The EDA Annual Awards of Excellence Program recognizes the province’s best economic development marketing materials, programs, partnerships and professionals that have made significant contributions to the profession.
The following awards are presented at EDA's Annual Conference during the Minister's Dinner and Awards Banquet.
Community Awards: Recognize outstanding work from economic developers across Alberta and showcase best practices in economic development projects and promotions. By their nature, economic development projects include a mix of marketing, communications and promotion.
· Business Retention & Expansion (BRE)
· Business & Investment Attraction (BIA)
· Community Economic Development (CED)
In each category there are groups based on community population. There is an award for each group, making a total of three awards in each category:
· Small community/region
· Medium community/region
· Large community/region
The Economic Developers Alberta Awards of Excellence are open to all EDA members in good standing.
PitchIt!: Ten (10) randomly selected entries from the Community Awards submissions will be given the opportunity to pitch their project to EDA peers and industry colleagues. Be prepared to provide a 5 minute presentation during the conference.
Economic Developer of the Year: Presented to an outstanding professional practicing in the province of Alberta. Any member in good standing of Economic Developers Alberta is eligible.
Outstanding Young Professional: Awarded to a member less than 35 years of age who has demonstrated notable accomplishments to date and shows great future potential.
Alex Metcalfe – Best of Show: In honour of Alex Metcalfe, one of the founding members of EDA and first President in 1974, this award is judged from the overall community award winners in the categories of BRE, BIA & CED, with one (1) best of show candidate chosen.
People’s Choice Award: Chosen by peers and colleagues throughout the conference, this award is judged from all the Community Award of Excellence submissions and chosen based on their exemplary work in economic development in Alberta over the past year.
President's Award: Recognizes an individual or organization that has made a substantial contribution of time and talent to Economic Developers Alberta in the past year. This award is chosen by EDA's President.
Application Forms: The call for applications for the 2020 Awards of Excellence will commence November 27, 2020 with deadline for submissions being March 12, 2021.