Performance measurement in economic development

Performance measurement seminar. Halifax NS. September 19-20, 2016.

Date Location Tuition Value
September 19-20, 2016 Halifax, NS $595-$795 7

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Brock Dickinson

CEO, MDB Insight, Stoney Creek, ON

Brock DickinsonBrock 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

Shirley Hazen, Senior Advisor, Nova Scotia Department of Business, Halifax, NS

Shirley HazenShirley 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.

Angélique LeBlanc

CEO, Western Regional Enterprise Network, Yarmouth, NS

Angelique LeBlancAngélique 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.

Fred Morley

Chief Economist, Nova Scotia Tourism Agency/Nova Scotia Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness, Halifax, NS

Fred MorleyFred 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.

Mark Peck

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 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.

Accommodation and venue



  EDAC members Non-EDAC members
Early bird $595 $695
After August 8 $695 $795