Fundamentals of Community ​Economic Development - Amherst

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Date Location Registration fee Value
October 21-25, 2019 Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre, Amherst, NS $1150 - $1595* 10


Start Time   8:00 am     October 21, 2019
End Time 5:00 pm October 25, 2019

Why take Year 1?

Year 1 is about two things: building a strong foundation of knowledge in economic development, and building connections with your peers. 

This course helps economic development professionals learn the basics of the field, from what an EDO really does, to measuring success. Generalists will learn strategies for handling the many and diverse tasks they're expected to do.  Specialists will learn about the spectrum of economic development activities and become more insightful team members.

Professionals of all types and experience levels will appreciate the peer-learning and networking opportunities. Participants come from across Canada and are eager to share their successes, challenges, and lessons. On a personal level, spending a week learning, eating, and relaxing together builds a bond that leaves each cohort looking forward to reuniting at conferences and other industry events.

For those considering a profession in economic development, I highly recommend participating in the EDAC Year 1 program. It is a great way to expand your professional toolkit, build community and establish a network of colleagues that you can turn to for experiences and knowledge. Read more...

2019 Schedule

Having worked in this field for 20 years, it was an excellent base in my field. Well designed. Well executed.


Trevin Stratton

Chief Economist at Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Trevin Stratton imageTrevin Stratton is an award-winning business economist, specializing in global and technological change. He helps organizations identify and manage opportunities arising from the trends that are reshaping industry and international business. Trevin is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders, and has counseled senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world. 

With a decade of experience building alliances among businesses, academic institutions, as well as trade associations, labour, and non-profit organizations, Trevin has been instrumental in shaping the public policy environment in Canada and abroad. As Chief Economist at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, he helps develop national policy positions aimed at improving Canada’s economic performance and the competitiveness of Canadian business.

Trevin's research has been published in Routledge's International Studies in Business History, cited in NATO's Strategic Foresight Analysis, and taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

He studied at Carleton University in Canada, as well as at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland. He has held appointments as an International Scholar at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, as an E.C. Harwood Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, and as a lecturer in politics, economics, and international studies at the American University in Dubai.

Brock Dickinson

Assistant Director, Economic Development Program, 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.

Emanuel Carvalho

Emanuel Carvalho, Professor of Economics, University of Waterloo

Emmanuel Carvalho image

Emanuel is an assistant director of the Economic Development Program and an associate professor in the Department of Economics. He specializes in regional and community economic development and is interested in examining how economic analysis can contribute to the development and implementation of policies/programs directed at promoting the socioeconomic well-being of regions and communities. He developed the "Carvalho Classification", a model for expressing relative growth. 

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor, Business Development Officer, Town of Amherst 

rebeeca taylorRebecca has a background in communications, graphic design, event management, product development, retail store design, and small business operations. Her career began as a program officer with the Ontario provincial government in the Workplace Preparation Branch of the Ministry of Education and Training where she worked with organizations delivering provincially funded economic development initiatives. Twenty years ago, she started a communications and graphic design firm that specialized in helping human service organizations tell their stories in a compelling way. 

In 2009, she started a manufacturing, wholesale and retail company selling handcrafted bath and body products through more than 150 gift shops across Canada and the USA. Her work won product and packaging design awards at the New York International Gift Fair, the Atlantic Craft Trade Show, and the Toronto Gift Fair. She has won an Export Achievement Award from Nova Scotia Business Inc., an i-3 technology startup award from Innovacorp, and she was a regional winner in the Telus/Globe and Mail Small Business Challenge.  

Most recently, Rebecca's work has won a Marketing Canada award at the 2019 EDAC Conference for a video she produced to promote the Town of Amherst's French Toast Fest.

Jo Ann Fewer

Vice-President, Nova Scotia Lands; Former Executive Director, NS Commission on Building our New Economy

Jo Ann FewerJo Ann Fewer is Vice President of Nova Scotia Lands Inc. She joined the team approximately two years ago. Jo Ann has 23 years working in Community and Economic Development in Nova Scotia. She served as Chief Executive Officer of Perennia Food and Agriculture, Executive Director of the NS Commission on Building our New Economy (The Ivany Report) and prior to that spent fifteen years working with regional development authorities in Colchester and Halifax regions. She had a brief stint at HRM as one of the first Community Developers.  Her early career involved working in rural communities in Nunavut and Newfoundland. Her passion is community-driven development. She has a BA from Acadia, a Designation / Diploma in Economic Development and has completed the Agri-Business Executive Leadership program and NS Government Executive Leadership Program. Her past and current volunteer work includes serving on the board of the local Community Business Development Corporation (NOBL), the Truro Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity and the Colchester / East Hospital Foundation. She lives near Brookfield with her husband, Dominic and has two grown boys in Ontario.

Robert Bernard

President/CEO, Diversity Management Group (DMG), One Sky International (OSI)

Robert Bernard imageRobert Bernard is a business owner of Diversity Management Group (DMG), an Indigenous consulting firm which is based out of We’koqma’q First Nation in beautiful Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Since starting his business in 2000 DMG has created numerous partnerships with one goal in mind – to help create capacity building opportunities for Indigenous people, businesses and communities.  He was also the co-founder of the first Aboriginal Business Chamber of Commerce in Nova Scotia from 1998-2003. Robert sits on the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) Board of Directors, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council (CNSLC) and was named National Chair of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada from 2016-2017. He currently works as the Atlantic Indigenous Tourism Coordinator for the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) and leads the Nova Scotia Indigenous Tourism Enterprise Network (NSITEN). 

Fred Morley

Founder and Chief Economist, Rising Tide Economics; Former Chief Economist, Greater Halifax Partnership

fred morleyFred is an economic growth specialist. He is Founder and Chief Economist of Rising Tide Economics, a consultancy dedicated to helping communities and leaders succeed through innovation. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Economist of the Greater Halifax Partnership and has held senior positions with Tourism Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Office of Regulatory Affairs, the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Nova Scotia Economic Development, the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, and was an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Saint Mary’s University.

In July of 2010, Fred was asked by the White House and the International Economic Development Council to participate in and co-lead an economic needs assessment of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Fred was on the inaugural Governor General’s Innovation Awards Assessment Committee in 2016, a committee which he continues to chair. Fred was one of eight members of the Selection Board of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) which awarded $1.25 billion to 20 Canadian universities in 2015 and 2016. He was a council member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in Ottawa, a board member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in Washington DC and Chair of Business Retention and Expansion International.

Fred was the first Canadian to receive Business Retention and Expansion International’s “Distinguished Service Award” in 2008 and in 2015, was awarded Fellow Member (FM) status by the International Economic Development Council. He was the second Canadian to receive this designation. 

Ida Scott

President, Economic Spectrum Unlimited; Instructor with BRE International 

Ida Scott imageIda Scott created Economic Spectrum Unlimited (ESU) in 1992 when she relocated to Nova Scotia. She saw a need to help with Business Start-ups and assist unemployed people find work. She has actively supported business growth and expansion having developed a reputation of being the "go-to" business advisory person in the area. As Economic Spectrum became established, Ida branched out into Business Consulting, Project Evaluation, Project Management and Property Management. Through ESU and the 100's of projects successfully completed, she has developed a large network of community and business partners and networks. She has also secured and carried out projects with the three levels of government, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She has participated in many boards of directors over the years.  She is has been a board member and is now Chair for the past 9 years for the Women Unlimited (WU) program, an organization near and dear to her heart. WU is committed to helped marginalized women gain training and work in non-traditional Trades and Technology.

Registration fees

  EDAC members in good standing* Non-EDAC members
Early bird $1150 + HST $1450 + HST
After Sept 23 $1295 + HST $1595 + 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