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Posted on 17, Mar | Posted by

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Nominate a speaker for “ED Talks” at the IEDC Annual Conference Today

Do you have a new, influential idea about economic development? Do you want to share your perspective with the world?

This could be your opportunity. Speakers have the chance to engage an audience with a topic that they are passionate about at the IEDC 2017 Annual Conference. Inspired by the TED Talks presentation style,  IEDC is looking for four insightful speakers to share their messages on Monday, September 18th for ED Talks. Each speaker will be given 15 minutes to share their presentation with the audience.

Click here to nominate a speaker for the IEDC 2017 Annual Conference. Completed forms can be submitted to by April 14.

To view the program for the four-day event, click here.

All nominations must be received by Friday, April 14th and speakers will be selected by May 15th.

Posted on 18, Sep | Posted by

 Millier Dickinson Blais rebrands as
MDB Insight

(TORONTO, ON – September 18, 2015) Millier Dickinson Blais is pleased to announce the launch of a new name, MDB Insight, and new logo to reflect expansion in its practice areas. MDB Insight is a management consulting firm focused on equipping communities for success in the 21st century economy. Read the full news release

Posted on 5, May | Posted by

EDCO and MDB Formalize Partnership

(TORONTO, ON – May 5, 2015) The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is pleased to announce a new partnership agreement with MDB Insight Inc. (MDB).

“MDB has been a longstanding contributor to EDCO and our work. We have been working together informally for years” stated EDCO CEO Heather Lalonde. “It’s wonderful to have a formalized partnership that will truly bring increased value to our members.” Read the full news release

Posted on 11, Feb | Posted by

MDB welcomes a new Partner!

Trudy Parsons

(TORONTO, ON – February 11, 2014) The founding Partners of MDB Insight (Lauren MillierBrock Dickinson, and Paul Blais) are pleased to welcome Trudy Parsons as the firm’s newest Partner. Trudy joined MDB in January, 2011, to establish and lead the national workforce development division. Trudy will continue to oversee the workforce aspect of MDB’s work, but she will now also play a key role in the ownership and management of the firm. Read the full news release

Posted on 19, Sep | Posted by

MDB Insight and Vicinity Jobs launch Jobs Demand Report

(TORONTO, ON – September 19, 2013) MDB Insight has partnered with Vicinity Jobs Inc. to launch the Jobs Demand Report, bringing  local labour market intelligence to every community across Canada. Access to validated data about job demand in the local economy is an essential component to local labour market planning. Read the full news release

Posted on 22, Aug | Posted by

Dr. Greg Baeker appointed to professional advisory board for Ryerson University’s new School of Creative Industries

(TORONTO, ON – August 22, 2013) –Dr. Greg Baeker, Director of Cultural Development at MDB Insight, has been appointed to the founding professional advisory committee for Ryerson University’s new School of Creative Industries. The program, which will launch in September 2013, is the first of its kind in North America. Read the full news release

Posted on 30, Jul | Posted by

Court Ellingson Named to the Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) 2013 Board of Directors

(CALGARY, AB – July 30, 2013) MDB Insight is pleased to announce that Court Ellingson, a senior consultant in our Calgary office, has been elected to the 2013 Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Board of Directors. Court joins a diverse group of individuals extending their experience and knowledge to an organization and body of professionals that plays an essential role in helping Alberta communities build, grow and diversify their economies.

“I am excited to be able to contribute and give back to my community in this way” states Court. “Economic developers play an important role in ensuring Alberta achieves its full potential and it’s wonderful to be a part of that.”

Read the full news release

Posted on 27, Sep | Posted by

New Online Resource For Economic Development Unveiled

(TORONTO, ON – September 27, 2012) – Today’s rapidly changing economy requires economic developers, community leaders and business owners to stay at the leading edge of economic development issues and trends. is a new website dedicated to providing the latest economic development information and ideas.

From breaking news to blog posts, best practices to the latest research, and book reviews to job postings, serves as an online platform for the international economic development community. Read the full news release

Posted on 15, Sep | Posted by

MDB Insight Earns Spot On The Prestigious Profit Hot 50 List

Dedicated to growing communities and businesses through a fresh approach to economic development strategies, MDB Insight is proud to announce it has earned a spot on the prestigious 11th annual PROFIT HOT 50 list.

The PROFIT HOT 50 is the definitive ranking of Canada’s Emerging Growth Companies. Published in the October issue of PROFIT Magazine and online at, the PROFIT HOT 50 ranks young firms by two-year revenue growth. Read the full news release

Posted on 19, Aug | Posted by

Dickinson named Co-Director of University of Waterloo’s Economic Development Program

MDB Insight partner Brock Dickinson has been named Co-Director of the University of Waterloo’s Economic Development Program.

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