Join a Committee
EDCO has a number of active committees that welcome the participation of members.
Bright Ideas: The Bright Ideas Competition is an annual idea competition for economic development practitioners of all experience levels. It is designed to give economic developers from across Ontario the opportunity to develop a modern response to proposed topics, have the work evaluated and receive professional certification points towards Ec.D. The bright ideas committee oversees the competition providing mentorship and guidance to the teams, while monitoring their progress. The committee selects three to five specific topics for each year’s competition, they compose the teams from applicants, create timeline expectations, and promote the Bright Ideas Competition.
Conference Committee: The Conference Committee oversees the creation of the EDCO Annual Conference and Showcase. Working closely with the Conference Coordinators and EDCO staff, the conference theme and program is developed during the year. This is a year round commitment with monthly teleconference meetings that are frequent during the last month prior to the conference. This committee is also involved in fundraising for the event, promotion of the event, recruiting presenter and speakers.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: This Committee supports EDCO’s vision, priorities and objectives by providing a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to all actions, strategies, and efforts. The committee supports EDCO by identifying and maintaining effective communication and working relationships for the purpose of promoting DEI. This committee actively foster greater inclusion of under-represented groups within EDCO. This includes and not limited to women, people of colour, LGBTQ2S+, age, disability, indigeneity, and religious beliefs. The Committee meets on a monthly basis.
Professional Development Committee: The Professional Development Committee works throughout the year to develop relevant training programs for members, in most cases with partners. The EDCO Spring Symposium and Fall Webinar Series also falls under this committee.
If you are interested in volunteering on a committee, please contact us!