EDA Annual Awards of Excellence Program

The Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Awards Program recognizes the province’s best economic development programs, partnerships and professionals that have made significant contributions to the profession. 

EDA recognizes the individual achievements of its members and/or honours organizations for their efforts in growing their communities.

To more accurately reflect the work our members are undertaking in their communities, we have made some revisions to the Community Awards categories. Please see below. 


  • Call for Entries - January 4, 2022
  • Final Deadline for Submissions - March 11, 2022 at 4:30 PM
  • Awards Presentation - April 7, 2022

Entry Fees

  • Economic Developer of the Year- No charge
  • Outstanding Young Professional Award- No charge
  • Community Awards of Excellence- $115 (+ GST)


Any EDA association voting member that is in good standing and resides within Alberta.

Presentation of Awards

Winners will be recognized April 7, 2022  during the EDA Xperience 2022 event. All entrants are encouraged to register and attend. 


Entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. MST on Friday, March 11, 2022.  Late entries will not be considered.

Nomination Categories

Community Awards of Excellence- Recognizing outstanding work from economic developers across Alberta and showcase best practices in economic development. Check out the new categories here.

Economic Developer of the Year- Awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to economic development within the province of Alberta. 

Outstanding Young Professional- Recognizes a young EDA member who demonstrates notable professional accomplishments to date and shows great future potential. This award serves to enhance Alberta’s economic development profession by celebrating young professionals and promoting future leaders. 

Other Awards

Alex Metcalfe – Best of Show: In honour of Alex Metcalfe, one of the founding members of EDA and first President in 1974, this award is judged from the overall community award winners in the categories of BRE, BIA & CED, with one (1) best of show candidate chosen.

President's Award: Recognizes an individual or organization that has made a substantial contribution of time and talent to Economic Developers Alberta in the past year. This award is chosen by EDA's President. 

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