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Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) cultivates the energy, innovation and investment needed to build a prosperous and resilient Edmonton economy. EEDC is a multi-divisional, multi-location, arms-length agency of the City of Edmonton, aligned through unified purpose, vision and values.
Their unique operating and governance model is scalable, creating a platform for economic development initiatives that can be started, matured and exited as required. This unified approach, founded on principles of scalability, adaptability and leveraging public assets, all for a single purpose of growing our economy, means that our city can move faster on new initiatives, take on bigger risks and achieve more than anyone could have expected.
At EEDC, the team knows that economic development is a team sport, and their divisions work in unison on initiatives that generate economic impact and build the brand and reputation of our city.
Although the model is important, and its unique benefits are remarkable, what truly defines the EEDC team are five core values; Public Stewardship, Selfless Approach, Lead The Way, Make An Impact and Caring For One Another. EEDC’s people are city builders who embody the spirit of EEDC and Edmonton; open, inventive, courageous, cooperative and willing to take a risk. In recognition of this work and focus on people and culture, EEDC was recently recognized as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.
Job Title: General Manager, Edmonton Expo Centre
Reports to: VP Venues Management
Direct Reports: 5
Indirect Reports: 739 Total; 21 Unionized
Job Title: General Manager, Edmonton Convention Centre
Reports to: VP Venues Management
Direct Reports: 5
Indirect Reports: 619 Total; 469 Unionized
Location: Edmonton, AB
Owned by the City of Edmonton and managed by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, the Edmonton EXPO Centre and Edmonton Convention Centre are two world class facilities that host a combined 1,000+ events annually. Both venues generate economic and social benefits for Edmonton and serve a critical role in positioning Edmonton as a destination for conferences, conventions and major events. Each with their own unique appeal and offerings, these two venues combined, deliver an exceptional experience to over 2 million guests and delegates each year.
A unique opportunity exists, as EEDC is looking for two (2) General Managers committed to operational excellence to lead, inspire and drive improved performance and economic impact at the Edmonton EXPO Centre and Edmonton Convention Centre.
As the largest venue of its kind outside of Toronto, the Edmonton EXPO Centre is a powerful economic catalyst, providing authentic experiences and limitless opportunities in the most imaginative event space in Canada. Designed with adaptability and grandiose scale in mind, the Edmonton EXPO Centre has deep roots in Edmonton as a place to come together for amazing event experiences. A catalyst for commerce and growth through the events it hosts, this 522,000-square-foot venue welcomes over 1.5 million visitors per year and delivers a substantial community and economic impact for our city.
Recognized by the International Association of Venue Managers as one of North America’s top five performing public assembly venues, the Edmonton Convention Centre boasts 150,000 square feet of premier event space in Edmonton’s downtown core. The Edmonton Convention Centre connects to its roots in the North Saskatchewan River Valley through sustainable business practices, a dedication to locally sourced and inspired cuisine, and a commitment to its people. As a community asset for more than 35 years, the venue hosts more than 600 events per year and plays an important role in enhancing Edmonton’s tourism economy and community.
Ensuring alignment with EEDC’s objectives, purpose and values, the General Manager of each venue will be a dynamic leader focused on the effective operations of one of Edmonton’s two iconic venues. With demonstrated experience leading diverse and high performing teams, each successful candidate will apply a systematic approach to bringing people together to evaluate opportunities and solve problems. Each GM will rally their team around a compelling vision, unlock employee potential and drive results to lead the team to success.
The ideal GM will thrive in managing multiple priorities, assessing complex opportunities and mobilizing resources to work towards solutions and results. Along with a high degree of business and financial acumen, candidates will have a solid operational background and a commitment to continuous improvement and lean operating principles. EEDC is seeking candidates with a proven track record of building effective business relationships, both internal and external, and a demonstrated ability to champion a positive work culture that reflects EEDC’s core values.
Following EEDC`s first year operating both the Edmonton Convention Centre and Edmonton Expo Centre, the organization is onboarding both GMs simultaneously to launch the next chapter for each venue together. The incoming General Managers have a unique opportunity to learn together, leverage the strength of each venue and create solutions to the benefit of both venues. With the support of a shared corporate services model, the General Managers will collaborate to identify opportunities for shared efficiencies and continuous improvement.
Reporting to the Vice President, Venues Management, each General Manager will be responsible for the implementation of their specific venue’s strategic plan, and supporting business plans in the venue’s Operating, Food & Beverage, Event Services and Sales & Marketing departments in alignment with EEDC’s strategic direction, culture and values. Each General Manager will operate and promote the venues to consistently meet and exceed customer expectations while achieving positive economic impact results. Each General Manager will be responsible for the overall and day-to-day operations of their venue and will work in collaboration for the shared success of their unique and iconic venues.
FIRST YEAR DELIVERABLES / MEASURES OF SUCCESS
Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:
The successful candidate will have the following:
Competencies and Attributes
An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.