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  • April 12, 2022 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Alberta Hemp Alliance is holding a Conference called:

    Exploring the World of Hemp Opportunities

    April 21 - 22, 2022  

    Click on the link below to read more and register:

  • April 07, 2022 11:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Recognizes Excellence in Economic Development in Alberta 

    Thursday, April 7 2022 - Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) presented its Annual Awards of Excellence during EDA Xperience 2022: Leaders' Summit and Conference at the Pomeroy Mountain Lodge in Kananaskis.

    The 2022 Annual Awards of Excellence honour Alberta individuals for their contribution to the profession; as well as Alberta communities for excellence in the following categories:

    • Economic Development Renewal Project
    • Implementation of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) priorities in an Economic Development Project 
    • Regional Collaboration and Partnership Project  

    The winning communities and organizations and the names of their initiatives are: 

    Economic Development Renewal Project  

    • Large Community:  City of Red Deer - Meet the Street
    • Medium Community:  Community Futures Wildrose - Wildrose Agritourism                         Innovation Challenge
    • Small Community: Town of Sundre - Sundre Light Garden

    Implementation of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) Priorities in an Economic Development Project: 

    • Large Community:  Calgary Economic Development - Implementation of ESG Strategy for Film & Television: The Calgary Film Commission
    • Small Community: 

      - Municipal District of Greenview - Greenview Industrial Gateway 

      - Town of Claresholm - Welcoming Claresholm

    Regional Collaboration and Partnership Project:  

    • Large Community: City of Edmonton - Downtown Vibrancy Strategy
    • Medium CommunityCommunity Futures West Yellowhead - Supporting Local on the Road to Recovery
    • Small Community: Flagstaff County - Flagstaff Crafted Fall/Winter Gift Guide

    The Alex Metcalfe Awards

    These awards celebrate the best of the best in each category: 

    Economic Development Renewal Project: Town of Sundre - Sundre Light Garden

    Implementation of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) Priorities in an Economic Development Project:  Calgary Economic Development - Implementation of ESG Strategy for Film & Television: The Calgary Film Commission

    Regional Collaboration and Partnership Project:  City of Edmonton - Downtown Vibrancy Strategy

    The individuals recognized are: 

    The Economic Developer of the Year

    Brady Schnell

    Economic Development Officer

     Town of Claresholm

    The Outstanding Young Professional

    Kim Welby

    Economic Development Officer

    SouthGrow Regional Initiative 

    The President’s Award

    Justin Reimer

    Assistant Deputy Minister

    Prairies Economic Development Canada, Alberta Region at Government of Canada

    The EDA Individual Awards

    These Awards recognize the people and partnerships who made a significant contribution to the ongoing work of our organization, Economic Developers Alberta (EDA).

    Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) Trainer of the Year

    Natalie Gibson 

    InnoVisions and Associates

    EDA Mentor of the Year 

    Martin Ebel

    Economic Development Officer 

    Lethbridge County

    EDA Mentee of the Year 

    Jacqueline Buchanan

    Economic Development Officer

    Kneehill County

    EDA Project Partner of the Year 

    Anita McGillis 

    Odvod Publishing 

  • March 04, 2022 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A reminder that the deadline to submit your entry for an EDA Award of Excellence is one week from today.  Friday, March 11 at 4:30 PM.

    Apply Here

    The EDA Awards of Excellence is open to any EDA member in good standing who lives in Alberta.

    If you have never competed for an EDA Award of Excellence take some time this weekend and put together your application; this is your year to apply!

    To reflect the ever-changing nature of economic development and the creative projects our members are undertaking throughout the province.... 

    EDA has revised our Annual Awards of Excellence Program by creating new community award categories and a streamlined application process! 

    Here are the revised categories in a nutshell: 

    • Economic Development Renewal Project (Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Retail, Tourism)
    • Implementation of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) priorities in an Economic Development Project.
    • Regional Collaboration and Partnership more here. 

    The groups: large, medium and small community remain the same. The Economic Developer of the Year and Outstanding Young Professional categories remain the same.  

    The awards will be presented during EDA Xperience 2022 Leaders' Summit and Conference  April 6-8 in Kananaskis. 

  • March 03, 2022 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This message is for Conference Delegates Only....You received an email on March 3 asking for confirmation of your personal inforamtion.

    We will be sending our delegate list to the printer next week to prepare all of the Conference Name Badges.

    If the information is correct there is no need to contact us.  

    If any of the information is incorrect or missing:

    Please let Janice Grant know at: by end of business Monday, March 7.

  • February 24, 2022 11:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Friday, March 11 

    Submission Deadline, EDA Annual Awards of Excellence 

    Open to EDA Members, our Annual Awards of Excellence celebrates the hard work economic development professionals undertake in their communities. 

    There have been changes to the Community Awards categories plus a streamlined application process. 

    Apply here

  • February 23, 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDA voting members in good standing are eligible to attend the EDA Annual General Meeting on Friday, March 31, 9:00 AM. Once again we are holding our AGM online via ZOOM.

    At the AGM voting members will elect the 2022-23 Board of Directors.

    Please note, registration is restricted to voting members, so please be sure you are signed in with the email and password associated with your EDA Membership. 

    You can prepare for the AGM by visiting the "AGM section" of our website.

    There you will find all the relevant documents you need to participate including Board Candidate profiles and the proxy voting form.

    Only EDA voting members in good standing will be able to access this part of the website. You must be logged in with the email and password associated with your EDA Membership. 

    If you cannot attend the AGM on March 31, you can vote by proxy. 

    If you want to be represented by proxy you must visit the AGM webpage, download the proxy form located there and submit the form by Monday, March 21 at 4:30 PM. 

    More in information and AGM registration 

  • February 22, 2022 11:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Business and Investment Attraction March 8 - April 11


    Get involved in keeping Alberta's economy rolling by getting the best information on business and investment attraction.

    New investments drive our economy by expanding business opportunities, supporting jobs (and creating new ones,) accelerating innovation, and increasing exports.

    Join us for our Business and Investment Attraction online course through the University of Calgary and you'll get information to support BIA efforts that you can use in your community right now.

    The course runs March 8 - April 11. 

    Also, credits earned with this course can be counted toward your professional designation.

  • February 18, 2022 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guest rooms in the EDA block at the Pomeroy Mountain Lodge in Kananaskis are going fast.

    EDA has been thinking ahead, and we have secured accommodation at an "off site" location, a 20 minute drive from the Pomeroy Mountain Lodge. 

    Giving you two options for accommodation for EDA Xperience 2022.

    Offsite Option

    There is a block of rooms at the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 

    To access our preferred rates, use "eda" as the Promo Code. 

    You will be responsible for your own transportation to the Conference Site. 

    To contact the Stoney Nakota Resort and Casino directly, call Vikki Ellis at: 403. 881. 2853

    Onsite Option 

    A reminder that after Friday, March 4 the EDA block of rooms will be released at the Pomeroy Mountain Lodge, the site of EDA Xperience 2022.

    Be sure to book now.

    To contact the resort directly call: 403. 591. 6255  

    There is ample parking at the Pomeroy Mountain Lodge. 

  • February 01, 2022 11:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Economic Development Week

    May 9 -13 

    2022 Community Challenge in Alberta

    For the second year in a row; Alberta Municipalities and Rural Municipalities of Alberta are joining EDA to amplify the importance of economic development by inviting you to take part in the 2022 Community Challenge. 

    You can participate by having your community officially proclaim May 9 - 13 as "Economic Development Week."

    Last year, 34 Alberta Communities made the official proclamation, exceeding our goal of 25 communities.

    This year, we're upping the ante: our goal is to have 50 Alberta Communities make the official proclamation! 

    Read more here 
  • April 16, 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This morning, Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually with record attendance. 

    EDA voting members elected the 2021 - 2022 Board of Directors as follows: 

    2021-2022 EDA Board of Directors

    Trevor Lewington - President (Lethbridge)

    Eleanor Miclette -  Vice President (Canmore)

    Mary Lee Prior - Past President  (Vermilion)

    Martin Ebel - Secretary Treasurer (Lethbridge County) 

    Ben Young - Director (Taber)

    Peter Casurella - Director (Lethbridge) 

    Pat Nicol - Director (St Albert)

    Shane Olson - Director (Strathcona County)

    Danielle Carter - Director (Morinville)

    Deana Haley - Director (Calgary)

    Kent McMullin - Director (Edmonton)

    "Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has a proven track record of providing our members with leading edge professional development programs, best practice sharing, networking opportunities and other valuable tools to help create thriving communities. We are a member driven organization working 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.

    EDA has a long history of innovative responses to contemporary challenges. While we are proud of the recognition we receive from national and international organizations with which we work, the best recognition comes from the tangible impact we can have in the communities which we serve.

    We are fortunate to be able to collaborate with a wide range of sponsors, partners and supporters in the delivery of our mission. Economic development is often referred to as a team sport and that is true now more than ever as we face the multifaceted and complex challenges brought on by the largest public health challenge and resulting economic crisis in many generations.

    EDA will continue to be dedicated to meeting the needs of our members while at the same time building strong communities - together." - Trevor Lewington, EDA President 

    See the 2021 - 2022 Board of Directors here


    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is Alberta’s only professional organization for economic developers. The organization is dedicated to advancing the economic development profession in the province of Alberta by providing an active network of professional development, information and networking opportunities. It is a not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, who represent the interests of its membership as a whole.

    For more information please contact:

    Trevor Lewington, EDA President


    Leann Hackman-Carty, EDA CEO


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