What We Aim to Do
The Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA) is Saskatchewan’s leading non-governmental organization with a focus on community and economic development, community regeneration and resilience.
We encourage and support leadership and progressive activities which create positive economic, environmental, health and social outcomes for communities, regions and the province at large. In all our work the relationship between place, economy, and people is central.
Established in 1983, SEDA offers and supports a range of programs and services activities including research, consultancy, training, events and specific programs supporting community development. Our mandate is "to increase the capacity of communities to develop and determine their economic future in Saskatchewan'.
We aim to champion sustainable communities via an inclusive approach to community development. Enhancing community resilience; influencing and supporting best practice and seeking to raise the standards of the practice of local economic development through learning and resource provision are key aims of the association. We provide networks and services aimed at promoting and supporting these goals.
SEDA is a social enterprise and relies on revenue generated from membership; program and service delivery; training and event hosting. SEDA works with the private; non-governmental and public sector, across the province and beyond. We work with many partner organizations who share our passion for developing a better and more resilient Saskatchewan!
SEDA is dedicated to enhancing community and economic development through the following service pillars:
Saskatchewan has a vibrant market of public, private and not-for-profit sector stakeholders striving to achieve a common goal. SEDA explores opportunities to better serve the province and increase business, community and economic capacity by providing a clear roadmap for our joint stakeholders.
SEDA is proud to offer the Professional Community and Economic Developer of Saskatchewan designation. The Association has a tradition of providing accessible professional development opportunities via online and classroom delivery.
Capacity building is about providing the proper tools so communities/regions may guide their own future. It is about working smarter and working together. SEDA provides access to research and best practices as well as online and classroom-based learning.
Partnering is a mechanism to assist in bringing forth measurable and significant sustainable outcomes. SEDA is pleased to work with the Government of Canada, the Province of Saskatchewan and other stakeholders to coordinate, support and deliver programs to support increased economic capacity. Identifying gaps in service delivery within the provincial marketplace and working to resolve them is an ongoing function of the association.
LEARNING..SHARING..MENTORING. Networking is a means of transferring good practice, of disseminating innovation (often innovation in the process) and of building on the lessons learned from others. SEDA is proud to offer annual conferences and forums each year.