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About the EDC

The Economic Development Corporation promotes St. Thomas as an attractive location in which to build new ideas and assists businesses in the actual process of choosing and locating. The Corporation does this through a number of means, including external marketing, trade shows, company visitations, as well as remaining in close contact with a variety of prospect generators.  In addition, the Corporation works closely with existing businesses to ensure that the local business environment is a healthy one that encourages the prosperity and expansion of those companies which call St. Thomas home.

The mandate of the EDC also includes the management of Railway City Tourism and the Elgin/St. Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre.


  • Non-monetary assistance to business, industry and local institutions
  • Promotional programs such as advertising, tradeshows and travel to target market areas to promote new investment
  • Assist local companies with expansion and modernization programs
  • Land and building site selection information Sale of City owned and EDC owned land
  • Provision of statistical and market data
  • Product sourcing and potential market identification
  • Assistance with business start-ups
  • Liaison with provincial and federal governments regarding investment and business opportunities
  • Advice and referrals to appropriate civic officials, government offices, institutions and local businesses
  • Consultation and networking with local businesses and industry


Name Company EDC Board Seat
Dennis Broome, EDC President Royal LePage Triland Realty Member At Large
Dan Reith, Vice President Reith & Associates Member At Large
Tom Johnston, 2nd Vice President Century 21 Realty Member At Large
Linda Stevenson City of St. Thomas Councillor
Mark Burgess City of St. Thomas Councillor
Gary Clarke City of St. Thomas Councillor
Robert Furneaux Gorman-Rupp of Canada Chamber of Commerce
Heather Jackson City of St. Thomas Mayor
David Kerr Elgin Labour Council Labour
Jeff Kohler City of St. Thomas Councillor
Robert Kent St. Thomas Energy St. Thomas Energy Rep.
Joan Rymal City of St. Thomas Councillor
Andy Sheridan Elgin Realty Member-At-Large
Mark Tinlin City of St. Thomas Councillor
Steve Wookey City of St. Thomas Councillor

Letters Patent: The original Letters Patent were issued to the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation on October 15, 1956. Supplementary Letters Patent were issued October 19, 1979 and February 6, 2001. Combined terms of the Original and Supplementary Letters Patent are on file with the Corporation.