Lets Make a Pitch

Sponsored by Repsol Oil and Gas Canada Inc., the winners of this year’s Let’s Make a Pitch won $500 to be delivered by Repsol to the community organization of his choice. Thew winners are: 


 Barry Crane, Town of Turner Valley Councillor
 Michael Ell, Mayor of Strathmore
 Ray Reckseidler, Mayor of Delburne
 Kirk Clements, Community Futures, Pincher Creek
 Dale Plante, Town of Sylvan Lake Councillor

Together, these gentlemen presented the “Repsol Solar Green Committee Plan” which ran the gamut of solar initiatives within the community to a local hockey team, cleverly named the Repsol Raiders. It was an ambitious plan, but ambitious plans are required to truly effect change.

 "The participants were given a hypothetical scenario and had 30 minutes to create a community project  worthy of receiving funding from government and industry. After collaborating for the half hour, the  teams made a 5 minute pitch to the judges setting out some excellent initiatives. The pitches  illustrated how the power of business can drive social change. Participants presented ideas for creation  of new industries, creation of new jobs  and provided excellent ideas for self-funded, long-term  projects. I can honestly tell you that the judges had a difficult decision picking the winning team.  Every  idea presented from everyone was thoughtful, innovative and worthy of further exploration. I think I  speak for the participants and the judges that it was a really fun, creative way to spend part of an  afternoon. It provided a lot of food for thought, that’s for sure." 
 - Jennifer Ranger,  Community Benefits Advisor Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.

Lets Make a Pitch is an interactive session based on the hit television show “Dragon’s Den,”  teaching you how to “pitch” your project to corporate partners. This session shows participants what corporate partners look for, and how you raise your profile.


The participants at the Ignite session at EDA's 2017 Annual Conference were all winners in that they met the format challenge and delivered excellent presentations. As this was the second year for the format at the EDA Conference, it was notable that this year’s audience was at least double the size from 2016.

"I know that preparing for and delivering an IGNITE presentation is a challenging, yet rewarding experience and I trust that each of the participants are richer for the experience. I also hope that some of the audience were inspired enough to heed the call next spring and offer their own stories to share with their peers."  -Glen Vanstone EDA Director and Ignite#EDA2017 Chairman

"I enjoyed being given the opportunity to practice public speaking. I had fun and I think it is a great addition to the EDA conference!" - Tara de Munnik Small Business and Tourism Specialist Strathcona County.

An Ignite session is a fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking presentation format that educates and entertains. It was originally developed by O'Reilly Media, and has been enthusiastically received in more than 100 cities throughout the world. This is a highly effective way of testing a new idea, spreading the word on a successful project and/or program, gauging audience reaction to a new way of presenting important information and refining speaking skills.

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