Advancing Economic Development Opportunities - Edmonton

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Date Location Tuition Value
May 2021  Edmonton, AB $1150-$1595*  10

May 2020 Year 2 postponed to 2021. Registration for 2020 Year 2 ONLINE course offering is OPEN

Why take Year 2?

Advancing Economic Development Opportunities (Year 2) builds on the foundation created in Year 1 and addresses more advanced topics like financial analysis, project management and performance measurement. Just like in Year 1, peer-learning and networking are built into the course. 

Year 2 is the second of two courses that make up our Certificate in Economic Development. Certificates are presented to every successful recipient annually at the Economic Developers Association of Canada conference.

Going into Year Two ... I had three goals. I wanted to make genuine connections with classmates, learn new things to help my clients, and push myself to new limits.  With some time to reflect on the experience, I believe I was successful on all fronts. Read more...

2020 Schedule*

2021 Schedule forthcoming


Geoff Malleck

geoff MalleckGeoff is an assistant director of the Economic Development Program and a lecturer in the Department of Economics. He's our resident entrepreneurship expert and continues to explore the principles and conditions that drive the ‘Creativity-Innovation-Entrepreneurship’ Continuum and the relationship with economic prosperity and culture. Geoff also works on personal and professional development and individual brand building. 

Tracey Desjardin

Tracey is the former northern Development Manager with Travel Alberta and currently serves as the Governance Co-ordinator for the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation

Dan Friyia

Dan FriyiaDan Friyia is the Executive Director of the CDC of Sault Ste. Marie. Previously, he was the General Manager of the Superior East Community Future Development Corporation for 23 years. He has been a long time instructor for the Economic Development Program, teaching many economic development professionals the basics of financial analysis for small business. He also teaches student of Algoma University's Community Economic and Social Development Program.

Shawna Morning Bull

Shawna Morning BullShawna is the Business Development Manager for Community Futures Treaty Seven (CFT7). Prior to CFT7 she was a Business Loans Manager with Alberta Indian Investment Corporation and a Business Support Officer with Indian Business Corporation. Shawna is 2018 recipient of the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award for recognizing her dedication to improving the lives and economy of First Nations communities through building cross-cultural partnerships.

Paul Parker

paul ParkerPaul is the director of the Economic Development Program and a professor in the Faculty of Environment. His research focuses on building sustainable communities by creating win-win opportunities for the environment and economy. Paul combines his research background with direct experience engaging local representatives from communities across Canada and overseas to envision and build local capacity, vitality and sustainability.

Jennifer Winter

Jennifer WinterDr. Jennifer Winter (PhD, Calgary) is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Scientific Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy research division at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Her research is focused on the effects of government regulation and policy on the development of natural resources and energy, and the consequences and trade-offs of energy development. Dr. Winter has been recognized for increasing public understanding of energy and environmental policy issues; she was named 2014 Young Women in Energy Award and being named one of Avenue Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017. 

Manny Deol

Manny DeolManny Deol is the CEO of Drayton Valley's Bio-Mile and the COO of Drayton Valley's Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC). He is the former Drayton Valley's CAO for a 42 years. Drayton Valley's Bio-Mile is designed to provide a home to companies, organizations and research partnerships focusing on creating new products from waste products including bio-mass from the forestry and agriculture industries. The CETC is an innovative centre and first of its kind in Alberta that provides a focus of services for education and training, business development and incubation, and applied research and development.

Registration fee

EDAC members in good standing* Non-EDAC members
Early bird $1150 + GST $1450 + GST
  $1295 + GST $1595 + GST

*EDAC member discount is for those who have paid their annual membership fee. Should your EDAC membership not be paid in full by the date of course/seminar registration, you will be responsible for paying the full (non-member) registration fee