Participants Choice - Expanding Your Economic Development Program

Presenting organization: BC Economic Development Association


This interactive session will provide expanded details on one or more of the topics covered in the 12 Things You Need to Know for Successful Economic Development” session held the day prior.   The content for this day will be selected by the “participants” that attend the earlier session and the presenters will design and implement a dynamic workshop on the delegates choice. Economic Development is a fast-paced industry and the need to adapt to the changing needs will be clearly demonstrated by the ability of the speakers to design this workshop overnight.

What Participants will learn

A more comprehensive understand of various components of a successful economic development program.


  • Dale Wheeldon, President and CEO, BC Economic Development Association
  • Colleen Bond, EDCD Consulting

Presenter Biographies

Dale Wheeldon has 26 years of economic development experience and is the CEO of the BC Economic Development Association and one of the founding partners of EDCD Consulting.  Starting out as in economic development in a rural BC community he then moved to Chilliwack where he worked to make Chilliwack one of the leading economic development communities in BC. He is in demand as a speaker with a presentation style combining humour with simplicity for understanding complex issues.

Colleen Bond is a certified Economic Developer with 24 years of economic development experience. She has extensive knowledge in building economic development programs for business retention and expansion, business attraction and foreign investment attraction.  Colleen has worked from grassroots to government organizations in a variety of community development and capacity building roles earning awards along with way.  Colleen co-founded EDCD Consulting to provide consulting services to economic development agencies at all levels of government.