Getting down to Business
‘The Power of Place’ – Wine & Cheese Reception
Thursday, September 29, 2022
The Innisfail Community Development Advisory Group, in conjunction with the Town of Innsfail, was proud to host a launch event for the Community Economic Development strategy, including the official unveiling of the group’s new branding identity.
Guest speakers at this event were:
Eric Burton is national thought leader in economic development and the President and CEO of Factor 5. His expertise is custom designing and executing community-led economic development strategies, programs and projects. Eric leads an award winning team of economic developers that provide expertise and services across the Country, including the co-creation and ongoing implementation of Innisfail’s “Power of Place” community economic development strategy. Download Eric’s presentation.
Download Eric’s presentation.
Sean Collins is a serial entrepreneur with a deep passion and focus on clean energy transition, with over 13 years of experience building and supporting programs for startups related to climate project development. He is a driver for change, not only founding several companies but using his passion and knowledge for these projects to rally others and raise significant funds to support them. Sean has created and taught business strategy courses at U of A and SFU’s business schools. He’s a “Top 40 Under 40” recipient in Edmonton. He produced an award-winning radio show, spoke at the United Nations in New York on two occasions, and was a proud member of Canada’s contingent at COP 21 in Paris. Sean also served as official agent and fundraising co-chair on the Amarjeet Sohi for Mayor of Edmonton campaign, raising the most of any 2021 mayoral campaign, setting a record for most donors in any political campaign in Edmonton history and contributing to Amarjeet’s successful election.
Download Sean’s presentation.
Community-based Economic Development Strategy
In the spring of 2021, Town administration brought together a small but powerhouse group of community leaders with differing perspectives to explore a new path for the local economy. By working together, sharing insights and considering the challenges and opportunities facing the community, this core leadership group outlined a community-led approach to economic development. With Council support, a formal advisory committee was struck to provide community input and advice in the development of this new approach, starting with a Community Economic Development Strategy and Tactical Plan.
The Town of Innisfail in February 2020 retained the services of 13 Ways to develop an economic development plan with the intent of working toward and achieving organizational strategic priorities in economic development. Following months of planning, research and stakeholder engagement, the Town’s 2021-2026 Economic Development Plan is now complete! Learn more about the event and view the completed plan below.