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Innovators Showcase Directory

Connect with leading edge companies showcasing innovative product and service solutions for economic developers

Trail Blazers


Jason Presement, Regional Vice President
2777 Orchard Parkway
San Jose, 1824
(647) 283-4769

Calix is the leading provider of the cloud, software platforms, systems and services required to deliver the unified access network and smart premises of tomorrow. We enable municipalities to deliver high speed broadband to their subscribers.


Richard Gruener, Marketing Manager
835 Southdale Rd West
London, ON N6P 0C6
(519) 652-5224

Partner with the only lender 100% invested in Canadian food. FCC is a financially self-sustaining Canadian federal Crown corporation. We lend money and provide other services to food and beverage processors, equipment manufacturers, logistic providers and businesses that provide inputs or enhance the Canadian food and beverage industries. Our strengths are the connections, flexibility and expertise we can provide, the relationships we build, and our stability – we’ve been in business since 1959.

Alissa Sklar, VP Marketing
730 Avenue Upper Roslyn
Westmount, QC H3Y 1H9
(514) 560-8559

The inventor of online GIS data tools for economic development over 20 years ago, GIS Planning’s technology is widely recognized as the industry standard, currently serving Canadians in six provinces (including across Ontario), 6 out of 10 Americans (including 28 statewide economic development organizations), and locations in 11 European countries. Economic developers choose ZoomProspector (GIS site selection software) and our stand-alone Intelligence Components for the outstanding range and depth of current data, analytical tools, ease of use, mobile optimization, and seamless integration with organizational websites. A service from the Financial Times, our clients enjoy exceptional client services, consistent innovation of their products, and dedicated marketing support

Jessica Haines,
Analyst, Regional & Community Engagement
1600-120 Adelaide St. W.
Toronto, ON, M5H 1T1

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) ensures the reliability and cost effectiveness of Ontario’s power system. The IESO plans and prepares for Ontario’s electricity needs by assessing requirements to ensure electricity will be available when and where it is needed. It is an ongoing process that must consider near-, medium and long-term electricity needs, as well as impacts on cost and reliability.

Brendan Sweeney, Managing Director
Room 6308 Social Science Centre
Western University
London, ON N6A 5C2

The Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing is a provincially-funded non-profit organization that raises awareness of Ontario’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem, with the intention of supporting growth and competitiveness.



Devin Ramphal Sector Manager, Innovation & Tech
2 Wellington St. West
Brampton, ON L6Y 4R2
(416) 606-1308

Brampton is driving growth in its innovation and technology sector by putting the necessary building blocks in place for a world-class Innovation District. The Innovation District has a sharp focus on start-up scaling, investment attraction and talent development.

e-Solutions Group

Peter Gingrich Market Development Director
455 Phillip Street
Waterloo, ON N2L3X2
(613) 288-1730

eSolutionsGroup is an award-winning tech company that develops engaging web and mobile solutions for leading governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Our unique technical and creative experience uniquely positions us to deliver exceptional results for our clients, without the need to outsource.


Glen Millard Regional Vice President, Ontario Region, EDC
150 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1K3
(519) 741-3483

EDC is a financial Crown corporation helping Canadian companies succeed globally. As international risk experts, we equip Canadian companies with the tools they need to grow their business with confidence. To help Canadian businesses facing challenges from COVID-19, the Government of Canada has expanded EDC’s domestic capabilities until December 31, 2021 to enable support to companies focused domestically.

Lighthouse Labs

Tomi Gbeleyi-Curtis Partner Success Manager,
Lighthouse Labs
662 King Street West #101
Toronto, ON M5V 1M7
(647) 972-1991

Lighthouse Labs has been providing rapid digital skills training that matches the speed of change in the tech industry since 2013. We deliver in-demand training to meet the needs of employers and advance the Ontario workforce. We have provided skill advancement for over 40,000 Canadians and 4,000 companies across Canada.


Ian Duff, President
McSweeney & Associates
900 Greenbank Road Suite 201
Ottawa, ON K2J 1S8
(855) 300-8548

As Canada’s most respected Economic Development Consulting firm, we collaborate with clients to undertake insightful research, realistic strategies and viable projects aimed at making better futures for their communities. Our small, yet mighty, award-winning team is comprised of competent leading industry experts. We are passionate, resourceful and awesome to work with!

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Jami Jacklyn Director, Memberships
42860 Sparta Line
Union, ON N0L 2L0
(519) 633-0031

We share your stories! Municipal World is Canada’s most respected local government platform, connecting municipalities with the information, products, services, and people they need most since 1891. The Municipal World website is home to Canada’s top municipal job board, as well as RFP listings, Municipal Business Portal, MW BookShop, Municipal Assessment and Taxation Journal, and MWInsider Newsletter.


Alyssa Madrasto Program Coordinator
3359 Mississauga Road
Innovation Complex, Second Floor
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
(416) 864-8078

The Master of Urban Innovation is a 20-month professional masters program at the University of Toronto, for students interested in urban issues and economic development. The program is uniquely designed to provide a new generation of practitioners with an in-depth understanding of the role that innovative, vibrant, liveable and supportive city-regions play in sustaining the quality of life and economic well-being of Canadians.


Sharon Jones, Program Administrator
Evolv1, Waterloo, ON, N2L 0A7
(519) 888-4567 x 42437

The University of Waterloo’s Economic Development Program provides new approaches for creating vibrant, dynamic communities. The Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) and University of Waterloo have partnered to offer a suite of professional development programming both in-person and online to get economic development professionals up to speed and at the leading edge.


Heather Hall, Academic Director, Masters of Economic Development and Innovation Program
School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1
(519) 888-4567, ext 37819

Established in 1987, the MEDI program at the University of Waterloo is one of the only graduate programs in Canada that focuses exclusively on economic development. In addition to learning economic development theory and practice, our students are exposed to leading edge knowledge, tools, and approaches to address contemporary economic development challenges in cities and communities across Canada and internationally.


Barb Fisher General Manager of Bruce Community Futures
President of the WOCFDCA Executive Committee
330 West Street, Unit 10
Brantford, ON N3R7V5
(519) 752-0831

The Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation (WOCFDCA) is community driven, non-profit business loan and business development organization made up of 21 Community Futures offices throughout rural western Ontario. We understand small business in rural Ontario like nobody else. We live and work in the communities that you do and know that rural communities thrive when small businesses do. Our business succeeds when you do.

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