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  • April 08, 2016 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    (Calgary, AB): Economic Developers Alberta (EDA), Alberta's only professional organization for economic developers is pleased to announce its newly elected 2016-17 Board of Directors as follows:

    Sara Chamberlain - President (Airdrie)

    Matt Cornall - Past President (Red Deer)

    Bev Thornton - Vice President (Pincher Creek)

    Court Ellingson - Secretary Treasurer (Calgary)

    Glen Vanstone - Director (Edmonton)

    Adena Cheverie - Director (Mountainview County)

    Schaun Goodeve - Director (Morinville)

    Gary Slipp - Director (Calgary)

    Margot Begin - Director (Killam)

    Sean McRitchie - Director (St. Albert)

    Christopher King - Director (Grande Prairie)

    In addition, The Honorable Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade is EDA’s Honorary Patron.

    “I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead a team of talented economic developers from across the province,"said Sara Chamberlain, EDA President."We will continue to advance the profession and offer quality programming for our members. With the challenging economic conditions Alberta is facing, the role of economic developers is even more important and EDA is here to support them."


  • April 08, 2016 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Economic Developer's Alberta (EDA) is pleased to announce that the Banff Centre will be the new venue for the 2017 Annual Conference. 

    We have been grateful that the Delta Kananaskis Lodge has been the venue of the EDA Conference since 2010, the facility has been excellent in meeting the needs of EDA as an organization as well as our Confernece delegates. However, it has become clear the increasing popularity of this event requires a larger facility with features designed to meet our needs for the future.

    "The Banff Centre is known for its excellence in convening conferences," said Leann Hackman-Carty, EDA CEO. "The Banff Centre's program options and support will enhance our conference programming, and delegate experience. The future looks bright for EDA's conferences as the Banff Centre will help to facilitate EDA's leadership programming, team building, networking and peer to peer learning opportunities."

    EDA's 2017 Annual Conference is being held March 22-24.

    See you at the Conference.

    #EDA2017

  • April 07, 2016 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (Kananaskis, AB): Tonight, Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) presented its annual Awards of Excellence during its 2016 Annual Conference at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge.These awards honour Alberta individuals for their contribution to the profession; as well as Alberta communities for excellence in: Business and Investment Attraction (BIA); Business Retention and Expansion (BRE); and Community Economic Development (CED).

    The individuals who were recognized are:

    • The Economic Developer of the Year Award was presented to Chris King (County of Grande Prairie).
    • The Outstanding Young Professional Award was presented to Tyler Westover (Strathcona County).
    • The President’s Award recognizes an EDA member who has made a significant contribution to the organization. This year’s award was presented to Heather Anderson (Woodlands County).

    The communities or organizations that were recognized are: 

    Business Retention and Expansion (BRE):

    • Small community/region (population up to 25,000) - Rural Alberta Business Centre - Cold Lake (Rural Alberta Business Incubator)
    • Medium community/region (population from 25,001–100,000) - Airdrie Economic Development (Business Satisfaction Survey)
    • Large community/region (population 100,001+) - Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (PeerSpark® Program)

    Business and Investment Attraction (BIA):

    • Small community/region (population up to 25,000) - City of Wetaskiwin ('City of Opportunity' campaign)
    • Medium community/region (population from 25,001–100,000) - Town of Okotoks (Visitor & Activity Guide)
    • Large community/region (population 100,001+) - Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (International Trade & Investment Program)

    Community Economic Development (CED):

    • Small community/region (population up to 25,000) - Town of Cochrane (Proudly Cochrane)
    • Medium community/region (population from 25,001–100,000) - Alberta South West Regional Alliance (13 Ways Performance Review for Ambitious Communities) and City of St. Albert (Dig In! Horticulinary Festival)
    • Large community/region (population 100,001+) - City of Edmonton, Economic & Environmental Sustainability (Corner Store Program)

    The Alex Metcalfe Award recognizes the "best of the best" community project in each of the BIA, BRE and CED categories. The Alex Metcalfe Awards went to:

    • Business Retention and Expansion - Airdrie Economic Development  (Business Satisfaction Survey)
    • Business and Investment Attraction - Town of Okotoks (Visitor & Activity Guide)
    • Community Economic Development - City of St. Albert (Dig In! Horticulinary Festival)
  • March 17, 2016 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attracting new trade and investment, and increasing market access for Alberta businesses will be the focus of a 14-day mission to Asia for Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous. 

    Minister Bilous will travel to China and Korea March 18 – 31 to meet with key industry and government leaders to highlight Alberta as one of the best places to do business. The mission will focus on forging new partnerships, expanding existing trade markets and promoting investment opportunities in Alberta’s energy, agriculture, forestry, tourism and petrochemical sectors. 

    "Given the challenges Alberta’s economy is facing, accessing new and more diverse markets for businesses throughout Alberta and attracting investment to our province is a priority for our government. As part of Alberta’s plan to grow the economy and create jobs, we will be meeting face-to-face with government and business leaders in the Asia-Pacific region. On this trade mission I will continue to promote Alberta as a great place to invest—opening doors and promoting critical trade and investment opportunities that will help Alberta companies diversify their businesses and create jobs."

    Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade

    "The Asian market is important to ‎sustainable investment in Alberta’s petrochemical industry. As Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region, AIHA is pleased to be part of the Minister’s mission where we will continue to build relationships and advance the goals of diversification and adding value to our Alberta resources."

    Coun. Ed Gibbons, Chair, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association

    China and Korea are Alberta’s second and fifth largest trading partners, respectively. Last year, Alberta’s trade with China and Korea totaled more than $3.8 billion, with potential for further growth.

    The estimated cost for travel, meals, accommodations, ground transportation, receptions and meeting costs for Minister Bilous, one political and one departmental staff is $65,820.

    Itinerary for Minister Deron Bilous*

    Date

    Event

    Friday, March 18

    • Depart Edmonton

    Saturday, March 19

    • Arrive Hong Kong

    Sunday, March 20

    • Meet with Ron Hoffmann, Alberta’s Senior Representative for the Asia Pacific Basin
    • Witness Memorandum of Understanding signing between Can-China Global Resources Fund and Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association

    Monday, March 21

    • Meet with President of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council
    • Meet with Hong Kong Trade and Development Corporation
    • Attend business roundtable with Board of Governors of the Canada-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce
    • Meet with key stakeholders
    • Travel to Guangzhou

    Tuesday, March 22

    • Meet with Consul General of Canada in Guangzhou
    • Meet with key stakeholders
    • Meet with Director General, Department of Commerce of Guangdong Province

    Wednesday, March 23

    • Travel to Shanghai
    • Meet with key stakeholders

    Thursday, March 24

    • Meet with Consul General of Canada in Shanghai
    • Sign Memorandum of Understanding with Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce
    • Meet with Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality
    • Meet with key stakeholders

    Friday, March 25

    • Travel to Hangzhou
    • Meet with Zhejiang Provincial Department of Science and Technology
    • Meet with key stakeholders

    Saturday, March 26

    • Travel to Beijing

    Sunday, March 27

    • Participate in Canada Beef International Institute event for Alberta beef promotion

    Monday, March 28

    • Meet with Ministry of Commerce
    • Meet with Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China
    • Meet with key stakeholders

    Tuesday, March 29

    • Attend China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition and meet with participating Alberta companies
    • Travel to Seoul

    Wednesday, March 30

    • Meet with officials from the Alberta Korea Office
    • Meet with Canada’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
    • Meet with key stakeholders

    Thursday, March 31

    • Meet with Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Korea
    • Sign Memorandum of Understanding with Korean Importers Association
    • Participate in Canada Beef International Institute promotion event
    • Travel to Edmonton

    *Subject to change.


  • February 23, 2016 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The timing is right. 

    In this tough economy,  EDA is offering it's Business and Investment Attraction course that is designed to equip you with the tools to help you build a strong economic base in your community. 

    We'll teach you strategies to select key target markets for investment attraction; work with site selectors; and attract foreign direct investment.

    This online B&IA course is the only one we are offering this spring, you won't want to miss this opportunity so register today:  

    Business & Investment Attraction 

    March 1 - March 29, 2016

    Register today

    There is a special offer for EDA members only. Members are eligible to receive a 50% rebate on tuition for this course, this is the only online course this spring with this special rebate.  Simply email your course receipt to admin@edaalberta.ca to receive your rebate. This course is being offered through the University of Calgary. 

    All of our 2016 courses are available for registration. 

    2016 CEDTP Course Calendar

    As you know, EDA's Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) is an excellent professional development opportunity for those in the field of economic development. Our program helps your competitive advantage by offering a variety of courses designed to deliver information on the best practices and established tools you can use to help your region thrive.

    These courses are eligible for credits towards the Management Certificate-Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA. They can also be applied to your Ec.D designation.

    #EDAOnline 

  • February 18, 2016 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration for EDA's 2016 Annual Conference is now closed as we have reached capacity.  

    Click here if you would like to be put on the waiting list and we will do our best to accommodate you should we have a cancellation. 

    If you have already registered for the Conference don't forget to book your hotel room at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge to ensure you have a room at the Conference site. 


    #EDA2016

  • February 18, 2016 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A special offer for EDA members only; you are eligible to receive a 50% rebate on tuition for our next online course through the University of Calgary. This is the only online course this spring with this special rebate. Register now.  Our previous online course had a waiting list: 

    Business & Investment Attraction 

    March 1 - March 29, 2016

    Register today

    Simply email your course receipt to admin@edaalberta.ca to receive your rebate. 

    Don't forget, if you prefer, you can arrange to take this course in person. For more details contact us at admin@edaalberta.ca.

    This course is designed to teach you how to select key target markets for investment attraction; work with site selectors; and attract foreign direct investment to help your community expand its economic base.  

    All of our 2016 courses are available for registration. 

    2016 CEDTP Course Calendar

    As you know, EDA's Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) is an excellent professional development opportunity for those in the field of economic development. Our program helps your competitive advantage by offering a variety of courses designed to deliver information on the best practices and established tools you can use to help your region thrive.

    These courses are eligible for credits towards the Management Certificate-Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA. They can also be applied to your Ec.D designation.

    #EDAOnline 

  • February 16, 2016 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you familiar with Ignite talks

    Ignite is a presentation format where a presenter speaks while slides advance automatically to support them. An Ignite presentation is exactly 5 minutes and contains exactly 20 slides.

    EDA is giving you the opportunity to take part in our own Ignite session at our Annual Conference at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge; it's called Ignite#EDA2016. 

    Read about the session and fill out our online application.  

    Our application deadline is Friday, February 26. All successful applicants will be notified by email on March 11. Ignite#EDA2016 takes place April 6. 

    Space is limited so apply now. You don't have to attend the Conference to take part in Ignite#EDA2016, this experience is worth the drive to Kananaskis! 

    Ignite#EDA2016 is sponsored by Jandel Homes Ltd

    Register for the Conference here.


    #EDA2016

  • February 12, 2016 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a core building block of economic development, business retention and expansion (BR&E) programs are highly valued by professionals and community leadership. It is just a good business practice. 

    If you have a BR&E program, it is very important to evaluate it periodically. This webinar – and the two studies (10 years apart) it is based on – will give you information to help you decide if your BR&E program needs fine tuning.  

    The State of BRE Key Trends and Best Practices
    Friday, February 26
    12:00 - 1:30 pm (MT)
    Register here  *Please note the prices listed are in USD

    Our speakers will drill down into what is happening now, what is changing and the best practices that can elevate your BR&E program to the next level. They will look at BR&E from many perspectives. 

    Join us.

    *Don't forget EDA offers a BR&E course through our Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP), it is designed to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of how BR&E supports and fosters the development and growth of your business community and how to how to plan, establish and manage a BR&E program.


  • February 11, 2016 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a reminder of an important invitation extended to EDA members to join the Cities of Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Montreal as part of the Canadian Delegation at the  MIPIM show in Cannes, France from March 15-18, 2016. This is an opportunity to showcase your projects within the Canadian delegation. 

    Please contact admin@edaalberta before February 20 if you would like to take part under the EDA banner. 

    If communities go under the EDA banner, they will be able to participate at a reduced cost of $4,750 per community, which includes: booth design and layout of EDA space, one registration for their EDO (approx. value $2000), and ability to invite their Mayor to participate as part of the Mayor’s Program, promotion on-site. The Mayor’s special program covers registration, ability to participate in the Think Tank Meeting and a Mayor’s Luncheon. There are also a number of specific tracks including; positioning your projects and benchmarking: urban development, logistics, hotel/tourism, health care, investors meetings and the Mayor’s program.

    MIPIM is the world’s leading property market, brings together the most influential players from all international property sectors - office, residential, retail, healthcare, sport, logistics and industrial, offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide. The show has been in existence for over 25 years and it includes: four days of meetings; over 20,000 real estate key players; 4000+ investors; 80+ countries, 400+ cities, 900+ stands, 200+ conferences and 200+ journalists. 


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