Leadership and Advanced Economic Development Insights: ​An en​hanced learning experience with senior colleagues

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Date Location Tuition EDAC value
November 1-4, 2016 Kitchener, ON $1750-$2450 Upgrade to EcD(F)

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Why take Year 3?

Join an experienced and enthusiastic group of colleagues to discuss the latest trends, develop your leadership abilities, and learn new skills in a collaborative team environment.

Learn more about the course on the Economic Development Year 3 web page.


Change Champions Panel: Making future opportunities a reality

  • Working with politicians
  • Mentoring colleagues, identifying career pathways
  • Creating and maintaining partnerships (across sectors, across the region)

Creativity to Solve Problems and Implement Change

  • Learn to recognize the creativity preferences of those you work or partner with
  • Understanding and maximizing benefits from different preferences/skills
  • Self-assessment – identify your creative preferences and those of people around you

Trends in Digital Manufacturing 

  • Making sense of the maker economy
  • Strategies for bringing digital manufacturing to communities

Transformational Economic Development: From Plan to Investment 

  • Strategic economic planning to change the direction of the City and economy (sneak peek from TedxUW)
  • Creating, sharing and selling a vision
  • Leveraging partnerships

Global Ideas and Knowledge Trends

  • Global economy:  latest trends
  • Business networks, city networks, idea generators          

Communitech Hub Programs and Partners

  • Creating an innovation ecosystem
  • International connections                                                    

Immigration Retention for Smaller Centres 

  • Attraction and retention - who does what
  • Building local capacity through local immigration partnerships and employers' councils
  • Sharing services and best practices with neighbouring communities
  • Provincial support of rural initiatives

Foundation Business Strategies 

  • Problem identification, brainstorming, strategy development, implementation
  • Five rounds over four days

*Topics may change depending on the availability of speakers


  EDAC Members Non-EDAC Members
Early Bird $1750 $2250
After Sept 20 $1950 $2450