EEDC is managed by an entrepreneurial team of professionals proud to be at the forefront of building our city.

Our leadership team has industry expertise across different verticals of global growth, and is responsible for cultivating new leaders within the organization.

Derek Hudson
P: 780-970-2061

Derek Hudson is CEO of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC). Derek has been with EEDC for five years, and in that time has served in a number of roles; most recently, before becoming CEO, Derek served as Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary. Derek’s professional passion is improving the performance of people and organizations and growing the prosperity of the Edmonton region.

Derek brings over 30 years of expertise to the EEDC team in strategy, management, finance, consulting, and performance improvement. Derek is a co-founder and former CFO of Micralyne, a microtechnology spin-off from the University of Alberta. He started his career at PwC where he gained broad experience in financial reporting, performance improvement and economic development.

Derek is a graduate of the University of Alberta School of Business and is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Consultant.

His volunteer roles include extensive church service and over 25 years as a leader with Scouts Canada. Derek served on the Edmonton Police Commission from 2012 to 2017. Derek’s happy places include the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies and the bike paths in Edmonton’s river valley. A life-long Edmontonian, Derek and his wife Tamaris have four children and four grandchildren.

Terry Curtis
Vice-President, Corporate Relations
P: 780-917-7630

Terry Curtis is the Vice President of Communications at Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC). As part of the Executive Team, he is responsible for designing and leading EEDC’s external stakeholder communications strategies, internal communications strategies, and developing the high performing team needed to deliver on these strategies.

He brings over 15 years of extensive experience from Intuit Canada and General Electric, focused on multi-year business and organizational transformation, employee communications and engagement strategies, project and change management, effective leadership, and leading, developing, and mentoring high-performing teams. As a communications business partner, he has supported C-suite leaders and teams across North America, the UK, and India. He uses a team-focused approach to building communications strategies, goals, and plans that works well in dynamic environments.

Professionally, Terry is passionate about making complex topics simple to understand. Championing the strategic direction of the business, he coaches executives to achieve best communication outcomes, earning them a reputation for transparency, inclusiveness, and effectiveness.

Terry graduated from the University of Calgary where he majored in Economics, and is a certified Six Sigma Master Blackbelt, a Scrum Master, and an Innovation Catalyst.

Outside of the office, Terry spends time with his wife, Tracey and daughter, Emily, reading anything by his favourite author Cormac McCarthy, watching dystopian films, and enjoying B.C. and Californian wines.

Maggie Davison
Vice-President, Edmonton Tourism
P: 780-917-7623

As Vice-President of Edmonton Tourism at Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), Maggie Davison has worked hard to inspire new vision, focus and direction.

Recognized now as an award-winning team and industry leader, Edmonton Tourism is a Destination Marketing Organization to watch in the world of Visitor Attraction.

Maggie brings to EEDC over 25 years of experience in the travel industry, having been recognized in the UK for her outstanding contributions to the industry. Her entrepreneurial background includes owning and operating a manufacturing business and a Travel franchise, working in the United Kingdom market as Managing Director for the Canadian Tourism Commission and on the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, BC. Lastly, in 2009, Maggie began creating the destination marketing organization Tourism Jasper from the ground up – gathering a new team and repositioning Jasper as the most authentic Canadian Rocky Mountain community.

With a background in human resources and training, her real passion is to share her experience and grow her passionate and dedicated Tourism team.
She currently resides in Stony Plain with her husband Dave their golden retriever, Jazz and is Mom to their blended family of four adult children. She has a passion for horses, flying and gardening.

Ellen Hollinger
Vice-President, Corporate Services
P: 780-917-7653

Ellen is responsible for leading a dynamic team of professionals in the areas of HR, Finance, IT and Market Intelligence. This team, made up of key business enablers and trusted business partners, provides governance, advice and scalable solutions for all EEDC divisions and its 1,500 employees to ensure the best possible business performance and employee experience.

As a trusted advisor and leader, her passion stems from an interest in corporate culture, the key drivers that influence it, and its effects on productivity. Prior to joining EEDC, Ellen worked in several industries including hospitality, telecommunications, public administration and retail, with a passion for people and organizational effectiveness. She brings to EEDC over 20 years of combined operational and human resources experience.

Ellen is a graduate from the University of Alberta, where she received a Bachelor of Education and Human Resource Management Diploma. She currently resides in St. Albert with her husband and two daughters, and has a passion for camping, travelling, and gardening.

Glen Vanstone
Vice-President, Enterprise Edmonton
P: 780-917-7634

As Vice-President of Enterprise Edmonton at Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), Glen Vanstone strives to help companies grow revenue and business partnerships beyond the Edmonton region.

His division’s goal is to enhance regional economic development through trade and capitalize on improved market access by focusing efforts on competitive, high-growth companies, and promote the Edmonton Metropolitan Region in targeted international markets to attract new businesses. Glen brings to EEDC over 25 years of experience in the transportation industry, working in a variety of industries including airline operations and market and business development.

Born and raised in Alberta, Glen started his career in Engineering Design, and expanded his interests to meet growth opportunities in roles with Air Canada and Edmonton Airports.

Cheryll Watson
Vice-President, Innovate Edmonton
P: 780-969-0429

As Vice-President of Innovate Edmonton, Cheryll Watson is passionate about contributing to the continued evolution of our technology and innovation ecosystem and amplifying our strengths as an entrepreneurial-spirited city.

The Innovate Edmonton division of EEDC contributes to Edmonton’s economic growth and diversification through the creation of new tech-enabled companies, by helping high potential businesses scale and by inspiring action to fuel growth in our innovation and technology business community.
Prior to joining EEDC, Cheryll spent 15 years with Intuit, a global leader in financial software focused on helping small businesses and consumers manage the business of life. This experience with a Silicon Valley Fortune 500 organization, combined with her current portfolio scope, gives Cheryll a deep understanding of technology and its potential impact on our business environment.

Cheryll’s Edmonton roots are evident in her strong commitment to the community. She currently serves as fundraising chair on the board of directors for the Zebra Child Protection Canter. Cheryll was recognized by Alberta Venture with an eAward celebrating employee excellence and the transformation she drove through Intuit’s successful “We Care and Give Back” program. Intuit’s community contributions quadrupled in the first year of Cheryll leading the program.

Cheryll is also a member of the steering committee for the Edmonton chapter of the Rainforest Alberta initiative. Rainforest Alberta is community led and exists to create the conditions necessary for innovation to thrive and contribute to accelerating the diversification of our economy.

Outside of work, Cheryll, her husband Geoff and their blended family of four children enjoy spending time at their cabin and volunteering together in the community.

Arlindo Gomes
Vice-President, Venue Management
P: 780-491-5544

Arlindo Gomes is the Vice-President of Venue Management and joined the leadership team in September of 2017 to lead the transition of the Edmonton EXPO Centre from Northlands to the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC). In this role, Arlindo provides strategic oversight over the Edmonton EXPO Centre and Edmonton Convention Centre ensuring both venues operate as best in class while maximizing the economic and community benefit to the City of Edmonton.

Arlindo brings more than 25 years of experience in the live sports and entertainment industry. His professional background includes positions with the Shaw Conference Centre, Fantasyland Hotel, Northlands, and Alberta Health Services. He has successfully led multi-venue operations and portfolios as part of senior leadership teams.

A past board member of the Alberta Restaurant and Foodservices Association, Arlindo has also served on the board of the US-based National Association of Concessionaires as Vice President. With a passion for developing a culture of service and an interest in supporting the success of others, Arlindo is driven by the desire to make a difference.

Arlindo has called Edmonton home since he was nine years old, and he has raised his five children in the city alongside his wife Marnie. Community activist, coach and avid sports enthusiast, Arlindo coached his children through various sports as they grew up and now plays alongside them in local leagues. His desire to support his community is still demonstrated by his continued involvement in coaching youth soccer.



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