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EDA Board of Directors

As a non-profit, EDA is governed by a volunteer board of directors. As a  governance board, it's basic responsibilities include:

  • setting policy
  • supporting the CEO
  • guiding long-range planning and development
  • raising money and monitoring finance
  • working cooperatively with other board members
  • acting as an Ambassador for the organization

The EDA Board of Directors adheres to a Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy, essential for ensuring its operational integrity. Each Board Member is required to annually endorse these policies. 

Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policies

Important documents for current EDA Board of Directors:

Current Board of Directors Documents

Serve on the 2024-25 EDA Board of Directors

The  application deadline closed Friay, Feb. 23 at 4:30 PM

NOTE: All applications will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee in light of pending bylaw changes that are to be voted on at the AGM.

2023-24 EDA Board of Directors

  • Shane Olson - President (Sherwood Park)
  • Eleanor Miclette - Past President (Canmore)
  • Hetti Huls - Secretary Treasurer (Grande Prairie) 
  • Amanda Mercer - Vice President (Sylvan Lake)
  • Trevor Lewington - Director (Lethbridge)
  • Ben Young - Director (Lethbridge)
  • Kate Koplovich - Director (Calgary)
  • Tom Mansfield- Director (Edmonton)
  • Amy Oshanyk - Director (Sturgeon County) 
  • Lorie Watson - Director (Okotoks)
  • Lisa Sweet - Director (Fort McMurray)

The Association's affairs are overseen by a Board of Directors consisting of 11 members. Seven Directors are elected by the Association's members, while two are automatically appointed (President and Immediate Past President). Additionally, two Directors are appointed, each representing the economic development agencies of Calgary and Edmonton, respectively.

The Nominating Committee may appoint non-voting representatives from provincial or federal government bodies, or other organizations, at its discretion. The Immediate Past President holds a voting position on the Board. Annual elections for new board members occur at the Spring AGM.

Our Honorary Patron

The role of Honorary Patron is filled by the Minister responsible for economic development. The portfolio of Minister of Jobs, Economy and Trade is most aligned with the mandate of our organization. The Honorary Patron  highlights the importance of economic development, and the significant role economic developers play in our communities. 

Our Honorary Patron is Hon. Matt Jones,  Minister of Jobs, Economy and Trade.

Our President

Shane Olson, Strathcona County

I am looking forward to my term as President of Economic Developers Alberta. As a member driven organization we work tirelessly to elevate economic development as a profession and at the same time support practitioners in their critical roles to promote sustainable long-term growth that benefits all members of our society.

In 2024, EDA celebrates is 50th anniversary. This milestone will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate where we have come from, and to reinvigorate our work that provides economic developers with leading edge programs, best practice sharing, networking opportunities and other valuable tools to help create thriving communities.

I appreciate the vision and leadership that has created an effective and admired organization at provincial, national and international levels. The success of our association can be attributed to our committed and talented staff, and also to the special contributions each President and board members have made over the years.

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