Celebrate the Past. Thrive in the Present. Excel in the Future.

April 3-5, 2019

EDA’s Annual General Meeting & Professional Conference attracts around 400 local, national and international experts in the field of economic development and elected officials from various parts of our province. Delegates are provided with updates on economic development issues and trends, best practices, inspiring keynote addresses and valuable networking opportunities. In addition, Alberta’s Minister responsible for economic development is invited to deliver a keynote address during the Minister’s Dinner & Awards Ceremony.

EDA’s next annual conference is being held April 3-5, 2019 at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. This beautiful, modern conference venue offers a stunning backdrop to showcase your organization to economic developers and elected officials from Alberta’s communities and regions. In 2019, EDA will also be celebrating its 45th anniversary. As a result, our theme is “Celebrate the Past. Thrive in the Present. Excel in the Future”.


To download the conference app and keep up to date on the agenda, you can install it by clicking: https://my.yapp.us/8THVAT.


As a Conference Partner, in addition to profiling your company or organization at EDA's annual signature conference event, you will enjoy numerous benefits associated with events and activities organized by EDA throughout the year. You will have access to EDA’s diverse membership through our varied communications tools such as: e-blasts, the monthly newsletter “the LINK,” EDA’s Website and EDA’s social media pages. 

Current Partners


  • Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.


  • Alberta Culture and Tourism
  • Co-operatives First
  • Brooks Region
  • Lethbridge County

  • O2 Planning & Design 

If you are interested in becoming a 2019 Conference Partner fill out the online form here.

To view our conference benefits package, click here.


Each year we look for speakers to address a wide variety of current economic development issues. If you have a hot, relevant topic you would like to present and feel that your subject will be of interest to our audience, we would like to hear from you. Whether you are associated with academia, government or the private sector, we invite you to submit your presentation proposal for consideration.

Our conference submission deadline has now passed. We had an overwhelming response and are now ranking them. We hope to have the top submissions confirmed before December 15. 

Please note: We do not pay speakers. We do not entertain presentations focused on selling products or services. Our conference is meant to be a professional development opportunity, not a corporate advertisement. We aim to incorporate different speakers each year, and rarely profile the same panelist twice.


Online registration is now open. To register now, click here. Registration closes March 27, 2019.


To take advantage of early bird pricing, register today!  Prices include two breakfasts, one lunch, the President's Dinner, the Minister's Dinner, and all refreshment breaks.


  • Pre-register before December 1, 2018= $450 + GST
  • Early bird until January 19, 2019= $465 + GST
  • Late registration from January 20, 2019= $520 + GST


  • Pre-register before December 1, 2018= $520 + GST
  • Early bird until January 19, 2019= $570 + GST
  • Late registration from January 20, 2019= $615 + GST
Conference Registration Reimbursement Policy 
Please note, EDA will issue a full reimbursement less $50 administration charge prior to March 22, 2019; however, no reimbursements will be issued starting March 23, 2019.

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