Coastal Flooding Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) honoured with inaugural Climate Adaptation award from the Community Energy Association

The City of Surrey was honoured with the inaugural Climate Adaption award from the Community Energy Association at this year’s Union of BC Municipalities Convention. EcoPlan is a key member of the project consulting team led by Northwest Hydraulics. With a recent $76 million grant from the Federal Government through their Disaster Mitigation Adaptation Fund, […]

William Trousdale Presents on Indigenous Knowledge and Value Driven Planning to a Full House at the Western Planners Conference

In a joint session with Emigdio Ballon and Gailey Morgan of Pueblo of Tesuque, William presented on the integration of western scientific knowledge and Indigenous knowledge in the context of climate change. Further he provided a case study on how Swinomish Tribal Community integrated methods derived from decision science and behavioral research with local protocols […]

William Trousdale Invited to Jena University in Germany

In June, William Trousdale was invited to Jena University in Germany to give a seminar on Structured Decision Support and Negotiation to graduate students of the Applied Ethics and Conflict Resolution program. The introductory seminar explored how ethics, which gives “big picture” support to a decision based “Value Approach” can advance “pragmatic ethics” principles.

Coastal Adaptation Plan – Fraser River Foreshore wins Award of Excellence in Planning (Gold)

EcoPlan was honoured with an Award of Planning Excellence (Gold) in the Research & New Directions in Planning category from the Planning Institute of BC. Working with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, Connect Landscape Architecture and the City of Vancouver, the Coastal Adaptation Plan – Fraser River Foreshore is one component of a larger, multi-year undertaking to […]

EcoPlan wins a 2019 PIBC Award for Excellence in Planning (Gold) in Research and New Directions in Planning

The City of Vancouver’s Coastal Adaptation Plan (CAP) – Fraser River Foreshore is a path-breaking approach to values-based coastal adaption planning. With EcoPlan’s support, the project used a participatory, values-based approach to engage residents, stakeholders, and other partners, including Musqueam Indian Band. The felt that “the plan addressed the urgency for action regarding climate adaptation, […]

Congratulations Abbotsford!

Congratulations Abbotsford! Abbotsford has been named a Global Top7 Intelligent Community, 2019 We hope our support with your Economic Development Strategy and Innovation Forums contributed to this impressive honor: https://www.intelligentcommunity.org/the_intelligent_community_forum_names_the_global_top7_intelligent_communities_of_2019  

Cowichan 2050 Regional Collaboration Framework Receives Honourable Mention in UBCM’s Community Excellence Awards

EcoPlan’s work with the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has recently been recognized by UBCM’s Excellence in Governance awards. Receiving an honourable mention in the governance category, the Cowichan 2050 Regional Collaboration Framework is a leading-edge statutory policy tool and collaborative approach to regional planning and decision-making. Emphasizing regional collaboration, communication, and coordination, its purpose […]

Comprehensive Community Planning Toolkit: Finding Bimadizowin Wins National Award

Last week, the Canadian Institute of Planners announced its 2018 award winners and EcoPlan’s work with the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) and the CCP Advisory Committee on the Comprehensive Community Planning Toolkit: Finding Bimadizowin has won an award! The CCP Toolkit, which is a guide and kit of resources to support better planning in Indigenous […]

EcoPlan supports historic agreement between the District of Lillooet, P’egp’íg’lha Council (T’ít’q’et) and the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District

EcoPlan provided support for a historic agreement between the District of Lillooet, P’egp’íg’lha Council (T’ít’q’et) and the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, signed on May 24, 2018. Over the past year, EcoPlan worked with the Intergovernmental Relations Working Group, a group composed of elected officials and staff from the District of Lillooet, Lillooet Tribal Council, P’egp’íg’lha Council, […]

William Trousdale’s work in sustainable tourism insightful over the decades

William Trousdale’s work on sustainable tourism in the popular island of Boracay, Philippines is still proving relevant, as referenced on Filipino news site Inquirer.net. The article, which quotes William’s 1998 landmark study titled “Governance in Context: Boracay Island, Philippines”, discusses how Boracay has shifted from an agricultural community to a tourist destination, and the impacts […]

William Trousdale at upcoming Tribal Natural Resource Damages Assessments

William Trousdale has been asked to speak at the upcoming Tribal Natural Resource Damages Assessments seminar, December 4, in Seattle. The title of the talk is: Structured Decision Support: Restoration Scaling of Lost Native American Cultural Services under NRDAR. If you are interested in attending, the event is sponsored by Law Seminars International, the program features […]

Awards are the candles on the icing on the cake

Here are EcoPlan, getting to work on fun, challenging projects is what keeps us excited to get to work in the morning. But we’ve often commented that the ‘icing’ on the cake is the ongoing relationships with past clients, and seeing plans come to life through actions. And then every now and then we get some […]

Culture: Adaptation and Translation – A look at stories and analysis

Last month, William Trousdale gave a talk at the Museum of Vancouver as part of their “Built City” Series. The talk explored the challenge of translating sacred stories, cultural stories, and everyday stories into frameworks that can be analyzed and understood across cultures. The talk explored the “endless” process of translation as we all try […]

Monitoring and evaluation – A case study

This recent article in Plan Canada magazine describes some interesting work we did with the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO). Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) often ‘falls off the rails’ when a plan is being implemented, perhaps because it is too complex, people are too busy, or other factors. But M&E is critical for knowing […]

Great profiles of First Nations Economic Development

This week, the Vancouver Sun has a five-part series of First Nations economic development. The series profiles five BC First Nations and the various ways that they are gaining economic independence. From run of river power, to gas stations, logging companies, campgrounds plans for large resorts, the Nations are proving that there is no ‘one […]

Climate Guidebook wins Provincial Planning Award

The Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) just announced their 2015 Awards for Excellence in Planning Practice, and EcoPlan has been recognized for an silver award in the category of Research and New Directions in Planning for Planning for Climate Change: A Values-based, Strategic Approach for Urban Planners. The guide was developed with and for the […]

Careful what you wish for: “Malcolm Island wins national planning award!”

This is pretty exciting. While working on an economic development plan with Malcolm Island in 2014, we did a visioning activity in which we asked community members the following question: “Malcolm Island’s Economic Turnaround Wins National Planning Award. How did they do it?” Just six months later, the project actually DID win a national planning […]

Twenty years of LED in the Philippines

Recently, William appeared in the community events section of the Sun.Star Bacolod, a local newspaper from the Negro Occidentale region of the Philippines. He had just finished facilitating a two-day workshop on Local Economic Development (LED) in Silay City, a project funded by UN-Habitat. Here he is in action. But this is not an isolated […]

Nice little video about some of our climate work with UN-Habitat

EcoPlan recently worked with UN-Habitat and Compass Resource Management to produce the planning guide “Planning for Climate Change: A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners”.  It’s a book and a series of tools that planners in cities of all stripes and sizes can use to assess the climate change risk in their cities and make […]

An update on project work in the Philippines

“The early work the Canadian Urban Institute did with you on economic development in the Philippines, including the manual testing, made an early contribution to the country’s local economic development framework that has emerged over the past few years and is now promoting an explosion of collaboration between local governments and their private sector. I still […]

Strategic Planning – Step by Step (5 of 5)

We were approached by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando) to write a quarterly article on the strategic planning process for their newsletter – ‘N-Side’.  Cando is a great organization that provides support and capacity building for Economic Development Officers in First Nations communities. Cando has now published 4 of the […]

Rebuilding the Big House: Kwicksutaineuk Haxwa`mis First Nation

Back in 2007, EcoPlan had the honour of working with Kwicksutaineuk Haxwa`mis First Nation (KHFN) on their first Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP). The plan focused on the redevelopment Gwa-yas-dums, their homeland village located on Gilford Island on BC’s midcoast. A major element of this redevelopment was the restoration of their Big House to its original state. […]

Non-Market Valuation Interview on the CBC

EcoPlan’s Will Trousdale recently spoke on the CBC about ‘non-market valuation’.  Non-market valuation is a method to appraise the monetary value of goods and services that have utility and value, but not necessarily a market price. An important application of non-market valuation methods includes the appraisal of cultural values and historical artifacts, such as the […]

Why Economic Development Efforts Fail

A recent article caught our attention. It outlines some of the reasons economic development plans fail to get traction. The first one is a poor understanding of local context, assets and how to use them  – basically that local government officials “fail to define and sell their unique sizzle” – the things that make their community great and […]

Strategic Planning – Step by Step (2 of 5)

We were approached by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando) to write a quarterly article on the strategic planning process for their newsletter – ‘N-Side’.  Cando is a great organization that provides support and capacity building for Economic Development Officers in First Nations communities. Cando has now published 4 of the […]

Strategic Planning – Step by Step (4 of 5)

We were approached by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando) to write a quarterly article on the strategic planning process for their newsletter – ‘N-Side’.  Cando is a great organization that provides support and capacity building for Economic Development Officers in First Nations communities. Cando has now published 4 of the […]

Strategic Planning – Step by Step (3 of 5)

We were approached by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando) to write a quarterly article on the strategic planning process for their newsletter – ‘N-Side’.  Cando is a great organization that provides support and capacity building for Economic Development Officers in First Nations communities. Cando has now published 4 of the […]

“A Path Forward” gathering steam

The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR) joined us last Monday at the Canadian Institute of Planners conference to accept the Award for Planning Excellence in Planning Publications.  The guidebook, developed last year by BC, Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Yuulu?l?at? (Ucluelet First Nation) and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) with assistance from EcoPlan, was distributed across […]

The first community building at Partridge Lake is up and in-use

EcoPlan worked with Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek (AZA) First Nation on developing their Comprehensive Community Plan and Land Use Plan for their reserve at Partridge Lake. The formerly landless First Nation received Partridge Lake only in 2008. Just one year after completing the two plans (both of which were recognized with a Canadian Institute of Planners Award […]

EcoPlan honoured with two CIP Awards for Planning Excellence

EcoPlan International has been selected as the winner of two (out of eight!) Awards for Planning Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).  EcoPlan won Awards for Planning Excellence for Planning Publications and Aboriginal Community Planning and Development. We would like to give a huge “Thank You” to our project partners, with whom we share […]

Kwicksutaineuk Haxwa`mis First Nation receives $120,000 of funding for Bighouse, EcoTourism

Back in 2007, EcoPlan had the honour of working with Kwicksutaineuk Haxwa`mis First Nation (KHFN) on their first Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP). The plan focused on the redevelopment Gwa-yas-dums, their homeland village located on Gilford Island on BC’s midcoast. A major elements of the CCP was to develop an ecotourism industry to replace the resource jobs […]

Musqueum Planning Project Recognized as UN-HABITAT Best Practice

Congratulations Musqueam! Their Comprehensive Sustainable Community Development Plan has been recognized internationally by UN-HABITAT as a best practice project. The plan, called  “We Are of One Heart and Mind”,  tells the story of the community’s past, its present, and its future path. The culmination of years of collaboration, innovation and learning, this Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) sets […]

“Online Public Engagement Tools” – Plan Canada Article by Robyn Spencer

Online public engagement tools have a lot of promise, but its also confusing to figure out which ones work best, in which situations. The Winter edition of “Plan Canada” magazine features an article by EcoPlan’s Robyn Spencer that provides a ’round-up’ of common technologies and a framework for choosing which online engagement tool will work […]

Strategic Planning – Step by Step (1 of 5)

We were approached by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (cando) to write a quarterly article on the strategic planning process for their newsletter – ‘N-Side’.  cando is a great organization that provides support and capacity building for Economic Development Officers in First Nations communities. We thought we’d republish the articles here […]

Surrey Biodiversity Conservation Strategy: Consultation

Working in partnership with Diamond Head Consulting, we recently launched a project to help develop a Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the City of Surrey. EcoPlan will be managing the public consultation aspect of this exciting project, involving a series of stakeholder group meetings and a public open house to get Surrey residents engaged in thinking […]

Bike Showers: A key factor in encouraging active transportation?

A recent study of cyclists in Washington, DC has found that the presence of “trip-end facilities” can make a big difference in encouraging cycling. Where showers, change rooms and parking were available at workplaces, workers were found to be 4.86 times more likely to commute by bike, compared with workplaces with none of these facilities […]

Celebrating with our EcoPlan Family

Once a year we try to find a night to gather our big, wonderful EcoPlan family for a night of catching up and relaxing on Vancouver’s beautiful beaches. We managed to luck out on a gorgeous summer night this past week. Big thanks to everyone who made it out. We are lucky to have such […]

Lunch Meet: See you next Thursday?

Went and checked out the first “Lunch Meet” event today. Gorgeous day for some public gathering and outdoor lunch. Lunch Meet is part of the Viva Vancouver program, put on by the Hastings Crossing BIA, and the Vancouver Public Space Network in partnership with Space 2 Place – great ideas, great folks. It’s on every […]

Engagement technology round-up: MindMixer

Here at EcoPlan, we’re always on the look-out for new and innovative ideas for community engagement. Seems like there are more options everyday, especially online models. To keep an eye on these, we’re going to start an “engagement technology round-up” feature here on our blog. Feel free to send us ideas on technologies you are […]

Making Cities Livable: Design Award Certificate for Musqueam CCP

The Musqueam Comprehensive Community Plan was recently honoured with a Design Award Certificate at the 49th annual Making Cities Livable conference in Portland, OR. For almost 50 years now, Making Cities Livable has been promoting community and well-being through improved social and physical health, civic engagement and by reshaping the build environment. With a strongly […]

Spacehive: Neighbourhood Scale Participatory Planning

As big proponents of participatory planning, we’re always excited to see new tools for engaging people in the decisions that affect their lives. Spacehive does just that by crowdsourcing ideas and funds for neighbourhood planning projects. It originated in London and so far only includes projects in the UK. But having already generated creative ideas for […]

EcoPlan Honoured at PIBC Awards

EcoPlan International was honored with three awards at the 2011 Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) awards and conference held last night in Nanaimo, BC. These awards mark the third year that the PIBC has recognized EcoPlan’s contributions to our clients and to planning profession in British Columbia. EcoPlan won Awards of Excellence for Planning Practice, […]

A better way for decision-making

An article by Robin Gregory, a close EcoPlan colleague and collaborator, in today’s Vancouver Sun proposes a better way for decision-making around megaprojects in BC: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/better+megaproject+assessment+decisions/6642957/story.html

Marpole Midden

Musqueam’s proposal to protect Marpole Midden presented in an open letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson and Premier Christy Clark. Read more here.

Federal Budget and First Nations Statistics

Finding reliable statistics for First Nation communities in Canada can be a challenge at the best of times. And now the recent Federal budget is doing away with two First Nations statistical agencies – the First Nations Statistical Institute (FNSI) and the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO). Another organization however – the First Nations Information Governance […]

Participatory City-Making: City 2.0

The TED prize was recently awarded to a project called City 2.0. The goal is to bring people, resources and ideas together through technology. Call it crowdsourcing for better city-living. It’s a flashy website and at least worth the visit to check out. Curiously, it’s been in place now for about a month (as far […]

AZA CCP in the News

One of EcoPlan’s current projects is in the news. A Comprehensive Community Plan with the Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek Nation is getting attention for its unique approach and successful outcomes to date. Much more to come with this plan, scheduled to wrap-up this spring. See more, including videos and photos from community events, at the project […]