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2016 Annual General Meeting
April 28, 2017
On April 26, 2016, the Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association hosted their Annual General Meeting at the Edmonton International Airport.

With 90 regional Mayors, Councillors, Municipal administrators and regional companies in attendance, Board of Directors Chair, Kristina Dembinski welcomed attendees, paying special attention to introduce the volunteer Board of Directors, Members of the Business Advisory Committee and Corporate Partners. Ms. Dembinski stated,” It is a long list, but please bear with me; it’s important that we take the time to publicly recognize these individuals and organizations as they are essential to who we are and what we do.”
 
Ms. Dembinski also acknowledged and thanked our members – The City of Leduc & Leduc County, along with Associate members, the towns of Beaumont, Calmar, Devon, Thorsby and Village of Warburg. She expressed the importance of this continued commitment to regional collaboration and gratefulness for their long-time support of the EDA.
 
Spending a brief moment speaking of the challenges our region has experienced in 2016, her message was focused on the importance of having a regional economic development organization particularly in challenging circumstances. The Leduc-Nisku EDA re-focused efforts to help existing business weather the storm, actively sought out and championed innovative opportunities and put more emphasis on delivering clear value to funders and stakeholders.
 
Ms. Dembinski introduced a special video showcasing the association’s key activities of the 2016. The video can be viewed here.
 
Barbara Engelbart McKenzie, Executive Director of the Leduc-Nisku EDA presented plans for 2017. She described how both the association and our economy has changed significantly reflecting on the opportunities that lie ahead for what she termed as, “a powerhouse” in the Alberta economy. The Leduc-Nisku EDA is seeing new opportunities present themselves in the agribusiness industry with an emerging bio-industrial sector opening up in the hemp industry, stated McKenzie. She also touched on the Alberta Aerotropolis project which will be a catalyst for major investment and diversification in the region. The association will continue to develop a series of supports and tools that will connect regional business to opportunities across diverse markets and industries.

To close the event, Ms. Dembinski recognized three Board Directors who retired from the EDA Board of Directors. Personalized plaques were gifted to these individuals with an inscription that read, “With our sincerest appreciation. The foundation of a successful organization is rooted in service. It is the nurturing force which fuels all progress. Thank you for your contribution of time, experience and expertise, and for your service as a Director.”

After thanking the event sponsors, HOST Gretzky’s Wine & Whisky, Edmonton Eskimos Sports Bar & Heineken Lounge, EIA, Canadian helicopters and Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel, Ms. Dembinski acknowledged Mayor Greg Krischke, City of Leduc and Mayor John Whaley and Councillors John Schonewille and Audrey Kelto, Leduc County who will not be seeking re-election this year. “Thank you all again for your tireless efforts in service to your communities, and for supporting the EDA for so many years. Know that you will be greatly missed in your capacity as elected officials, and we wish you well in everything that your new futures hold for you,” expressed Ms. Dembinski.  

The evening came to a close after attendees spent a significant amount of time chatting and re-connecting after a busy 2016. The 2016 Annual Report was distributed as attendees made their way out to get home and catch the Edmonton Oilers game.
 
The 2016 Annual Report can be picked up at the Leduc-Nisku EDA office or can be found online here.