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. 

Each year, at the EDA Leaders' Summit and Conference, we recognize the achievements of EDA members at our Annual Awards of Excellence gala event. 

We recognize Alberta communities and individuals for their contributions.

If you are an EDA member you are eligible to apply for an award. It's a perk to EDA membership! 


  • Call for Entries - January 2, 2023
  • Final Deadline for Submissions - March 10, 2023 at 4:30 PM MST
  • Awards Presentation - Thursday, April 13, 2023


  • Any EDA association member (voting or non-voting) that is in good standing and resides within Alberta.

Award Categories - Please click on the links to read more and to fill out the application form 

  • Community Awards of Excellence - Recognizing outstanding work from economic developers across Alberta and showcase best practices in economic development. There are 4 categories and 3 population sizes for a total of 12 awards. 
  • Economic Developer of the YearAwarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to economic development within the province of Alberta.  
  • 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 with one (1) best of show candidate chosen in each population size for a total of 3 Awards. 
  • 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. 

Entry Fees:

  • Community Awards of Excellence - $115 (+ GST)
  • Emerging Talent in Economic Development - No charge
  • Economic Developer of the Year - No charge

Presentation of Awards:

  • Winners will be recognized April 13, 2023 during EDA Xperience 2023 Leaders' Summit and Conference. 
  • All entrants are encouraged to register and attend

Submission Procedure

Judging Criteria

See the 2022 Awards of Excellence Winners

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