MDB Insight Blog

Insight: Canada’s Economic Development Podcast

Our #WednesdayswithMDBInsight post this week shares the exciting announcement of the launch of our new podcast celebrating economic development in Canada.

This week marks the launch of an exciting project we have been working on for some time – Insight: Canada’s Economic Development Podcast. We are proud to bring this new podcast to the industry and to be officially introducing it at this year’s Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Conference. Attendees will have the chance to listen to the first episode on-site at the MDB Insight Game Plan space, and our colleagues across the country can find the podcast on our website ( as well as Spotify, Stitcher, and Apple Music platforms.

Why a podcast? 

In early 2019 MDB Insight invited the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) in the U.S. and the Hub for Industry Education Collaboration (HIEC) to form Workforce Central Canada. That initiative highlights workforce alignment issues and a Canadian perspective on workforce development. As an inaugural platform, Workforce Central Canada launched a podcast series to explore workforce development issues in Canada. It covers what is happening in Canada’s industry sectors, the pressures on those industries with regard to talent, what kind of skills are in demand today and what skills may be in demand in the future. There are now 10 episodes of this insightful workforce development podcast available (

As our Trudy Parsons, EVP, explained when the Workforce Central Canada podcast launched: “We need a better way to connect all those that are interested and committed to improving our national labour force alignment to labour demand. To achieve that we must be connected and have the opportunity to share best practices, draw from each other’s research and have meaningful conversations.”

The same holds true for economic development in Canada and is one of the reasons we developed Insight: Canada’s Economic Development Podcast. These podcasts, like our many conference sponsorships, reflect our longstanding belief in the importance and value of professional development. Our investment in projects like these is motivated by an ongoing commitment to supporting our profession as well as our continuing desire to showcase thought leadership and innovation (some will also remember This Is Not A Newsletter (TINAN), an earlier MDB Insight initiative with similar objectives). When we hear about exciting projects, new approaches, or insights from our clients and colleagues across the country we are inspired, and we take note. We hope the same is true when we share our own thought leadership with others.

Celebrating Canadian Economic Development

For this new podcast, we really wanted to strike a celebratory note as well. Insight: Canada’s Economic Development Podcast showcases some of the best and brightest in our field and offers a glimpse inside the minds of the thinkers behind some of the country’s most innovative economic development achievements. It is intentionally lighthearted, featuring several people in each episode rather than a single interview. We’re aiming to blend informative content with news, insightful conversations, and a few laughs, always focused on the people and teams driving economic development in Canada.

In the premiere episode, our Insight podcast host Natasha Gaudio Harrison chats with an intriguing mix of economic development professionals to find out how they came to the profession. Guests include Carley Graham from Leduc AB, Eve O’Leary from Portage la Prairie MB, Chris Watson and Alex Ripley from Huron County ON, Jennifer Schnier from Georgian Bay ON, Tanis Chalmers from Pipestone MB, Brenda Orchard from Lennox & Addington ON, and our own Jordan Tidey, Senior Consultant. We’re delighted they shared a little about their origin stories with us, as well as a few laughs!

We’d Love to Hear from You

We are grateful to these guests for their time and conversations. And we look forward to your feedback. If there are particular topics you would like us to cover, or burning questions you want us to ask, please let us know. Interested in joining us for a conversation in a future episode? We’d love to hear from you!

And don’t forget to check out Insight: Canada’s Economic Development Podcast

Related Posts