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EMC attendees are eligible for 3 points towards EDAC’s professional Ec.D. accreditation

Invited Government Speakers include:

  • Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
  • Honourable Paul Calandra, Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing
  • Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
  • Honourable Victor Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (video remarks)
  • Honourable David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development
  • Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Steve Clark, Government House Leader & MPP for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
  • Warden Peter Emon, County of Renfrew, Chair, Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus
  • Mayor Jeff Leal, City of Peterborough, Chair, Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus

Tuesday, September 10, 2024

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Registration - Beat the Wednesday Rush!
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
NEW! Reception with Ottawa Business Journal!
RSVP is required for this event. Stay tuned for more information

Wednesday, September 11, 2024


8:30 AM
Registration Opens
Refreshments in Exhibit Hall
10:30-11:00 AM
OEMC Opening Remarks & Government Address
11:00-11:45 AM
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Botterill
Sponsored by Enbridge
11:45-12:30 PM
Plenary: Economic Development & Housing - Addressing Infrastructure Issues for a Bright Future
12:30-1:30 PM
Lunch - Sponsored by Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
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1:30-2:30 PM CMHC Housing Solutions Navigating the Workforce Transition to Electric Vehicles in Canada & Eastern Ontario’s Automotive Manufacturing Sector Building Ontario's Economy Special Events & Perilous Partnerships Talent Retention and Attraction across Ottawa and Eastern Ontario
2:30-3:00 PM
Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
3:00-4:00 PM RESILIENT IN THE STORM Strategies for a Vibrant Recovery | Planning for the Unpredictable: Climate-Ready Strategies for Municipalities Canada's Immigration Advantage | Innovating Rural Resilience: Eastern Ontario's Path to Immigrant Attraction and Skilled Workforce Integration Why SME is Keystone of the Canadian Economy and the Importance of Economic Development at the Municipal Level Frontenac Communal Services Project - Bringing Water and Wastewater Together for Rural Community Building Accelerating Bio-Based Manufacturing in Canadian Municipalities | Data-driven Bioeconomic Solutions for Regional Economic Development
4:00-4:10 PM
4:10-5:10 PM Activating Public Spaces that Foster Business Development City of Kawartha Lakes Short Term Rentals Licence Program TBA - Sponsored by Hydro One
5:10-6:30 PM
President's Reception in Exhibit Hall - Sponsored by Hydro One
6:30 PM
Free Night! OEMC will arrange shuttles for delegates to go downtown to the Byward Market for the evening. Learn more here!

Thursday, September 12, 2024

8:00-9:00 AM
Breakfast - Sponsored by Rogers
9:00-10:00 AM
Government Address
EDO of the Year Award Presentation - Sponsored by Research FDI
10:00-10:30 AM
Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall 
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10:30-11:30 AM Investigating alternative revenue tools and uncovering operational efficiencies to balance budgets in difficult times. A Case Study of Cavan Monaghan | TBA The Power of Leadership Training in Staff Retention Eastern Ontario Macroeconomics: Are We (Finally) Emerging from Five Years of Economic Uncertainty? Building a Foundation for Prosperity and Resiliency in Rural Communities Guarding Our Communities: Cybersecurity Essentials for Municipalities
11:30-11:40 AM
11:40-12:40 PM Municipal Law Update Enabling Stickiness with Youth and the Young Population and County of Simcoe: Nurturing Growth through Inclusive Workforce Initiatives and Partnerships City of Kingston International Student Symposium | Building Tomorrow's Workforce: The Strategic Advantage of Co-op Student Employment Electricity Planning in Eastern Ontario
12:40-1:45 PM
1:45-2:45 PM The Power of a Regional Voice: Positioning Your Community as a “Hub City” | Productive Partnerships – ensuring community and economic development strategies align Workforce Development - Programs and Services Supporting Business Growth and Attraction TBA Cambium TBA - Sponsored by Enbridge
2:45-3:15 PM
Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
3:15-4:15 PM Community Responsibility, and DEI trending? Bridging Industry and Education: Unveiling Kawartha Lakes' Innovative Workforce Solutions
5:30 PM
Banquet & Entertainment Onsite - Sponsored by Cambium

Featuring Sussex!

Last year's Banquet had rave reviews! We are looking forward to another full night of great food and music!

Friday, September 13, 2024

9:00-10:00 AM Morning Refreshments & Special Guest Speaker: Mike Moffatt, Senior Director, Policy and Innovation, Smart Prosperity Institute

Dr. Mike Moffatt is the Senior Director of Policy and Innovation at the Smart Prosperity Institute and an Assistant Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy group at Ivey Business School, Western University. Mike’s research at SPI focuses on the intersection of regional economic development, building child-friendly, climate-friendly housing and communities, and clean innovation. In 2017, Mike was the Chief Innovation Fellow for the Government of Canada, advising Deputy Ministers on innovation policy and emerging trends. He has also previously held the titles of Director (Interim) of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management, Directory of Policy at Canada 2020, and Chief Economist for the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto. Mike has worked with politicians and policymakers of all political stripes in several countries to craft more effective public policy. From 2013 to 2015, Mike served as an economic advisor to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. Mike holds a Ph.D. in Management Science from Ivey Business School and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester. Outside of his clean economy work at SPI, Mike is a disability-rights activist.