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2020 Conference

Our annual conference is an inter-organizational forum supporting year-round initiatives and a mandate to build local and regional economic capacity. SEDA continually looks for opportunities to bridge concepts, service providers and partners, so together we may work more effectively to serve our common goal— creating a prosperous and sustainable province.

SEDA is excited to co-host the 2020 gathering with the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.

The conference will bring together Saskatchewan businesses, chamber managers, community leaders, and economic development representatives. The gathering will feature a robust program of plenary and concurrent sessions profiling emerging best practices, trending strategies, and shared solutions.

Location: Saskatoon Inn

Accommodations: Saskatoon Inn ​Conference Room Block held under "SEDA/Saskatchewan Chamber Being the Changemaker Conference"

Registration: Online and manual registration will open in December. Conference registration includes breakfast, luncheon and network refreshments on April 28 and 29.

Preliminary Program:

April 27 Pre-Conference Workshop: 'Community Resilience Investment Vehicles'

  • Seeking sustainable, long term sources of funds for community projects, programs and services are now essential as public sector support is not always available. Three presenters will discuss the advantages and impacts of arms-length economic development corporations; community foundations; and community investment co-ops.
April 28 & 29 Conference:  Breakfast 7:00 am with opening plenary at 8:00 am. Sessions will conclude at 5:00 pm 
  • Keynote presenters will flag disruptions on the horizon and highlight potential solutions for Saskatchewan communities and leaders.
  • Creating a food ecosystem and new retail models are only several examples of concurrent sessions that will inspire and equip delegates with pragmatic ideas - and contacts - to new move their community forward.
  • Love coffee and conversation? Don't miss our 7:00 am meet-ups. These are opportunities for professionals and leaders to network and exchange knowledge in a small group setting.
  • Out-of-bounds activities will feature 1) The "Saskatoon Slow Food Trail", a 3-hour tour and tasting 2 pm to 5 pm on April 28 and 2) Broadway BID Brewery & Discovery from 5 pm to 8 pm April 28.  Registration is limited for these activities and we encourage early registration.
Registration Fees:  
Pre-Conference Workshop $100+gst (does not include meals)
Conference Registration(meals & refreshment breaks included):
  • Early Reg Discount (before March 23, 2020)  SEDA/Chamber Members $390+gst  Non-Members $450+gst
  • After March 23, 2020, SEDA/Chamber Members $450+gst  Non-Members $500+gst
Optional Conference Activities April 28: "Food Trail Experience" $50+gst; "Broadway BID & Brewery" Experience $50+gst

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be made available for a written application received before March 23, 2020. No refunds will be made AFTER March 23, 2020.  However, a substitute delegate is welcome at no additional charge.

SEDA will host the Annual Economic Development Awards of Excellence during the luncheon on April 28. Be sure to send in your submission and celebrate your success by March 13, 2020. DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION PACKET TODAY