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President’s Message – November 5, 2019

NOTE: This event has already taken place.

EDAC Conference Re-Cap

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to attend the Economic Developers Association of Canada Conference in Edmonton, Alberta. The theme of the conference was Inspired Change. Some noteworthy tidbits that stood out for me during the conference are below:

EDAC Board

I had the honour of carrying the Newfoundland and Labrador flag during the procession leading into the President’s dinner as representative of EDANL. Newfoundland and Labrador was so well represented during the conference, and I was incredibly proud of our province and all of you in that moment.

Three individuals from this province are on the EDAC board for the next term. This conference was an opportunity for me to join the EDAC board as representative of Newfoundland and Labrador and I look forward to keeping you updated on any EDAC news. I am pleased to be on the board with my esteemed colleagues:


This year, Mount Pearl took away three marketing awards for Single Advertisement, Promotional Items and Advertising Campaign in the over $600,000 budget category as well as the EDAC Cup for their Consider It Done campaign. Congratulations to Steve, Cassie, Jeremy and team in Mount Pearl!

Professional Development

This year I completed the Fellowship program and received my Ec.D (F) designation at the conference. It was a proud moment to have completed the highest standard of designation currently recognized in Canada and I look forward to mentoring others through the various levels of professional development available. I have been a huge proponent of ongoing professional development during my career and encourage you all to consider completing the certificate or designation programs if they are of interest to you.

EDANL is pleased to be bringing Year 2 back to the province in June, and I look forward to many of you completing your Economic Development Certificates in the near future! Want more information about the UW Economic Development Certificate program? Click here or reach out to us: info@edanl.ca.

EDAC has also partnered with Ryerson University to offer a certificate in Local Economic Development that may be of interest. Click here for more information.

For anyone interested in the Ec.D. designation, please note that I’m currently working with EDAC on revising the Study Guide and Version 3.0 should be available soon for purchase to assist with preparing for the exam. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions on the professional development programs offered by EDAC, or have suggestions for topics of interest for EDANL to consider for conference topics or webinars. We are listening!


Jennifer Penney
President, EDANL


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