Kingston to Host National Conference

Kingston, Ontario – September 29, 2022 – Kingston Economic Development is excited to welcome colleagues from all across Canada for the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) 54th Annual National Conference.

The EDAC Conference will take place October 1 – 4 at the Four Points by Sheraton Kingston in downtown Kingston. This is the first time since 2019 the EDAC conference to be held in-person with a packed agenda focused on future proofing.

EDAC is Canada’s national not-for-profit networking association for professional economic developers pursuing excellence in the field from the federal, provincial, municipal and private sectors. The association offers its members professional development, networking opportunities and a comprehensive offering of resources, both on and offline.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome everyone here from across the country for the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) 54th Annual National Conference,” says Mayor Paterson, City of Kingston. “We’re happy to host you while you network, share important information and resources, learn during your sessions, and focus on your theme of ‘future proofing’. I hope you take time to explore our beautiful city while you’re here and hope you’ll consider coming to visit us again!”

EDAC’s Conference annually brings together community leaders, economic development professionals and entrepreneurs from coast to coast to coast. These professionals attend EDAC Conferences to participate in sessions, network and listen to speakers sharing their innovative ideas and solutions to local challenges.

“The Kingston Economic Development team is excited to showcase Kingston to our colleagues across the country. It is always an honour to share strategies and innovative ideas that have real impact on our cities and economic prosperity. We have been proud members of EDAC since our inception two decades ago and excited to partner with them to being this conference to Kingston for the first time,” says Donna Gillespie, CEO, Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

Kingston Economic Development coordinated tours for colleagues of Canada Royal Milk and Spearhead Brewing to showcase Kingston’s manufacturing facilities at a national level.

“EDAC is proud to host their 54 professional development conference in Kingston, Ontario, October 1 – 4. We are grateful to the Kingston Economic Development Corporation and Tourism Kingston for the support they have provided in planning this conference,” says Penny A. Gardiner, CEO, EDAC. “EDAC is anticipating approximately 250 delegates both in person and virtually from coast to coast to coast to share knowledge, increase their skills and network with like minded colleagues.”

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Media Contact:
Nour Mazloum
Marketing & Communications Manager
Kingston Economic Development Corporation