Current Association Partnerships

The BC Economic Development Association has a number of partners that we work with to provide member services.  We recommend that in addition to joining BCEDA that you consider supporting these associations.  BCEDA and the organizations profiled below are dedicated to promoting a national and international exchange of information, experience, and best practice among economic development practitioners and organizations. These efforts include partnering on initiatives, sharing of information, and participating in each other's events in order to improve the integration of economic, social, and environmental agendas.  Entities that are membership organizations assist members of their respective organizations to develop bilateral contacts and/or common projects. The main goal of this collaboration is to facilitate learning and the development of networks for information sharing between organizations and members in order to help achieve economic development success.  If your organization is interested in a relationship please contact Dale Wheeldon.

Advantage BC

AdvantageBC International Business Centre Vancouver is a non-profit Society, established in 1986, with a mandate to promote British Columbia as a favourable location for international business.

AdvantageBC communicates the tax incentive program as well as the many advantages British Columbia offers as a location for corporate investment, including an educated and multilingual workforce, an outstanding telecommunications infrastructure, clean and competitive energy, and a high quality of living.



International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession. When we succeed, our members create more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the quality of life in their regions.  IEDC is the world's largest membership organization serving the economic development profession. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development experience.



Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC)

EDAC is Canada’s national organization of economic developers pursuing excellence in the field since 1968. The association offers its members professional development, networking opportunities and a comprehensive offering of resources, both on and offline.  


What does EDAC offer?

•         Professional Development
•         Professional Accreditation – Ec.D. designation
•         Educational Seminars and Courses
•         Annual National Conference
•         Awards and Scholarships
•         Federal/Provincial/Municipal/International liaison


International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC)

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 63,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.  Dale Wheeldon, President and CEO of BCEDA is the ICSC Provincial Alliance Co-Chairs in British Columbia.



Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC)

Technologists, technicians and technical specialists achieve professional recognition through the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC). The eighth largest self-regulating association in BC, ASTTBC has registered 10,000 Technology Professionals.  Technologists, technicians and technical specialists work in applied science technology fields such as architecture, bio-medical engineering, building, civil, electrical, electronics, environmental, fire protection, house inspection, information, mechanical, onsite wastewater and other related disciplines tied to the built and natural environment.          


CAPP's vision is to enhance Canada's prosperity by enabling responsible growth of Canada's upstream oil and gas industry.  CAPP's mission, on behalf of the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry, is to advocate for and enable economic competitiveness and safe, environmentally and socially responsible performance.  CAPP represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP's member companies produce about 90 per cent of Canada's natural gas and crude oil. CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's members and associate members are an important part of a national industry with revenues from oil and natural gas production of about $120 billion a year. CAPP's mission, on behalf of the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry, is to advocate for and enable economic competitiveness and safe, environmentally and socially responsible performance.

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada has been fuelling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. Futurpreneur is a non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. 



As the inventor of GIS websites for economic development organizations and the leading market intelligence tool for small businesses, GIS Planning’s technology is recognized as the industry standard. GIS Planning currently serves 6 out of 10 Americans, including the majority of the 100 largest cities in the U.S., and its technology is implemented in 43 states and 3 Canadian provinces.

Approximately 95% of economic development organizations and chambers of commerce seeking a vendor for implementation of a site selection GIS tool or market intelligence software choose GIS Planning for its outstanding range and depth of current data, analytical tools, ease of use, mobile optimization and seamless integration with organizational websites. GIS Planning provides best-in-class technology with both ZoomProspector Enterprise and SizeUp Local Business Intelligence (LBI), as well as important value-added services for our clients. These services include our brand new Intelligence Components (interactive data tools that can be embedded on multiple website pages), exposure on, partnerships with leading site selection media and economic development associations, as well as marketing support through ongoing professional development educational programs focused on Internet technology and media.


Nations CreationsNations Creation Is an exciting Social Enterprise that began in October 2016 at Stó:lō Nation’s Vedder Road site. Thanks to a Partnership-Based Labour Market Training Project funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, this project will support workers interested in training in sophisticated, computer-based light manufacturing and also support indigenous artists.

The project involves training eligible workers on reserve to make multi-use of First Nations art designs by creating t-shirts, mugs and other collectible items featuring the work of local artists. Local artists will receive a royalty for each item sold with their design, and the remainder of the proceeds will return to the social enterprise to employ more workers in the manufacturing and sales.  For more information contact