Fundamentals in Community Economic Development - Thunder Bay

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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...

2020 Schedule*

2021 Schedule forthcoming


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.

George Borovilos

George Borovilos

George Borovilos is the former the Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic Development Division with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Prior to assuming this role, he was the Director of the Business Development Branch with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Over the past 30 years, he has held a number of positions working at all levels of government - municipal, provincial and federal in the areas related to planning, economic development, downtown revitalization and tourism. He is a Past President with the Economic Developers Council of Ontario.

Emanuel Carvalho

Emanuel CarvalhoEmanuel 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. 

Kerry Berlinquette

Kerry BerlinquetteKerry Berlinquette is owner and Chief Fun Herder of Destination Thunder Bay. She has twenty eight years of tourism and hospitality experience encompass event planning, restaurant, beer festival and brewery ownership, and travel consulting. As the owner of Destination Thunder Bay, travel adviser with The Travel Agent Next Door and CEO of Brew Ha Events Inc., her focus is on working with clients to fulfill their travel, tourism and event planning needs under the Destination Tbay, TTAND and Brew Ha Events umbrellas.

Ian Duff

Ian DuffIan Duff is the President of McSweeney and Associates. He has accumulated over 16 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. During this time, he has developed specialized skills in urban and rural strategic economic development. land use planning. industrial land inventories and industrial park planning. public private partnerships. corporate marketing and government service delivery. Ian has facilitated and authored numerous community economic development and target industry specific strategies for communities and regions throughout Northern Ontario.

Kevin Rose

Kevin RoseKevin Rose is the Chairman at the Indigenous Tourism Board of Ontario and President of Northern Approach, an economic and business development consulting firm. Kevin is the former President of the Economic Development Association of Canada. 

Charles Cirtwill

Charles Cirtwill

Charles Cirtwill is the founding President and CEO of the Northern Policy Institute. Charles joined NPI in September 2013 after twelve years with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies.  Charles has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors as a program manager, policy analyst, senior administrator, consultant and entrepreneur.

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

  EDAC members Non-EDAC members
Early bird $1150 + HST $1450 + HST
  $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