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June 19 and 20, 2018  Manitou Springs Resort & Spa

The two day intensive will be followed by coaching from the facilitators to develop a customized Investment Attraction Strategy for your community or region.


Registration Fees $1800 plus gst 



Hotel Accomodations are the responsbillity of registrants. A block of rooms is reserved June 18 and 19 under SEDA. Room Rate is $109. Contact the Resort directly to book at 306-946-2233.

Note1: Bursaries provided by the Invest Canada Community Initiatives Fund

Intensive Part I: Workshop

Workshop elements will include:

  • What is investment attraction, where is investment coming from, where is investment going in Canada and Saskatchewan, should communities be targeting Canada, USA, China, India, etc. for investment?
  • Overview of successful investment attraction wins in SK and other provinces – learning from real life success stories.
  • Investment readiness-how to determine your investment focus and priorities, plus one on one assessments with participants
  • How to develop, implement and manage a commuity investment attraction strategy
  • Funding options for investment attraction activities
  • How to partner with local stakeholders to leverage
  • How does the site selection process work using an actual example of a company interested in Saskatchewan
  • What an investor cares about and interacting with the Investor
  • Investment attraction marketing and lead generation/management
  • Presenting to a local Saskatoon company
  • Investor aftercare

Intensive Part II: Completion of Investment Attraction Plan

Using a 60 day time line following the workshop,  SEDA will conduct outreach to all participants to ensure they are working on their plan an mitigate any concerns and address questions. Requests for coaching assistance will be referred to EDCD Consulting and the DRAFT Investment Attraction Plans will be sent to them for review and assessment.  EDCD Consulting will work with the participants until a mutually acceptable plan is completed (by November 30 2018).

Facilitators and Coaches

Dale Wheeldon

Dale has 26 years of economic development experience. Starting out as an economic development officer in a rural BC community he received a number of awards including for his economic development website, community profile and investment attraction marketing. From there Dale moved on to Chilliwack, BC, with a population base of 80,000, where he was Director of Economic Development for the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation. Dale worked to make Chilliwack one of the leading economic development communities in BC. In 2000 he was awarded the province's Economic Developer of the Year.Seven years ago Dale co-founded EDCD Consulting and focused on working with communities throughout Western Canada. His work includes business retention & expansion, economic development strategies and investment attraction. He is in demand as a speaker on various economic development topics. His presentation style is one that combines humour with simplicity for understanding complex issues.

Colleen Bond

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 has worked with various agencies on the process of introducing and developing the Economic Development Recovery Program that has provided assistance to communities impacted through natural or manmade economic disasters in Bc and Alberta.  She was involved in assisting ten different communities in Alberta impacted by the devastating floods of 2013 and was an editor and contributor to the “The Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap:  A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness”.  

Prior to starting EDCD Consulting Colleen was an Economic Development Officer for a region located in the interior of the Province of BC. During her 13 years there she was successful in attracting new business and investment to the region and developing their first business retention and expansion program, one of the most innovative BRE programs in the Province. The region consisted of five separate communities ranging in size from 5,000 to over 100,000 and as result Colleen has an understanding of working with both rural and urban communities.