Advocacy initiatives highlighted as economic developers meet with MPs, officials and partner organizations
Ontario Construction Report staff
The first-ever EDAC (Economic Developers Association of Canada) on the Hill event took place in April over two days and included meetings with MPs, senior staff and partner organizations including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Industry Canada (IC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
A news release about the event said it exceeded the expectations of both board members and staff. “The response to our teams was more positive than we could have hoped, with extra meetings being added on as more MPs and staffers learned about EDAC’s mandate and vision for advocacy on behalf of the profession.”
The event began with a reception hosted by MP Rodney Weston (Saint John). EDAC president Serge Côté delivered a speech to set the stage for EDAC’s advocacy agenda for the next two days during which time board members introduced the association’s nation-wide role through almost 30 meetings.
“A highlight of last week’s event was the historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between EDAC and the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) to build capacity in economic development through shared professional development and training,” EDAC reported in the news release. “The interest in cooperation and partnership was encouraging, and laid a strong foundation for future advocacy initiatives.”