2008 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference


The Durham Economic Prosperity Conference held on November 7, 2008 at the Ajax Convention Centre was a collaborative event involving business, academia, government, and labour. The Conference itself was a partnership between the Region of Durham, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.


The Conference presented an unparalleled effort in developing goals and strategies for the region with input from a wide variety of stakeholders. Key stakeholders were invited to participate and assist in creating a plan for Durham Region that reflects the aspirations of their organization and recognizes the challenges affecting their industry. It was designed specifically to allow for such input in order to formulate a plan that will benefit the region as a whole.


The Durham Economic Prosperity Committee is pleased to present the final report on the Durham Economic Prosperity Conference of 2008:


DEPC 2008 Final Report (Abridged Version)


DEPC 2008 Final Report (Complete Version)


Addendums to Report:

Eric McSweeney—ReThink, ReNew, ReTool!

Mike Szarka—Durham Research Park

COC—Building A Twenty-First Century Workforce Report


The Durham Economic Prosperity Committee would like to express its sincere appreciation to everyone who attended the 2008 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference. Your contributions, input and ideas were essential to its success. The Conference attracted 102 key decision makers from diverse backgrounds throughout the Region, including delegates from business, academia and labour, plus representatives from local, regional, provincial and federal government.


Third year Durham College students monitored the Conference. The students captured key concepts to identify the speaker’s key factors for success and barriers to growth for inclusion in a Conference final report.  As well additional Durham College students were engaged to transcribe the Conference audio tapes to include in the report.


It is anticipated that the report will encourage dialogue among community leaders and lay the groundwork for future economic initiatives in Durham Region. Conference organizers plan on the Conference being a bi-annual event with twice yearly updates.


Economic Challenges Identified At The 2008 Conference

1. Strengthening Our Competitiveness and Investment

2. Repositioning Our Industrial Sectors

3. Investing in Our Labour Force

4. Promoting Research, Creativity and Innovation

5. Speaking with One Voice

For more details regarding the Economic Challenges that were identified at the 2008 Conference, click here.


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