University of Waterloo
Environment 3 Building
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
Tel. (519) 888-4567
Canada's first Master of Economic Development and Innovation
The Master of Economic Development and Innovation (MEDI) program is generating the next generation of highly qualified economic development professionals with the academic knowledge and practical tools to enhance the capacity of the profession.
Students in this program are taught a balance of theory and practice, with a strong focus on experiential learning. This experiential learning is emphasized in their final capstone project, which requires collaboration with an external organization.
MEDI students can assist your organization by completing an Applied Research Project (ARP) to help answer a defined problem. Students wil ideally complete this project within 4-months, working closely with you through the process. Students are then required to complete a research paper discussing the research they undertook and the lessons learned in relation to published literature.
MEDI students have held internships in different sectors all over the world. Below are only a few examples of the companies that have worked with us and the responsibilities the internships entailed.
Yfactor Inc, Toronto
Research and develop content for municipal economic development and tourism websites; conduct data analysis; participate in municipal brand development; research best practices in a variety of economic development strategies; prepare professional reports and presentations.
Work with the team to attract and retain merchants and new businesses; foster and maintain important linkages within the business community; create and participate in place marketing and business outreach initiatives.
Municipality of Meaford, Ontario
Organize and mediate a public forum for strategy development; conduct research on best practices for economic development, review best practices for municipal and economic development websites; respond to grant and funding opportunities.
Prepare materials and help organize international specialist meetings on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP); research, draft and facilitate peer review of training modules in the UNECE PPP Toolkit, specifically related to developing a PPP business case for water supply and sustainable development issues in infrastructure development.
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (now the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure)
Design and develop sustainability questionnaires to assist businesses with meeting their economic, environmental, and social objectives; prepare presentations to senior business advisors on sustainable development; create a green business database; conduct research and analysis of the ISO 14001 Malcolm Baldrige criteria for best corporate practice and performance excellence; update community profile database; design manuals to help senior business advisors maintain community profiles of their respective territories.
Contact us to learn more
To find out how your business can work with the MEDI program, contact the Program Director Tara Vindorai.