EDMONTON, AB (June 21, 2019)  – Edmonton Economic Development (EEDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Arlindo Gomes in the role of Vice-President, Venue Management.

Arlindo previously served as the General Manager of the Edmonton EXPO Centre. In his new role Arlindo will provide strategic oversight over the Edmonton EXPO Centre and Edmonton Convention Centre, ensuring both venues continue to operate as best in class while maximizing the economic and community benefit to the City of Edmonton.

“I’m thrilled Arlindo has accepted the role of Vice-President, Venue Management,” says Derek Hudson, EEDC CEO. “His experience in the fields of live entertainment, sports and venue management will be a major influence on the ongoing success of both venues.”

“It’s an honour to be trusted with the stewardship of these two venues,” says Arlindo Gomes, Vice-President, Venue Management.  “I look forward to working with both teams at the Edmonton Convention Centre and Edmonton EXPO Centre to build upon the strong reputation and success of both venues while driving efficiencies and operational excellence.”

Arlindo has over 25 years of experience in the sports, entertainment and venue management industry. He began his career at the Edmonton Convention Centre, was instrumental in the integration of the Edmonton EXPO Centre within EEDC and was the creative mind behind many of the new events introduced at the facility.

Richard Wong, General Manager of the Edmonton Convention Centre, has formally resigned his position to pursue another opportunity. For nearly two years, Richard has provided exceptional leadership and stewardship of one of our city’s most iconic facilities, recognized as one of North America’s top performing venues in 2018.

As a result of Richard’s departure and Arlindo’s appointment, EEDC will be recruiting for two new General Managers starting immediately. For more information, visit EEDC.ca.


As an agency of the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Economic Development’s (EEDC) mandate is to recommend economic development policy and strategy for the City of Edmonton, execute strategy as assigned by the Shareholder, and conduct a broad range of economic development initiatives in collaboration with the City of Edmonton and other partners. The organization currently manages six divisions, including Edmonton Tourism, Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton EXPO Centre, Enterprise Edmonton and Innovate Edmonton. For more information, visit annualreport.eedc.ca.

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