|September 19-20, 2016||Halifax, NS||$595-$795||7|
Monday, September 19
8:30-9 am: Registration
9 am-12:30 pm: Using performance measurement to further economic development goals
- Challenges in economic development performance measurement
- Performance measurement models
- Meeting stakeholder expectations
Brock Dickinson, CEO, MDB Insight
1:30-5 pm: Community data - finding it, working with it, and creating it yourself
This session is focused on research and analysis tools for working with community data. Participants will:
- Learn common sources for community-level data
- Practice useful tips for analyzing and working with data
- Learn to use input-output analysis to support community projects
Jamie Vann Struth, Principal, Vann Struth Consulting Group
Tuesday, September 20
9 am-12:30 pm: Measuring community performance - Case studies & best practices
This session builds on the research and analysis tools from Session I by emphasizing the presentation of data and community analysis. Participants will:
- Explore the power of benchmarking
- Review the best (and worst) ways to present data visually
- Link data measures to economic development objectives
Jamie Vann Struth, Principal, Vann Struth Consulting Group
1:30-3 pm: City measurement futures: getting to measuring what matters and curating better conversations
- Approach: absolute vs relative measurement
- Compare your city to five others
- Track performance and relative rankings
- External trends vs factors you can influence
Fred Morley, Chief Economist, Nova Scotia Tourism Agency/Nova Scotia Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness; Patricia King, Director of Evaluation, MQO Research
3:30-5 pm: Rethinking regional economic development – moving the needle with the Regional Enterprise Network
- Case study: Western Regional Enterprise Network
- Aligning local goals with provincial and regional ones to create greater impact
Angélique LeBlanc, CEO, Western Regional Enterprise Network; Shirley Hazen, Senior Advisor, Nova Scotia Department of Business; Mark Peck, Executive Director of Policy, Planning and Advisory Services, Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs
CEO, MDB Insight, Stoney Creek, ON
Brock is the CEO of MDB Insight, Canada's largest specialist economic development consultancy. Before entering the private sector, Brock served as Director of ICT & Advanced Manufacturing for the Toronto Region Research Alliance, as Director of Economic Development & Tourism Services for the City of St. Catharines, and as Executive Director of the Western Valley Development Authority in rural Nova Scotia. This economic development work won more than 40 national and international awards, including a UN designation as one of the “best practices in the world for improving living conditions.” His work helped to leverage more than a billion dollars in new investment, and the creation of 5,000 new jobs.
Shirley Hazen, Senior Advisor, Nova Scotia Department of Business, Halifax, NS
Shirley is an economist by training and a policy wonk by inclination. Her 25+ year career in the Nova Scotia public services has involved stints at Departments of Mines and Energy, Economic Development (through various names), Finance, Offshore Energy Office and now as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Business.
CEO, Western Regional Enterprise Network, Yarmouth, NS
Angélique has a natural ability to lead teams and develop partnerships. To strengthen this innate talent, Angélique has dedicated herself to gaining both education and experiences that provide great value to her regional economic development contribution.
Her 15 years’ in economic and business development in Nova Scotia have equipped Angélique with an acute understanding of the challenges faced by the local business communities. She has built a solid network of regional and provincial contacts, and has worked with all levels of government in the process.
A native, bilingual Nova Scotian, Angélique also spent 6 years teaching abroad, and acquired a global perspective along with the ability to thrive in challenging circumstances.
In addition to her work with the Western REN, Angélique is currently completing her MBA through the Université de Moncton.
Chief Economist, Nova Scotia Tourism Agency/Nova Scotia Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness, Halifax, NS
Fred Morley is Chief Economist at the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency since January 2016 on loan from the Nova Scotia Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness, a position he has held since August 2015. Prior to this, Fred was Executive VP and Chief Economist at the Halifax Partnership, Executive Director, Business Retention Expansion and Research at Nova Scotia Business Inc., Director of Marketing and Research for Nova Scotia Economic Development, Senior Economic Advisor to the Province of Nova Scotia, Research Coordinator for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, and has taught in the Department of Economics at Saint Mary’s University.
Fred designed and drove many of the high profile economic and business initiatives in Nova Scotia of the last dozen years. Fred is founder of the innovative and much copied Connector Program for business networking now active in 20 cities in four countries. Fred wrote Halifax’s first economic strategy, and co-wrote Nova Scotia’s first economic strategy in a decade. Fred’s organizations have won more than two dozen national and international economic development marketing awards in the last 15 years.
Executive Director of Policy, Planning and Advisory Services, Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs, Halifax, NS
Mark has been with the Nova Scotia Government for 28 years he started with Assessment Services and then joined Municipal Relations in 2005 where he was a Municipal Advisor. Mark then went on to be the Director of Advisory Services and now holds the title of Executive Director of Policy, Planning and Advisory Services. In this role, Mark works with his staff to set the policy for the Regional Enterprise Networks, which is one of the major program that the Provincial Government has established to assist regions with economic development. Mark has a diploma from St. Francis Xavier University and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Dalhousie University.
Jamie Vann Struth
Principal, Vann Struth Consulting Group, Vancouver, BC
Jamie 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.
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