TESTIMONIALS

Client Stories

Thanks for the kind words!

As a client of EcoPlan, I was impressed with the way that they engaged the community on so many levels to ensure that the plan that they were preparing was a community driven plan. The feedback from the community was that it wasn’t just another plan to store on the shelf. This is a positive testament to their dedication in involving all key players in the process, especially the public. If you are doing any community engagement I would highly recommend EcoPlan!

Heather Nelson Smith, (former) CAO of Alert Bay, British Columbia

I have had the privilege of working with EcoPlan and specifically William, on several occasions over the past 10 years. In my former capacity as Executive Director, Metis Relations with the provincial department of Indigenous Relations, we provided funding to the Metis Settlements General Council (MSGC) for the purposes of preparing for the potential that the province would at some point engage on the issue of Consultation stemming from the landmark Powley Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision.

William had already been working with one of the eight Metis Settlements (Buffalo Lake) at the Settlement’s expense, on research. He had an excellent reputation and Buffalo Lake could not be more glowing in their praise of William’s approach to project design and delivery and his professionalism. There is a real need for balance in Aboriginal communities when it comes to these types of technical undertakings and political dynamics. William has a real skill set at achieving that balance. Together with the MSGC, we contracted William and EcoPlan to do this initial work.

His project plan was realistic, strategic and built on clear foundations. For instance, all of the work needed to be defensible in light of the Powley SCC decision. The product he produced was exceptional and provided base data with a clear road map on what would be required in the future. Of particular note is William’s ability to assist the communities in taking ownership of these types of projects and this was highlighted by his mentoring of Metis Settlement members. A few years later the province negotiated and concluded an $85 million 10 year agreement with the MSGC and one of the key elements was the province’s commitment to develop a formal Consultation Policy.

Taking the work William had previously done and building on it made for a smooth transition from theory to reality. William was contracted again and continued to demonstrate high technical proficiency balanced with the need for community engagement and ownership. The information and data William produced in cooperation with communities was instrumental in moving the province toward an agreement on Consultation.

The final Consultation Policy has been ratified by both the MSGC and Alberta and is now in full practice. In summary, ECO Plan and William were excellent to work with, provided needed expertise in a difficult and evolving legal context, were consummate professionals, delivered high value and most importantly, were able to work within communities that have legitimate trust issues. I could not be stronger in my recommendation in support of EcoPlan and William. We would absolutely contract EcoPlan and William in the future. We are extremely pleased and on a personal note I felt it a privilege to work with this calibre of a firm and individual.

Thomas Droege, Senior Advisor, Alberta Indigenous Relations

I found working with your firm a very positive experience. Your personal engagement, your skills as a facilitator, were instrumental in the success of our project. I would look forward to working with you again.

Dr. Michael C. Klein, Order of Canada – MD, CM, CCFP,FAAP (Neonatal-Perinatal), FCFP,ABFP,FCPS 

Using your service and working with you was always a pleasure and rewarding. Let me mention three of the reasons:

  1. Real partnership: Even when we were not fully clear or articulated on the final deliverables, you were able to help us sound out our ideas, and explore with us, the problem we want to solve, the options we have and best way to approach it. The open mindedness and listening capacity is great.
  2. Localization: Your tools are great and robust, but you do not apply them mechanically, rather as framework for process and you are good at tailoring it to the context.
  3. Capacity building: You design projects as a process of capacity building while providing excellent technical advice and reports. Though some might be fixated on preconceived ideas or quick fix solutions, especially at the beginning, by the end of the process, I am pretty sure that many have gained more than they expected from the self discovery and learning process. It has a strong empowering effect, although it can also be frustrating, when plans are not followed by actions and institutional changes, which is beyond what a short consultancy can do.

Dr. Gulelat Kebede, Former Head of Training and Capacity Branch and Urban Economics at United Nations: Habitat

EcoPlan set themselves apart from the start as a uniquely nimble organization with widely-ranging experiences, skills and knowledge. They take a responsive and collaborative approach to all stages of a project and are particularly adept at establishing a genuine connection with the groups they engage with. One of their key strengths is their ability to take complex concepts and findings and distill them into clean, easy to understand reports and graphics, which is vital in today’s world. They are flexible, insightful and a pleasure to work with.

Sonja Cunningham, Economic Development Division, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training           

“Will Trousdale was the lead facilitator for a 2 ½ day training session for TransLink staff on Structured Decision Making.   Will is an engaging teacher and adept facilitator and delivered a customized course that exceeded our expectations.  The true sign of an effective course is if you regularly use the concepts and tools that you learned and it makes a difference in your processes.  The SDM course provided the foundations we needed and five years later we still regularly use SDM techniques which is providing insights for many of our planning and business decision processes.”

Lyle Walker, Senior Planner, TransLink            

EcoPlan was an incredible company to work with.  Clear, concise and knowledgeable.  They spent time within our community….to talk to the residents and get the “feel” of the community… their desires and needs.  EcoPlan took the time to “do their homework”.

Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend EcoPlan and hope the Village of Port Alice has the opportunity to work with them again.

Mayor Jan Allen, Port Alice BC

EcoPlan were great to work with on our Economic Development project. They were very professional and knowledgeable in their approach, and produced a useable and well thought out report that met all of the Village’s expectations.

Sundance Topham, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Cumberland

Well executed [North Island Tourism Forum]. An unqualified success.

Jim Michals, Band Administrator, Quatsino First Nation

EPI completed an Economic Development Strategy for the Lil’wat Nation in 2011.  Since then, we have maintained constant contact and Will has brought his class from UBC School of Community and Regional Planning each year to view the progress towards achieving many of the goals that had been set out, a living Economic Development laboratory!  Will’s continued interest in the success of our projects planned six years ago shows his commitment to the communities he works in!  We have just re-engaged EPI to do some visioning and land use planning around a key project from that 2011 strategy and would recommend their work to other communities looking for a firm with commitment to strong community engagement and long-term relationships.

Kerry Mehaffey, Chief Executive Officer at Lil’wat Management Services LP

EPI and Mr. Trousdale exceeded my expectations and impressed government agencies and international financial institutions with his innovative and expert analysis. I was struggling to write up an Environmental Impact Study for our resorts, Kaniki Point Resort and Concepcion Divers Lodge located in Busuanga, Palawan, Philippines, when he visited our property and came to the rescue. EPI conducted an extensive Environmental Impact Assessment and a Financial/Market Analysis that helped shape our tourism project and influenced the local government’s much needed decision-making process for other developments. I would strongly recommend William and his team above all others working in this industry. EPI awards and recognition are well deserved.

Capt. Wm Victor Organ, President/CEO, Gulfstream Enterprises Corporation (GEC)

I have had positive feedback about the day. Look forward to reviewing the draft. William – great feedback on your facilitation of the day – not that I expected anything less.

Kelly Speck, Councillor, ‘Namgis First Nation