Investment Readiness & Strategic Planning

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Sept 19 & 20, 2019
J.W. Marriot, Edmonton, AB $595-$795* 7

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Foreign direct investment in Canada was $1,289 billion in 2018. 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.

This seminar will precede the Economic Developers Association of Canada conference to help maximize the professional benefits from limited travel budgets. Please note, registration to the conference is separate, and not required to participate in the seminar.

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.


Dr. Trevin Stratton

Chief Economist at Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Trevin 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.

Jamie Vann Struth

Principal, Vann Struth Consulting Group, Vancouver, BC

james 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.

Hendrik Taulin

Senior Investment Officer at the  Embassy of Canada in Berlin, Germany

Hendrik Taulin has over ten years of experience in foreign direct investment consulting in the private and public sector in various industries and countries. As the Senior Investment Officer at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, he focuses on strategic, foreign direct investment (FDI) and site selection counselling to European private sector companies and strategic advice to Canadian public organisations such as provincial governments.

Wes Sawatzky

Senior Director, Key Accounts at Invest Alberta, Edmonton, AB

wes sawatzkyWes Sawatzky is an experienced international business and relationship development professional with strong marketing, administrative and representational skills acquired over thirty years of progressive private and public sector experience representing Alberta in global markets. 


  EDAC Members in good standing* Regular price
Early bird $595 + GST $695 + GST
After Aug 22, 2019 $695 + GST $795 + 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