what SEDA aims to do

OUR STORY

The Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance (SEDA) was conceived by a group of passionate economic development professionals in 1983. Led by volunteers, the organization successfully elevated the profile of community and economic development across Saskatchewan until it became “everyone’s business”.

Building on a foundation of mentorship and coaching, SEDA launched the first professional economic development program in Canada during the 1990’s and became the first to offer online delivery in 2012.  Our pioneering spirit continued as we became the first province to offer a Certification Program for community and economic development professionals in 2015.  

Over the past fifteen years, we have expanded services to Saskatchewan communities, assisting leaders in meeting emerging challenges and opportunities. Through consulting and program delivery, we are able to augment local capacity and guide communities towards a sustainable future.

SEDA has a longstanding culture of self-reliance, which we encourage in others. As an independent non-profit organization, we are not funded by the public sector or any granting agency.  All revenue to support operations and service delivery is self-generated. Accustomed to doing ‘more with less’, innovation and collaboration are part of our DNA.

Solution driven, we strive to create breakthroughs by brokering new programs with partners in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

We remain steadfast in supporting the social and economic health of Saskatchewan communities, working behind the scenes provincially – and alongside local leaders at a community level.  As an alliance, we aim to provide a space where all sectors can share expertise and resources to support our common client. The whole province benefits when we work together.

Helping communities thrive is what we do.