EcDev Journal

About The Economic Development Journal of Canada and Editorial Board Members


The Economic Development Journal of Canada online is the only Canadian professional Journal that focuses on practical knowledge for economic development practitioners.

Founded in 1987, the Journal was developed to promote excellence in community economic development by sharing best practices in the field with economic development practitioners, academics, politicians, and other professionals.

The Journal includes a variety of features, columns and articles from professionals.  The focus of the new and revamped Journal is to provide monthly articles from the “trenches”. The intention of the Journal is to transfer knowledge, increase awareness and offer a perspective on the critical issues and concepts of importance to the profession of economic development. Journal audiences include practitioners, academics, students, politicians, realtors, planners, and other indirect disciplines.  The primary motivation for our approach is the gap between several important elements of the profession: the academic, university-based research community, federal and provincial research institutes — and the economic developer.  With less time to digest the variety of articles, books, policy proposals, and vision statements that published from all levels of government, universities, think tanks and research institutes, it’s important to have a Journal that provides articles that are timely and share best practices in the field.  

Editorial Board Members

Frank Miele, BES, MAES, CMMIII - Editor

Frank holds an undergraduate degree in Urban & Regional Planning with a minor in Political Science and a master’s degree in Local Economic Development, from the University of Waterloo.  He has held senior leadership positions in six municipalities over his 35-year professional career (Commissioner of Development for the Cities of Niagara Falls, Scarborough, Vaughan and as City Manager for three small rural towns).  Frank is also a credentialed economic development professional and a municipal manager through the Ontario Municipal Management Institute. 

Among his many accomplishments in municipal development and administration, Frank has been an active voice on several inter-municipal boards and associations.  He has been recognized by:

1. The Economic Developers’ Council of Ontario with the prestigious Economic Development Achievement Award and two Presidents Awards for his valuable service to the Council and the Profession

2. The International Economic Developers’ Council for his outstanding long –term contributions toward enhancing the educational advancement of the economic development practitioner

3. President of the Ontario Municipal Management Institute

4. Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 

Frank teaches Local Economic Development at York University School of Public Policy and Administration; Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning and Seneca College School of Legal, Office and Public Administration where he also teaches Municipal Accounting and Finance. 

Author - Local Economic Development: An Introspective on Theory and Practice (2021)

Editor – The Economic Development Journal of Canada (1988-present)

His special interest and focus is on local government policy, local economic development and planning, local politics and administration, organizational management and strategic planning. He is married to Pat, has four children and a grandchild.

Kadie Ward

International Economic Development Executive, Build Strong Cities Corp.

Kadie Ward works in international economic development to help cities, provinces and national governments plan sustainable growth in their communities.  Throughout her career, Ward has worked with over 80 cities from 16 countries to define successful measurable economic development policies, strategies and tactical plans. She has designed and developed Inclusive Business Development Strategies and led initiatives to engage cities across Europe in Signing the European Charter of Equal Rights and Opportunities for Men and Women in Local Life.   As an award-winning economic development and policy executive, she has built her global career on the power of collaboration, partnership, and foresight.  Kadie loves to work with people who are passionate about the future of their community, city or country. She works with them to and promote long-term sustainable growth that supports communities, leaving a positive legacy for future generations to enjoy.

Andrew Bacchus

Business Development Officer
Emerging Sectors
613-544-2725 ext. 7242

Andrew works with companies that are developing new technologies and products, supports their venture through research, piloting, and attracting demonstration projects from different sectors such as energy, cleantech, artificial intelligence, and advanced materials.  Andrew has been active in the economic development field for 10 years and is currently a director on the Board of Directors of SWITCH – an organization dedicated to improving the environmental and economic sustainability of Southeastern Ontario.  Born in Toronto, Ontario, Andrew received his Master’s Degree in Local Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. Prior to that, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Development from the University of Ottawa.

Karol Murillo

City of Hamilton - Senior Business Development Consultant, Urban Renewal & Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Industries
905-546-2424 ext. 7859

Gabrielle Massicotte

FCM - Economic Benefits Specialist-Green Municipal Fund  T: 613-907-6381

Strong experience in Member and Stakeholder Relations with a demonstrated track record of nerdy. She love data analysis. Teasing out patterns in data in order to improve processes or segment communications to various audiences are fun data projects that drive her at FCM.
Gabrielle deeply enjoy building better strategies and plans from lessons learned to propel her further. Professional, caring, and not settling for "good enough" are the three focus points she brings to her job experience.  The three words that best describe her are learner, creative and team-builder.  
She is a runner, a compulsive reader of books and articles, a dedicated knitter, and most of all a dog lover.

Laura Miele, BJ

Laura joined the Economic Development Journal of Canada in 2012. After studying journalism at Carleton University, she became interested in Local Economic Development (LED) policy. To combine her two interests, she assists the editor in choosing relevant stories, reviews articles with the Editorial Board for final publishing.  Laura has published in CanCulture and Urbino Now!, to name a few, and has undertaken research in LED comparative analysis. Her extensive travels in Europe has peaked her interests by currently undertaking research on innovative financing LED models. Laura brings a refreshing outlook to the Journal and her professional skills will continue to be an asset to Journal readers.

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