EDA Annual Awards of Excellence Program

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

EDA recognizes the individual achievements of its members and/or honours organizations for their efforts in growing their communities.

To more accurately reflect the work our members are undertaking in their communities, we have made some revisions to the Community Awards categories. Please see below. 


  • Call for Entries - January 2023
  • Final Deadline for Submissions - March 2023
  • Awards Presentation - April 13, 2023

Entry Fees

  • Economic Developer of the Year- No charge
  • Outstanding Young Professional Award- No charge
  • Community Awards of Excellence- $115 (+ GST)


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

Presentation of Awards

Winners will be recognized April 13, 2023  during the EDA Xperience 2023 event. All entrants are encouraged to register and attend. 


TBC.  Late entries will not be considered.

Nomination Categories  

(links to these categories below will be live once the 2023 forms have been populated

Community Awards of Excellence- Recognizing outstanding work from economic developers across Alberta and showcase best practices in economic development. 

Economic Developer of the Year- Awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to economic development within the province of Alberta. 

Outstanding Young Professional- Recognizes a young EDA member who demonstrates notable professional accomplishments to date and shows great future potential. This award serves to enhance Alberta’s economic development profession by celebrating young professionals and promoting future leaders. 

Other Awards

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.

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. 

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