5 on Friday: Economic development goes to the movies

By Aileen MurrayBlog

March 30, 2018 Economic development can have all the intrigue and plot twists of a major movie and this week I thought I’d share five examples of economic development in the movies. These movies highlight the ridiculous, the serious and the very funny aspects of working to support the economy and the large scale and … Read More

5 on Friday: Experiential Tourism

By Aileen MurrayBlog

March 23, 2018 I’ve just returned from the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation Annual Conference this week and one of the highlights of the conference were two presentations by Celes Davar. He defines experiential tourism as “creating experiences that engage visitors in a series of memorable activities, revealed over a period of time,that are inherently  personal, engage the senses, … Read More

5 on Friday: Rail Revitalization

By Aileen MurrayBlog

March 9, 2018 This week’s post looks at 5 case studies on rail revitalization. From elevated parks and trails to meeting venues, communities across North America are finding innovative ways to recognize their rail heritage and adapt these assets to continue to contribute to the local economy and quality of life. 5 on Friday -Aileen … Read More

5 on Friday: Canada’s Innovation Superclusters

By Aileen MurrayBlog

March 2, 2018   This week I thought we’d take a look at the Federal Government’s recent announcement on the establishment of Innovation Superclusters. The investment of $950 million will be matched by the private sector and is expected to create 50,000 new jobs and increase Canada’s GDP by more than $50 billion over 10 years. 5 on … Read More

Strategic Plan Failure

By Aileen MurrayBlog

February 23, 2018   This week we’re focusing on five resources to identify and address the ways that strategic planning can go wrong. Boardview recently reported that 80% of the leaders they surveyed feel their organization is good at crafting strategy buy only 44% feel they are successfully implementing their strategic plans.  5 on Friday -Aileen … Read More

5 on Friday: EDCO 2018

By Aileen MurrayBlog

February 16, 2018   This week we’re looking at five highlights from the 61st annual Economic Developers Council of Ontario Conference.   5 on Friday -Aileen Murray on Vimeo. Five Highlights from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario 2018 Conference  Declassifying Skills Shortages – Local Labour Markets May Not be Enough I was really inspired by the significant … Read More

5 on Friday: Automation

By Aileen MurrayBlog

February 2, 2018   This week 5 on Friday looks at the economic impacts of automation. There have been numerous studies predicting the economic disruption that will result from the adaption of automation in the world of work. A McKinsey study found that 49% of activities people are paid to do can be automated using current … Read More

5 on Friday: Strategic Planning

By Aileen MurrayBlog

January 26, 2018   This week 5 on Friday looks at strategic planning. A strategic plan helps focus the energy, resources, and time of everyone in the organization and ensures they are moving in the same direction. Here are five resources to assist you in the strategic planning process. 5 on Friday -Aileen Murray on Vimeo. … Read More

5 on Friday: Tourism & Instagram

By Aileen MurrayBlog

January 19, 2018   This week we’re looking at tourism and Instagram. The social networking app Instagram is only 6 years old. In that short time it has brought together 500 million active users sharing an average of 80 million photos a day. Instagram has proved to have significant role in tourism marketing. It can be … Read More

Coworking spaces

By Aileen MurrayBlog

January 12, 2018   This week I wanted to share examples of coworking spaces across Canada. Coworking spaces are shared workplaces for independent businesses who want little to no commitment with the benefits of professional office space and a network of common values. Coworking space serves a new and growing workforce of people who work where, … Read More