Our 2018 conference is taking place at The Banff Centre, March 21-23, 2018. The theme is "Diverse. Determined. Driven."


We are currently developing the Conference agenda, and will update it on a regular basis. To view a current version of the agenda click here.

Conference App

EDA is once again offering a Conference "App" for delegates at our Annual Conference. The App is easily downloaded to your mobile device and contains all the pertinent information you need to navigate our 2018 Annual Conference. We will be updating the App as our planning continues. 

To download the conference app click here.


If you would like to be an event partner download our Partnership Package. Sign up early as space in certain categories is limited. To fill out the online form click here.

Confirmed Partners to date:

  • Platinum- Repsol Oil & Gas Canada
  • Gold- CAPP, La Cité 2031, Government of Alberta Economic Development and Trade
  • Silver- Alberta Culture and Tourism, Plains Midstream Canada
  • Bronze- Alberta REDA's, BDC, Calgary Economic Development, MDB Insight
  • Friend- McSweeney & Associates, Co-Operatives First, O2 Planning + Design Inc., Redpoint Media & Marketing Solutions, Localintel
  • Exhibitor- Townfolio, Hole's Greenhouses   


Please register here.


Call for conference presentations is now closed.

Please note: We do not pay speakers. We do not entertain presentations focused solely 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 speaker/panelist twice.  All submissions will be reviewed and ranked by a conference panel. Higher rankings are given for topics that are relevant, with clear objectives, presented in an appropriate format for delegates, innovative/original, and a best practice if possible.

Session Tracks:

1. Economic Development Fundamentals- Geared specifically to the economic development practitioner. Best practices, trends, real estate, marketing, neighborhood development, workforce development, regional strategies, data management, indigenous partnerships.
2. Business Retention & Expansion- Supporting entrepreneurship, local startups, business visitation programs, home based business strategies, incubators, accelerators, main street revitalization, co-working spaces.
3. Business & Investment Attraction- Trade and investment strategies, FDI promotion, regional investment programs, strengthening local assets to build an investment case, trends
4. Developing Creative Capital- Opportunity identification strategies in film, culture, sports, music, media, AI, arts districts, events, tourism etc. How to promote and nurture creative industry development.
5. Sponsored Sessions/Learning Labs- Facilitated experiences designed to immerse delegates in interactive exercises and discussions. 

Room Bookings

Once again, delegates have the choice to stay onsite or offsite. If you prefer onsite, you should book early as not all guests will be able to stay onsite due to limited space. 

Onsite Accommodation: Banff Centre

We have a block of rooms held at The Banff Centre for our group. To ensure you are able to stay on campus and take advantage of our room block please book early! To view the types of rooms click here.

 Lloyd Hall-Standard  $150.00  $20.00
 PDC- Superior  $140.00  $20.00
 PDC- Superior Plus  $160.00  $20.00
 PDC- Executive King  $210.00  $20.00
 PDC Suite  $230.00  $20.00

* PDC= Professional Development Centre

The above rates are exclusive of all taxes and facility fees. Guestroom rates are subject to 2% TIF, 4%ATL and 5% GST. There is also a facility fee of $15 + GST per person per day. This includes: campus-wide Wi-Fi, phone calls across North America, access to Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation facilities, parking, access and borrowing privileges at The Banff Centre library and archives and access to complimentary arts and programmed events when available. Triple and quadruple accommodation is available at an additional cost of $20 per person per night. Full cancellation penalties apply for guests cancelling within 72 hours of arrival.  To view the Banff Centre Campus click here. Please quote EDA1803 as the conference identifier when you call 1-800-884-7574, or email reservations directly at reservations@banffcentre.ca. You can also click here to book online.

Offsite Options:

  • Should you choose to stay offsite, there are a number of options in the Banff townsite.

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