2018-19 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. 

All Board members are expected to:

  • Act in the best interests of the organization
  • Be engaged Ambassadors for the organization
  • Guide long-range planning and development
  • Raise money and monitor finances
  • Set policy
  • Recruit and support the CEO
  • Attend board meetings  
  • Adhere to the board code of ethics
  • Declare a conflict of interest if applicable
Board Nominations for 2019-20

On April 5, 2019, a new Board of Directors will be elected.

All nominations submitted before the deadline of February 24, 2019 are vetted by the EDA Nominating Committee to ensure they are eligible for nomination, and that they have the key skills/experience identified for the upcoming year. All nominees must be “voting” members in good standing for at least one year.

A slate of eligible nominees will be presented at the AGM, at which time nominees will be allowed to say a few words in support of their nomination if they wish. A vote by the membership will then take place. The top nominees will be elected to the board. As usual, nominations will be taken from the floor, but to ensure we have an efficient AGM we would prefer any interested candidates let us know in advance.


2018-19 EDA Board of Directors


Christopher King


Grande Prairie

Bev Thornton


Pincher Creek

Jennifer Fossen

Vice President


Mary Lee Prior

Secretary Treasurer



Glen Vanstone



Trevor Lewington



Sean McRitchie


Strathcona County

Leslie Shier





Jon Allan



Martin Ebel


Lethbridge County

 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. - Chris King, EDA President 

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