Leadership & Economic Insights

2021 Year 3 banner

Date Location Registration fee Certification acquired
November 2021 Kitchener-Waterloo, ON (in-person) $1,750-$2,450* Ec.D.(F)
Start Time 9:00 am (Registration at 8:30 am)
End Time 5:00 pm

*Registration forthcoming

Why take Year 3?

Year 3 is an enriched four-day program where senior colleagues learn from other leaders in the field. Join an experienced and enthusiastic group to discuss the latest trends, explore the future, and learn new leadership skills in a collaborative team environment.

Am I eligible to take Year 3?

This program is for senior economic developers who have achieved any one of the following benchmarks:

  • completed their Certified Economic Developer designation (Ec.D.),
  • completed Year 1, Year 2 and Year 2 paper
  • have 10 years of experience in the profession and meet EDAC's requirement policy


The course includes lectures, workshops, and small group projects led by experts and veterans of the field. Topics include:

  • An indigenous perspective on economic development
  • Gender in economic development
  • Mentoring the next generation of leaders
  • Change champions: How to be an effective leader, civil servant, and collaborator
  • Working with politicians
  • Building and maintaining partnerships
  • ​Transformational economic development: from plan to investment
  • What we learned from the Amazon bids
  • Working with business in a time of rapid change
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and local implications
  • Incubator programs and partners
  • CAPSIM business simulation
  • Complexity, innovation and demonstrating social impact 
  • Technology & turbulence: artificial intelligence, big data, autonomous vehicles

Participants will also deliver a 10-15 minute presentation on a current economic development topic of their choice. Presentations will be followed by a peer discussion to maximize knowledge sharing and reveal opportunities.

Registration fee

  EDAC members in good standing* Non-EDAC members
Early bird $1,750 + HST $2,250 + HST
After Early bird $1,950 + HST $2,450 + 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