Seminar: How to Communicate with Elected Officials



It’s time to educate your new Councillors and/or Mayor on your community economic development goals.

As you know, it’s impossible to move economic development programs forward without political support. This workshop offers strategies to get elected officials on side with the investment, development and policy needed to support economic prosperity.

How to communicate with elected officials is for every economic and community development professional who has had to:

  • work with municipal elected officials  
  • advocate at different levels of government
  • present a controversial program to a Council or political committee
  • negotiate with multiple stakeholders
  • manage interest groups and community expectations

The workshop is part communication theory, part persuasion, and all-out practical covering interpersonal communication and persuasion techniques most effective in political discussion.  You’ll also hear directly from elected officials on best practices for communicating with them.

How to communicate with elected officials will give you a clear voice that cannot be ignored.  


Kadie Ward

Kadie Ward

Kadie Ward is a seasoned executive whose career to date has been characterized by successful collaboration across public, private and civil society organizations.  She has worked with over 100 cities from 30 countries to design and deliver inclusive economic growth strategies that provide equal opportunities for all to participate in the labour market and economy.  

Ward has an MA in Communications and Media Studies as well as an MBA with a focus on international finance, economics, and equity.  

Ward founded Build Strong Cities in 2012 to empower communities, local and state governments as well as economic developers, planners to effect sustainable growth.  Kadie has created award-winning multi-media campaigns and community development programs that prove that traditional rules to economic development were meant to be broken.  She is a Queens’s Diamond Jubilee Medalist, recognized for her work contributing to significant economic improvement in various Canadian cities.  In 2022 she was recognized by Toronto City Life Magazine as one of Toronto’s Top 50 Influential Persons. She currently serves as the Commissioner and CAO of Ontario’s Pay Equity Commission.  

Registration fees

Fee CAD $395 + HST



Note: This is a partner event promoted through ICF's partnership with EDAC. ICF is not affiliated with this event. Please direct all questions to EDAC. For more information, visit

February 10, 2023 at 9:00am - 2pm | Eastern Time (US & Canada)
TORONTO (Queen's Park Area)