Since 1997, Heather Lalonde has been the CEO for the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. Prior to joining EDCO, Heather was the Economic Development Officer for the City of Peterborough. Ms. Lalonde holds a diploma from Fleming College in Peterborough – Tourism & Transportation, a certificate from the University of Waterloo Economic Development Program, and is a certified Economic Developer. In 2013 she was one of the first Canadians to receive the International Certification, CEcD from the International Economic Development Council. She also spent time at the University of Quebec studying language and culture. Ms. Lalonde sits as a Governor at St. Lawrence College, is an adjudicator for the Invest Canada Community Initiative, and is active on all EDCO committees.