EDA Annual Awards of Excellence Program

The Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Awards of Excellence Program recognizes the province’s best economic development programs, partnerships and professionals that have made significant contributions to the profession. 

Each year, at the EDA Leaders' Summit and Conference, we recognize the achievements of EDA members at our Annual Awards of Excellence gala event. 

We recognize Alberta communities and individuals for their contributions.

If you are an EDA member you are eligible to apply for an award. It's a perk to EDA membership! 

Click this link to watch a presentation by Board Director and Awards Chairperson Ben Young about the 2023 Annual Awards of Excellence. 


  • Call for Entries - January 2, 2023
  • Final Deadline for Submissions - March 10, 2023 at 4:30 PM MST
  • Awards Presentation - Thursday, April 13, 2023


Any EDA association member (voting or non-voting) that is in good standing and resides within Alberta.


  • Community Awards of Excellence - $115 (+ GST)
  • Emerging Talent in Economic Development - No charge
  • Economic Developer of the Year - No charge

CATEGORIES: Please click on the links to read more and to fill out the application form. 

Recognizes outstanding work from economic developers across Alberta and showcases best practices in economic development. There are 4 categories and 3 population sizes for a total of 12 awards. 

Emerging Talent in Economic Development 

Recognizes an EDA member that demonstrates notable professional accomplishments to date with less than 5 years experience as EDO.

Economic Developer of the Year 

Recognizes an EDA member that has made a significant contribution to the economic development profession within the province of Alberta.  

Alex Metcalfe – Best of Show 

In honour of Alex Metcalfe, one of EDA's founding members, and first President in 1974, this award is judged from the overall community award winners with one (1) best of show candidate chosen in each population size for a total of 3 Awards. 

The President's Award

This award is presented by the EDA President to recognize a member that has contributed to the Association. 

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