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EDA Members receive exclusive access to and discounted pricing on our world-class events! 

Most of our online events are free and designed to be exciting professional development opportunities to help our members and others practicing economic development to sharpen their skill-set and network with top tier professionals.

We also help to promote the events of  EDA members and EDA strategic partners. 


    • April 23, 2024
    • May 27, 2024
    • Online through the University of Calgary

    This course is the first in a series that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become proficient at economic development. The function of economic development (ED) is often complex, and understanding your role in the process will be key both to the success of your career, and to the overall success of your economic development activities.

    This course is the 30,000-foot view of the process of economic development. It provides the theory and fundamentals of ED along with examples of how it can be applied. There is no one way to do ED. Each community, organization or volunteer group will do ED differently.

    The primary goals of this course are to:

    • Identify what economic development is;
    • Determine how you fit into the function;
    • Examine how you can best serve your community as an economic development professional; and
    • Identify the tools and resources that can help economic developers meet local development challenges.

    To register: 

    https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=12618114

    Instructor: Holly Sorgen

    • May 06, 2024
    • May 10, 2024
    • Alberta

    Our strategic partner, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has designated the week of May 6-10, 2024 Economic Development Week.

    We invite you to take part in this North America-wide campaign that consists of activities designed to create awareness of the economic development programs in your communities that enhance your quality of life.

    Check www.iedconline.org for updated resources to help you get started on your campaign to increase exposure for the profession and the benefits of economic development. 

    View our video @ www.economicdevelopmentmatters.com.

    Email us at nancy.toombs@edaalberta.ca with your iconic development week initiative and we will post it on our website. 

    • May 29, 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • May 31, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • TELUS Convention Centre, 136-8 Ave SE, Calgary

    Inventures gathers innovators, startups and scale-ready enterprise partners, advisors and capital. It’s a one-stop opportunity to gauge fast-growing players through pitch competitions and discover investment gems across the entrepreneurial landscape. Content also available to live stream and on demand. Organized by our Partner Alberta Innovates.

    To register or find out more click here.

    • June 16, 2024
    • June 18, 2024
    • Spokane, WA

    To find out more information on IEDC's Economic Future Forum go to:

    https://www.iedconline.org/events/2024/06/16/conferences/2024-economic-future-forum-in-spokane-wa/


    • July 16, 2024
    • August 19, 2024
    • Online through the University of Calgary

    Business retention and expansion (BR&E) is a primary economic development strategy. BR&E supports and fosters the development and growth of the business community. The result of a strong BR&E strategy is a healthy and thriving business community which in turn provides a long term sustainable community foundation. Long-term BR&E programs are a means of connecting businesses with resources and opportunities that will improve their competitive position, market networks and ultimately their profitability.

    If you wish to have credits applied to Continuing Education’s Professional Management Certificate – Economic Developers, you will need to contact our office at 403-220-2866 . Credits for the Community Economic Development courses equals 2/3 of the instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. for a 15 hour course you will receive 10 hours credit.

    Instructor: Natalie Gibson 

    To register: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=15264259

    • September 15, 2024
    • September 18, 2024
    • Denver, Colorado

    This is the annual IEDC conference. For more information click here.

    • September 25, 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • September 27, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Red Deer Westerner Park

    Join us at the Annual Alberta Municipalities convention.

    Come and visit us at our booth. We look forward to seeing you there!

    For more information and to register go to www.abmunis.ca.

     

    • October 01, 2024
    • October 03, 2024
    • Edmonton Region

    Plan now to attend the 2024 EDAC Conference.

    Register here.

    • October 24, 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, 10155-105 St., Edmonton AB.
    • 96
    Register

    The purpose of the Annual EDA Ministry Dinner is to bring together EDA members and stakeholders with specific Ministers and senior staff from the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta, to network, share information about programs and explore potential partnerships. 

    The dynamic format of the dinner involves rotating table visitations to maximize networking during the meal.


    • November 04, 2024
    • November 07, 2024
    • Edmonton Convention Centre

    For more information see www.rmaalberta.com.

    • March 17, 2025
    • March 19, 2025
    • Edmonton Convention Centre

    For more information see www.rmaalberta.com.

    • April 09, 2025
    • 12:00 PM
    • April 11, 2025
    • 12:00 PM
    • Pomeroy Mountain Lodge, Kananaskis
    Register

    SAVE THE DATE

    EDA Xperience 2025 Leaders' Summit and Conference attracts more than 400 economic development experts and elected officials from across Alberta, Canada and around the world.

    Early bird Member registration available now until June 15.

    Public registration opens June 16.


    • October 23, 2025
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, 10155-105 St., Edmonton AB.
    • 118

    SAVE THE DATE

    The purpose of the Annual EDA Ministry Dinner is to bring together EDA members and stakeholders with specific Ministers and senior staff from the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta, to network, share information about programs and explore potential partnerships. 

    The dynamic format of the dinner involves rotating table visitations to maximize networking during the meal.


    • November 17, 2025
    • November 20, 2025
    • Edmonton Convention Centre

    For more information see www.rmaalberta.com.

    • April 14, 2026
    • 12:00 PM
    • April 17, 2026
    • 12:00 PM
    • Pomeroy Mountain Lodge, Kananaskis

    SAVE THE DATE

    EDA Xperience 2026 Leaders' Summit and Conference attracts more than 400 economic development experts and elected officials from across Alberta, Canada and around the world.

    • October 22, 2026
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, 10155-105 St., Edmonton AB.
    • 118

    SAVE THE DATE

    The purpose of the Annual EDA Ministry Dinner is to bring together EDA members and stakeholders with specific Ministers and senior staff from the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta, to network, share information about programs and explore potential partnerships. 

    The dynamic format of the dinner involves rotating table visitations to maximize networking during the meal.


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