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Disruptive tech: Must see sessions at IEDC 2017

What is the value of disruptive technology for economic development? If you're attending the IEDC 2017 Annual Conference in Toronto, don't miss these sessions.

Alissa Sklar
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on September 13, 2017
Alissa Sklar
Vice President of Marketing

We are all looking forward to a great show at the IEDC 2017 Annual Conference in Toronto this coming weekend. If you're interested in the value of truly innovative technologies for economic development, you'll want to make note of these sessions. disruptive technology economic development matchsticks


A Disrupted Economy: Is Your Community Ready for Tech Disruptions?

Sunday, Sept. 17th at 3:45 p.m. 

Disruptive trends in technology are irrevocably changing economic development. Employment, supply chains, and social norms are all being impacted. Traditional models are no longer sufficient; our assumptions about what constitutes economic vitality must evolve.


Every industry is adapting to disruptive trends in technology. Economic development–as a profession– must show similar flexibility and a similar commitment to change. This session continues a dialogue that can move our profession in a new direction.


What you'll learn:

• Key sources of information and thinking that should be on your reading list 
• How some of the most successful and innovative economic developers always keep an eye on the big picture 
• Insight into the most nascent technologies and their potential disruptions to your established industries


 Jon Roberts, Principal, TIP Strategies, Inc., Austin, TX 
 Anatalio Ubalde, MCP, FM, CEO, GIS Planning & SizeUp, San Francisco, CA


Collective, Competitive Advantage for Foreign Direct Investment

Sunday, Sept. 17th at 3:45 p.m. 

Investments flow into regions where project success is ensured through sensible regional strategy and where there is room for leveraging linkages and assets through connectivity and an innovative approach. While investment liberalization is making its way into all policy measures, there are still national considerations and regulations that inhibit inward flows to any country. These regulations protect national interest by denting the regional attractiveness to investors. This session will address the issue by pointing out why today’s global economy demands regional collaboration, what is going to drive or restrict the regional approach and how to overcome challenges to enhanced regional collaboration.

What you'll learn:

• Why regional collaboration for investment attraction is needed now more than ever 
• How regional collaboration boosts your competitiveness compared to other regions around the globe 
• Facilitation of regional knowledge sharing for policy tools favorable to investment

• Boštjan Skalar, CEO, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), Istanbul, Turkey

• Jean Alberini, Economic Development Manager, Paraná Development Agency, Curitiba, Brazil 
• Rodrigo Contreras, Trade and Investment Commissioner, ProMexico, Toronto, ON 
• Sarah Bauerle Danzman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 
• Chris Knight, Global Commercial Director, fDi Intelligence, London, UK


Business Roundtables

Wednesday, September 20th, 9:15 a.m.

There are rich opportunities the world over to both find new markets for your local businesses and to host foreign companies. These sessions will provide a small group format to discuss your communities’ ambitions in global trade and investment with experts from around the world. 

Time: 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

• Chris Knight, Global Commercial Director, fDi Intelligence, London, UK

• Adam Breeze, Managing Director, Breeze Inward Investment, Manchester, UK 
• Ralph Chow, Regional Director, Americas, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), New York, NY 
• Martin Ebel, Economic Development Officer, Lethbridge County, Lethbridge, AB 
• John Evans, Managing Director, Tractus Asia Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand 
• Nitin Pangam, Managing Director, Maeflower Consulting, Pune, India 
• Gustavo Zentner, MBA, CITP|FIBP, President, InterPOC, Winnipeg, MB

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