We’re excited to welcome a new member to the Edmonton Made team, program manager Laura Tailleur!
As part of her role as community activation program manager at Edmonton Economic Development, Laura will be leading the Edmonton Made team to continue to engage small businesses and entrepreneurs who are creating amazing things in our city.
Laura is an Edmonton native; as newlyweds, her parents moved to Edmonton from a small town in northern Alberta in search of better opportunities. They decided to raise a family here – Laura and her brother -- and never looked back.
And, neither has Laura. She says that with everything Edmonton has to offer – from great schools and friendly neighbourhoods, to exciting work opportunities and family close by – she’s never had a reason to move away.
Still, she often finds new areas of Edmonton to explore – or new stores, restaurants and festivals. You can often find her hanging out at Remedy Café catching up with friends, getting her sweat on at Hive Fit Co or exploring the 104th Street farmers market.
Laura has previously worked for local advertising agencies such as Calder Bateman and Top Draw as well as Edmonton-based home builder Daytona Homes. She comes with great event management experience through working with PlanIt Sound on a variety of events from fundraising galas to fashion shows.
As a lifelong Edmontonian, Laura is passionate about helping people make this city even better. She’s a member of Apricity, a community-based group that amplifies local causes and charitable organizations through marketing, fundraising and tapping into their own networks. It is through this work that Laura was inspired to support the economic development of our city to help make it the kind of place she wants to live.
We sat down with Laura to find more about her new role:
When did you first hear about Edmonton Made?
I first heard of the program from a friend of mine who designs jewlery and is very involved with making Edmonton a great place to be for budding entrepreneurs.
What made you want to work with Edmonton Made?
Through my volunteer work with Apricity, I know the value of supporting local projects and have seen the difference our efforts have made to charitable organizations. I wanted to do more of that kind of work to support the local community. Through Edmonton Made, I get to be part of the team that showcases the inspiring business owners and makers our city has to offer.
Can you tell us a bit about what your role will be as program manager for Edmonton Made?
I will be responsible for making sure we are telling the stories of local businesses and the incredible products they are making, in order to reach new audiences and grow. And we want to ensure that local shoppers, visitors and even corporations know where they can buy locally produced products for themselves or for gifts.
What excites you about your new role?
I know Edmonton is full of incredible self-starters, entrepreneurs and business owners and I can’t wait to meet more of them, and hear the stories behind their products.
Because one great program isn’t enough for Laura, she’s also managing Make Something Edmonton. Learn more about it here.