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Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) at the first Ministry Dinner

 Last night, October 29th, 2015 Economic Developers Alberta (EDA), the province’s leading professional organization for economic developers, held its first Ministry Dinner with over 100 community economic development professionals and key government officials in attendance. The purpose of the event was to share information and explore partnerships in furthering economic development and diversification in Alberta.

Calgary Economic Development and Edmonton Economic Development each have a designated seat on the Board of Directors for EDA. As the Calgary Economic Development Board designate and Treasurer for the organization, I served as a table facilitator for the evening. The event followed an interactive ‘speed dating’ format whereby senior administrators from the Government of Alberta changed tables throughout the evening. This allowed the guests the opportunity to meet and discuss with Deputy Ministers and Assistant Deputy Ministers from a variety of Ministries. I accompanied Barry Day, Deputy Minister for Infrastructure.

Calgary Economic Development’s participation in the event builds on our role as conduit, connector, catalyst and storyteller and allows us to connect and share direction and stories with economic development professionals from across the province. In addition, I was also able to join in the conversations with Deputy Minister Day. This was incredibly insightful for me as I learned out points of influence with Government, from an infrastructure perspective, are actually with the Ministries that operate the facilities. Infrastructure is primarily responsible for project management and construction of facilities.

In addition to Senior Administration we were also joined by:

  • The Honourable Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade
  • The Honourable Oneil Carlier Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
  • The Honourable David Eggen Minister of Culture and Tourism and Minister of Education
  • The Honourable Brian Mason Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation

The participation of four Ministers at last night’s dinner shows the level of commitment the Government of Alberta has to engaging with community and developing and diversifying our economy. This was a great opportunity to build new and solidify existing relationships. I am already looking forward to the 2016 EDA Ministry Dinner.


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BY Court Ellingson

Vice President, Research & Strategy

Research & Strategy

Court joined us as Research Manager in 2014 and joined the senior management team in 2015. He works with governments, non-profit agency and the private sector to implement Building on our Energy, the 10-year Economic Strategy for Calgary. His career includes six years with CUSO International in Indonesia.

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