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Municipal Innovation: Integrating Technology into BRE

Jordan Tidey, MBA, MSc.
Senior Consultant, MDB Insight
Chris Bandak, Hon BSc, CMRP
Executive Vice-President Market Research & Analytics, MDB Insight
Paul Blais, MA, Ec.D., CEcD
Executive Vice-President and Co-Founder, MDB Insight
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Jordan Tidey, MBA, MSc.
Senior Consultant, MDB Insight
Chris Bandak, Hon BSc, CMRP
Executive Vice-President Market Research & Analytics, MDB Insight
Paul Blais, MA, Ec.D., CEcD
Executive Vice-President and Co-Founder, MDB Insight
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The future trends of municipal innovation as they related to Business Retention and Expansion Programming. The world has been severely hit during the COVID-19 pandemic; businesses, workers, and all government levels have had to act fast as we have adjusted to the “New Normal” and the technological revolution that it has ushered in. More than ever, it is vital that Economic Developers have a clear understanding of how to integrate technology into Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) and how to adjust and refine BRE practices to be successful within this new digital age.

As experts in the economic and workforce development space for over a decade, our team is excited to share our experiences through a concise, practical, and engaging presentation on how best to adjust Business Retention & Expansion services to fit the needs of today’s businesses.

About the Speakers

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Jordan Tidey, MBA, MSc.

Senior Consultant, MDB Insight
ordan has extensive experience developing sector driven economic development strategies, engaging and collaborating with business leaders and community stakeholders. His projects have included economic development strategies, proactive business development, FDI Strategies, sector research and trend identification, designing business retention and expansion programs and connecting businesses to local opportunities.Jordan completed...
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Jordan Tidey, MBA, MSc.

Senior Consultant, MDB Insight

ordan has extensive experience developing sector driven economic development strategies, engaging and collaborating with business leaders and community stakeholders. His projects have included economic development strategies, proactive business development, FDI Strategies, sector research and trend identification, designing business retention and expansion programs and connecting businesses to local opportunities.
Jordan completed an MBA and MSc in International Business from Vancouver Island University. Before joining MDB Insight, Jordan was Manager of Market Intelligence with Economic Development Winnipeg, responsible for developing company and sector profile briefs highlighting trends and investment opportunities. He has also worked with Northern Development Initiative Trust in Prince George supporting rural community economic development.
Active as a board member with the Economic Developers Association of Manitoba (EDAM), Jordan has convened roundtable sessions and workshops about numerous topics in the field and is an experienced speaker and presenter. His keen analytical skills support the development of recommendations and approaches that are clear and meaningful for diverse audiences and focused on realistic implementation.

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Chris Bandak, Hon BSc, CMRP

Executive Vice-President Market Research & Analytics, MDB Insight
As the Executive Vice-President Market Research & Analytics at MDB Insight, Chris has more than two decades of experience. He has conducted over 500 research studies and is considered a thought-leader in design and analysis. Chris is recognized as an industry pioneer and is continually designing innovations in the field,...
Speaker Bio
Live Session

Chris Bandak, Hon BSc, CMRP

Executive Vice-President Market Research & Analytics, MDB Insight

As the Executive Vice-President Market Research & Analytics at MDB Insight, Chris has more than two decades of experience. He has conducted over 500 research studies and is considered a thought-leader in design and analysis.

Chris is recognized as an industry pioneer and is continually designing innovations in the field, particularly Business Retention & Expansion. For example, he developed MDB Insight's innovative Triage BR+E™ tool and holds a North American Patent for a methodology he designed to produce an online scientific panel.  Chris has completed community surveys for various municipalities and comprehensive research projects for public and private sector clients. Also, Chris has designed and consulted on large market research pricing, branding, advertising, and media projects across North America, including large-scale research programs for organizations such as Verizon, Coke, Honeywell, Duraflame, Esselte, Air Miles, Canada Post, CBC, Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Microsoft. 

Chris has managed, designed, and consulted on market research projects for various industries and various methodologies. He brings experience and strong analytical and managerial abilities to designing and implementing complex research methodologies customized for each client's needs. His experience has given him a solid background in the technical aspects of research and presents relevant and actionable results to clients clearly and understandably. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Business (Hon) degree. He is a member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA) and a Certified Market Research Professional (CMRP).

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Paul Blais, MA, Ec.D., CEcD

Executive Vice-President and Co-Founder, MDB Insight
Paul is Executive Vice-President and co-founder of MDB Insight, one of North America’s largest economic development specialist consultancies.  From the start, MDB Insight has been actively recruiting people who strive to be economic development thought leaders – those who aspire to save the world – even if it’s just...
Speaker Bio
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Paul Blais, MA, Ec.D., CEcD

Executive Vice-President and Co-Founder, MDB Insight

Paul is Executive Vice-President and co-founder of MDB Insight, one of North America’s largest economic development specialist consultancies.  From the start, MDB Insight has been actively recruiting people who strive to be economic development thought leaders – those who aspire to save the world – even if it’s just one place at a time. 

MDB Insight has also been consistently at the forefront of what it means to be economic development practice leaders.  Our people have always shown their abilities to develop aggressive but achievable action plans based on defendable recommendations.  This is where ideas for innovative practices such as Triage BR+E are conceived and brought to the market for all to use.

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