Manager Financial Planning and Analysis, Shared Services

Position Profile

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) cultivates the energy, innovation and investment needed to build a prosperous and resilient Edmonton economy.

EEDC staff embody the five cultural values of the organization; Public Stewardship, Selfless Approach, Lead The Way, Make An Impact and Caring For One Another.  Our people are city builders who embody the spirit of EEDC and Edmonton; open, inventive, courageous, cooperative and willing to take a risk. In recognition of this work and focus on our people and culture, we were recently recognized as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

The Shared Services group is made up of key business enablers and trusted business partners who provide governance, advice, and scalable solutions for the organization through partnerships, collaboration, innovation, and leadership to ensure the best possible experience.  The group is comprised of IT, Finance, HR, Business Systems and Shared Services   We are looking to fill the position of Manager Financial Planning and Analysis within our Finance team.

Reporting to the Director, Finance, the Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis is a trusted advisor responsible for leading and managing the Budget, Forecasting and Analysis functions while ensuring strategic alignment to the Finance Department strategy and EEDC’s Mandate and Organizational Strategy.

Job Details

We are searching for an experienced professional who possesses strong technical financial capabilities with proven business partner and people management experience in a rapidly changing environment. Working within this multifaceted organization, you will apply your notable interpersonal skills to communicate, collaborate, engage and advise a diverse group of stakeholders including the internal budget owners, and staff members across the organization.

The Financial Planning and Analysis functions are in the process of undergoing a transformational shift from transactional to strategic. The primary focus for the first 3-6 months will be on the development and refinement of core processes, systems, and competencies. Once in place, focus will shift to an enhanced business partner support model focused on engagement, user experience and collaboration to enable higher-value business decision support activities.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Manage the annual operational and capital budgeting and monthly forecast process organization wide
  • Create financial models to improve operational budgeting and forecasting using established financial modelling best practices
  • Develop and continuously improve budget and forecast templates
  • Leads all financial analysis for the organization and makes recommendations supported by data for:
  • Cost benefit analysis
  • Business case support
  • ROI/Payback calculations
  • Ad hoc analysis
  • Actively participate in the Business Planning process by supporting and collaborating with various internal budget owners
  • Decision making, logical thinking, inquisitive, rethinking, business partner
  • Experience in organizing, and interpreting large data sets to provide meaningful analysis and visualizations
  • Develops and maintains forecast models
  • Coordinates, trains, and supports the timely, accurate collection of forecast inputs from budget owners
  • Leading, managing, and mentoring the Financial Planning and Analysis team for strong alignment to organizational strategy
  • Continually reviewing internal processes and workflows to ensure an effective and positive user experience
  • Leading and supporting change management within the organization

The successful candidate will have:

  • Post-secondary degree in Accounting, Finance, Commerce or related discipline
  • CPA designation is an asset but not required
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive Finance/Accounting experience and a minimum of 3 years of experience leading a team
  • Established experience in managing complex budgets and forecasts
  • Exceptional analytical and financial analysis skills with a strong focus and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in effectively leading change and positively influencing business operations
  • Outstanding people management skills and the ability to mentor and provide guidance and coaching to others within the Finance and the leadership team on complex issues

If this opportunity sparks your interest and highlights your strengths, we want to hear from you!  Please submit your detailed cover letter and resume outlining your key accomplishments, skills, and abilities by Friday, September 18, 2020.  Click here to register on our applicant tracking system and submit your resume.

Edmonton Convention Centre and Edmonton EXPO Centre Announce New General Managers

Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Economic Development is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Pietroleonardo as General Manager of the Edmonton Convention Centre and Olaf Miede as the General Manager of the Edmonton EXPO Centre, effective October 21.

“After a competitive recruitment and selection process, we are excited to welcome both Emma and Olaf to the EEDC family as the general managers of our two venues,” said Arlindo Gomes, Vice President, Venue Management, EEDC. “Both Emma and Olaf’s experience, leadership, community engagement and operating performance will support our venue teams as we continue to drive economic and social prosperity in our region.”

“It is a privilege to join a passionate team of professionals who have worked hard to position the Edmonton Convention Centre among North America’s top performing public assembly venues,” said Emma Pietroleonardo, General Manager, Edmonton Convention Centre. “I look forward to building upon the Centre’s reputation for service excellence, culinary expertise and dedication to sustainability.”

“It’s an exciting time to join this dynamic venue as we continue to lead the way in driving operational efficiencies and delivering exceptional experiences for our clients and guests,” said Olaf Miede, General Manager, Edmonton EXPO Centre. “I am honoured to contribute to an established team of public stewards who welcome and serve millions of guests each year.”

Emma comes to the Edmonton Convention Centre with extensive operational and leadership experience in the venue and hospitality industries. She has previously held leadership roles with the Royal Hotel Group, providing oversight of six full-service hotels across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Olaf’s career in the hospitality and venues industries spans more than 20 years and includes operational and leadership positions within hospitality properties across Western Canada. Prior to joining the Edmonton EXPO Centre, Olaf served as General Manager of Hotels on Whyte.

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ABOUT THE EDMONTON CONVENTION CENTRE
Recognized by the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) as one of North America’s top five performing venues, the Edmonton Convention Centre brings people together to learn, innovate, trade and celebrate in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Owned by the City of Edmonton and managed by Edmonton Economic Development, the venue hosts nearly 650 events and 500,0000 guests per year, generating more than $30 million in economic impact.

ABOUT THE EDMONTON EXPO CENTRE
As the largest venue of its kind outside of Toronto, the Edmonton EXPO Centre is a powerful economic catalyst, providing authentic experiences and limitless opportunities in the most imaginative event space in Canada. Owned by the City of Edmonton and managed by the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, the Edmonton EXPO Centre hosts more than 1.5 million visitors per year and delivers over $32 million in yearly economic impact for our city.

 

Media Contacts                                                         
Lauren Andrews
Marketing & Communications Manager, Venues
Edmonton Economic Development
P: 780.917.7613 C: 780.217.1245
E: landrews@edmonton.com

Edmonton Economic Development Announces New Board Chair and Five New Directors

Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaEdmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is proud to announce the appointment of a new Board Chair, Joseph Doucet, as well as five new board members effective July, 2019. The new board members include Paul Alpern, Matthew Havertape, Alyson Hodson, Karen Oshry, and Catherine Vu.

“I am humbled to be the Board Chair of an organization that is at the forefront of keeping the Edmonton economy moving, growing and thriving. Our Board is made up of a diverse group of passionate citizens. I look forward to working alongside them to ensure the organization continues to fulfill its mandate.” – Joseph Doucet, Board Chair, EEDC

Joseph Doucet, Dean, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta. 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 and his research and teaching interests include energy markets and regulation.

Paul Alpern, Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Stantec, a 22,000 person global professional services firm of designers, engineers, architects, scientists and project managers. Prior to joining Stantec in 1998, Paul was in private legal practice focusing on employment and labour law and general civil litigation.

Matthew Havertape, Vice President, Finance and IT with The Little Potato Company, a privately-held family-values based company dedicated to serving nutritious, convenient and delicious creamer potatoes. Matthew began his career with PwC in Minneapolis, Minnesota and gained multinational experience in the United States, Europe, and Canada.

Alyson Hodson, President & CEO of Zag Creative, an Edmonton-based strategic marketing firm that develops award-winning marketing strategies for clients across Canada and the United States. She is a community champion and is past Director of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Board, past Chair of the Board for the Downtown Business Association, and is currently the President of the Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta Board.

Karen Oshry, Owner and Manager of Oshry & Company, a law firm that focuses on business and commercial real estate and transactions, providing legal services to individuals, small and medium sized businesses as well as institutional clients. Karen is committed to advocating for business and growth in the City of Edmonton.

Catherine Vu, Owner of Pro-Active IT Management Inc., a company that provides businesses with the right tools and solutions for what IT requirements they have. She is passionate about giving back to her community and is proud to be one of 22 founding mentors of the University of Alberta Venture Mentoring Services (UA VMS) program which now has 90+ mentors.

For more information on the EEDC Board of Directors, visit https://www.eedc.ca/about-us/board-of-directors/.

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As an agency of the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Economic Development’s (EEDC) mandate is to recommend economic development policy and strategy for the City of Edmonton, execute strategy as assigned by the Shareholder, and conduct a broad range of economic development initiatives in collaboration with the City of Edmonton and other partners. The organization currently manages the following divisions: Edmonton Tourism, Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton EXPO Centre, and Innovate Edmonton. For more information, visit annualreport.eedc.ca.
 

Media Contact                                                          

Imran Gill
Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications
Edmonton Economic Development
P: 780.969.0477
E: igill@edmonton.com
 

Edmonton Economic Development Appoints Vice-President of Venue Management

Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaEdmonton Economic Development (EEDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Arlindo Gomes in the role of Vice-President, Venue Management.

Arlindo previously served as the General Manager of the Edmonton EXPO Centre. In his new role Arlindo will provide strategic oversight over the Edmonton EXPO Centre and Edmonton Convention Centre, ensuring both venues continue to operate as best in class while maximizing the economic and community benefit to the City of Edmonton.

“I’m thrilled Arlindo has accepted the role of Vice-President, Venue Management,” says Derek Hudson, EEDC CEO. “His experience in the fields of live entertainment, sports and venue management will be a major influence on the ongoing success of both venues.”

“It’s an honour to be trusted with the stewardship of these two venues,” says Arlindo Gomes, Vice-President, Venue Management.  “I look forward to working with both teams at the Edmonton Convention Centre and Edmonton EXPO Centre to build upon the strong reputation and success of both venues while driving efficiencies and operational excellence.”

Arlindo has over 25 years of experience in the sports, entertainment and venue management industry. He began his career at the Edmonton Convention Centre, was instrumental in the integration of the Edmonton EXPO Centre within EEDC and was the creative mind behind many of the new events introduced at the facility.

Richard Wong, General Manager of the Edmonton Convention Centre, has formally resigned his position to pursue another opportunity. For nearly two years, Richard has provided exceptional leadership and stewardship of one of our city’s most iconic facilities, recognized as one of North America’s top performing venues in 2018.

As a result of Richard’s departure and Arlindo’s appointment, EEDC will be recruiting for two new General Managers. For more information, visit EEDC.ca.

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As an agency of the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Economic Development’s (EEDC) mandate is to recommend economic development policy and strategy for the City of Edmonton, execute strategy as assigned by the Shareholder, and conduct a broad range of economic development initiatives in collaboration with the City of Edmonton and other partners. The organization currently manages six divisions, including Edmonton Tourism, Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton EXPO Centre, Enterprise Edmonton and Innovate Edmonton. For more information, visit annualreport.eedc.ca.

Media Contact
Imran Gill
Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications
Edmonton Economic Development
P: 780.969.0477
E: igill@edmonton.com

Edmonton Economic Development Kicks Off Economic Growth Strategy Campaign

June 11, 2019

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) has launched a city-wide campaign asking Edmontonians to add their voice to what Edmonton’s economy needs in order to grow and thrive for future generations. The input received will directly inform the City of Edmonton’s next long-term Economic Growth and Resiliency Strategy.

Starting today, Edmontonians can visit Futureyeg.ca and join an online community where they can provide direct feedback and engage with fellow citizens in a discussion regarding Edmonton’s economy. All visitors will be asked to describe Edmonton’s ideal economy as it should look a generation from now and provide feedback on what Edmonton’s economy needs to realize that future.

“This is an opportunity to engage with everyone who lives or works in Edmonton,” said Derek Hudson, EEDC CEO. “We’ve always believed economic development is a team sport and everyone is involved in city building. EEDC wants to hear from all Edmontonians regarding what they think is working well and what some of the barriers or constraints to success are today. This will help our community in building a prosperous and resilient Edmonton economy for our next generation.”

At the same time, EEDC will also be engaging directly with Edmonton businesses and stakeholders to gather their insights. All input will play a key role in confirming key drivers of the economy, such as talent or tourism, and identifying constraints and areas of improvement. The organization will present findings to City Council in September 2019 and then validate its findings through ongoing community consultation through the balance of the year and into 2020. For more information, visit Futureyeg.ca.

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As an agency of the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation’s (EEDC) mandate is to recommend economic development policy and strategy for the City of Edmonton, execute strategy as assigned by the Shareholder, and conduct a broad range of economic development initiatives in collaboration with the City of Edmonton and other partners. The organization currently manages six divisions, including Edmonton Tourism, Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton EXPO Centre, Enterprise Edmonton and Innovate Edmonton. For more information, visit annualreport.eedc.ca.

 

Media Contact
Terry Curtis
VP, Corporate Relations
Edmonton Economic Development
P: (780) 917-7630
E: tcurtis@edmonton.com

2019 Global Startup Ecosystem Report positions Edmonton as a leader in Canadian entrepreneurship

Edmonton’s startup ecosystem reputation continues to rise through global rankings, reports, and conference opportunities

The 2019 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER), launched today at The Next Web Conference, is the world’s most comprehensive and widely-read research on startups and is based on data from thousands of startup founders and research on millions of companies. Edmonton’s participation, led by Innovate Edmonton, a division of Edmonton Economic Development, benchmarks the city against more than 50 ecosystems globally. GSER is one of many opportunities pursued by Innovate Edmonton to showcase the local innovation ecosystem on a global stage to create momentum for tech companies to grow rapidly. Download the report at startupgenome.com/gser2019.

Edmonton’s GSER 2019 highlights:

  • Top 5 Activation Ecosystem for Market Reach
  • Top 5 Activation Ecosystem for Talent
  • Investor and R&D tax credits are cited as reasons a startup should move to Edmonton
  • Regional sub-sector strengths in Life Sciences and AI, Big Data & Analytics

“This report highlights Edmonton’s strengths as an innovation hub and presents the data-backed opportunities we have for investment. Just yesterday, in my yearly State of the City address, I stressed the huge resource of skilled talent our major post-secondary institutions deliver. These young minds are going to help propel our economy forward and make our industries more competitive in the global marketplace. The GSER showcases Edmonton’s innovative success and the urgent need for collaboration, across all sectors, to build on this momentum.” – Mayor Don Iveson

“As our economies transition to the fourth industrial revolution, we — communities driving the global startup revolution — have a major role to play,” said JF Gauthier, Founder and CEO of Startup Genome. “Not only can startup ecosystems act as the top engine of job creation and economic growth, but our startups can also help solve many of our society’s biggest challenges including climate change and inequality.”

The GSER builds on the recent StartupBlink 2019 Ecosystem Rankings Report in which Edmonton moved up 30 spots from 2017 for a Top 100 Ecosystem ranking. The report noted Edmonton, with nearly 400 tech companies, as one of Western Canada’s most dynamic startup ecosystems. It’s no surprise with the University of Alberta ranking third best in the world in machine learning research, that Edmonton boasts homegrown companies that excel in applied artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as augmented and virtual reality, health-tech, and big data.

“We’ve been quietly leading the way as a tech and innovation city for a while and the world is starting to take notice. Our local companies deserve this recognition; their talent and ideas are making impacts locally and globally; and they are receiving significant funding and financing to fuel their growth, including $13M by Scope AR and $9.2M by OneSoft in the last six weeks alone,” said Cheryll Watson, Vice President, Innovate Edmonton. “We are in competition with the world and we can’t afford to fall behind. We know our strengths and now is the time for strong partnerships, investment in our own backyard, community alignment, government support and vocal leadership to secure our success.”

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In 2019, Innovate Edmonton continues to leverage word-class conference opportunities as global channels for local startups and scaling tech companies to pursue investment, connect with talent, and seek customers. In April, business leaders from across Canada were exposed to Edmonton innovation at SingularityU; from May 21 – 23, Edmonton will have a major presence at Collision in Toronto, North America’s fastest growing tech conference, with local companies joining on the delegation as ALPHA and BETA program participants; and on June 5 – 7, the the city will be showcased as a sponsor at Inventure$ Alberta’s growing global tech conference.

Innovate Edmonton collaborates to create the best possible environment for technology innovation and tech-enabled startup and scaleup company growth in Edmonton. This is achieved through delivering programs that support the creation of new business, the acceleration of high potentials and the engagement of the community. Learn more at edmonton.com/innovate.

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ABOUT US  
Innovate Edmonton
brings together and supports our city’s most driven tech sector entrepreneurs and visionaries. We are a division of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) charged with Edmonton’s economic growth and diversification. Our purpose is to help you bring your groundbreaking ideas to market – whether you are a startup or a high-potential scaleup – by bringing the right people, resources and funding together specific to your idea. Innovate Edmonton manages the Advanced Technology Centre, Startup Edmonton, and the relationship with TEC Edmonton – a joint venture between the University of Alberta and EEDC, as well as the Edmonton Made program and Innovate YEG platform. For more information, visit edmonton.com/innovate.

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is a unique model in Canada; a multi-divisional, multi-location arms-length agency of the City of Edmonton, aligned through unified purpose, vision, and values. EEDC’s operating and governance model is scalable, creating a platform for economic development initiatives that can be started, matured, and exited as required. This unified approach, founded on principles of scalability, adaptability, and leveraging public assets, means that Edmonton can move faster on new initiatives and take on bigger risks all for the single purpose of growing our economy. EEDC manages six divisions; Edmonton Tourism, Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton EXPO Centre, Innovate Edmonton and Enterprise Edmonton. For more information, visit eedc.ca.

Startup Genome works to enhance startup success and ecosystem performance everywhere. Our mission and impact are rooted in over a decade of independent research with data on over a million companies across 150 cities. Working side-by-side with more than 300 partner organizations, our frameworks and methodologies have become instrumental in building foundations for startups to grow. Our efforts earned us the Research Champions award at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2019. Many of the world’s leading governments and innovation-focused organizations have joined our knowledge network to cut through the complexities of startup ecosystem development and fuel sustained economic growth. Considered the new science of startup ecosystem assessment, we point to key gaps in startup ecosystems and prioritize actions to take in addressing them. Together with global thought leaders, we define robust strategies and implement programs to drive lasting change. Join us and boost startup success, economic growth, and job creation in your region. Follow our work at startupgenome.com.

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StartupBlink is the world’s most comprehensive map and research center of startup ecosystems. It supports local organizations in developing and promoting their ecosystem. Its global startup ecosystem map and research center has tens of thousands of registered startups, coworking spaces, and accelerators, while its platforms have around 10,000 monthly visitors, in addition to 90+ active local startup chapters, with over 40,000 members around the globe. Once a year, it releases the world’s most comprehensive startup ecosystem rankings with over 120 countries and 950 cities ranked. For more information and to download the report, visit startupblink.com.

For interviews and further inquiries, please contacts us:

 

Alex Hryciw

Stakeholder Relations Manager, Innovate Edmonton

ahryciw@Edmonton.com

M: 780-271-4641

 

Dane Stangler

President & Chief Policy Officer, Startup Genome

dane.stangler@startupgenome.com

WhatsApp: +1-913-634-4476

 

Tricia Whitlock

PR, Marketing & Comms, Startup Genome

Tricia@startupgenome.com

+1-770-561-1701

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Shaw Conference Centre to become Edmonton Convention Centre on January 1

December 17, 2018

Edmonton, AB Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is pleased to announce that after 21 years as the Shaw Conference Centre, the venue will be renamed the Edmonton Convention Centre as of January 1, 2019. Shaw Communications’ naming rights agreement will expire on December 31, 2018.

“The Edmonton brand deserves to be showcased in the name of a venue that delivers more than $26 million in economic impact to the city each year,” said Derek Hudson, CEO, Edmonton Economic Development. “We are excited about the possibilities to use the Edmonton Convention Centre name as a platform to elevate the local community and economy. The new name reflects EEDC’s continued dedication to building Edmonton as a regional, national and international destination for events, meetings and conventions.”

Owned by the City of Edmonton and managed by Edmonton Economic Development, the convention centre celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2018. Earlier this year, it was recognized by the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) as one of North Americas five top performing venues—the only Canadian venue to receive this honour since 2012. As downtown Edmonton’s largest event and convention space, the venue is a preferred destination for nearly 650 events each year.

“Edmonton’s downtown convention centre has been an integral part of our community and growing city skyline for more than 35 years,” said Richard Wong, GM, Shaw Conference Centre. “We have built our reputation on providing remarkable experiences and as we look to the future, our team will continue to exceed expectations under the Edmonton Convention Centre name.”

The venue was originally named Edmonton Convention Centre from its opening in 1983 to 1997. A naming rights agreement with Shaw Communications saw the venue named Shaw Conference Centre from 1997 to 2018.

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About Shaw Conference Centre

Managed by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, the Shaw Conference Centre has a vision to be one of North America’s top performing convention centres. Everything we do is dedicated towards pushing the limits of providing the very best experience an event planner or guest has ever had, anywhere. Contact us today by visiting ShawConferenceCentre.com.

Contact information:

Lauren Andrews

Manager, Marketing & Communications

Shaw Conference Centre

O: 780.917.7613

C: 780.937.1689
landrews@edmonton.com

 

Derek Hudson Named Chief Executive Officer of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton, Alberta (August 8, 2018) – The Board of Directors of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) announced today that Derek Hudson has been named its President and Chief Executive Officer. The Board’s selection concludes an extensive executive search process that attracted significant interest and exceptional talent, drawn by the opportunity to carry forward the strong reputation EEDC has earned as a champion for the Edmonton region.

Derek brings over 30 years of expertise in strategy, management, finance, consulting, and performance improvement. He joined the EEDC in April 2013 and since that time served the organization as Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary, before being appointed Interim CEO on April 1, 2018. Derek has held leadership responsibilities across the organization including corporate services, innovation and the Shaw Conference Centre.

“Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is a respected agent for sustainable economic growth in our community. EEDC’s impact flows from the contribution of each of our team members, who care deeply about the economic well-being of this great city,” said Derek Hudson, President & Chief Executive Officer, EEDC. “I am humbled by the Board’s decision to allow me the opportunity to lead this organization and to steward its continued relevance as a key driver of prosperity for the Edmonton region.  I look forward to working with my colleagues and many stakeholders to ensure a prosperous and resilient economy which benefits all.”

“Edmonton is quickly gaining a reputation as the big Canadian city to watch – a city where entrepreneurs are inspired and encouraged. Where new and exciting work is happening and great discoveries are being made,” commented Mayor Don Iveson. “Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is integral in carrying this work forward and I look forward to working with Derek and his team as Edmonton’s economy continues to transform.”

“Derek has demonstrated an exceptional level of leadership and poise since taking on the challenge of Interim CEO at the Board’s request earlier this year,” stated Angela Fong, Chair, EEDC Board of Directors. “True to his entrepreneurial roots, Derek is an engaging leader who is also willing to roll up his sleeves to get the job done. Derek has articulated a strong vision for EEDC and, working in partnership with many of our stakeholders, the Board is confident in his ability to deliver against this mandate.”

Prior to joining EEDC, Derek was 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.

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About Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is a wholly-owned entity of the City of Edmonton, governed by an independent Board of Directors.  EEDC is a unique model in Canada; a multi-divisional, multi-location conglomerate agency, aligned through unified purpose, vision, and values. EEDC’s operating and governance model is scalable, creating a platform for economic development initiatives that can be started, matured, and exited as required. This unified approach, founded on principles of scalability, adaptability, and leveraging public assets, means that Edmonton can move faster on new initiatives and take on bigger risks all for the single purpose of growing our economy.

For more information, visit eedc.ca.

Contact information:

Imran Gill
Edmonton Economic Development
IGill@edmonton.com

2018 Impact Luncheon: Keynote Address from CEO Brad Ferguson

Jan 9th, 2018

Five and a half years ago, in front of the Winspear Centre, I was sitting on the curb with Stephen Mandel. Literally sitting on the curb discussing what he thought our city needed over the next five years and what changes were needed if Edmonton Economic Development was going to be a relevant organization in Edmonton’s future. He told me to do three things:
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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.

In 2016, the venue was approved for the installation of one hive on its property under the City of Edmonton’s urban beekeeping program. The hive, which started with an initial 8,000 bees, quickly grew to over 70,000 during the summer. The docile, friendly bees fly in a 4 km radius, pollinating the sustainable permaculture around the convention centre including the indigenous medicine wheel and monarch butterfly gardens, and the Edmonton River Valley located directly in front of the hive.

Managed by professional beekeeper Patty Milligan of Lola Canola Honey, the hive produced 60 pounds of honey in the first year. The honey has a unique colour and taste, and is used by the culinary team in some of the nearly 250,000 meals served each year. In fact, a film crew has even travelled from as far as Japan to learn about the bees at the Shaw Conference Centre. They were recently featured on the Japanese Television Show, Bee World.

Join the celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary

Edmonton businesses are encouraged to 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.

Each business can have up to 10 posters (11”x17”) and two (2) window decals (8”x8”).

** Please note the 8” x 8” decal background prints clear, not pink.

Posters and decals are available at the following distribution locations:

City Hall

Citizen & New Arrival Information Centre

Main Floor, City Hall

1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Edmonton, AB

Chamber of Commerce

#600 World Trade Centre

9990 Jasper Avenue

Edmonton, AB

Downtown Business Association

Main Floor, RBC Tower

10121 Jasper Avenue

Edmonton, AB

Kingsway District Association

11810 Kingsway

Edmonton, AB

Inglewood Business Association

Room 215, 12304 118 Avenue

Edmonton, AB

North Edge Business Association

#103, 11041 105 Avenue

Edmonton, AB

Beverly Business Association

4014 118 Avenue

Edmonton, AB

Chinatown Business Association

#301, 9664 106 Avenue

Edmonton, AB

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. The team followed the launch with a month-long social campaign, driving curiosity about the program and engaging 500+ interested entrepreneurs.

Edmonton Made is now moving into its next phase helping Edmonton businesses spread the word about their products and services by sharing stories and interviews of Edmonton businesses, fostering a collaborative brand that gives local entrepreneurs an opportunity to both self-identify and to show their support, connecting entrepreneurs to the resources they need to achieve their ambition, and generating exposure for Edmonton-made consumer products.

Learn more about Edmonton Made here.

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.
“We’re really excited to announce the opening of a Jobber office in downtown Toronto,” says Sam Pillar, Jobber’s co-founder and CEO. “Edmonton has been a fantastic place to grow Jobber to date, and we’ve been fortunate to thrive as one of the city’s fastest growing tech companies. As we gain momentum and push through the 100 employee mark, establishing a Toronto office to grow alongside Edmonton will help ensure we’re able to continue providing the industry-leading product and experience the market has come to expect from us.”

While the company is expanding, Pillar says the team is committed to its headquarters in Edmonton; in fact, he wants to set an example for other burgeoning tech companies in the city.

Since receiving $8-million of series A financing in 2015 led by OMERS Ventures, Jobber now serves tens of thousands of users in over 30 countries who deliver more than USD $100-Million in services each month. Home service companies rely on Jobber to help them run every aspect of their business — from quoting jobs and managing team schedules to billing, invoicing, and payments, Jobber makes running a service business easy.

Visit getjobber.com to learn more.

Canada’s Marijuana Industry is Coming

Will Edmonton Take Advantage?

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.

When legalized, the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), projects 4.6 million individuals aged 15 and over will use cannabis at least once in 2018 – according to their report Legalize Cannabis: Fiscal Considerations. This number could rise to 5.2 million consumers by 2021.

The PBO estimates that approximately 11.7 percent of cannabis consumption in 2018 will be in Alberta, making the province the fourth largest potential consumer market of the drug in Canada.

Parliamentary Budget Officer, Legalize Cannabis: Fiscal Considerations, 2016

This will mean big business for both Alberta and Canada in all areas of the cannabis value chain – whether it’s in the cultivation, harvest and preparation; the manufacturing of products using cannabis as a raw material; and the distribution and sale of cannabis products. In addition, there will be a multitude of spin-off industries created around the production and sale of cannabis, from tourism to finance to technology.

But, where does Edmonton fit into the equation? It would be foolish to think we can fully take advantage of every part of the value chain and every possible spin-off industry, so we should be thinking strategically and with respect to Edmonton’s existing competitive advantages. Better to focus on our own corner of the cannabis industry, where we can truly excel.

So, what are our competitive advantages? As a prairie province, the cultivation and harvest of cannabis has potential in Alberta. We are already starting to see this with Aurora Cannabis Inc. planning to build their 800,000sq. ft. production facility in Leduc County – which will be the world’s largest legal cannabis grow operation.

This will also mean a large, local supply of cannabis for those who want to create edibles. Considering Edmonton already has expertise in food processing, being a hub of food manufacturing activity for the province, claiming the edibles market is a no brainer. And make no mistake – the edibles market has the potential to be huge business. How edibles will fit into the Government of Canada’s legalization framework is currently unclear: the government has said that it will bring edibles into the legal market once regulations for more straightforward production and sale are developed.

When cannabis was legalized in Colorado the edibles market became much larger and much more successful than the state originally anticipated. According to the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, edibles make up roughly 45 percent of the billion-dollar legal cannabis marketplace in Colorado.  The popularity of edibles in Colorado could be due to a variety of reasons, although many sources believe the number one reason is the desire to consume cannabis without the harmful effects of smoking. Another reason is that edibles are much easier to consume for those who are new to cannabis consumption. Regardless of the exact cause of their popularity, it stands to reason that edible products, if and when they become legal, will be just as popular in Canada.

Until concrete regulations are released relating to the production of edibles, it is hard to make definitive assumptions on Edmonton’s ability to make a name for itself in this market. Assuming legislation makes edibles open for business it could become a great opportunity for the city. However, this will require a concerted effort on the part of the regional business community to make sure that the Edmonton region is ready by anticipating and addressing potential barriers to our future success in the industry.

 

ITU Grand Finale Returns to Edmonton in 2020

The superhumans are coming back. All eyes will again be on Edmonton, in the fall of 2020, as the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final returns to Alberta’s Capital City.

The 2020 event will provide the opportunity to once again put the some of best athletes in the world on the streets of Edmonton with the races starting in Hawrelak Park with the 750-metre swim, and the 20-kilometre bike portion winding through Edmonton’s downtown. The event will see more than 5,000 triathletes and para-triathletes compete in elite, age group and junior races. An expected 125 million television viewers from over 190 countries, will watch along as the world’s best triathletes compete.

Edmonton has been hosting triathlon events for more than 15 years. In 2001, Edmonton hosted the World Championships and later, the renamed ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in 2014 for which the event won the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Prestige Award for International Event of the Year.

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.

Edmonton’s annual stop on the World Triathlon Series schedule for many years has contributed to the growth of the sport and its legacy here. In 2016 WTS Edmonton introduced more events to create the ultimate weekend triathlon festival, with the addition of the National Sprint Duathlon Championships, aquathlon (swim/run) and aquabike (swim/bike) events. The 2017 races are set for July 28-30.

Check out the 2014 highlight video here.

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

Edmonton, Alberta – April 27, 2017 – 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.

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, with the support of Canterra Suites Hotel and Vertica Residents, has set up a light system to project some Oilers spirit onto the east wall of the Jasper OnEleven building at 11020 Jasper Ave.
Oilers fans will be able to see the projection when driving west down Jasper Avenue toward 111 Street. It is also visible from the busy 109 Street and Jasper Avenue intersection.

It will remain lit up throughout the Oilers playoff run.
Fans are encouraged to share photos of the projection on social media, using the hashtags #OrangeCrush and #yegdt.

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About Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is a wholly-owned entity of the City of Edmonton, governed by an independent Board of Directors, and tasked with cultivating the energy, innovation and investment needed to build a prosperous and resilient Edmonton economy.

Contact information:
Stephanie Coombs
Director of Communications and Marketing, Urban Economy
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
T: 780-917-7665 | M: 587-921-5766 scoombs@edmonton.com

How Does this Recession Compare to the Last?

A Look at Employment in Edmonton and Calgary

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.

How have Edmonton and Calgary fared during this downturn? In terms of the number of people employed, both cities have performed better than during the previous recession in 2008, but in very separate ways.

In Calgary, while employment dropped at a similar rate in 2015 and 2008, it has begun recovering much earlier this time around and is nearly at pre-recession level. In contrast, the story in Edmonton is quite different from 2008: although during that recession employment in both cities began to fall at roughly the same time, in 2015 employment in Edmonton grew for a year beyond when employment in Calgary started falling. In fact, while Edmonton has recently seen several consecutive months of year-over-year employment declines, total employment barely dipped below its pre-recession level and in the past two months has risen above it.

There are several possible explanations for both the contrast between Edmonton and Calgary and between Edmonton’s experience in the 2008 and 2015 recessions, the most prominent of which is the downtown real estate development boom spurred by the construction of Rogers Place. The arena effect is somewhat supported by the employment data – Edmonton’s twelve months of growth while Calgary was experiencing shrinking employment coincides with a substantial increase in Edmonton’s construction sector employment. However, Rogers Place was not the only major construction project underway during this time, and other factors such as growing public sector employment also contributed to Edmonton’s strong labour market performance.

The marked difference in how Edmonton’s employment situation has evolved in this recession compared to both Calgary and the previous recession begs the question – did the current Alberta recession miss Edmonton completely? The answer is no. While the employment data, from Statistic’s Canada’s Labour Force Survey, show surprising resilience to Alberta’s economic conditions, others such as the unemployment rate, the number of Employment Insurance recipients and economic growth estimates from the Conference Board of Canada paint a bleaker picture.

Finally, although Edmonton’s labour market is not dramatically worse off than it was before the recession began, it’s important to remember that the recession has not necessarily ended either. The end of the 2008 recession came along with a large increase in commodity prices that helped Edmonton’s labour market recover strongly. With the chance of a commodity boom happening anytime soon looking slim, policymakers will be watching how employment in Edmonton and Calgary evolve for months to come.

Edmonton nominated for three CSTA PRESTIGE Awards

Edmonton Events received three nominations for the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s (CSTA) PRESTIGE Awards. Nominees from right across the country make up the 24 finalists for the 2017 CSTA PRESTIGE Awards. Representing a wide spectrum of the sport tourism industry in Canada, finalists are drawn from seven different provinces and 20 cities/communities who have all contributed to the over six-billion dollar sport tourism industry in Canada. The events recognized range from local to national to major international championships and tournaments. The awards also honour outstanding individuals and organizations, who work to bid, host and stage sport events across Canada.

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. The other nomination that Edmonton received was also for the CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year for the 2016 Global News Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

A big congratulation to our very own Candice Stasynec for winning the Sport Tourism Champion Award. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an individual who greatly impacted sport tourism in their community in 2016. The 11th PRESTIGE Awards gala luncheon took place on March 21, 2017 at the CSTA’s annual Sport Event Congress in Ottawa. ​

To see all of the finalist’s profiles for the 2017 CSTA Awards, click here.

Startup Edmonton Shares How To Invest in Startups

Tiffany Linke-Boyko, CEO – Startup Edmonton, mentors and works with founders as part of the Preflight program, a 20-week intensive for early-stage tech-enabled products and companies. As these founders focus on customer validation, minimum viable products, and preparing to pitch to investors, often they can get distracted by asking the wrong questions when meeting with mentors. 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.

Read the Alberta Venture article here.

Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC) Drives Productivity

The Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC), opened in June 2015, is the result of a partnership formed between Edmonton International Airport (EIA), Canadian North, Canadian Helicopters, EEDC, and the Government of Alberta, located at the Edmonton International Airport.

The original goal of this project was to enhance domestic and international awareness of Edmonton International Airport (EIA) as an aviation training centre and to bolster Alberta’s reputation for aeronautical innovation and opportunity, but it has grown potential for expanded operations with additional or new technology improvements, more simulators and investment.

This aviation consortium 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.

Two years into this three-year project, productivity in Alberta’s aerospace has increased by reducing training costs and introducing new technology solutions to local companies. Now that two simulators (737-300 Classic and an AS350 Level 7) are installed and operational, available capacity has been made available to other air service providers.

To learn more about the AATC, visit EIA’s website here.

Edmonton continues to flex its AI muscles

The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (AMII) is a world leader in the fields of machine intelligence, artificial intelligence and reinforcement learning, currently focusing on commercial opportunities and bringing the startup mindset to its work. It’s first commercial effort is PFM Scheduling, an AI solution for automating schedule-building processes in healthcare.

PFM Scheduling is a Startup Edmonton Launch Party alumni company, launching its concept at Edmonton Startup Week for an audience of supportive investors, customers and community leaders. Startup Edmonton supports founders of tech-enabled products and companies through programs, a strong community network, and collaborative workspace. This mix provides the greatest chance for ongoing learning, talent acquisition and retention, and creative collisions to move ideas forward more quickly.

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.

See the Financial Post story here.

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. Alibaba, the leading platform for global wholesale trade, and Vipshop, a second Chinese e-commerce marketplace, participated in the largest of four cross-Canada workshops for small and medium-sized enterprises. 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.

Edmonton has been a region of interest for e-commerce retailers for some time, focused on food products and supplements. With Canada’s only direct access to mainland China via the Air China Cargo Flight from the Edmonton International Airport, businesses in the region have an incredible opportunity to grow their market and revenues through export to China. Notably, China is Canada’s and Alberta’s second largest trading partner.

See the Edmonton Journal story here.

HackED Draws Over 100 Students

Students play an important role at Startup Edmonton as future team members at scaling companies, providing fresh perspectives at enterprise-level corporations, and even building their own companies. Startup Edmonton engages with students with a series of hackathons and hack days. This takes the pressure of grades off the table and helps them focus on the skills they might not learn in school. 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.

Hackathons build competency in problem-solving, team-based development workflows, and provides an additional opportunity for students to connect with startup, scale-up and enterprise level technology companies (who serve as on-site mentors & judges).

For the 2017 winter edition, HackED established a new partnership with Major League Hacking which provides students to greater access to hardware and software resources for their projects. Two student projects will be featured at DemoCamp 35 on March 7.

Read the full story on the Startup Edmonton blog here.

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. Safety training will also be provided in the new AMTA facility.

The AMTA facility is the third component of the Alberta Aerospace & Technology Centre (AATC) at EIA where Canadian North operates a 737-training simulator in the airports Cargo Village and HNZ Topflight operates a helicopter training simulator in the main terminal building.

EEDC has had a long relationship with the AMTA, has been active in assisting with the move, and made a personal introduction between representatives of the AMTA Board of Directors and EIA’s Commercial Development team when they realized that they had out-grown their current location in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

The new location will be located on the northeast section of EIA between RedTail Landing Golf Course and 36 Street East.

See the news release from EIA here.

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.

MSE, a partnership between the City of Edmonton and EEDC, competed against three other finalists from Sweden, Costa Rica, and Russia. Edmonton’s approach stood out for the community-driven research process that led to the creation of the Make Something Edmonton initiative and for our ongoing efforts to engage citizens in creative and ways.

The selection jury members agreed that Edmonton has set the standard for community engagement in Place Branding. This success is a testament to the hundreds of volunteers – board members, project leaders, and other citizens – who helped build Make Something Edmonton from the ground up. The Award has created more opportunities for EEDC and Edmonton to take a position of leadership and influence on the international stage.

Learn more about Make Something Edmonton here.

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. The contest was held on-air and online over a two-week period in August with hopefuls having to answer a question about Edmonton in order to qualify. SWR3 received some 20,000+ entrants!

The winners were accompanied on the trip by SWR3 radio hosts and popular German musician Max Giesinger, who not only participated in all activities with the group, but also performed a winners-only intimate acoustic performance at Rostizado.

Over the course of a jam-packed four days, the SWR3 guests visited Elk Island National Park for bison watching, enjoyed the local culinary scene at Situation Brewing and The Common, took on West Edmonton Mall for retail therapy, had a truly western experience behind-the-scenes and in the stands at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and attended their first ever NHL hockey game from the Sportsnet Lounge in Rogers Place. They even managed to squeeze in a meet-and-greet with Edmonton Oilers forward and fellow countryman, Leon Draisaitl.

All in all, the trip of a lifetime. But don’t take our word for it. Hear it first-hand from Marion and Mirjam, two of the SWR3 winners! And check out the winners’ Rogers Place experience here.

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.

In 2016, our Community Activation’s team partnered with Mojo Design Inc. to help execute and scale-up their fourth Vignettes event. We supported the team by securing a vacant space on 104 Street in the heart of downtown, extending the event to be longer than one evening, and adding a culinary component. Working alongside the Vignettes team over 8 months with event planning and logistics, EEDC helped with behind the scenes logistics and permits from AHS, AGLC, and the City of Edmonton. The additional support allowed the event to grow significantly, bringing over 1700 attendees through the space on opening night.

See the story in Avenue Edmonton here.

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. The EEDC Trade and Investment team works with businesses in the Edmonton region to take risks at two key points in their evolution: as they seek investors and markets here and around the world, and as they prepare to make the jump from local scope to global scope. The investment attraction funding will help us connect companies and investors that may not have considered our region before and into markets that haven’t been able to penetrate as deeply before.

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.

We know that investment in our region works. For example, Siwin Foods came to Edmonton, started in the Leduc Incubator and has since moved into a facility where they are now producing food for Costco’s across Canada, and helping facilitate Edmonton based products to the Chinese market. It is one example of how global investment is growing our business sector.

See the story in the Edmonton Journal here.

Edmonton wins international place branding award

Edmonton, Alberta – November 14, 2016 – 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.

Edmonton’s submission was focused on the Make Something Edmonton initiative, a partnership between the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, which highlighted a grassroots approach to identity and brand-building undertaken over the past four years. Other finalists included Sweden, Costa Rica, and Tartarstan, Russia.

“This is an incredible achievement for our city and for the thousands of Edmontonians involved. For decades we struggled to find the words to talk about and promote what we love about our city, and it is fantastic to have our work over the past four years recognized on the global stage.” says Brad Ferguson, President & CEO. “I would also like to thank Todd Babiak and the Story Engine team for their relentless work in our community, and for entering this initiative into the running for this award.”

EEDC’s effort on identity and place branding over the past four years has built the foundation for the marketing and promotion of investment & trade, talent attraction, tourism, conferences & conventions and major events. “This has been all part of a 10-year plan to build our image and reputation. We have seen the benefits in tourism through our “#ExploreEdmonton” platform, and we will be doing the same in other categories right away” adds Ferguson.

For more information about the award, visit www.citynationplace.com.

About Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is a wholly-owned entity of the City of Edmonton, governed by an independent Board of Directors, and tasked with cultivating the energy, innovation and investment needed to build a prosperous and resilient Edmonton economy.

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Contact information:

Kassandra Kitz
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
780-399-9247
kkitz@edmonton.com

Are We Future Proof?

Edmonton, Alberta – September 27, 2016 – 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.

At the “Are We Future Proof?” event on September 27, DIRTT will demonstrate how to transition an office environment into a health care space in less than an hour using their prefabricated interior technology. With our office market vacancy at 11.9%, a need to transform our vacant buildings and spaces to accommodate industries who wouldn’t typically be found in office towers is essential to keeping downtown vibrant and diverse.

“This demonstration of transforming traditional office spaces is a great example of providing creative solutions for an important economic challenge facing this city. After a period of downtown construction and reinvention, providing new outlooks on our vacant spaces will activate them in a way we have not seen before.”

– Cheryll Watson, Vice-President, Urban Economy, EEDC

“Our space needs, and especially technology, will continue to evolve, so it only makes sense that we build environments that can be agile with us. Our skyline is changing, and Edmonton has an opportunity to steward a completely innovative approach to smart infrastructure and development. This is the future of our office buildings—health care labs, day cares, vertical farms, student housing—and Edmonton can be a leader.”

– Alyssa Lefaivre, DIRTT

“Edmonton has seen millions of dollars in capital investment over the past few years, adding 1.8 million square feet to the Edmonton commercial real estate market. This is a great opportunity for us to do something different with these buildings, to be creative and innovative in how we use these spaces.”

– Percy Woods, President & CEO, BOMA Edmonton

About BOMA

BOMA Edmonton (Building Owners and Managers Association) represents the commercial real estate industry, and acts as a resource for information on issues relevant to the membership. For more information, visit www.bomaedm.ca.

About DIRTT

DIRTT is a leading technology-driven manufacturer of highly customized interiors. DIRTT combines its proprietary ICE® 3D design, configuration and manufacturing software with integrated in-house manufacturing of its innovative prefabricated interior construction solutions. For more information, visit www.dirtt.net.

About Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is a wholly-owned entity of the City of Edmonton, governed by an independent Board of Directors, and tasked with cultivating the energy, innovation and investment needed to build a prosperous and resilient Edmonton economy. For more information, visit www.eedc.ca.

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Contact information:

Kassandra Kitz, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
780-399-9247
kkitz@edmonton.com

Alyssa Lefaivre, DIRTT Environmental Solutions
780-237-5977
Alefaivre@DIRTT.net

Kamea Zelisko, MKT Communications
403-464-2977
kamea@mktcommunications.ca

Local seafood shop, Ocean Odyssey Inland, expands business

Edmonton, Alberta – May 2, 2016 – Ocean Odyssey Inland Fish Company is celebrating the expansion of their local seafood store in west Edmonton.

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.

The direct flight between Edmonton and Iceland on IcelandAir has opened up a market that was not previously available in Edmonton. In the case of Ocean Odyssey, the direct flight has brought a part of the Atlantic Ocean, and a new market, to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

“Ocean Odyssey is a successful growth story in the Edmonton market. Its success is reflective of the benefits of international trade, and we’re excited to have been a part of it.”
– Brad Ferguson, President & CEO, EEDC

“I appreciate the support, advice, and connections that have been shared with us at Ocean Odyssey Inland by the staff of EEDC. The organization’s experience is a valuable tool for businesses large and small.”
– Pat Batten, Founder, Ocean Odyssey Inland

About Ocean Odyssey Inland Fish Company

Ocean Odyssey was established in 2001, with the original store opening in 2005. The store sells seafood from the east and west coasts, and also imports a variety of fish from Iceland. Found on the west end of Edmonton, Ocean Odyssey is quickly becoming the go-to store for quality seafood products.

For more information, visit www.oceanodysseyinland.ca.

About Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is a wholly-owned entity of the City of Edmonton, governed by an independent Board of Directors. EEDC is responsible for providing leadership to Edmonton’s economic growth strategy and works with key stakeholders to differentiate our city, generate prosperity, and heighten the standard of living for Edmontonians.

For more information, visit www.eedc.ca.

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Contact information:

Kassandra Kitz
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
780-399-9247
kkitz@edmonton.com