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The Council of Economic Developers’ Christmas Party

OCTOBER 22, 2013

The Council of Northern Economic Developer’s will be hosting it’s annual Christmas party at the Madd Trappers Bowling Alley at 7pm on December 6th, 2013.

We have rented the party room at the Alley and will be having a Christmas potluck as well.

If you would like to attend and show off your bowling skills, please RSVP to .

We hope to see you there.

Community Conference Coordinator

OCTOBER 20, 2013

Subject to the approval of funding, the Council of Northern Economic Developers is looking to hire a Conference Coordinator to assist in the  development of a Community Economic Development Conference in Dawson City.

For a copy of the RFP, please contact Jillian at

Community Economic Initiatives

OCTOBER 10, 2013

Hey Everyone,

CNED wants to hear about your community economic development initiatives. If you have a great community  economic development initiative that you want to share then email your story to We’re looking to showcase both community successes and lessons learned.

EDAC Year 2 Conference –Advancing Economic Development Opportunities – Feb 11- 15, 2013

JANUARY 18, 2013

EDAC Year 2 Conference –Advancing Economic Development Opportunities
February 11- 15, 2013
The Old Fire Hall, 1st and Main St
Whitehorse, Yukon

The Council of Northern Economic Developers (CNED) was founded in Oct 2010 by a like-minded group of Northern economic development practitioners who wish to promote professional development for economic developers and an awareness and understanding of the economic development profession within the Yukon.

As its first kick-off event the council partnered with the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) and the University of Waterloo, to host the Year 1 Fundamentals of Community Economic Development course in Whitehorse, Yukon last February. The success and outstanding feedback from the Year 1 program has provided CNED with the rationale to pursue the Year 2 Program for Northern participates.

The Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) works in partnership with the University of Waterloo to advance the credentials and knowledge of economic development professionals across the country. They offer an educational economic development package that encompasses 3 components: a certificate program, a diploma program and a fellowship program.

In order to be successful in the certificate program, participants must complete the Year 1 and Year 2 weeklong comprehensive courses followed by a 10 page research paper for each course. Topics for the research papers usually concentrate on specific issues relating to the participant’s work experience.

Once individuals have received their certificates following the completion of the certificate program, they are able to continue work towards the achievement of a diploma in Economic Development and the Certified Economic Developer (Ec. D) designation. This year CNED is also allowing participates to register for Year 2 without Year 1, however upon completion, they will be required to complete Year 1 to get the full designation.



  • Financial Analysis for Small Business
  • Entrepreneurship in Community Development
  • First Nations Self-government and Economic Development
  • Community Preparedness for Mining and Other Opportunities
  • Labour Markets and Human Capital
  • Tourism Development Strategies and Successes
  • Local Tourism Development Projects
  • Knowledge Sector and Knowledge Exports
  • Land Use Planning and Economic Development
  • Performance Evaluation

Yukon Economic Development practitioners who are employed in various organizations across the territory including First Nations governments, municipal, Territorial and Federal governments, and various associations
and private organizations. 

Participants need to register with University of Waterloo directly, you can register online or fax/email the Registration form (attached) . The website is:  (click on course name and then ‘ Register Now’) The registration deadline is February 8, 2013, space is limited

$1,050       EDAC (Economic Developers Association of Canada) Member
$1,350       Non-EDAC Member
(Northern participants may be eligible for subsidized rate depending on funding approvals)


Another bonus to signing up to the program is you will receive a free 1-year membership with the Council of Northern Economic Developers (CNED), for more information please contact Michael Pealow Email:

There is a room block at the Westmark Whitehorse Hotel under the name “Economic Development Program”; please call 1-800.544.0970 by Feb 6, 2013 to get the special discounted rate of $109.00+gst per night for registered participates.

For more information on the course please contact:
Sharon Jones, Program Administrator
Economic Development Program, University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. W. Waterloo, ON   N2L 3G1
Tel.:  (519) 888-4567, Ext. 32437      Fax:  (519) 746-5484

For more general inquiries please contact Katie Johnson: 
Tel: (867) 332.5283

Yukon College – Introduction to Entrepreneurship

JANUARY 10, 2013

From Stephan Voswinkel (with brochure attached):

If you know anyone who has the entrepreneurial vein and looks for some direction and experiential learning, please point them to my course:Entrepreneurship 2011-12

I will be teaching the Introduction to Entrepreneurship (BUS 112) at Yukon College again .

It will be eight 3-hour Tuesday evenings from February 12 to March 26 (this will be the only Thursday), 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (1.5 academic credits).

A brochure about the course is attached.

For registration, please call the Admissions Office at 867.668.8710, toll-free 1.800.661.0504, ext. 710

In order to register you will need to pay the tuition fee of $162.

Last year’s course was a big success – we even had to turn away some people because class size was limited to 20 for effective learning.

Consider this:
Successful business owners from Whitehorse will speak and provide “live case studies” of the entrepreneurial lifestyle.
Your learning will be through interaction with students from a broad range of backgrounds, and from just considering self-employment to already running their own business.
This course will make you aware about what it takes, so that you can better plan and decide your own future.
There will be three assignments and one final take home exam (all real-life case studies): You will realize the benefits of this course only if you are committed and engaged. But the outcomes will literally change your life!

Let me know if you have any questions about the course.

Best Regards,


Stefan Voswinkel, President

The Council of Northern Economic Developers Christmas Party! Let’s all raise a glass together!

DECEMBER 14, 2012

January 6th at 5:00pm

At Sheila Dodd’s house

2kms up the Old Alaska Highway on the left. (map to come)

Bring your used Christmas Tree (minus the decorations), your wishes for the New Year and a dish from the menu below to celebrate the outgoing Old Year and the coming of the New Year with the traditional

Ukrainian Christmas!

Let’s join together for this celebration that looks forward to the New Year.

We’ll have dinner together in front of the fire, enjoy good shared food, wine and stories and after supper we’ll burn the old year out with a bonfire made of our xmas trees and we’ll wel­come the New Year by burning wishes for the future. There will be wine, music, food, outdoor firepit and superb comradeship plus ice skating if the pond gets cleaned off!

A communal supper of the 12 meatless dishes:

Greek salad (ex-Large), Spanakapita and Tatziki, Stuffed Vine leaves , Wheat berry salad, Borscht, Salmon prepared for the oven, Kolya Bread (3 loaves), Roast Potatoes and candied Yams, Spinach salad with walnuts, cranberries and oranges, Perhogy’s (no Bacon)( x-large amount), Baklava, Latkes with apple sauce and sour cream, Honey cake. (recipes or where to buy from Sheila)

If you plan to attend and bring a dish please RSVP to before the end of December so that appropriate accomodations can be made.

EDAC Year 2 Conference Project Coordinator

DECEMBER 12, 2012

Hey Everyone,

Good News – the Department of Economic Development with the Government of Yukon has approved funding to help support CNED in hosting the EDAC Year 2 Conference in Whitehorse from February 11th-15th, 2013.

Next up, we need to hire a Project Coordinator to assist with the Conference’s logistics. I will be sending out an email to our contact list outlining the terms and conditions shorty. If I miss you, please feel free to contact me at and I will personally send you the document. Sumissions are due on Dec 21st, 2012.

Please feel free to pass this along as well as my contact information. We look forward to hiring someone for the role.

Northern Economic Development Practitioners Conference (NWT)

NOVEMBER 30, 2012

Michael Pealow attended the Northern Economic Development Practitioners Conference in Yellowknife this week.  The NEDP Conference is a bi-annual conference organized by the GNWT’s Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Business Development and Investment Corporation, and CanNor for economic development practitioners in the NWT.

Michael spoke about CNED and the establishment of our association in the Yukon.  The NWT is looking at setting up an association as well, which would mean that there would be an association for economic developers in every province and territory in Canada.

Cheri Kemp-Long, the President of the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers, and Mark Morrisey, the Executive Director for the Nunavut Economic Developers Association, also made presentations about their organizations.  There was also discussion about pan-territorial collaboration.

Michael was happy to announce that CNED is working on delivering the EDAC Year 2 program in Whitehorse from February 11-15, 2013 and was pleased to see how much interest there was in coming to the Yukon to participate in the program.

Michael Pealow presenter NEDP 2012 copy


December Meeting

NOVEMBER 30, 2012

The Council of Northern Economic Developers will be hosting its next monthly meeting on December 4th at the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) office at noon. This will be a bring-your-own-lunch meeting. CanNor is located on Main Street in the Hougen Centre on the second floor, first door to your left when you reach the top of the stairs from the front entrance.

We are looking for a a economic development topic to discuss for our next meeting. If you have any suggestions please post or email me at

Thanks and see you there!

CNED Conducts Member Survey

NOVEMBER 30, 2012

In November 2012, CNED undertook a on-line survey (Monkey Survey) of approximately 100 people who were on the CNED newsletter list in order to learn what things members were interested in and to ascertain the potential fee structure and options as well as benefits of belonging to the organization.

– by George Privett

CNED Meeting

AUGUST 16, 2012

The Council of Northern Economic Developers will be holding it’s first meeting following the AGM. Please join us on August 23rd from 12pm – 1pm  at Allegro, located on the corner of Wood Street and 3rd Avenue in Whitehorse.

Council of Northern Economic Developers 1st AGM

JUNE 1, 2012

The Council of Northern Economic Developers will be hosting it’s AGM on June 14,2012 7 Sunset Dr. N., in Whitehorse, Yukon.

This AGM will is also a “BYOB, meat and a side dish to share” potluck BBQ.  Dishes will be provided.

The primary purpose of the Annual General Meeting is to elect a Board of Directors, decide on a membership structure, and to make plans for the future operations of the Council.

All Welcome!

For organizational purposes please RSVP before June 10th to

For more information and a detailed agenda contact:

Jillian MacIsaac

Tel: 332-4933


CNED March Meet-Up!

MARCH 5, 2012

The March Meet-Up will be held at the High Country Inn Deck on Tuesday, March 6th, starting at 5:00pm. This Meet-Up is all about networking, relaxing with your peers, and talking economic development.

See you there!

Year 1 – Whitehorse

JANUARY 31, 2012

If you haven’t already, get yourself registered for the ultimate economic development professional development experience, delivered in association with the Economic Developers Association of Canada and the University of Waterloo.  There are only a few spots remaining, so register right away!

The program runs from February 6-10.

CNED February Meet-Up!

JANUARY 31, 2012

The February Meet-Up will be held at the High Country Inn Deck on Tuesday, February 7th, starting at 5:30pm. This Meet-Up is all about networking and relaxing with your peers. Meet some of the participants of the Year 1 program. See you there!

CNED January Meet-Up!

DECEMBER 21, 2011

Our next meet-up is January 3rd at the Boston Pizza in Whitehorse.  The meet-up will be heldupstairs starting at 5:30pm.

The next Meet-Up will include:

  • Brief updates on what everyone is up to
  • An fun roundtable discussion regarding an economic development topic (topic to be provided by Jillian)
  • An update on the upcoming EDAC – Year 1 professional development opportunity (provided by Jillian or Michael)
  • A report on membership options for the Council of Northern Economic Developers (provided by George with assistance from Peter)
  • Setting a date for the first CNED AGM
  • More visiting and relaxing with your peers!

See you there!

CNED hosts its monthly meet-ups on the first Tuesday of every month.  Subscribe to this site for announcements about upcoming meet-ups.