2022 Conference Agenda

For all in-person delegates, please see below for the conference agenda for October 1-4, 2022 in Kingston, Ontario.


12:00 PM
EDAC Registration Desk Opens

7:00 PM
Opening Reception & 50th Anniversary Celebration of EDAC and U of W
Old Stones Room


Unless otherwise specified all events happening in the Limestone City Ballroom

8:30 AM
EDAC Registration Desk Opens / Conference attendance protocols
Welcome Breakfast
Trade Show Booths Set-Up

9:00 AM
Welcoming remarks from Wendy Dupley, Ec.D., President EDAC

9:30 AM EDAC Annual General Meeting (members only)
Gibraltar Room

10:00 AM – Keynote: Understanding Mental Health – The Good, the Bad, and the Funny
Jessica Holmes – Comedian, Author & Mental Health Advocate

11:00 AM – Refreshment Break and Trade Show Walk

11:30 AM – Purpose-Driven Economic Development
Raphael Costa – Director of Economic Development, City of Vaughan

12:00 PM – Economic Development Communications: Leveraging the Municipality to Raise the Economy’s Profile
Jennifer Ormston – Director of Corporate and Strategic Communications, City of Vaughan

12:30 PM – Lunch

1:15 PM – Marketing Awards Presentation

2:00 PM – German Energy Crisis: An Opportunity for Canada
Detlef Engler – Senior Investment Counsellor, Embassy of Canada in Germany

2:45 PM – IEDC Partnership and Cross Border Collaboration
Daniel Silverman – Director, IEDC

3:00 PM – Refreshment Break and Trade Show Walk

3:30 PM – Economics, Equity, Women and the Workforce
Kadie Ward – Commissioner / CAO of Ontario’s Pay Equity Commission

4:15 PM – The Kingston Brand Evolution
Donna Gillespie – Chief Executive Officer, Kingston Economic Development
Cathy Kirkpatrick – Partner and Senior Strategist, Alphabet Creative
Alison Migneault – Director of Marketing and Communications, Tourism Kingston

5:00 PM – Sessions End

7:00 PM – Fun Night
Please join us for a very exciting night planned at the Kingston Penitentiary! Enjoy a food truck, cash bar and some special entertainment!
Tours are being offered for $25. Click here to purchase your ticket!
Select October 2nd, then a time (19:30, 19:31, 19:32).  The promo code is KPEDAC22
Bus will pick everyone up from the Four Points Kingston lobby at 6:50pm and will be picking everyone up from the Penitentiary at 9pm to come back to the hotel.


Unless otherwise specified all events happening in the Limestone City Ballroom

8:00 AM
EDAC Registration Desk Opens

9:00 AM – Addressing the Workforce Development Challenge: A Regional Response
Aileen Murray, Ec.D. (F) – President, Mellor Murray Consulting Inc.
Kate Burns Gallagher – Executive Director, Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus

10:00 AM – Why an ECE is likely to be an EDO’s BFF in 2022 and beyond!
Kelly Emery – Director of Children’s Services & Recreation, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Dr. Emis Akbari – Professor, George Brown College / Atkinson Centre
Armine Yalnizyan – Economist, Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers
Michelle Schurter – Millennial Strategist
Audrey Ansell, Ec.D. – Director Community Attraction & Promotion, Municipality of Chatham-Kent

11:00 AM – Lunch

12:00 PM – The State of the Economy: What it Means for Economic Developers, Workforce Development and Tourism
Trevin Stratton – Americas Economic Advisory Leader & Partner, Deloitte
Paul Blais, Ec.D. – Managing Director, Deloitte
Clark Hoskin, Ec.D. – Senior Manager, Deloitte
Evelyn Paul – MEDI, Manager, Economic Advisory, Deloitte

1:00 PM – We Rise: Crisis Stirs Urgency and Passion for Change
Chris Fields – Speaker, Writer, Principal at Rynic

1:45 PM- Refreshment Break and Tradeshow Walk

2:15 PM – It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Brock Dickinson, Ec.D. (F) – Entrepreneur In Residence, University of Waterloo

3:00 PM – How to Attract Big Talent to Smaller Communities by Promoting Quality of Life
Dave Parsell – CEO, Localintel Economic Development

3:30 PM – Self-Guided Study Tours
Sign-up for CRM or Brewery at the registration desk – required only to assist venues with expected attendee count. No transportation or coordination with the venue is pre-arranged. Providing options for you to explore what Kingston has to offer!

  1. Canada Royal Milk (CRM) – 1680 Venture Drive, Kingston (Masking required at this venue.)
  2. Spearhead Brewery – 675 Development Drive, Kingston (65 person max venue capacity. Closed toe shoes required.)
  3. Fort Henry National Historic Site – 1 Fort Henry Dr, Kingston
  4. Kingston Walking Tour/Scavenger Hunt – Start at 216 Ontario St, Kingston
  5. Ghost Tours of Kingston – 200 Ontario Street, Kingston (Tickets on their website. 7:30pm start time.)

Free Night – Dinner on own
Click here to explore some dining options!


Unless otherwise specified all events happening in the Limestone City Ballroom

8:00 AM
Registration Desk Opens

9:00 AM – Working with Government: Leveraging Municipal, Provincial and Federal Support
Rob LeForte – Founder, First Lake Solutions/Founder, The Advocacy Coach/Co-Founder, Push Politics

9:45 AM – Future-Proofing Economic Development Technology
Ron Bertasi – Chief Executive Officer, GIS WebTech

10:30 AM Refreshment Break and Trade Show Walk

11:00 AM – Economic Impact of Clean Energy
Jessica Linthorne, Ec.D. – Director, Clean Energy Frontier Program, Nuclear Innovation Institute

11:45 AM – New Nuclear and Net Zero Partnerships
Chad Richards – Director, Centre for New Nuclear and Net Zero Partnerships

12:30 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM – MIPIM Award Presentation
Johanne Royer – Communications and Marketing Expert

1:30 PM – Mitacs: Supporting Canada’s Municipalities and Economic Development Organizations
Iman Yahyaie – Account Manager, Director Business Development
Jean-Philippe Valois – Account Manager

2:15 PM – Panel: IDEA Mississauga-supporting and driving an entrepreneurial ecosystem
Donna Heslin – Manager, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, City of Mississauga
Bonnie Brown – Director Economic Development, City of Mississauga

3:00 PM – Refreshment Break

3:30 PM – Rules are Made to be Broken
Dr. Greg Andres – Continuing Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo

4:00 PM – Attract and Grow Foreign Investment in your Community with CanExport Community Investments
Trisha Skoryk – Deputy Director, CanExport Community Investments

4:45 PM – Sessions End

7:00 PMPresident’s Reception

7:45 PM – President’s Dinner