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

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Date Location Tuition EDAC point value
October 27-30, 2015 Kitchener, ON See below 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 Geoff Malleck, Department of Economics, University of Waterloo

  • 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 Tara Vinodrai, Director, Local Economic Development Program, University of Waterloo

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

Transformational Economic Development: From Plan to Investment Rod Regier, Director, Economic Development, City of Kitchener

  • 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 - Brock Dickinson, Millier Dickinson Blais

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

Communitech Hub Programs and Partners Iain Klugman, Communitech

  • 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 Geoff Malleck, Department of Economics, University of Waterloo

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


Iain Klugman, President and CEO, Communitech

Iain KlugmanIain Klugman is the CEO of Communitech in Waterloo Region — Canada’s hottest technology cluster. Under Iain’s leadership, Communitech has become one of North America’s leading tech enabling organizations, supporting the growth of more than 1,000 small, mid-sized and large technology companies. He is the architect of Communitech’s five-year, $107 million digital strategy, which delivered more than $900 million in economic impact in 2012. He believes passionately in the power of the entrepreneur-driven economy, and its ability to deliver big results for Canada.

Before joining Communitech in 2004, Iain’s career spanned leadership roles in both the private and public sectors, including Director of Global Branding and Advertising for Nortel, Executive Director of Communications with CBC, CEO of a provincial crown corporation, and numerous roles with the Privy Council Office and Industry Canada.

Geoff Malleck, Department of Economics, University of Waterloo

Geoff MalleckGeoff’s primary focus is exploring the principles and conditions that drive the ‘Creativity-Innovation-Entrepreneurship’ Continuum and the relationship with economic prosperity and culture. In addition to teaching entrepreneurship, he works on personal and professional development and individual brand building. 

At the University of Waterloo, Geoff provides instruction in ‘Green Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Entrepreneurship and Economic Development’. He also holds an appointment as an associate director of the Economic Development Program. He is a founding director of the Research Entrepreneurs Advancing Prosperity, a unique and truly disruptive program. Geoff is also a key driver in the development of Waterloo’s sixth pillar in Entrepreneurship.

Off campus, Geoff is active in the private sector as a multiple board member and consultant.

Rod Regier, Executive Director, City of Kitchener Economic Development

Rod RegierRod Regier, Executive Director of Economic Development for the City of Kitchener, received an Honours Bachelor degree in Geography at the University of Winnipeg, and a Masters in Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo. After graduating from Waterloo, Rod worked briefly with the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth in planning policy; then for 16 years with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in various capacities: municipal planning, regional economic development and provincial economic policy with a special focus on dialogue between business, labour and government on provincial competitiveness in global markets.

In his current position, Rod provides leadership to a staff team and community of stakeholders implementing the Kitchener’s Economic Development Strategy (KEDS.11). Key initiatives include Start Up City, Cluster Development, Talent, the Downtown Action Plan, and the Innovation District. Economic development services in Kitchener include the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, Business Development, Downtown, Special Events, Arts and Culture and the Kitchener Market. 

Tara Vinodrai, Director, Local Economic Development Program, University of Waterloo

Tara VinodraiAt the core of Tara's research program is a concern with understanding and theorizing the dynamics of contemporary economic change and the emerging and evolving geographies of the knowledge-based economy. Her research is highly interdisciplinary  in scope drawing on the social sciences, and innovation, organizational and management studies. Tara has a B.A. and a M.A in Geography from the University of Queens, and a PhD in Geography & Planning from the University of Toronto.

Locations and Accommodations


Communitech, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener, ON (Tuesday)

Centre for International Governance Innovation, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON (Wednesday-Friday)


Delta Waterloo, 110 Erb Street West, Waterloo 519-514-0404, Rate: $159/night


  EDAC Members Non-EDAC Members
Early Bird $1750 $2250
After Sept 15 $1950 $2450