Local Economy Biz Toolkit

Engaging in the Local Economy:
A Toolkit for Businesses & Individuals
Keynote: Todd Hirsch, Senior Economist, ATB Financial,
Co-author of “The Boiling Frog Dilemma:  Saving Canada from Economic Decline
with Mike Fotheringham, Research Manager, Calgary Economic Development, and
Erin Melnychuk, Business Development Manager, Momentum
Come to this dynamic workshop highlighting a locally-minded way to promote your business – whether as an individual, entrepreneur or business owner.  This is an opportunity to understand local strategies to engage your business in the local economy. 
The workshop will be in two sections, first a keynote speech with Todd Hirsch, author and economist on the relevancy of localism, stewardship and entrepreneurialism.  Mike Fotheringham and Erin Melnychuk will also present their perspective.  Next, we will have breakout sessions on how to engage your business in the local economy, business development, as well as learn more about localism effort and currency Calgary Dollars.
May 17, 2013 – 9.30am to 11.30am.  Doors 9am.
Global Business Centre (Calgary Economic Development), 120 – 8 Ave SW
 About Todd Hirsch:  For over 20 years he’s worked as an economist at several different companies including Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. For almost a decade, Todd taught economics at the U of C.  Todd regularly provides economic commentary for CBC, CTV, The Globe and Mail and other local and national news outlets. In 2011, he was recognized as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture magazine.

The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline:
The Boiling Frog Dilemma argues that Canada in the 21st century is at risk of falling behind. We need to seriously “up our game” in terms of creativity, innovation, risk taking, entrepreneurialism, cosmopolitanism, community, and re-thinking environmental stewardship—or risk becoming economically irrelevant on the global stage. 

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