2017-18 EDA Board of Directors

The affairs of the Association shall be governed by a Board of Directors comprised of eleven (11) Directors. Seven (7) Directors shall be elected by the members of the Association; two (2) are automatically appointed (President and Immediate Past President); and two (2) shall be appointed, one (1) from each of the respective economic development agencies from Calgary and Edmonton. The Nominating Committee may also appoint non-voting representatives from the provincial or federal government, or other organizations as they see fit. The Immediate President is a voting member of the Board. Elections for new board members take place on an annual basis at the Spring AGM. 

If you are interested in running for the 2018-19 Board of Directors, please apply here, on or before February 21, 4:30 PM.

Honorary Patron

Our Honorary Patron is The Honorable Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade. 


2017-18 EDA Board of Directors



Bev Thornton


Pincher Creek


Sara Chamberlain




Chris King

Vice President

Grande Prairie

Court Ellingson

Secretary Treasurer



Glen Vanstone




Schaun Goodeve



Mary Lee Prior  




Sean McRitchie


Strathcona County


Jon Allan



Jennifer Fossen



I am looking forward to working with this talented team of economic development professionals from across the province. Economic developers have a key role in helping Alberta communities build, grow and diversify their economies and this role is more important than ever. EDA was established in 1974, and our members have the benefit of a solid foundation on which to continue learning, sharing and building local, national and international partnerships. Our strong network of EDOs achieves measurable results and represents a distinct competitive advantage for our communities and our province. - Bev Thornton, EDA President 

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