Planning 101 for Economic Developers - ONLINE

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Date Location Registration fee Value
May 22, 2020 ONLINE  $195 - $295* 5


EDOs and planners are both working to increase the vitality of their communities, but they often approach it in different ways. While EDOs are focused on reducing barriers for business and development, planners are concerned with where and how development should occur. This seminar will include academic, provincial, and municipal planners who will demystify the planning process and policies relevant to economic development. Attending this seminar will help you understand what drives planning decisions, the role of Official Plans and local planning tools, provincial policies like Places to Grow, and the importance of collaboration.


  • Understanding the language of planners
  • Provincial planning perspective
  • Local planning perspective
  • Collaboration, team building and a unified voice

2017 Schedule*

*2020 schedule forthcoming

2017 Speakers*

*2020 speakers fothcoming

Heather Hall

Heather HallDr. Heather Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Economic Development and Innovation program within the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo. Heather grew up in Northern Ontario and has a professional and personal interest in researching planning and economic development in northern regions. This includes: regional development planning, policy and practice; community readiness and community impacts related to natural resource development; planning in slow-growth and declining communities; and innovation and entrepreneurship in rural and northern contexts. She has a PhD. in Geography from Queen’s University (Kingston), an M.A. in Planning from the University of Waterloo, and a B.A. in Geography from Laurentian University (Sudbury).

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace Marcia Wallace is the Regional Director for the Central Ontario Municipal Services Office with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Ministry of Housing.  This operational role provides one-window access between the province and municipalities across land use planning, housing, disaster response, local government and municipal finance programs.

Prior to this role, Marcia worked with the (then) Ministry of the Environment where she led a Ministry-wide transformation of the service delivery model for environmental approvals.  Marcia also led the creation of the Renewable Energy Approval program, a streamlined approach to the regulation of renewable energy projects, and was the province’s Brownfields Coordinator, providing cross-ministry strategic policy and program development to encourage the redevelopment of contaminated sites.

With experience on a variety of land use, environmental, urban design and infrastructure initiatives, Marcia has built a reputation as a driver of change.   Marcia has a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, and is a Registered Professional Planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).

Registration Fees

  EDAC Members in good standing* Non-EDAC Members
Early Bird  $195 + HST $245  + HST
After Apr 23 $245 + HST  $295 + 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