2017 Annual Conference Agenda

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pre-Conference Excursion

Elk Lake  |  Learn more and register

--Pre-Conference Workshops--

Monday, June 19, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.     Fundamentals Course, part 1

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.     Building Enterprising and Vibrant Communities and Local Economies

                                         Through the Lens of Asset Based Community Driven Efforts (ABCDE)

                                         Instructor, Peter Kenyon   |   View Details

​Tuesday, June 20, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m     Fundamentals Course, part 2

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m     Upgrading and Re-Tooling Your Business Retention and Expansion Program

                                        Instructor, Eric Canada  |  View Details

--Main Conference Begins--

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

7:30 a.m.    Networking Breakfast

8:00 a.m.    Opening Remarks

                    Schaun Goodeve, Greater Edmonton EDT Chair

                    Barbara McKenzie, BREI Conference Chair

8:30 a.m.    Keynote Address:

                    Finding Your Unique Selling Proposition

                    Roger Brooks, Roger Brooks International

9:30 a.m.    Break

9:35 a.m.    Morning Breakout Sessions

                    BRE Essentials Stream

                    BRE Municipal Panel for Elected Officials

                    Victoria Brooks, Business Now; Nolan Crouse, Mayor, St. Albert

                    Community Building Stream

                    Building Strategic Alliance to Promote Your Brand and Grow Your Market Share

10:35 a.m.   Refreshment Break

10:50 a.m.   Morning Breakout Sessions

                    BRE Essentials Stream
                    BRE for Rural Communities

                    Michael Held, Rural Development Initiatives

                    Community Building Stream
                    Urban Economy - Community Building: Downtown Core

                    Brad Ferguson, EEDC; Todd Babiak

Noon          Lunch Keynote

                    Economic Impact of Stadiums, Sports and Events

                    Kevin Schmotzer, Cleveland MG

1:25 p.m.     Break

1:30 p.m.    Morning Breakout Sessions

                    BRE Essentials Stream

                    Strategic Planning for Today's BRE

                    Paul Blais, MDB Insight; Kimberley Worthington, Central Alberta Economic Partnership

                    Community Building Stream
                    Data is good, but insights are better: What businesses really need from economic development professionals

                    Dave Parsell, Local Intel

2:30 p.m.    Ice District Story

                    Bob Black, Katz Group; Rick Daviss, City of Edmonton

4:00 p.m.    Break

5:00 p.m.    BREI Annual Meeting, Award Presentation and Evening Activity

                    Located at the Art Gallery of Alberta

Thursday, June 22, 2017

7:30 a.m.    Networking Breakfast

8:00 a.m.    Opening Remarks
                    Barbara McKenzie, BREI Conference Chair

8:15 a.m.     Opening Plenary

                    Dueling Economists  |  John Rose, City of Edmonton  vs.  Todd Hirsch, ATB Financial

9:35 a.m.    Morning Breakout Sessions

                    BRE Essentials Stream
                    Facilitation Skills Training: Getting the most out of the group

                    Dr. Jason Daniels

                    Community Building Stream
                    Turning Statistics Into Stories

                    Rhys Chouinard, St. Albert

10:20 a.m.   Break

10:35 a.m.   Century Casino / Horse Track

                    Paul Ryneveld

11:50 a.m.   Break

Noon          Lunch Session

                    Government of Alberta delegate

1:00 p.m     Break

1:05 a.m.     Afternoon Breakout Sessions

                    BRE Essentials Stream
                    World Markets - Looking Outside Your Borders

                    Blaine LaBonte, Cougar Drilling

                    Community Building Stream
                    Business Visitation - It's as much about you as it is about them
                    Wayne Burns, SGI Stratecon Global Institute, Inc.

2:05 p.m.    Refreshment Break

2:20 p.m.    Afternoon Breakout Sessions

                    BRE Essentials Stream
                    Stupid Conversations with Crazy People

                   Jeanine Lassaline-Berglund, Leamington, ON

                    Community Building Stream
                    Tourism as a Catalyst for Economic Growth

                    Marty Eberth, Travel Alberta

3:25 p.m.    Afternoon Breakout Sessions

                    BRE Essentials Stream

                    BRE Toolkit
                    Karen Fischer, Ontario Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs

                    Community Development Stream

                    Business Visitation - You're Doing It Wrong!
                    Wayne Burns, SGI Stratecon Global Institute, Inc.

6:00 p.m.   Explore Downtown Edmonton

                    Guides and maps will be available to assist attendees in finding interesting local pubs and eateries

Friday, June 23, 2017

7:30 a.m.   Networking Breakfast

8:00 a.m.   Opening Remarks

                   Barbara McKenzie, BREI Conference Chair

8:15 a.m.    Opening Plenary
                   Attracting and Retaining Millennial Entrepreneurs

                   Clinton Senkow, Influencive

9:20 a.m.    Morning Breakout Sessions

                    BRE Essentials Stream
                    The Increasing Professionalism of BRE May Not Be Smart in the New Economy

                    Peter Kenyon, Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action & Strategies

                    Community Building Stream
                    BRE in the Wake of Manmade Natural Disaster

                    Angela Groeneveld, AG Consulting - Business/Economic Development and Disaster Recovery

10:20 a.m.   Break

10:35 a.m.   Morning Breakout Sessions

                    BRE Essentials Stream
                    Developing Industry Clusters
                    Wilf Keller, Ag-West Bio

                    Community Building Stream
                    The Value of Incubators in BRE

                    Ken Gossen, Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator; Dar Schwanbeck, NABI

11:35 a.m.   Keynote Speaker

                    13 Ways to Kill Your Community

                    Doug Griffith, 13 Ways, Inc.

11:30 a.m.   Break

12:45 p.m.   Community Tours

                    Food Processing Development Centre and Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator
                    Alberta's Industrial Heartland
                    Food Processing Development Centre

Regional Economic Development Activity from 12:45 - 3:30 p.m. (invite only)