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 2: Fundamentals in Community Economic Development – St. John’s, NL

June 15 - 19, 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.

LED Capstone Project at Ryerson – CVUP 160 (Summer) ONLINE

July 1 - August 31, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
This course is a group project that builds on the topics learned in CPLE 795 and CPLE 995. Groups will be provided with an LED project that reflects a specific challenge in a community. Examples of possible projects include the development of a presentation based on analysis of a set of real-life scenarios or the analysis of a community issue.

Local Economic Development Fundamentals at Ryerson – CPLE795 (Fall) ONLINE

September 1 - December 19, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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 including strategic planning, 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.

Year 3: Leadership & Economic Insights – Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

November 3 - 6, 2020
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.