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Time for TransformatiON

Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre – February 7-9, 2023

We’re designing the most relevant and densely-packed educational and networking program available to economic development practitioners like you.  Please continue to check back regularly for exciting program updates.

NOTE:  Programs details are subject to change.

Attend the conference and earn 5 valuable professional certification points!

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

11a.m.-1:00p.m. Lunch – Women in EcDev (Ontario Investment and Trade Centre)

Please note that registration to this event is separate and not included in the conference registration fee.

1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m Pre-Conference Seminar (Ontario Investment and Trade Centre)

NOTE: This seminar will precede the EDCO Conference and Showcase (February 7-9) to help maximize the professional benefits from limited travel budgets.  Please note that registration to this event is separate and not included in the conference registration fee. 

4:00-6:00 p.m. Registration Opens (Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre Base of Escalator, Convention Level)
2:00-6:00 p.m. Showcase set-up
4:00-5:00 p.m. First Timer Mix & Mingle
5:00-6:30 p.m. Opening Reception

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens / Coffee Klatch (Base of Escalator, Convention Level)
8:00 a.m. Sponsored Session (Grand Ballroom)
8:30 a.m. EDCO 2023 Annual General Meeting (Grand Ballroom) [EDCO Members only]
9:15 a.m. Conference Opening and Welcome (Grand Ballroom)
9:25 a.m. Traditional Blessing and Land Acknowledgement
9:45 a.m. Opening Keynote Presentation – Ethics in Economic Development
10:45 a.m. Health Break & Coffee in Showcase
11:30 a.m. Bright Ideas Competition (Grand  Ballroom)
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Dessert in the Showcase
1:45 p.m. Workshop Sessions:
  • Are You Investment Ready? Preparing Your Community for Major Investment
    Panelists will provide an overview and their perspectives on factors – such as infrastructure, housing and talent – that communities should consider when planning for, and attracting, new, major investments.
  • Innovation in agri-business: How technology is changing the face of agriculture
    Join us to hear from innovative farms who have adopted ground-breaking technologies and utilized automation in agriculture to drive their productivity forward. You will learn how to support these businesses and how to bring more agri-innovation to your community.
  • A Day in the Life of an Economic Developer
2:45 p.m. Health Break & Coffee in Showcase
3:30 p.m. Workshop Sessions: 
  • What does it take to open a business in Ontario
  • Hot Topics Tables
  • Let’s Talk Solutions! A Collaborative Approach to Solving Workforce Challenges
4:45 p.m. Program ends for the day
4:45–6:15 p.m. TransformatiON Reception (Trinity; Grand Ballroom Foyer)

Thursday, February 9, 2023

8:30 a.m. Registration Opens / Coffee Klatch (Base of Escalator, Convention Level)
8:45 a.m. Sponsored Session (Grand Ballroom)
9:15 a.m. Conference Opening and Welcome (Grand Ballroom)
9:30 a.m. Plenary Presentation:  Automotive is NOW!
10:45 a.m. Health Break & Coffee in Showcase
11:15 a.m. Workshop Sessions
  • Tourism Recovery, Gaps and Opportunities
  • These are not women’s issues!

In this workshop we’ll discuss how issues such as the gender wage gap, lack of affordable childcare and unpaid care/service work impact the broader economy, not just women. This workshop will delve into the impacts these issues have on economic sustainability, diversity, innovation and workforce development and will feature communities who are taking a collaborative approach to overcoming these challenges.

  • DEI is a BIG Thing – How communities can strategize their focus on it
    Join this interactive facilitated discussion on how communities can build strategies to be inclusive.  This session will offer tools and tactics to incorporate for communities to foster inclusivity.
12:15 p.m. Lunch 
1:00 p.m. Dessert in the Showcase
1:30 p.m. Workshop Sessions
  • My Mainstreet – Stories from the front lines
  • TBC
  • TBC
2:30 p.m. Health Break & Coffee (Grand Ballroom Foyer)
2:45 p.m. Closing Plenary
3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:00 p.m. Program ends
5:30 p.m. President’s Reception
6:30-10:00 p.m. President’s Dinner and Ontario Economic Development Awards 

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If you work in the field of economic development, you need to register for the 2023 EDCO Conference!

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