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Plenary: Future Ready? An introspection on our profession

The ever-evolving economy is constantly changing the economic development profession. Communities who take the time to learn about upcoming trends and examine how they can adapt are in a better position to proactively prepare for change. But in our fast-paced environments, how do we find time to do this? In this hands-on session facilitated by Gareth Potts, primary author of the recent IEDC report “Future Ready: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Economy”, participants will learn about emerging trends, and explore how these themes may impact Ontario communities. Seneca College Economic Development students will also be on-hand to facilitate roundtable discussions and prepare post-conference white papers on top themes and solutions.


  • Gareth Potts, PhD, International Economic Development Council
  • Frank Miele, BES, MAES, CMIII, Seneca College, Ryerson University, York University

January 31 @ 11:00
11:00 — 12:15 (1h 15′)

Grand Ballroom