Strategy

SvN helps clients in the public and private sectors tackle complex environmental, economic and social challenges by identifying strategies for improved resilience. This includes building productive relationships between stakeholders, improving policies that govern the development of regions and cities, and enhancing the quality of the public realm to encourage growth and investment.

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Our team conducts engagement processes with clients, end-users and members of the community to understand existing conditions, identify options, negotiate solutions and secure the support of public and funding agencies. We use innovative graphic and modelling tools to illustrate architectural, urban design and planning visions to clients, stakeholders, regulators, potential investors and the public.
We engage stakeholders in every planning process we lead. In complex cases, we facilitate a round-table dialogue process with key stakeholders to create a common understanding of issues, concerns and opportunities. We apply our technical expertise and to these consensus-based decision-making processes, identifying clear and actionable planning priorities. This innovative approach has been recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, which awarded our work in Thompson, Manitoba with the Award for Planning Excellence, in 2014.
Our team conducts research and creates strategy for government and non-government clients on a wide range of economic development issues. This includes strengthening, broadening and diversifying the economic base of regions, cities and towns and accelerating development through improvements to land use, urban design, planning policy and governance.
We consult with a range of public sector clients on improving institutional capacity and core skills training in planning, development review and approvals, municipal governance, and corporate change management related to planning processes.
Regions experiencing rapid change have opportunities to foster emerging economies, through the careful management of land, infrastructure, buildings and the natural environment. We help communities and government bodies plan for the future in ways that are both visionary and pragmatic.