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  • January 17, 2023 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    We're on week three of the new year and many of you have begun to execute your plans for 2023.

    Or, maybe you're plotting your calendar.  

    Whatever stage you are in, schedule our Match Factor Pilot Project into your timetable.

    Match Factor takes Alberta businesses looking to sell their enterprises, helps them put together a transition plan, matches them with investors and facilitates the employment of skilled Ukrainian people displaced by the war in their region.

    It's a unique and creative solution to keep Alberta businesses open in communities and to address workforce challenges.  

    EDA and SuccessionMatching, an online community of business buyers, sellers, and succession planning professionals launched this pilot project last month. 

    SuccessionMatching has already identified capital investors interested in purchasing and partnering with suitable Alberta businesses. And the SuccessionMatching team will be the point of contact for onboarding Ukrainian people who have landed in Canada and match them to the business opportunities.

    What can you do?

    Identify businesses in your communities, ready to transition, who would benefit from participating in the project.

    It's a win - win- win solution which will ultimately result in thriving communities. 

    Read more and get involved here.

  • January 09, 2023 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    As we flip the calendar to a brand-new year, we have an opportunity to reflect on the year that was and contemplate the exciting possibilities for the future.

    Our province has emerged from the murky uncertainty caused by unprecedented challenges we have all faced over the past two years and proven our strength and resilience once again. 

    Driving this resilience are economic developers like you, our members, who roll up their sleeves every day to create stronger, inclusive economies.

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) remains dedicated to providing you with the right tools and resources enabling you to continue the hard work on the frontlines across our beautiful province.

    We invite you to take advantage of our programs: explore our newly launched Match Factor Pilot Project; become involved in our premiere event, EDA Xperience 2023 Leaders’ Summit and Conference; and don’t forget about our award-winning Economic Resilience and Recovery Program and our courses in the Community Economic Development Training Program.

    Thank you for your continued support of EDA. Our commitment to you in 2023 is to continue our hard work to provide innovative responses to contemporary challenges to support your efforts to create thriving communities.

    Knowing the strength, energy and drive of the economic development practitioners that form our organization, this province is in excellent hands.

    Wishing you good health and continued success in 2023.

    Eleanor Miclette, EDA President and Manager of Economic Development · Town of Canmore


  • November 15, 2022 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    Premier Danielle Smith is instructing ministers to focus on job creation and strengthening Alberta’s economy in a new set of mandate letters.

    Letters to the ministers of Agriculture and Irrigation; Forestry, Parks and Tourism; Jobs, Economy and Northern Development; Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction; Technology and Innovation; Treasury Board and Finance; and Transportation and Economic Corridors outline actions Alberta’s government will take to create jobs and ensure the province’s economy will continue growing and diversifying.

    “Alberta’s economy has real momentum. More and more job creators are recognizing the benefits of doing business in our province and that leads to more jobs for Albertans looking for work. We have made real progress in diversifying our economy, and we want to see even more. By continuing that work, we will ensure that Alberta businesses, and all Albertans and their families, can prosper and benefit from Alberta’s strong economy.”

    Danielle Smith, Premier

    Key actions outlined in the letters include:

    • Continuing to diversify Alberta’s economy and attracting investment, including in the tourism sector, which will provide great job opportunities for Albertans.
    • Building on our province’s competitive advantage in traditional industries and identifying ways to improve market access so that we continue to be a global supplier of energy and food.
    • Advocating for Alberta's agriculture industry and working with partners to further modernize the sector and grow Alberta’s agri-food market.
    • Exploring opportunities to work with the private sector and the City of Calgary on the construction of an LRT and rail link between Calgary International Airport, downtown Calgary and Canmore/Banff.
    • Continuing to cut red tape so that Alberta businesses can focus on growing and Albertans face fewer hurdles when interacting with government.

    Related information

    Media inquiries
    Rebecca Polak 
    Director of Daily Communications and Press Secretary, Office of the Premier

  • November 07, 2022 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Just about every community has an entrepreneur in the early stages of building a business.

    If you're an entrepreneur or if your job is to help these individuals find programs and resources, then you'll want to join us to learn about a FREE program designed to connect experts, resources and like-minded people in the tech space.

    The Alberta Catalyzer Program is open to ALL founders launching and growing a tech-driven business. 

    Register for our FREE webinar and learn how this program can help entrepreneurs in all stages of their journey.

    Alberta Catalyzer Program

    Wednesday, November 23

    12:00 - 1:00 PM


    Online via Zoom


  • November 04, 2022 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    Keep an eye on your inbox.

    Next week you will be receiving an EDA Member renewal email.

    Membership in EDA means your are aligned with an organization recognized nationally and internationally for its programs, services and resources.

    Plus there are practical perks such as:

    • Member discounts on registration to our events and programs
    • Access to our Awards of Excellence Program
    • Access to placement in the Invest in Alberta/Xperience Alberta Magazine
    • Access to mentorship
    • Access to the EDA member directory to network and share information
    • Free career and RFP postings 
    • and much more...

    Don't forget in order to access your member benefits you must be logged into our website: www.edaalberta.ca using your user email and password, this ensures features like member discounts on events are visible. 

    You are also responsible for logging into your profile and maintaining your contact information.  

    This way we can ensure you are receiving the most recent information about our professional development opportunities and the most accurate information appears in the Member Directory in our Invest Alberta/Xperience Alberta Magazine. 

  • September 28, 2022 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium  has released the results of the Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) research study.

    In the report, you will find information related to workforce demographics, wages and salaries, hiring and recruitment, skills development, and more

    Click here to see the results.


  • August 29, 2022 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Cando Members & Friends.

    Here is a copy of the election package for the upcoming Board Member Election in Alberta.

    Click here for a Cando Membership application form - if any Economic Development Officers are interested in becoming a Cando Full Member and therefore wish to participate in upcoming Board Member election in Alberta.  You can also apply for your membership online at https://connect.edo.ca. Please note, you have to be a "Full" Cando Member on or before October 14, 2022 to nominate an individual or stand for election.

    Thank you for taking time and interest in becoming part of a National Indigenous community-based organization that builds capacity in Indigenous communities throughout Canada.

    Should you have any questions please contact Ray Wanuch, Cando Executive Director at 1-800-463-9300 or ray.wanuch@edo.ca 

  • August 29, 2022 6:30 AM | Anonymous

    The electric vehicle (EV) market has accelerated substantially and EV infrastructure continues to grow.

    With that growth are opportunities for communities as well as challenges.

    Hosted by EDA Director Peter Casurella on Wednesday, September 28, this FREE webinar in our Webinar Wednesday Series will explore opportunities and challenges with EV adoption. 

    We also turn to the experts to provide solutions and best practice information to help the decision makers in your communities. 

    Join us. 

    Electric Vehicles: Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions

    Wednesday, September 28

    12:00 - 1:00 PM


    Online via Zoom

    Register here

  • August 26, 2022 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    Tanya Fir will become the Minister for Jobs, Economy and Innovation while continuing to serve as the Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction.

    “Alberta is breaking records in attracting new, job-creating investment that has helped get more than 200,000 Albertans working since the start of 2021. As we continue to implement Alberta’s Recovery Plan, we know that we will add on to the more than $150 billion of new investment that has come into Alberta since we formed government.

    “As someone who served in this portfolio previously, and who has done tremendous work in the related Red Tape Reduction portfolio, Minister Fir is ready to get into the full swing on Day 1. Minister Fir will build on our successes as we look to the future to ensure that Alberta remains the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family.”

    - Jason Kenney, Premier

    Media inquiries:

    Justin Brattinga 

    Press Secretary, Office of the Premier
  • August 24, 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Students are sharpening their pencils and heading back to school.

    Why not join them?

    The schedule for our Community Economic Development Training Program is up and that means right now you can register for classes this fall and into 2023.

    Plan ahead! By clicking the links below you can read more and register for:

    These courses are convenient as they are available online through the University of Calgary. 

    Make a commitment to yourself to increase your knowledge and advance your skill set; it will ultimately benefit your community. 

    Don't forget credits earned can be applied to your professional designation.

    Also, there are certificates you can earn. Read more here. 

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