courses

Ecn Development and Business Improvement

January 16 - April 16, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Ryerson Univeristy CPLE 995 - Ecn Development and Business Improvement
Courses

LED Applied Research Project – Ryerson

June 13 - July 4, 2019
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Ryerson University CVUP 155 - LED Applied Research Project This course is an applied research paper focused on core LED topics learned in CPLE 745/PLE 745. A key outcome of a municipal LED case study will be an analysis of how community members can be engaged and mobilized on an issue or initiative for community benefit and how community leadership can be activated and supported in that endeavour.
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