Our Vision: Economic developers provide valued expertise that is integral to fostering an economically prosperous, diverse, sustainable Alberta.
Our Mission: EDA provides leadership to advance economic development as a profession; enhance the professional development of its members; and support Alberta communities in fostering sustainable community economic prosperity.
Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is Alberta's leading economic development network. For more than 45 years, we have been committed to advancing the economic development profession by providing resources, professional development and networking opportunities. As a non-profit organization, we are governed by a volunteer board of directors that represent the interests of our membership.
EDA's brand new program is designed to support economic development professionals as they roll up their sleeves to do the essential work of advancing communities and economies in Alberta.
Called the Mentorship Program, it is exclusive to EDA members and is designed to build professional relationships among economic developers who are looking for guidance or who are seasoned professionals that have knowledge to share.
Our Mentorship Program offers a match making process where both parties would benefit through learning and development.
Applications close June 26
Mentors and mentees will be matched and notified by July 3.
Community Economic Development Training Program
Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)
July 21 - August 24
online through the University of Calgary
The course is essential now more than ever. Learn how BR&E supports and fosters the development and growth of the business community.
The flexibility of this online format is convenient as that means you can take this course from your kitchen or home office from anywhere in the world.
Our online courses can be applied to your Ec.D designation.
They are also eligible for credit towards the Management Certificate-Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA.
As part of our Economic Disaster Recovery Program, we want to ensure our members have access to some of the best training and resources to equip them to assist their businesses, and minimize economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have taken a pause on our free Beyond COVID: Business & Economic Recovery Webinars co-hosted by AUMA. To hear past episodes go to our YouTube channel. To read the EDA COVID-19 response, click here.
Business Impact Survey Results
EDA along with the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) and Community Futures Alberta collaborated on a business impact survey that shows many businesses will face obstacles to Alberta's phase one economic relaunch. Click on the link below to read results of the second "pulse" survey of the ongoing COVID-19 and low oil prices research project.
Toolkit for Economic Resilience and Recovery
Our toolkit will assist many Canadian communities, emergency personnel and elected officials as they continue to prepare for, respond to, and recover from various types of manmade, technological, and natural disasters such as COVID-19. To download the online edition click here: 2019 edition