Our work is for Edmonton. We’re proud of the work we do, and we want to share it with our stakeholders and the community. Our Annual Report lets us share what we’ve achieved over the past year and to set the course for the future.

This year, our city has been challenged with a provincial recession, dropping oil prices, and a weak dollar. In spite of that, we have seen growth in entrepreneurship, innovation and new industries. We’ve honed in on our economic drivers to understand how we can build long-term growth.

The result: a pretty good 2016, but the groundwork for an outstanding 2017.

Our momentum is unstoppable.

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News & Ideas

Event Attraction

Shaw Conference Centre builds international buzz

The Shaw Conference Centre has built an international reputation for its expertise in hosting events of all forms and sizes. If you’ve felt a buzz while visiting, it’s not just because of the atmosphere within the building. Outside, you’ll find hundred of plants being pollinated by the Shaw Conference Centre’s very own bees.

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Community Activation & Vibrancy

Join the celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the City of Edmonton, is distributing free posters and decals for businesses to display throughout 2017.

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Community Activation & Vibrancy

Edmonton Made Increases Exposure of Local Businesses

In support of the 47,000 small and medium sized businesses that call Edmonton home, EEDC and the City of Edmonton launched the Edmonton Made program in September. Initiated through the Emerging Economies Initiative led by Edmonton City Councillor Michael Oshry, and developed by EEDC’s Community Activation team, this new program strives to enhance the exposure of local businesses.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Edmonton Startup, Jobber, Opens Toronto Office to Keep Pace with Global Growth

Jobber, the software platform that helps home service businesses be more successful, announced the opening of its Toronto, Canada office to support the rapid growth of its global customer base.

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Case Studies

Canada’s Marijuana Industry is Coming

With the Government of Canada having put forward its framework for the legalization of recreational cannabis, cities across the country will be looking to capitalize on the marijuana economy and its associated jobs, investment, and tax revenue. Edmonton will be no different, and it’s about time we started thinking strategically about how to make our mark in this new industry.

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Reports

2016 Annual Report

The past year was challenging for Edmonton’s economy. Despite the risk factors, we experienced growth in new industries and honed in on our economic drivers to understand how we can build long-term growth.

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Event Attraction

ITU Grand Finale Returns to Edmonton in 2020

Edmonton has worked hard to earn much respect within the global triathlon community. And its paid off. By 2020, only Lausanne, Switzerland – home of the International Triathlon Union – and Edmonton will have staged three world championships.

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Media

EEDC lights up downtown with giant ‘Let’s Go Oilers’ projection

A nine-storey Let’s Go Oilers projection will light up downtown tonight to help cheer on the Edmonton Oilers as they continue their battle against the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the NHL playoffs.

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Case Studies

How Does this Recession Compare to the Last?

Despite recent drops in the price of oil to back below $50 per barrel, most analysts and forecasters are expecting that 2017 will be the year Alberta climbs out of recession. Indeed, several of the province’s economic indicators began to climb back towards pre-recession levels late last year – this doesn’t mean Alberta is back to where it was before oil prices started dropping in summer 2014, but things are no longer getting worse.

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Event Attraction

Edmonton nominated for three CSTA PRESTIGE Awards

Edmonton Events received three nominations for the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s (CSTA) PRESTIGE Awards. Edmonton took home two awards: the CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award (Group B: budget less than $1 million) for the Canadian Track and Field Championships and Selection Trials for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and the CSTA Sport Tourism Champion Award that went to the former Executive Director of Edmonton Events, Candice Stasynec.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Startup Edmonton Shares How To Invest in Startups

In this article from Alberta Venture, Tiffany outlines some of the best steps founders of tech-enabled companies can take when considering investment and scaling their efforts.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC) Drives Productivity

The Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC) is a direct effort to diversify our economy by creating a new knowledge-based cluster of economic activity in the Edmonton Metro Region that will attract new revenue, new business and new highly qualified people to Alberta.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Edmonton continues to flex its AI muscles

Cam Linke, Co-Founder Startup Edmonton and Board Member of AMII, shares his thoughts on the role the startup community plays in developing artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies into a variety of startup opportunities in this article from Denise Deveau at the Financial Post.

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Culture of Trade

Global Wholesaler Alibaba Visits Edmonton

EEDC’s Trade and Investment division hosted leading e-commerce companies in Edmonton to meet with local export-ready companies interested in exploring the Chinese consumer market. The workshop was an opportunity for Edmonton businesses to understand e-commerce in China and opportunities with Alibaba to be a sourcing and export platform to do business with the rest of the world.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

HackED Draws Over 100 Students

More than 100 students from three post-secondary campuses joined Startup Edmonton for HackED on January 28 & 29. Produced by the CompE Club, in association with Startup Edmonton, the event aims to inspire students from technical programs to build projects over a 36-hour period.

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Culture of Trade

AMTA Builds New Commercial Driver Training Centre at EIA

The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) will begin construction of a new educational facility at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in the summer of 2017. The new construction will include a nearly 20,000 sq. ft. facility with an adjacent five-acre test driving track, as well as also include a driving simulation trainer that will enable AMTA to conduct complete training for commercial drivers all in one location.

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Community Activation & Vibrancy

Edmonton Wins Global Place Branding Award

In November 2016, Make Something Edmonton (MSE) received the City Nation Place Award for Best Expression of Place Brand Identity. The Awards recognize the best in place branding worldwide and are announced at the annual City Nation Place Forum in London, England.

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Tourism

German Contest Winners Explore Edmonton

Edmonton Tourism partnered with Icelandair and SWR3 – the #1 radio station in Germany with an estimated reach of 4 million listeners – to host a contest for 50 winners (25 plus guest) to come to Edmonton for four days in November.

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Community Activation & Vibrancy

Vignettes Design Series Creates Collaboration For Designers & Culinary Experts

Since 2014, Mojo Design has been promoting the Edmonton design industry through Vignettes showcases, the first with furniture designed by University of Alberta students, then woodworkers, and 8×8 ft. spaces done by interior designers. Igniting the collaboration within the design communities, the Vignettes had been a success, and the team wanted to take their events to the next level.

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Major Investment

EEDC Receives $3 Million to Attract Diverse Businesses to Edmonton

On November 10, 2016, EEDC received $3-million in federal and provincial funding to pursue investment attraction for the Edmonton region. This investment program by EEDC’s government partners allows for a new focus on sector and geo-markets to bring investment to the Edmonton region, and the EEDC team is working to promote our region to the world.

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Media

Edmonton wins international place branding award

Edmonton received the City Nation Place Award for Best Expression of Place Brand Identity on November 10, 2016. The Awards recognize the best in place branding and were announced at the annual City Nation Place Conference in London, England.

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Media

Are We Future Proof?

An estimated 1.8 million square feet of commercial office space will be coming online in the downtown in the next 24 months. With that, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), BOMA, and DIRTT are holding an event about innovative ways to modernize and repurpose vacant infrastructure.

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Media

Local seafood shop, Ocean Odyssey Inland, expands business

With support from Edmonton Economic Development’s Trade and Investment Team, Ocean Odyssey Inland has expanded their store to a new location, thanks to international trade opportunities with Iceland. The store now carries fresh Icelandic seafood, flown in on the IcelandAir flight within 6.5 hours.

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