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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.

Editorial Board 

Frank Miele - Editor - York University 

Andrew Bacchus - City of Kingston

Aleem Kanji - Ryerson University

Iana Lanceta - Province of Ontario

Gabrielle Massicotte - FCM

Laura Miele - Journalist

Karol Murillo - City of Hamilton

Delia Reiche - County of Brant

Kadie Ward - Province of Ontario


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