SPEAKERS

Angelos Angelou

Founder & Principal Executive Officer
AngelouEconomics
Austin, TX

Sandra Badry

Economic Development Officer
Red Deer County
Red Beer County, Alberta

Greg Baeker, PhD

Director, Cultural Development
MDB Insight
Toronto, ON

Brian Bailey

Manager of Business Development, Canada
Emsi
Moscow, ID

Mike Baker

Executive Director
Bluewater Wood Alliance
Hanover, ON, Canada

Daren Bascome

Managing Director // Creative Director
Proverb
Boston, MA

Alex Beck

Workforce and Education Program Manager
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

Justin Belliveau

Chief Administrative Officer
Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, UT

Isabella Bertani, CPA, CA

Partner
Collins Barrow Toronto LLP
Toronto, Canada

Tracey Hyatt Bosman, CEcD

Managing Director
Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co.
Chicago, IL

Adam Breeze

Managing Director
Breeze Inward Investment
Manchester, England

Aaron Brossoit

CEO
Golden Shovel Agency
Santa Cruz, CA

Myles Buck

Economic Development Specialist
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs

Bryan Buggey

Director
Vancouver Economic Commission
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Debbie Burkart

National VP, Supportive Housing
National Equity Fund, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

The Honorable Jane Campbell

Director Washington Office
National Development Council
Washington, DC

Danielle Casey, CEcD, EDFP

Director, Economic Development
City of Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ

Timothy Chase, CEcD, FM

President and CEO
Hutto Economic Development Corporation
Hutto, TX

Kurt Chilcott, CEcD, FM, HLM

President and CEO
CDC Small Business Finance Corporation
San Diego, CA

Ralph Chow

Regional Director, Americas
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
New York, NY

Christopher Chung

Chief Executive Officer
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

Joe Cimperman

President
Global Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

David Cleghorn

Senior Vice President of Real Estate
Development HELP USA
New York, NY

Rob Cleveland, CEcD

President & CEO
Cornerstone Alliance
Benton Harbor, MI

Amy Clickner, CEcD, CFRM

CEO
Lake Superior Community Partnership
Marquette, MI

Barbra Coffee, CEcD, EDFP

Director, Economic Development & Tourism
City of Henderson
Henderson, NV

James C. Collard, PhD

Director of Planning and Economic Development
Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Shawnee, OK

Rodrigo Contreras

Trade and Investment Commissioner
ProMexico
Toronto, Canada

Keith Cooke

Local Government Account Executive
Esri
Redlands, CA

Ray Corpuz

City Manager
City of Salinas
Salinas, CA

Rodney Crim

President
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
St. Louis, MO

Calandra Cruickshank

CEO
StateBook International
Kingston, NY

Adriana Cruz

President
Greater San Marcos Partnership
San Marcos, TX

Julie Curtin

Executive VP & Partner
Development Counsellors International (DCI)
Denver, CO

Sarah Bauerle Danzman, PhD

Assistant Professor
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

John Cotton Dean

Director of Regional Innovation
Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
Alexandria, LA

Dan Degazio

Director, Economic Development
City of Welland
Welland, Ontario

Carlos Delgado

Equitable E.D. Fellowship Program Manager
National League of Cities I Rose Center

Elizabeth Demetrioui

National Program Director, Economic Development
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Gene DePrez

Founder & Managing Partner
Global Innovation Partners, Ltd.
Sparta, NJ and Sheffield, UK

Kevin Dick, CEcD

Business and Talent Development Director City of Charlotte
City of Charlotte

Tom DiFiore, MBA

President
National Community Development Services
Atlanta, GA

Linda DiMario

Vice President, Economic Development & Tourism
Irvine Chamber of Commerce
Irvine, CA

Dennis Donovan

Principal and Owner
WDGC
Bridgewater, NJ

Paula Dowell

Senior Associate and Director, National Transportation Economics Group
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Heather Dubbeldam, OAA, FRAIC, LEED, AP

Principal
Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
Toronto, ON

David East

Head of FDI & Economic Products
Bureau van Dijk

Martin Ebel

Economic Development Officer
Lethbridge County
Lethbridge, AB

Court Ellingson

Vice-President, Research and Strategy
Calgary Economic Development
Calgary, AB

Jason Elliott

Chief Technical Officer
GIS WebTech

John Evans

Managing Director
Tractus Asia Ltd.
Bangkok, Thailand

Thomas Fallgren

VP, New Mexico Operation
Public Service of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Deane Foote, CEcD

President
Foote Consulting Group, LLC
Glendale, AZ

Dennis Fraise

Chief Operating Officer
Lee County Economic Development Group
Keokuk, IA

Lionel Gadoury, RGD

Principal
Director of Strategy and Creative
Toronto, ON

Jay Garner, CEcD, CCE, FM, HLM

President and Founder
Garner Economics, LLC
Atlanta, GA

Wayne D. Garnons-Williams

BA, LLB, MPA, MLS-IPL
Garwill Law Professional Corporation
Ottawa, Canada

Meric Gertler

President
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Keith Gillenwater, CEcD

President/CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
Wabash, IN

Gynii Gilliam

President
Coeur d'Alene Area Economic Development Corporation
Coeur D'Alene, ID

Arlene Gould, RGD, FRSA

Strategic Director
Design Industry Advisory Committee
Toronto, ON

David Grannis

Partner
pointC, LLC
Pasadena, CA

Angela Groeneveld

Economic and Business Development Specialist
Angela Groeneveld Consulting
Blackie, AB

Jason Guidry, BREP

Director, Trade, Investment & International Partnerships
Halifax Partnerhsip
Halifax, NS

Leann Hackman-Carty

CEO
Economic Developers Alberta
Calgary, Alberta

Ron Hanlon

President & CEO
Halifax Partnership
Halifax, NS

Clif Harald

Executive Director
Boulder Economic Council
Boulder, CO

Cecilia Harry, CEcD

President and CEO
ENVISION Fond du Lac, Inc.
Fond Du Lac, WI

Greg Hitchin, CEcD

Director of Economic Development and Tourism
City of Waynesboro
Waynesboro, VA

John Hubbard, PhD, EDFP, PCED, CEcD

Executive Director
Stephenville Economic Development Authority
Stephenville, TX

Steven Jast

President and Founder
ROI Research on Investment
Montreal, QC, Canada

Adam Jeffrey

CEO
Chimera Consulting
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Jeanine Jerkovic

Economic Development Director
City of Surprise
Surprise, AZ

Savannah Jermance, CEcD

Economic Development & Business Relations Manager
City of Rio Rancho
Rio Rancho

Nadine Jeserich, PH.D.

Vice President, Analytics
ROI Research on Investment
Montreal, QC, Canada

J. J. Johnston, CEcD, FM, IOM

Site Selection Consultant
Webster Global Site Selectors
Oro Valley, AZ

Christina Kakaflikas, Ec.D.

Manager
Markham Culture and Economic Development
Markham, ON

Hugh Kelley, PH.D.

Chief Economist
ROI Research on Investment
Montreal, QC, Canada

Jaxson Khan

Marketing & Growth Manager
Nudge.ai
Toronto, ON

Rick Kiernan, IOM

Principal
Convergent Nonprofit Solutions
Raleigh, NC

Jeff Kline

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President
Accrisoft Corporation
Charlotte, NC

Chris Knight

Global Commercial Director
fDi Intelligence
London, UK

Joseph Kornelsen

Promotion and Development Coordinator
West End Business Improvement Zone

Paul Krutko, FM

President & CEO
Ann Arbor SPARK
Ann Arbor, MI

Tom Lambrecht, EDFP, LEED AP

Manager, Economic Development
Great River Energy
Maple Grove, MN

Allison Larsen, CEcD

Principal
TadZo
Buckeye, AZ

Carol Kraus Lauffer

Principal
Business Cluster Development
Palo Alto, CA

David Leezer, CEcD, FM

Director of Economic Development
City of St. Charles
St. Charles, MO

Andrew Levine

President & Chief Creative Officer
Development Counsellors International

Dan Levine

Practice Leader, Location Strategies
Oxford Economics, Inc.
New York, NY

Penny Lewandowski

Senior Consultant, External Relations
Edward Lowe Foundation
Cassopolis, MI

Susan Liberty

Vice President, Infrastructure & Economic Development
McGuire Woods Consulting
Tysons, VA

Ashley Cangelosi Llewellyn, M.S.

Development Director
St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation
Mandeville, LA

Christopher Lloyd

Sr. VP & Director, Infrastructure & Economic Development
McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
Richmond, VA

Debra Lyons

Principal Strategist, Workforce Engagement
ACT
Iowa City, IA

Glenn Mandziuk, BA, MEDes., MCIP

President & CEO
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
Kelowna, BC, Canada

Natasha Marar

Business Advisor
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
Windsor, ON, Canada

Jeff Marcell

Senior Partner
TIP Strategies
Austin, TX

Joseph Marinucci, HLM, FM

President and CEO
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Cleveland, OH

Barry I. Matherly, CEcD, FM

President and CEO
Greater Richmond Partnership
Richmond, VA

Fred McConnel

Regional Manager
ACT, Inc.
Iowa City, IA

Travis McCready

President & CEO
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Waltham, MA

Tracye McDaniel

Founder & CEO
McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems
Austin, TX

Eric McSweeney, Ec.D.(F)

Economic Development and Management Consultant
McSweeney & Associates
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Patrick McVeigh

General Manager for Economic Growth
Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED)

Kenneth Meter, MPA

President
Crossroads Resource Center
Minneapolis, MN

Bill Millard

Director-Strategic Development
Hobsons Bay City Council
Altona, Victoria

Lauren Millier, BES, MCIP, RPP

Vice-President Consulting
MDB Insight Inc.
Toronto, ON, Canada

Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, FM

VP Economic Development and Marketing
TICE ENGINEERING, INC.
Ridgeland, MS

Stephen Morris

Economic Development Specialist
Government of Ontario
Guelph, ON, Canada

Clinton Nessmith

Principal
Resource Development Group
Statesboro, GA

Adalberto Netto

CEO
APD Invest in Parana, Brazil
Curitiba, Parana, Brazil

Zachary Nieder

Manager of Strategic Initiatives
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
Roxbury

David Oakes, CEcD

Director, Economic Development
Niagara Region
Thorold, ON

Pat O'Brien

Executive Director
MILWAUKEE 7 Regional Economic Development Partnership

Mark O'Connell

Chief Executive Officer
OCO Global
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Fred Olayele, Ph.D., PMP

President/Chief Economist
Global Economic Institute for Africa

Larisa Ortiz

Principal
Larisa Ortiz Associates
Jackson Heights, NY

Brandon Palanker

Principal
GP Development
Dallas, TX

Nitin Pangam

Managing Director
Maeflower Consulting
Pune India

Anne Petch

Director
Funding Partnerships Australia Pty Ltd
Delamere Sth, Australia

Daryl Phillips, CEcD

Director of E. D.
Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board

Scott Polikov, FAICP

Principal
GP Development LLC
Dallas, TX

Todd Poole

President/Managing Principal
4ward Planning Inc.
Hopewell, NJ

Tim Poupore, ACIDO

President
Ove Industrial Design Ltd.
Toronto, ON

Salima Rawji

Director, Development
Build Toronto, Inc.
Toronto, ON

Jon Roberts

Principal
TIP Strategies, Inc.
Austin, TX

Kent Rupert

Economic Development Team Leader
Airdrie Economic Development
Airdrie, Alberta

Robert Santy

President and CEO
Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC)
Rocky Hill, CT

Mike Savage

Mayor
Halifax Regional Municipality
Halifax, NS, Canada

Philip Schneider

President
Schneider Strategy Consulting, LLC
Chicago, IL

Dana Shifley

International Account Executive
IMPLAN
Huntersville, NC

Joel Simon

Vice President
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
Chicago, IL

Bostjan Skalar

CEO
World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)

Regina Smith

Managing Director
Kresge Foundation
Troy, MI

Dayna Spiring

President and CEO
Economic Development Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Canada

Lori Stahlbrand, PhD

Toronto Food Policy Council/Toronto Food Strategy Team
City of Toronto

Christopher Steele

COO & President North America
Investment Consulting Associates
Newton Lower Falls, MA

Louise Stevens

President
ArtsMarket, Inc.
Bozeman, MT

Carol Stewart

Chief Executive Officer
Association of University Research Parks (AURP)
Waterloo, Canada

Cynthia Stewart

Director, Community Relations
International Council of Shopping Centers
Washington, DC

Michael Stewart

Regional Director, France and the United Kingdom
Toronto Global
Toronto, Canada

Jenna Sudds

President & Executive Director
Kanata North Business Association
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Stephen Swisher

Principal
GTS Development, LLC
Salt Lake City, UT

Ben Teague, EDFP

Executive Director
Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County

James Terrell, C.I.D.

Principal Project Coordinator & Manager of Participation Loan Programs
City of Minneapolis

Michael Thompson

City Councillor
City of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

John Tory, His Worship

Mayor
City of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Cole Trosclair

VP-Operations
The Irwin Brown Company
New Orleans, LA

Warren Unsicker, CEcD

Vice President of Economic Development
Four Corners Economic Development

Mickie Valente

President
Valente Strategic Advisers LLC
Saint Petersburg, FL

John Walsh, CEcD

Vice President
Pasco EDC
Lutz, FL

Laith Wardi, CEcD

President
ExecutivePulse, Inc.
Erie, PA

Gregg Wassmansdorf, M.A., Ph.D.(abd)

LEED AP Senior Managing Director
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Toronto, ON

Dale Wheeldon

President & CEO
British Columbia Economic Development Association
Chilliwack, BC

Mike Wiggins

Retired Executive Vice President
Southwire Company
Carrollton, GA

Brent Willett, CEcD

Executive Director
Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor
Des Moines & Ames, IA

Michael H. Williams

General Manager
City of Toronto, Economic Development & Culture Division

Leah Woolford

CEO and Founder
USDM
Austin, TX