Translink Strategic Health Impact Assessment (SHIA) EPI supported TransLink in undertaking a structured decision process with health professionals from around the region and other parts of British Columbia. The purpose was to review the draft Strategic Health Impact Assessment being developed to aid in the generation and evaluation of alternatives under consideration for TransLink’s Regional […]
Training Strategy for Ta’an Kwäch’än Local Economic Development Date: 2006-2007 EcoPlan collaborated with Beringia Planning to develop a twenty-five year strategic plan and local economic development training program for the Ta’an Kwäch’än First Nation in Whitehorse, Yukon. The project included an extensive labour market/human resources SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) and an integrated community capacity […]
Training of Trainers and Technical Planning Support – Strategic Planning for Local Economic Development Date: 2002-2006 EcoPlan worked with UN-HABITAT, local partners and Canadian federal partners (Industry Canada, CIDA) to develop and lead several Train-the-Trainer workshops and conferences in Romania, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Chile and Mexico. Focusing on strategic planning for LED, […]
Tourism Economic Opportunity and Investment Strategy Analysis Date: 2004 EcoPlan conducted a community-based participatory analysis of economic development potentials and impacts on traditional and cultural integrity for eight indigenous communities in Northern Alberta. The project included an analysis of tourism development opportunities, forestry, oil, and gas development.
Surrey Bicycle Recreation Facilities Strategy Date: 2007-2008 To help better manage new bicycle recreation demands (i.e., off-road, urban mountain bike and BMX riding), EcoPlan led a project to develop a comprehensive Bicycle Recreation Facilities Strategy for the City of Surrey. The project resulted in guidelines for the development and provision of new facilities, the upgrading of […]
Strategic Development Plan for Tourism in Arxan, Inner Mongolia Date: 2007 EcoPlan authored a manual that assisted in the design and delivery of training workshops for the training series publication Promoting Local Economic Development through Strategic Planning, which was produced for UN‐HABITAT by EcoPlan. It provided field‐tested advice on the efficient management of the training process from […]
Strategic Development Plan for Tourism in Arxan, Inner Mongolia Date: 2016 In 2016, EcoPlan worked with the ERTC Consulting Company to develop a year-round tourism plan for Arxan, Inner Mongolia. The project looked to encourage sustainable, nature based tourism that would improve the quality of life of those who lived in the region and advance the […]
Strategic Planning Toolkit for Local Economic Development Date: 2017+ EcoPlan worked with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training to develop a Strategic Planning Toolkit for Local Economic Development for communities across British Columbia. This project included working closely alongside the Ministry and a working group to develop toolkit materials and deliver an in-person train-the-trainers […]
Strategic Planning, Inglewood Golf Club; Seattle, Washington Date: 2006-2009 EPI conducted a participatory and intensive strategic planning process with members and the board of Inglewood Golf Club. The strategic plan was followed up with years of monitoring and evaluation based on the framework and member survey devleoped as part of the project.
Southern Gulf Islands Community Tourism Strategy Date: 2007-2008 EcoPlan completed a comprehensive community tourism study for the Southern Gulf Islands, a network of six islands off the coast of Vancouver that is a major regional tourist destination. The study helped quantify the indirect and direct economic impacts of tourism using a stakeholder-driven structured decision-making process. Through […]
South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy- Update Date: 2015-2016 EcoPlan (working with the Arlington Group), was retained to conduct a review to determine whether a “minor” or “major” update of the South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) was required for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). The RGS applies to the southern portion of the Okanagan Valley […]
Politics, Strategies, and Structural Projects Workshop (Mexico) Date: 2009 EcoPlan facilitated a workshop on politics, strategies and structural projects to facilitate brainstorming and innovation regarding the future of urban areas in northern Mexico. This workshop, which was attended by members of the municipalities of Tijuana, Tecate, and Playas de Rosarito, aimed to generate a participatory […]
Okanagan Indian Band Council Planning Session Date: 2012 In October of 2013, the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) Chief and Council, along with the Executive Director, participated in a two-day strategic planning and governance session, supported by facilitator William Trousdale of EcoPlan. The primary purpose of these meetings was to develop the 2013 Council Strategic Plan […]
Marpole Archeological Site Management Plan Review Date: 2011 EcoPlan provided a review and analysis of the “Marpole Archeological Site (DHRS 0001) Management Plan – A Proposal”, a document that provides the history of a valuable archeological midden located in Vancouver, BC. Determining that the document was mistitled and was not a management plan, EcoPlan recommended […]
Lower Similkameen Economic Development Strategy Date: 2011-2012 EcoPlan worked with Beringia Planning to support the development of a community economic development strategy for the Lower Similkameen Indian Band. This strategy provided vital information that continues to guide decision making and action at a time when the Nation continues to transition towards greater accountability and transparency […]
Local Economic Development Through Strategic Planning Date: 2006 EcoPlan helped facilitate a workshop organized around the four-volume Strategic Planning for Local Economic Development, a joint UN-HABITAT-EcoPlan publication. The event focused on interactive group training, where participants learned from each other, the trainer, and the training materials. It included Country Dialogues where local and regional participants […]
Local Economic Development in Practice Date: 2013 The precursor to this joint UN-Habitat / EcoPlan International toolkit, Promoting Local Economic Development through Strategic Planning, focused primarily on process – how to develop an economic development strategy through participatory methods. This toolkit looks at local economic development in practice. It dives deeper into some of the […]
Local Economic Development for Small and Medium Sized Cities Date: 2012 As part of an ongoing partnership with UN Habitat in providing expert support and advice for local economic development (LED) around the globe, EPI developed the following six tools for LED: (1) Services and Support – i3 Ideas, Impact, Implementation; (2) Situation Assessment: Assets, […]
Lil’wat Economic Development Strategy Date: 2010-2011 EcoPlan was engaged by the Lil’wat First Nation to create a five-year economic development strategy. Initial work included a community assessment and base-case analysis of current economic opportunities in the region, and the development of tools to engage community members in participatory planning processes. A community open house and […]
Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nations Community Economic Development Strategy Date: 2011 In response to the CCP priorities, KHFN conducted an Economic Development Strategy supported by EPI.
Kalyna Country Tourism Strategy Date: 2009-2010 EcoPlan was engaged to identify and assess tourism opportunities in the rural Kalyna Country region of Alberta. The project began with an inventory of existing tourism resources, current market trends, and existing strengths and weaknesses. A multi‐stakeholder decision process was used to determine priorities and objectives for tourism development. […]
Islands Trust First Nations Consultation Strategy Date: 2012 EcoPlan worked with the Islands Trust First Nations Task Force to identify priorities that could be used as the basis for a First Nations Consultation Strategy. Over the course of two meetings the Task Force worked through a deliberative and structured process based on EcoPlan’s four-phase, ten-step […]
Horezu Local Economic Development Strategy (Romania) Date: 2005-2006 EcoPlan coordinated the development of a strategic economic development plan in Horezu, a town of 10,000 in central Romania. The plan’s development involved the community, local businesses, schools and numerous stakeholder groups. The resulting plan was the first broad-based strategic plan for local economic development in Romania […]
Gitga’at Economic Development Strategy Date: 2010-2011 EcoPlan helped the Gitga’at First Nation on BC’s north coast formulate a five-year strategy for sustainable economic development. Work included the development of a comprehensive community profile and base-case analysis of current economic opportunities, trends and issues in and along BC’s north coast. The community-based and driven project utilized […]
District Strategic Development Planning (Palestine) Date: 2007 EcoPlan created a participatory planning manual and facilitator’s guide that served as the first comprehensive roadmap for regional planning in occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). Its process and tools are utilized in establishing District Strategic Development Plans, the guiding strategies for regional land use planning and development in the […]
Crown of the Continent Tourism Gap Analysis Date: 2009-2010 EcoPlan worked with the Tourism Product Development Branch of Alberta Tourism, Parks, and Recreation to conduct a gap analysis related to tourism products, services, and infrastructure in the southwest region of Alberta. This involved extensive research and analysis surrounding tourism market trends, visitation trends, and sectoral […]
City of Powell River Arts, Culture & Creative Sector Initiative Date: 2011-2013 EcoPlan staff worked with the City of Powell River, Tourism Powell River and other stakeholders throughout the region to identify assets and opportunities for economic development opportunities in the arts/ culture sectors. Local arts and culture individuals, businesses and organizations were inventoried using […]
Central Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy Preliminary Consultation Process Date: 2010-2011 EPI was engaged by the Regional District of Central Okanagan to support the preliminary consultation process for its Regional Growth Strategy review process. This work included the development and implementation of an education and awareness campaign around the Regional Growth Strategy project and the broader […]
Silay UN Habitat Date: 2014-2015 EcoPlan, working with UN-HABITAT, developed an information-based, stakeholder-driven approach in the development of a strategic plan for local economic development in Silay, Philippines.
Metro Vancouver I&I and Metro I&I Implementation Date: 2014-2015 EcoPLan supported Metro Vancouver on options for addressing inflow and infiltration acros Metro Vancouver.
Laconia Heart & Soul, Heart & Soul General Support Date: 2014 EcoPlan provided on-call technical planning support for Laconia as they implemented their planning process.
Campbell River Downtown Revitalization Date: 2013 EcoPlan conducted a strategic review with Council to develop a clear path for downtown revitalization.
Community Economic Development Training Date: 2011 EcoPlan delivered a one day training to members of CANDO on economic development strategic planning.
MIB EdStrat Date: 2011 Ecoplan was hired to conduct a professional retreat for Musqueam’s Education Committee, the focus of which was to identify priorities and strategic actions to recommend to Council for approval and then for staff to implement.
MIB CEOP Date: 2012 EcoPlan helped to develop community economic development operations plan.
PHSA Workshop Date: 2008 EcoPlan supported the community design and approach to property in the Downtown Eastside.
Strategic Planning for Local Economic Development (Philippines) Date: 2009 EcoPlan conducted two workshops in the Philippines that focused on building a deeper understanding of local economic development practices and approaches for national government stakeholders and members of selected local government organizations. The workshops introduced participants to a value-based, strategic planning approach that incorporates structured decision-making […]
Strategic Planning for Eco-Efficient and Socially Inclusive Infrastructure Date: 2011-12 EcoPlan supported the development of tools and the delivery of a seven day training on eco-efficient and socially inclusive infrastructure. Participants included municipal planners, architects, engineers and administrators from local governments throughout Asia and the Pacific. The training included lectures from leading academics and practitioners […]
LED Egypt – Training and Strategi Planning Date: 2007 EcoPlan developed a local economic development (LED) training series in partnership with UN-HABITAT, through a process of research, peer review and field‐testing.
Cowichan Tribes Community Transportation Plan and Mobility Plan Date: 2014-2016 Winner of a Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Planning Excellence, the Cowichan Tribes Community Transportation and Mobility planning process began in 2015, and despite major administrative, jurisdictional and capacity hurdles, resulted in a doable plan that has improved the community and the lives of […]
Strategy Analysis, Valley Ridge Golf Course and Event Center; Calgary, Albert Date: 1997-1998 EPI conducted an extensive analysis of all aspects of Valley Ridge in Calgary. Conducted for property developers, the comprehensive analysis examined possible exit strategy options vs. profitability as a long term investment. EPI was then contracted to assisted with implementation of study […]
BC Hydro – Haida Renewable Energy Project Date: 2008 EcoPlan supported a structured decision process to develop RFP for multi-million dollar approach to renewable energy on Haida Gwaii.
Advisory Services – Professional Planning, Research and Policy Services EcoPlan has supported TransLink on two linked advisory services agreements, with the most recent focusing on three work streams: policy research and analysis support; facilitation, prioritization and strategic decision-making support; and public and stakeholder engagement support. The first advisory services program focused on three projects: a […]
Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek Comprehensive Community Plan EcoPlan worked with Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek (AZA) on a comprehensive community plan for a new reserve, received by the formerly landless First Nation in 2008. Located three hours north of Thunder Bay, Ontario, the Partridge Lake community will ultimately be home to administrative offices, community facilities, housing and new businesses. […]
Xwísten Economic Development Strategy Date: 2015 EcoPlan worked with Xwísten (Bridge River Indian Band) on an economic development strategy for on- and off-reserve opportunities for the band and band members. The strategy is intended to be a guiding document and workplan for a soon-to-be-hired economic development officer, and will include a skills inventory, assessment of […]
Malcolm Island Economic Development Strategy Date: 2013 to 2014 Building on the work done over the previous two years by the community, EcoPlan worked with the residents of Sointula and Malcolm Island to develop a community economic development strategy. The island’s reliance on shrinking and volatile resource industries (fishing and forestry) have led to significant changes in […]
Creston Area Economic Development Strategy Date: 2017 This project is just starting up. EcoPlan will be creating an economic development strategy for the Creston region, focusing on key sectors of agriculture and tourism. Based on client input, EcoPlan will be developing an innovation focused plan with engagement that is fun and inspires community celebration.
City of Abbotsford Economic Development Strategy Date: 2016 to 2017 EcoPlan worked with the City of Abbotsford to develop an economic development strategy that provides the team from the City of Abbotsford’s Economic Development department with direction, objectives, strategies and actions to guide their work over the next three years. Given the importance of relationship and […]
Squamish Employment Lands Strategy Client: District of Squamish Date: 2014 EcoPlan worked with the District of Squamish on the development of an Employment Lands Strategy for the district municipality. The project builds off the District’s current planning work (e.g., OCP and Zoning update, Downtown Neighbourhood Plan, Oceanfront Development) to help ensure that employment lands are available and used […]