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Public Administration students given access to international conference


The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Seneca Alumni Affinity Program recently made it possible for all students from Seneca’s Public Administration program to attend an important industry training event and seminar.

The IEDC Annual Conference, held September 17 to 20, brought together more than 1,200 senior government and business leaders from around the world. This year’s conference featured more than 250 speakers including local, provincial and international government officials and leaders in the field of economic development.

“We commend the IEDC for extending the opportunity for our students to attend this conference at a substantially reduced cost, allowing us to include the conference content as part of our program curriculum,” said Wanda Forsythe, Chair of the School of Legal and Public Administration. “Economic development is a core part of our Public Administration program and a growing career field for our graduates. To give the opportunity for our students to hear directly from and engage with industry experts and provide special networking events for young professionals further enhances our core program curriculum.”

Seneca’s Alumni Affinity program provided financial assistance to make this partnership possible.

“The goal of the affinity program is to provide our future graduates with off-campus opportunities and experiences that otherwise wouldn’t be available to them,” said Barry Naymark, Manager, Seneca Alumni. “We were pleased to assist our Public Administration students so they have the opportunity to hear directly from experts and network with potential employers at this international event.”

With roots dating back more than 90 years, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a nonprofit membership organization serving economic developers worldwide. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind.