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Date Location Tuition Value
November 18 & 19, 2019
Thunder Bay, ON $595-$795* 7


Foreign direct investment in Canada was $732.3 billion in 2014. To draw from that sizeable pie, communities and regions need to compete at a global level. This seminar provides an opportunity to learn from investment experts who know the rising markets and sectors, what investors are looking for, and how communities can capture their attention.

Great insight on how an Economic Developer needs to develop a course of action to ultimately close a potential deal.


Very insightful, nice to see behind the curtain.


Brock Dickinson

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, University of Waterloo

brock dickinsonBrock is an Assistant Director of the Economic Development Program, and has worked in local economic development for 25 years. He is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Waterloo. He was previously CEO of MDB Insight, Canada’s largest specialist economic development consultancy, where he worked with hundreds of communities across North America. Before this private sector role, Brock headed a number of provincial and municipal economic development agencies in both Ontario and Nova Scotia, and spent six years as a consultant with the United Nations, leading sustainable development projects in 30 countries.

Jamie Vann Struth

Principal, Vann Struth Consulting Group, Vancouver, BC

Jamie Vann StruthJamie Vann Struth is a professional economist with 17 years consulting experience, primarily in economic development for communities and regions throughout British Columbia.

His work is often focused on numbers – finding them, analyzing them, and presenting them clearly. Examples include employment and income trends, population and housing forecasts, and land demand analysis. He is increasingly focused on bridging the worlds of development and municipal finance and helping communities achieve long-term financial sustainability.

Jamie is a regular instructor at the Western Economic Development Course in Richmond and an occasional faculty member in the School of Business at BCIT. He lives in Vancouver and grew up in a smaller town than you.

Alan Stevenson

Vice President - Client Solutions North America, OCO Global

alan stevensonAlan is a Queen's University Belfast graduate with international experience of working and living in a number of states across the USA. He is an experienced professional with an in-depth knowledge of the economic development and FDI market and community. He has worked on a number of successful campaigns/marketing strategies in North America, which have developed his unique understanding of the processes required to secure investment projects.

Alan has gained considerable experience through advising European, American, Canadian and South American EDOs on how to best develop and implement strategies to attract investment.

He also has established relationships and networks with executives, influencers and stakeholders of client companies throughout the USA and has been directly involved with several investments and re-investments from American companies into client regions


  EDAC Members in good standing* Regular price
Early bird $595 + GST $695 + HST
After Oct 21, 2019 $695 + GST $795 + HST

*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