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2018
Building a prosperous and resilient Edmonton economy.

This is how we make it happen.

As Edmonton’s economic development agency, EEDC continued to make an impact for our city in 2018. Despite a recession that began in 2016 and a Canadian economy that had not fully recovered, our organization drove over $200 million in economic impact collectively through our six divisions.

2018 was also a year of significant change and transition for EEDC. I was appointed CEO in August, Edmonton Global entered the landscape as a new regional economic development partner, Innovate Edmonton kicked off EEDC’s foray into broad community consultation, we welcomed more than 800 employees with the Edmonton EXPO Centre and we went through a massive rebrand at the Edmonton Convention Centre.

In 2019, our organization is well-positioned to execute on our refocused mandate of recommending economic development policy and strategy for the City of Edmonton, executing strategy as assigned by the Shareholder and conducting a broad range of economic development initiatives in collaboration with the City of Edmonton and other partners. We look forward to engaging the community in a robust discussion to identify strategies and outcomes that can make an impact for our city.

Derek Hudson
CEO, EEDC
Edmonton Letters
$200M

EEDC Economic impact

$10

return for every
taxpayer dollar

#66

on the World’s 100 Best Cities Index

5.8%

Increase in air passenger counts in 2018 at Edmonton International Airport, Canada’s fastest-growing airport

#23

on Sportcal’s Global Sports Impact
Nations and Cities Index

#1
Canadian city on the list
#3

in the world for AI and machine
learning research

#1

Canadian city for youth
employment

394

local tech companies

550+

tech sector graduates

98.9K

median family income

#3
highest in Canada among major cities

We give the world more Edmonton

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is a unique model in Canada.

We are a multi-divisional, multi-location, arms-length agency of the City of Edmonton, aligned through unified purpose, vision and values. At EEDC, we know that economic development is a team sport, and our six divisions work in unison on initiatives that generate economic impact and build the brand and reputation of our city.

Edmonton Convention Centre

Entrenched into the foundation of Edmonton’s river valley stands the Edmonton Convention Centre, a beacon of hospitality and sustainability among Edmonton’s growing downtown skyline. The convention centre is recognized as one of North America's top five performing venues.
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Edmonton EXPO Centre

Built in 1984 and expanded in 2009, the Edmonton EXPO Centre is a powerful economic catalyst, providing authentic experiences and limitless opportunities in the most imaginative event space in Canada.
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Edmonton Tourism

Edmonton Tourism is the destination sales organization and the marketing voice for our city's visitor experience, regionally, nationally and internationally.
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Enterprise Edmonton

Enterprise Edmonton works to create significant economic impact by supporting wealth creation and growth, building Edmonton’s business profile, assisting local businesses in exporting to new markets and positioning Edmonton as a great place to invest.
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Innovate Edmonton

Innovate Edmonton collaborates to create the best possible environment for technology innovation and tech-enabled startup and scaleup company growth in Edmonton. It does this through facilitating the creation of new tech businesses, accelerating the scale of high potentials, and inspiring community action.
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View of Walterdale Bridge and Edmonton skyline