Membership

 

Why Join?

If you are involved or interested in practicing economic development in Alberta, you have come to the right place. Membership in EDA enables you to obtain valuable information, resources and links; register online for events, training and conferences; and access member-only content, including an online member directory. We encourage you to join Alberta's growing economic development network by becoming a member today. To download our brochure click here.

Member Benefits

Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is dedicated to advancing community economic development in Alberta. By joining the only professional association of economic developers in the province, you will have access to a comprehensive source of economic development information; resources; education and training; and international networking opportunities with the public and private sectors. Other benefits include:
  • Free advertising of your employment and development opportunities for your community or organization
  • Access to RFP opportunities
  • Ability to promote your community or organization's achievements on our social media pages and website
  • Member Assistance requests for information
  • Professional education and training courses
  • Scholarship program
  • Networking events and opportunities
  • Special event pricing
  • Access to resources on member-only section of website, including member directory
  • Members are listed in the directory pages of the annual Invest in Alberta Magazine
  • Partnership opportunities
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Volunteer roles
  • Insurance and pension Benefits Program
  • Participation in member surveys
  • Profile in "Member Feature"
  • Upcoming events are posted on our website, and as a member, you will also receive electronic invitations.
  • Regular members vote at the AGM and have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors 
  • Opportunity to receive Awards of Excellence for initiatives 

The consensus is:  Members are satisfied EDA is going its job! 

Here’s what EDA members are saying..

 “Congratulations! What experience I have had so far with the EDA has been very enlightening, positive and useful.”

“I have contacted EDA staff and asked questions regarding several projects. I have received excellent information and very warm greetings!”

source:  member survey 2012

 

Member Categories

EDA has two types of membership categories: individual and group. Within each category are voting and non-voting members. 

Voting:

  • Active Professional (Individual) - Shall be an individual that supports the objectives of EDA, and is employed in economic development in Alberta as a municipal, provincial, federal or Aboriginal government employee; as a private practitioner. Active Professional members have full rights to vote in the affairs of EDA and otherwise enjoy the benefits of membership as from time to time defined by resolution of the Board. Memberships are non-transferable. Cost: $210  + GST. 
  • Active Professional - Basic (Group) - Covers up to 5 individuals in the same organization that are employed in economic development in Alberta as a municipal, provincial federal or Aboriginal government employee or an economic development organization. Active Professional-Basic group members have full rights to vote in the affairs of EDA and otherwise enjoy the benefits of membership as from time to time defined by resolution of the Board. Memberships are non-transferable. Cost: $735  + GST.     
  • Active Professional - Enhanced (Group)- Covers 6-10 individuals in the same organization that are employed in economic development in Alberta as a municipal, provincial, federal or Aboriginal government employee or an economic development organization. Active Professional- Enhanced group members have full rights to vote in the affairs of EDA and otherwise enjoy the benefits of membership as from time to time defined by resolution of the Board. Memberships are non-transferable. Cost: $1500  + GST.     
  • Honorary Life (Individual) - An ‘Honorary Life’ member shall be any person that, by resolution of the Board, is deemed to have given distinguished service or support to the Association. An Honorary Life member shall enjoy such entitlements to benefits and rights to vote as from time to time defined by resolution of the Board. This membership category provides for a waiver of dues for the lifetime of the Honorary Life Member. All EDA Immediate Past Presidents are provided with an Honorary Life membership upon completion of their term. It is to recognize their commitment to the organization. Memberships are non-transferable.

Non-Voting:

  • General Professional (Individual): Shall be an individual that supports the objectives of EDA, but is not directly employed in the economic development field in Alberta. General Professionals do not have the power to vote or hold office or receive awards or scholarships.  Cost: $175  + GST.  Memberships are non-transferable.This includes:
    • Elected Officials
    • Economic Development Committee or advisory board members
    • Students
    • Economic Development Alumni
    • Unemployed economic development professionals/those seeking re-employment in the field
    • Private sector individuals

  • For Profit- Basic (Group) - Covers up to 5 individuals in the same for-profit organization. For Profit- Basic Group members do not have the power to vote or hold office, receive awards or scholarships, or host major EDA events. Individual names can be changed during the year. Cost: $700  + GST. 

  • For Profit- Enhanced (Group) - Covers 6-10 individuals in the same for profit organization. For Profit-Enhanced Group members do not have the power to vote or hold office, receive awards or scholarships, or host major EDA events. Individual names can be changed during the year. Cost: $1400  + GST. 

  • Not For Profit- Basic (Group) - Covers up to 5 individuals working in the same not for profit organization (i.e. Government Department, educational institution or association). Not for Profit Basic members do not have the power to vote or hold office, receive awards or scholarships, or host major EDA events. Individual names can be changed during the year.Cost: $625  + GST. 

  • Not For Profit- Enhanced (Group) - Covers 6-10 individuals working in the same not for profit organization (i.e. Government Department, educational institution or association). Not for Profit-Enhanced members do not have the power to vote or hold office, receive awards or scholarships, or host major EDA events. Individual names can be changed during the year. Cost: $1200  + GST. 

  • Reciprocal- These are provided to the CEO/ED of EDA’s sister economic development organizations. EDA is also provided with a reciprocal membership in each of the organizations. They do not have the power to vote or hold office, receive awards or scholarships, or host major EDA events.

Join Now

To join EDA, fill out our online membership application today by clicking here.

Renew Now

If you would like to renew your EDA membership online click here and go through the online process. To do this, first login to your member profile, then renew your membership.

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