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A buzz was in the air on Tuesday, January 8 as EEDC CEO Brad Ferguson took the stage to give his outgoing address at the 2018 IMPACT Luncheon. The much-anticipated event had brought together a sold-out crowd of 1,100 business, government and non-profit leaders to celebrate Alberta’s capital city.

In reminiscing over the last five years, Ferguson shared the efforts EEDC took to build Edmonton’s brand – this included insight into the development of the entrepreneurial community. Ferguson highlighted the tech companies graduating from TEC Edmonton’s TELUS T-Squared Accelerator program and the upcoming Merck Accelerator. You can read his full keynote here.

 

At the luncheon, EEDC unveiled a video featuring its past presidents. Allan Scott, who served as president from 2002-2007, recalled some of the big initiatives he took on:

“We created the joint venture TEC Edmonton with the University of Alberta which was to be a business accelerator and…it’s gone on to be ranked as one of the major accelerators in the world.”

“TEC Edmonton’s success,” Scott said, “particularly under Chris Lumb’s leadership, has been a really important part of spurring the technology community and accelerating business”

EEDC also screened its “Edmonton Video,” which captured the essence of what it means to be an Edmontonian.

TEC Edmonton was thrilled to attend and to celebrate Edmonton’s continued economic success!