EcoPlan conducted a detailed regional tourism market assessment, opportunity analysis and community-based structured decision-making process to help identify, and prioritize tourism development opportunities for an Aboriginal community located in northern Alberta. The project included an evaluation of three opportunities that had already been identified by the community and involved the creation of an advisory committee […]
Yukon River Salmon Cooperative Business Development Date: 2000-2005 Dawson City, Yukon is home to Canada’s northernmost commercial salmon fishery. Beginning in 2000, EcoPlan worked with the Yukon River Commercial Fishing Association to develop a co-operative salmon processing plant that could provide a viable market for the fish and create a high-end export product for both […]
Xwisten Highest and Best Use Study Date: 2017 EcoPlan worked with Lillooet Salish Enterprises to conduct a Highest and Best Use (HBU) study for three properties that they own in Lillooet BC, including two commercial and one multi-purpose industrial site. The study included an economic base analysis of the Lillooet area, site analysis for each of the […]
Xwísten Experiences Site Plan and Improvements Date: 2014 EcoPlan worked with Xwísten to develop a master plan and promotional brochure for the Xwisten Experiences cultural tourism program. This included site plans and phased improvements for a visitor’s centre, viewing areas, and trails.
Tri-Nations Environmental Initiative – Feasibility Study and Business Model Date: 2016 EcoPlan worked with the Tri-Nations of Kitselas, Haisla and Kitsumkalum to identify the economic opportunities available to the Tri-Nations in land reclamation, restoration, and environmental monitoring, as well as the human resource skills and assets of Tri-Nation citizens required to take advantage of those opportunities […]
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.
Tourism and Economic Opportunities Plan Date: 2014-2015 This study helped Ditidaht First Nation better understand what kind of opportunities they could pursue, and what kind of tourism projects members would like to see, as the Vancouver Island First Nation works to better manage newly acquired Interim Treaty Agreement lands and explore new economic development opportunities. The project reviewed the tourism […]
TCK FN Date: 2007 EPI, working with Beringia Planning, undertook this planning initiative to engage TKC Citizens in the design and implementation of a local economic development (LED) strategy and system that serves the community in ways that meet the cultural, social, economic and environmental values and practices of TKC, including helping to fulfill their economic […]
Summerland Economic Development Forum Date: 2012 Based on our proprietary and award winning participatory strategic planning process, EcoPlan designed and delivered an economic development forum for the District of Summerland. The forum attracted over 50 members of the local business community, the District of Summerland Mayor, Council and staff, residents, as well as representatives of the […]
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 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 […]
St’át’imc Tribal Council Comprehensive Community Planning Review Date: 2012 An association of ten communities located in southwestern BC close in and around Lillooet, BC, the St’át’imc Nation recently negotiated a settlement for the impacts of hydroelectric development on their traditional territories. EcoPlan was hired by the St’át’imc Trust Board through their trustee, Deloitte, to review the […]
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 […]
SFU Local Economic Development Course Date: 2007
Selecting a New Model for Economic Services Delivery Date: 2016 The Village of Cumberland recently withdrew from their regional economic development service and is now moving forward with developing a new model of service delivery. EcoPlan worked with Cumberland to assist them in exploring their options and in determining what economic development service model best meets […]
Residential Marketing Analysis for Maroon Creek Club; Aspen, Colorado Date: 1996 This study was developed for legal proceedings and expert testimony. It established an evaluation framework and analyzed the marketing efforts for this high-end resort project.
Regional Economic Partnership Initiative Date: 2016+ EcoPlan is currently working with the SLRD, District of Lillooet, SLRD Area A and B, and the six Northern St’at’imc communities on the development of a regional economic collaboration model. This project will bring together the stakeholder governments at the leadership level to find ways to align their work on […]
SFU Local Economic Development Course Date: 2007
Post-Crisis Local Economic Recovery Learn & Practice Package Date: 2008 EcoPlan contributed to the development of a Local Economic Recovery Learn and Practice Package,a manual series for practitioners containing guidance, operational tools, and self‐assessment instruments for Local Economic Recovery (LER) field practice. To be globally disseminated by the International Labour Organization, the package is comprised of […]
Planning for Healthy Communities and Economies Workshop Date: 2009-2010 EcoPlan designed and facilitated a workshop that pulled together health practitioners and economic development stakeholders to identify the links between a healthy built environment and local economic development. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss how communities could facilitate economic development and diversification opportunities by […]
Musqueam Indian Band Economic Development Date: 2010-?
Musqueam Chief, Council, and Economic Development Retreat Date: 2009 EcoPlan facilitated a retreat for the Musqueam Chief and Council, which focused on developing an effective Musqueam economic development governance structure. This governance structure has helped improve transparency, economic efficiency and boost revenue generation.
Municipal Taxation Survey for the Vancouver Board of Trade Date: 2005 EcoPlan assisted with a project for the Vancouver Board of Trade to carry out a comparative analysis of municipal revenue bases in North American Cities. With an eye to potential municipal finance reform in Canadian municipalities, the study analyzed the municipal revenue base in […]
Squamish Downtown Neighbourhood Plan Client: District of Squamish Date: 2013-2014 EcoPlan worked with a larger project team to update and finalize the Squamish Downtown Neighbourhood Plan. As part of the Downtown Squamish Transformation Initiative, the project included a substantial economic development review to ensure that the revised plan addresses existing economic challenges, better integrates economic […]
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 Seminar – World Urban Forum Date: 2006 EcoPlan designed and facilitated a professional development seminar on strategic planning for local economic development (LED) as a special “pre-event” for the World Urban Forum. The interactive seminar examined how various groups – including donors, local government, private sector, and civil society organizations – are […]
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 Yukon Elected Officials Date: 2016 EcoPlan developed a Local Economic Development for Yukon Elected Officials for Yukon Economic Development to increase the understanding and awareness of local economic development planning methods and processes. The action-oriented session takes participants through a series of structured activities so that be the end 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, […]
Local Economic Development & Municipal Service Delivery (Zambia) Date: 2005 Working with UNDP, EcoPlan undertook three main actions over the course of this project: an evaluation of UNDP support of decentralization, with recommendations for a way forward; an exploratory assessment of opportunities to support LED in relation to the process of decentralization; and an evaluation […]
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 […]
Squamish Employment Lands Strategy Client: District of Squamish Dates: 2014 – 2015 EcoPlan worked with the District of Squamish on the development of an Employment Lands Strategy for the district municipality. The project built off the District’s current planning work (e.g., OCP and Zoning update, Downtown Neighbourhood Plan, Oceanfront Development) to help ensure that employment […]
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.
Kainai Nation Arts & Crafts Tourism Business Plannin Date: 2009-2010 EcoPlan helped create a business plan to establish an Aboriginal arts & crafts enterprise that links one of Canada’s largest aboriginal communities to the region’s growing tourism sector, specifically within Waterton Lakes National Park. This project began by building a unique brand for the community […]
North Island Tourism Forum Date: 2016 In 2016, EcoPlan assisted the Regional District of Mount Waddington with the design and facilitation of a Community-to-Community (C2C) Forum to discuss the tourism sector on Northern Vancouver Island. The Forum looked to identify market opportunities and regional tourism priorities and above all, addressed the question of how North […]
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 […]
Four Host First Nations Olympic Pavilion Relocation Proposal Date: 2010 EcoPlan assisted Musqueam in writing a proposal for the Host First Nations Pavilion from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The proposal included production of video and graphic support material. Musqueam’s bid was successful and the pavilion has since been rebuilt as Musqueam’s Cultural Learning Centre.
Experience the Gulf Islands Concept Plan Date: 2016 EcoPlan supported the development of Experience the Gulf Islands, a unique inter-island community tourism strategy for the Southern Gulf Islands (Galiano, Mayne, North and South Pender, Salt Spring, Saturna). Using community, partner, and stakeholder input, the structured, strategic plan built on existing island tourism and community initiatives […]
EcoTourism Boat Business Feasibility Analysis Date: 2008-2009 EcoPlan conducted a feasibility study that assessed the purchase of a boat by a small, isolated, and Aboriginal community on the coast of British Columbia. This boat purchase was identified as a tourism opportunity to provide wilderness ecotours to visitors while also providing the local population with access […]
Economic Impact & Opportunity Assessment of the 2010 Olympic Games Date: 2010 EcoPlan led a strategic planning process to help the St’át’imc First Nation identify sustainable, 2010 Olympic-related economic opportunities that would carry on beyond the horizon of the Games. The planning process utilized a structured decision-making procedure involving an Advisory Committee that represented all […]
Dzawada’enuxw Comprehensive Community Plan Date: 2008-2010 The Dzawada’enuxw CCP was developed in phases over three years, exploring the traditional governance, social practices, and community issues and their historical roots. The plan describes a vision for future generations incorporating traditional laws, values and practices. Innovations include a uniquely Dzawada’enuxw approach to community development based on the […]
Driftpile RV Park Business Plan and Design Date: 2010 As a result of the previous Tourism Opportunity Assessment, EcoPlan developed a business plan and design for a 511-site RV park to be developed on the shores of Lesser Slave Lake, on the land of the Driftpile First Nation. Progressive environmental design features and a significant […]
Driftpile First Nation Enterprise Forum Date: 2012 EcoPlan designed and delivered an economic development forum with the Council and key staff from Driftpile First Nation. The focus of the forum was on enterprise governance – specifically on developing an economic development corporation that clearly separates business from politics with a focus on wealth creation and […]
Driftpile First Nation Culture Park Costing Date: 2011 One of the priority tourism opportunities identified in an earlier assessment carried out by EcoPlan was a culture park and learning centre. EcoPlan was retained by Driftpile First Nation to develop a concept plan, preliminary design and site program for this facility on band-owned land adjoining their […]
Driftpile First Nation Culture Park Date: 2012 Building off of an earlier culture park concept design project, EcoPlan supported Driftpile First Nation to develop detailed cost estimates for its construction. This included researching regionally specific materials and construction costs for the park’s various elements, and phasing the costs according to the construction schedule. Driftpile is […]