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About The Economic Development Journal of Canada


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 central 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. Its audience is the practitioner, the economic developer in the trenches.  The primary motivation for our approach is the gap between several very 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 incredible variety of articles, books, policy proposals, and vision statements that pour from all levels of government, universities, think tanks and research institutes, it’s important to have a Journal that provides articles that are timely with examples of best practices.  




Frank Miele, BES, MAES, CMMIII


Frank is the Founding Editor for the Economic Development Journal of Canada. He is also currently a Course Director/Professor for the Regional Economic Development course at York University School of Public Policy and Administration, and Seneca College School of Law and Public Administration where he also teaches Municipal Accounting and Finance. Frank has over 35 years of senior level municipal experience as a Commissioner of Economic Development with three community level economic development departments and 5 years experience as Chief Administrative Officer for three municipalities.  His undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Master’s Degree in Local Economic Development both at the University of Waterloo has helped him to become one of Canada’s well respected ED professional in his field.  He has been the recipient of several national and international professional awards including Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding contribution to his communities and Canada.  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 and has four children.




Andrew Bacchus, MAES

Assistant Editor


Andrew joined the Economic Development Journal of Canada in 2013. His economic development portfolio is largely made up of complex, large-scale international development projects that focus on: entrepreneurship, the reduction of business barriers, improved local governance and better knowledge sharing across institutional partnerships. He has some experience in life sciences venture capital and is currently working to build a better startup ecosystem with the organization Startup Canada.

Andrew has a Masters in Local Economic Development from the University of Waterloo; his thesis examined the financing challenges and business support opportunities for small businesses with seven or less employees, field researched in four different countries: Canada, The Netherlands, Palestine and Israel. He is in the early stages of volunteering with a local organization trying to build a neighbourhood land trust in the West End of Toronto and is completing his Entrepreneurship Certificate with MaRS. 












Laura Miele, BJ

Assistant Editor

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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