EDA Annual Awards of Excellence Program

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.

Application Forms: The call for applications for the 2020 Awards of Excellence will be in the fall of 2019. 

All applications are online. To apply, click on the category you wish to apply for, review criteria, and submit! It's that easy! 

Community AwardsRecognize 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.

The categories:

  • 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.

Alex Metcalfe Award: Alex Metcalfe was one of the founding members of EDA and was the first President in 1974. It is fitting his name be used to honour excellence in: Business Retention & Expansion; Business & Investment Attraction and Community Economic Development. These awards are judged from among the winners of the Community awards.

Economic Developer of the YearPresented 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.

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. 

    See the 2019 Award Winners

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