Fundamentals in Community Economic Development - Thunder Bay

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Date Location Registration fee Value
April 20-24, 2020 Thunder Bay, ON $1150-$1595* 10


Start Time  8:00 am Apr 20, 2020
End Time 5:00 pm Apr 24, 2020

Why take Year 1?


Year 1 is about two things: building a strong foundation of knowledge in economic development, and building connections with your peers. 

This course helps economic development professionals learn the basics of the field, from what an EDO really does, to measuring success. Generalists will learn strategies for handling the many and diverse tasks they're expected to do.  Specialists will learn about the spectrum of economic development activities and become more insightful team members.

Professionals of all types and experience levels will appreciate the peer-learning and networking opportunities. Participants come from across Canada and are eager to share their successes, challenges, and lessons. On a personal level, spending a week learning, eating, and relaxing together builds a bond that leaves each cohort looking forward to reuniting at conferences and other industry events.

For those considering a profession in economic development, I highly recommend participating in the EDAC Year 1 program. It is a great way to expand your professional toolkit, build community and establish a network of colleagues that you can turn to for experiences and knowledge. Read more...

2018 Schedule*

*2020 Schedule forthcoming


*The following presenters have been confirmed. Check back soon for a full list of presenters. 

Brock Dickinson

Brock DickinsonBrock is an Assistant Director of the Economic Development Program, and has worked in local economic development for 25 years. He is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Waterloo. He was previously CEO of MDB Insight, Canada’s largest specialist economic development consultancy, where he worked with hundreds of communities across North America. Before this private sector role, Brock headed a number of provincial and municipal economic development agencies in both Ontario and Nova Scotia, and spent six years as a consultant with the United Nations, leading sustainable development projects in 30 countries.

Emanuel Carvalho

Emanuel Carvalho Emanuel is an assistant director of the Economic Development Program and an associate professor in the Department of Economics. He specializes in regional and community economic development and is interested in examining how economic analysis can contribute to the development and implementation of policies/programs directed at promoting the socioeconomic well-being of regions and communities. He developed the "Carvalho Classification", a model for expressing relative growth. 

Eric McSweeney

Eric McSweeneyEric McSweeney is an Economic Development and Management Consultant whose skills, practical guidance and results-oriented approach have helped municipal clients in Canada and Europe develop innovative economic development solutions. He has coordinated or lectured at University of Waterloo economic development program seminars on planning, property development and the local economy. He is a trained facilitator and a trainer in economic development, process facilitation and strategic economic planning.

Having worked in this field for 20 years, it was an excellent base in my field. Well designed. Well executed.


  EDAC members Non-EDAC members
Early bird $1150 + HST $1450 + HST
After March 9 $1295 + HST $1595 + 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