WED Course

7th Annual Western Economic Development Course

October 15 to 18, 2017

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

Join economic development professionals from Western Canada at the premier program offering concentrated focus in the basic concepts, methods and strategies of local economic development. Whether you’re new to economic development or not, this course will provide you with fresh tools and ideas you will be able to implement in your community. Participants are eligible to earn credits towards EcD and/or CeCD Certification. Click here for the Draft Agenda.

Who Should Attend?

  • Economic Development Staff
  • Mayor/Chief & Council Members
  • Board Members
  • Department Heads
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Planners/Development Services
  • CAO
  • Interns
  • Students 
  • Federal/Provincial Government Employees
  • Those with an interest in economic development

Sessions Include:

  • Basics of Community and Economic Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Retention & Expansion
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurial Development
  • Managing Economic Development Organizations
  • Workforce Development
  • Ethics
  • Statistics

BCEDA Members $575.00 + GST   

Non-Members $675.00 + GST

Due to an overwhelming response, the 2017 Western Ec Dev Course has SOLD OUT! Please contact for waitlist inquiries. 


Hotel reservations can be made by contacting the Sheraton hotel reservations department directly at 604-233-3990

Callers must mention the group code (BCEDA) to ensure they receive the appropriate rate and are included in the guest room block. Some delegates will be staying at the Hilton Vancouver Airport which is on the same property.


Substitutions will be accepted at any time. All registered attendees cancelling their registration, will be charged a $75 processing fee, regardless of when the cancellation notice was received. Cancellations by phone are not accepted. Cancellations must be received in writing by mail, fax or email to Ashleigh Volcz (e-mail: or Fax: 604-795-7119). Cancellations received in writing on or before Friday, September 1, 2017 will be refunded or credited to a future BCEDA event (less a $75 processing fee). These transactions will be processed after the course. There will be no refunds or credits for cancellations received after September 1, 2017. A registered attendee, who does not submit a written cancellation or attend the course is considered a No-Show and is not eligible for a refund or credit. A registered attendee, who does not submit a written cancellation or attend the course, is still liable for any outstanding balances.