Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

September 11, 2014 18:00 ET

E-Town Festival is Energizing Entrepreneurial Minds

Two-day festival inspiring better entrepreneurs, thinkers, innovators and citizens

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Sept. 11, 2014) - The E-Town festival is bringing entrepreneurial minds together for a two-day exchange of ideas and inspiration September 11-12. Some of the world's best thought leaders and influencers have touched down in Edmonton and participants will spend the next two days discovering and nurturing ideas that will change our world.

Keynote speakers rage from Peter Diamandis, renowned X-Prize founder and entrepreneurial extraordinaire; Estelle Métayer expert trend-spotter and president of Competia; and Bob Nicholson former president and CEO of Hockey Canada, who helped transform the organization into a global sports and marketing powerhouse.

Recognizing that the best way to encourage creativity is to have fun, E-Town's program offers plenty of opportunities to learn, be entertained and share with others. Thursday evening, the program kicks off with an inspiring talk by Diamandis, followed by a food truck feast. Participants will then be treated to a special, rare performance by Canadian singer song-writer power couple Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk.

Friday is jam-packed, and spoken word poet Shane Koyczan is just the person to get the crowd's creative juices flowing, first thing and throughout the day. We'll get the second jolt of the morning by Tom Peters, the Red Bull of management thinkers, and then an illuminating discussion about the entrepreneurial journey from Nicholson.

To round out the afternoon, we'll hear from Hayley Wickenheiser, four-time Olympic Gold medalist, about how to stay motivated when you're at the top. Métayer will let us in on the secret of identifying the trends that will help grow your business. Maida, founder of Our Lady Peace, will lead an interactive session on creativity that you won't want to miss.

Edmonton Economic Development (EEDC) heads a group of organizations behind the festival including Entrepreneurs' Organization, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, Startup Edmonton, Make Something Edmonton, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Edmonton Executives Association, Junior Achievement and TEC Edmonton.

Find out more at e-town.ca and follow along on Twitter #etownfest and Facebook.

Note to editors: Those wishing to interview keynote speakers or Brad Ferguson, EEDC president and CEO, please contact for availability.

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