Implementation & Support

We work hard to make sure the plans and strategies we work on are feasible and actionable, bringing implementation specfic innovations to all our planning projects such as ‘pre-mortems’, project pilots, and organizational development. Additionally, we have been hired to provide ‘surge capacity’ to support specfic implementation work, including:

• Adminstrative policy development
• Grant applications
• Site concept development
• Project management
• Coaching/ organizational development
• Staff and leadership training and capacity development

We have even had staff temporarily seconded to client communities to provide hands-on implementation support, such as when and EPI team member moved to Alert Bay for five weeks to begin implementing Cormorant Island’s Joint Economic Development Plan.

 Interested in training or capacity building? Contact us.

Our Approach

Driven by Community Values: Every community is different. We start by listening to community members to find out what is important. Then, we use the values that we identify through this process as a framework to prioritize actions that are appropriate, feasible, and broadly supported. 

Based on Local Knowledge: We work with local people who know their communities and regions and are well positioned to generate practical ideas that make the best use of local assets. We then tap into, organize, and evaluate this local knowledge, using methods and tools from structured decision making to focus investment and energy where it will have the strongest impact.

Expert Supported: We step in where expertise is needed by providing rigorous analysis, cutting-edge research, innovative ideas and over 20 years of experience in the field. We have found that top-down, expert-directed planning approaches work only in unique circumstances and typically do not produce the results communities and clients need for success.

Pragmatic and Effective: Great strategies are strategies that get implemented. We hate to see strategies that are nothing more than laundry lists gathering dust on a shelf. Our approach ensures that the people who will be implementing the plan are involved throughout its development, and that the plan lays out the implementation architecture (i.e., who will be doing what, when). We can also provide supplementary services during implementation, such as project management and coaching. We call this “surge capacity”.


Cowichan Tribes Community Transportation Plan and Mobility Plan
2016 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence in Aboriginal Community Planning and Development

Tides of Change: Cormorant Island’s Economic Development Plan
2016 Planning Institute of B.C. Honourable Mentioned for Excellence in Planning Practice in the category of Small Town and Rural Areas
2016 AIP2 Core Values Project Award for Diversity & Inclusion