Non-Profit and 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.


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.

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.

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


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.


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.

Co-operatives First is a business development organization funded in full by the Co-operative Retailing System and Federated Co-operatives Limited. Every day, we focus on promoting and supporting business development based on the co-operative business model. Our priority overall is increasing rural and Indigenous economic development across western 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.

Community Futures is the only organization throughout rural BC with a mandate for small business and community economic development.  Our experts offer local assistance from 34 offices throughout rural BC. Community Futures offers a variety of services and tools to help entrepreneurs and small business owners achieve their goals, including business support services, business planning advice, loans and self employment assistance.

Community Futures provides financing alternatives to small and medium enterprises when access to credit is a challenge to starting or growing their business.  Different than a bank, Community Futures uses different lending criteria, focusing on rural development and providing business financing to small local businesses.  We also work in partnership with other business lenders, educational institutions, not-for-profits and community governments to grow and diversify the local economy.