We appreciate your contribution to the largest economic development organization in the province and hope you continue to recognize the value of your membership with EDCO. Membership renewals for 2018 have been sent via email to bundle administrators and individual members. If you did not receive an email and want to inquire on your membership status, contact Kerri at
Membership comes with benefits:
Young Professionals Network including Mentorship Program
Training at reduced rates, including annual conference
Discounts on travel
Discounts for Constant Contact
Economic development library of resources
Reduced rates for job postings at www.edco.on.ca
Marketing support for RFPs, upcoming events, etc.
We want to help you reach your full potential as a professional in economic development.
Become a member today!
Province Presents First-Ever Rural Ontario Leaders Awards
Congratulations to the Rural Ontario Leaders Award Recipients recognized at the Ontario Rural Summit
Dr. Gezahgn Wordofa of Stratford, who is the founder and director of the Multicultural Association of Perth-Huron. Since 2012, the association has helped to welcome and settle new residents and immigrants to the community by providing referrals for community and government services, such as healthcare, housing, education and legal and translation services.
Grant Sparling of Blyth, who is the vice-president and general manager of Cowbell Brewing Company, which is a successful craft brewery with a rural-first mandate that prioritizes local and community economic development.
Freshwater Cuisine, which is a Kenora-based company devoted to the development and marketing of innovative freshwater fish products.
Eabametoong First Nation, which has turned a small community garden into Fort Hope Farm, a seven-acre farm that creates jobs and provides fresh, healthy food to the community, while blending traditional knowledge and conventional agricultural practices.
The HUB (operated by the non-profit organization, New Vision Unlimited), which is a co-working centre that supports entrepreneurship and social innovation in the Muskoka community.
Ontario resorts are often the largest employers in most rural communities and lifeblood of many destination regions. Resorts of Ontario is hosting their annual conference at Deerhurst Resort, April 8-10, 2018.
The conference theme is
"Reimagine...Mapping your Success" which speaks to sustainability and growing the resort industry in Ontario.
Back for a second year is key note speaker - Roger Brooks who will talk about marketing your community which if effective, can lead to many types of new investment.