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Insight: Canada’s Economic Development Podcast

Insight: Canada’s Economic Development Podcast

Our #WednesdayswithMDBInsight post this week announces the release of Episode 2 in our podcast series celebrating economic development in Canada.

Today we released the second episode of Insight: Canada’s Economic Development Podcast. We had a terrific and enthusiastic response to the inaugural episode, and hope this new release is equally well-received.

We have affectionately dubbed Episode 2 “the Zamboni episode” (you’ll understand after tuning in). In it, we highlight conversations we had with a fascinating mix of colleagues and economic development friends at the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Conference last month. They shared their insights and opinions about the value of economic development in Canada, and how they prove their worth to municipal leaders and elected council members.

Our podcast host, Natasha Gaudio Harrison, ties these conversations together to showcase the commonalities in the work of economic developers as well as the shared “essentials” advocated by the professionals we spoke with.

This episode includes discussions with the following individuals:

Richard Allen, Manager of Economic Development, County of Frontenac

George Bridge, Mayor, Town of Minto

Jason Felix, Economic Development Manager, Township of Ignace

Robert Lamb, CAO, Township of Brock

Rob Nolan, Director of Economic Development, City of Brockville

Michelle Samson, Economic Development Officer, City of Vaughan

Ann Weir, Economic Development Manager, United Counties of Leeds & Grenville

Belinda Wick-Graham, Manager of Economic Development, Town of Minto

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!

You can listen to Episode 2 on our web site ( as well as Spotify, Stitcher, and Apple Music platforms.

MDB Insight produces Insight: Canada’s Economic Development Podcast to 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. This podcast celebrates the best and brightest in Canadian economic development and aims to blend informative content with news, insightful conversations, and a few laughs. 

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