Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee (EDTAC)

Economic Development and Tourism works with an advisory committee (EDTAC) to obtain direction and guidance. The page includes meeting agendas, meeting notes, corporate and department strategies related to Economic Development and Tourism along with documents related to the formation of this Committee.

Purpose

The purpose of the Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee is to consider and recommend actions and propose policies that are in alignment with the Economy pillar of sustainability as set out in Council’s Strategic Plan, Economic Priority Areas and Strategic Goals as identified by Council and within the parameters set out by Council. 

In keeping with the above, the Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee shall assist Administration and Council with the implementation of the strategic objectives related to Economic Development and Tourism. 

Members

Citizen members

Name Status Term Term Expiry
Seana Almer, Chair Voting Regular 1st Term December 31, 2022
Pam Cholak, Vice-Chair Voting Regular 1st Term December 31, 2021
Ken Lesniak Voting Regular 3rd Term December 31, 2021
Joshua Oviatt Voting Regular 1st Term December 31, 2021
Aaron Plawke Voting Regular 1st Term December 31, 2021
Kim Stefaniuk Voting Regular 1st Term December 31, 2022
Michael Wharmby Voting Regular 1st Term December 31, 2022
Wade Wilson Voting Regular 1st Term December 31, 2022

There is also one member appointed from the Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce.

Elected official members

Name Status Term Expiry*
Councillor Bill Tonita Regular Non-voting December 31, 2021
Councillor Robert Parks Alternate Non-voting December 31, 2021

*The terms of the Elected Official members will commence on January 1, 2018 and will expire on the dates listed above, or upon such person ceasing to be an Elected official.

The Mayor is an ex-officio and non-voting members of the Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee pursuant to Strathcona County.

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Meeting schedule

Members of the public are welcome to attend any meetings to observe the meeting and discussion carried out by the Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee. However, members of the public may only participate in a meeting of and make representations to the Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee in accordance with the Boards and Committees.

Contact Economic Development and Tourism to determine the next scheduled meeting.

2021 Meetings

Date Location Room Time Agenda Minutes
January 21 Online  Virtual 5 p.m. January 21, 2021 Agenda (111.9 KB) January 21, 2021 Minutes (121.8 KB)
March 18 Online Virtual 5 p.m. March 18, 2021 Agenda (97.4 KB) March 18, 2021 Minutes (130.9 KB)
May 17 Online Virtual 5 p.m. May 17, 2021 Agenda (97.3 KB) TBC
September 16 Online Virtual 5 p.m. TBC TBC
November 18 Online Virtual 5 p.m TBC TBC

Past agendas

Past meeting minutes


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    Economic Diversification Review (1730.6 KB)

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    Governance advisory committee update (150.7 KB)

    Direction on duties and power of advisory committees and their short term activities.

    Committees, bylaws and terms (86.0 KB)

    Overview of topics governing advisory committees under the Municipal Government Act and EDTAC terms of reference.

    Corporate strategic plan

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    Land use bylaws and maps

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    Maps

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    Bremner Area Project

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    Municipal development plan update

    The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is the County’s plan for the future. It sets out a clear vision for how Strathcona County will grow and develop over the next 20 years and beyond.

  • Shaping Alberta's future

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    Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board

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    Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan

    The Growth Plan is updated regularly. The most recent, completed in 2016 after two years of research and review, is The Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan: Re-Imagine. Plan. Build. It represents a substantive revision of the Region’s first 2010 Growth Plan: Growing Forward.

    Edmonton economic outlook

    The City of Edmonton’s economic outlook reports provide insights into the short- and long-term prospects for Edmonton’s economy. The reports summarize major components of the City’s bi-annual economic forecast update, including Edmonton’s labour market and population growth projections.

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

    CMHC exists for a single reason: to make housing affordable for everyone in Canada. We know that housing helps people stay employed, do better in school and participate more fully in society. Housing affordability and a stable housing finance system support a stronger, safer Canada where everyone can live with dignity.

    Edmonton housing statistics

    Key housing indicators include housing starts, vacancy rates and housing prices. Housing starts are a key indicator of economic strength and a reflection of demand for residential housing.

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Last updated: Thursday, June 10, 2021
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