All operational aspects of the EDA are overseen by our skilled, experienced Leadership Team. Learn more below. View a complete EDA Staff List here.
President and Chief Executive Officer
With more than 30 years of experience in policy development and advocacy, Teresa Sarkesian serves as President and CEO of the EDA, overseeing the strategic direction and executive management of the association. Teresa first joined the EDA in 2009 as VP, Government and Member Affairs and was appointed President and CEO in 2016. Under her leadership, the EDA has made significant strides in positioning, promoting and protecting the LDC sector. Teresa holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University, as well as a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
Vice President, Policy, Government and Corporate Affairs
As Vice President, Policy, Government and Corporate Affairs, Ted Wigdor oversees the EDA’s public policy and advocacy functions as well as EDA governance. Ted joined the EDA in 2016 as Vice President, Corporate and Member Affairs overseeing EDA governance, member relations, events and communications. Prior to joining the EDA, Ted served as CEO of the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and as Vice President, Government, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs for Certified General Accountants of Ontario. Ted earned his B. Comm in management policy and public sector management from McGill University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, and a Chartered Director designation from the Director’s College, a joint institute of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.
Chief Financial Officer
Tamara Orlova joined the EDA as Director, Finance and Administration, in July 2016. In this role, Tamara manages all aspects of EDA finance, human resources and office operations. Prior to joining the EDA, she served as the Finance Director for the Building Owners and Managers Association of the GTA for three years. She spent the previous five years as an auditor with Deloitte & Touch in Toronto. Tamara hold an Honours Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Polytechnic University in Kiev and a Diploma in Accounting and Finance from Seneca College in Toronto. She completed 18 credits in the CGA program while working full time at an investment management company. She holds CPA and CGA designations.
Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Member Relations
Andrew joined the EDA in 2020 as Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Member Relations. For the past 25 years, Andrew has worked in increasingly senior marketing and sales roles for Colgate-Palmolive, Mars, Novartis/GSK, and most recently Enercare Home & Commercial Services. Andrew also built a successful B2B marketing agency that supported residential and commercial real estate. Areas of expertise include revenue generation, partnership marketing, strategic leadership, and efficiency. He has been featured in marketing publications, as a speaker at industry conferences, guest lecturer at the Schulich School of Business, and as an adjunct Professor of interactive marketing and strategy at Seneca and the University of Toronto for over 15 years. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University and a Master of Business Administration degree with a major in Marketing, from Schulich School of Business.