EEDC reports to an Edmonton City Council-appointed Board of Directors, comprised of business and community leaders who confirm the goals and strategies of the organization will achieve the level of economic impact that is desired by the Shareholder, the City of Edmonton.

The Board of Directors meets quarterly to review the performance of EEDC management across all divisions, and provides insights and recommendations forachieving the resilient growth and continuous prosperity needed in the Edmonton economy. The Board of Directors is led by an Edmonton City Council approved Chair and operated with the following Committee structure:
 

  • Governance Committee
  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Angela Fong
Chair of the Board
Appointment:
April 2014 to 2020

Angela joined Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) in 2011 as Chief Corporate & Human Resources Officer. Angela leads a number of corporate functions such as Human Resources, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Corporate Communications, Procurement and Vendor Management, and Board and Government Relations.

AIMCo is one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment managers with more than $100 billion of assets under management. AIMCo is responsible for the investments of 32 pension, endowment and government funds in Alberta.

In addition, Angela serves as Chair of the Governance & Human Resources Committee for the Covenant Foundation Board.

Joseph Doucet
Vice Chair
Appointment:
April 2017 to March 2018

Joseph Doucet became Dean of the Alberta School of Business on July 1, 2013. He joined the School in 2000 and, from 2005, was the Enbridge Professor of Energy Policy. He has held faculty or visiting appointments at Université Laval, the University of Florida, and Université Montpellier (France). He earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

John Babic
Appointment:
April 2013 to 2019

Mr. John Babic B.Com., B.A. (Spec) is the Chairman and CEO of Dalmac Energy Inc., and has served as company CFO. Mr. Babic is also currently involved in various commercial real estate and oil and gas investments and has been President of Professional Consulting Solutions Ltd. since May of 1986.

Brian Baker
Appointment:
April 2015 to 2021

Mr. Brian Douglas Baker served as the President of Melcor Developments Ltd. since July 2012 and before that served as its Chief Executive Officer. He started with Melcor in 1997 as a Development Manager in the Community Development Division, where he successfully managed land development projects in West Edmonton and Spruce Grove. He also served as a Trustee of Melcor Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Baker received his Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta.

Sharilee Fossum
Appointment:
April 2015 to 2021

Sharilee Fossum is a versatile executive with over 30 years experience. Her portfolio includes leadership of financial and other corporate services in both profit and not for profit organizations. She is currently the Chief Financial and Administration Officer of APEGA.

Kris Hildebrand
Appointment:
April 2015 to 2021

Kris Hildebrand is President, Western Canadian Buildings and Civil Infrastructure, at PCL Construction. He has more than two decades of construction experience from across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.

Maria Holowinsky
Appointment:
April 2014 to 2020

Maria serves as President & Chief Investment Officer of Adroit Investment Management Ltd, which is majority owned by the CWB Group, the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in Western Canada. Maria is responsible for setting the vision and strategic direction of the company, as well as the overall investment performance of the company, and management of the investment team.

Paul Ingram
Appointment:
March 2011 to 2018

With a strong and diverse business background, Paul Ingram is an up and coming leader in the Edmonton business community – a community where he was born and raised. Paul currently serves as President of Silverberg Group, Alberta’s leading group benefits advisory firm.

His Worship Don Iveson
Mayor of Edmonton

Since his election as Edmonton’s 35th Mayor in 2013, Mayor Iveson has set his sights on transforming Edmonton into a highly uplifting, more resilient, globally competitive, well-governed city that is recognized as one of Canada’s very best places to build something great.

Prior to entering public life, Iveson studied Political Science at the University of Alberta, then led the Canadian University Press in Toronto. He returned home to a city that appeared to be exporting young, smart leaders, thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs faster than it could attract them. As a proud Edmontonian, the challenge of attracting and retaining more people inspired Iveson to run for City Council in 2007; he served two terms as a City Councillor before running for Mayor.

Chris Jager
Appointment:
April 2013 to 2019

Chris has served on the boards of several companies and joint ventures as well as on the executives of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, the Steel Manufacturers Association and the Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta. He is addicted to downhill skiing and is an avid golfer, cyclist and traveler. He resides in Edmonton and is currently head of Cougar Investments.

Paul Whittaker
Appointment:
April 2016 to 2022

Paul was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Forest Products Association in 2014 and assumed the additional duties of Chair of the Alberta Softwood Lumber Trade Council in 2015. Paul previously was with the Government of Alberta, serving in a range of senior posts including Deputy Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs and President of the Alberta Social Housing Corporation from 2011 to 2014.

Catherine A. Workun
Appointment:
April 2016 to 2022

Catherine A. Workun, Q.C., is Senior Counsel at TELUS, where she supports the Customer Solutions team on major transactions ranging in value up to billions of dollars with large customers in the Oil and Gas, Financial Services, Education, and Health sectors. Her practice focuses on technology law and commercial transactions related to technology; however she also primes legal support for TELUS business marketing and advertising groups.

News & Ideas

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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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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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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