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EDAM is an independent non-profit, incorporated association of persons engaged in economic development in Manitoba. EDAM is one of several regional and provincial affiliates of the Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC), the national professional organization of economic development practitioners in Canada. Through its affiliation with other provincial associations and EDAC, EDAM provides its membership with a network and linkage with the profession across Canada.

The aim of EDAM is to bring together the various practitioners and groups of practitioners working in the field of economic development in Manitoba. Members of EDAM are provided access to a variety of professional services, training opportunities, and regularly meet to discuss new ideas and initiatives in the field of economic development.

EDAM works on your behalf to:

  • Increase the profile and awareness of economic development practitioners and organizations
  • Provide a collective voice on local, regional, provincial and national economic development issues and concerns
  • Promote professionalism within the field

History of EDAM

Twenty five years ago, if you told someone that you worked in economic development, they would probably think to themselves, "economic who? development what?" And although many people throughout the province were employed in economic development, they tended to work independently and in isolation. Manitoba had no vehicle for designating a professional status to the profession; lobbying for common interests; networking; sharing of knowledge and successes; providing upgrading and training; or linking to other provincial and national associations.


In 1992, a group of economic development professional representing a broad based section of community and regional development organizations, came together to form a professional association of economic developers in Manitoba. On September 24, 1993, the Economic Developers Association of Manitoba (EDAM) was established to improve communication, contact and liaison within the economic development profession. At the time, EDAM had 35 members; today we have over 80.