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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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

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