Over the last 27 years, the Cities and Environment Unit (CEU) has worked with small villages, coastal towns, and urban neighbourhoods; with First Nations, Municipal, Provincial and Federal agencies; with developers, not-for-profits and community groups.
Our work has been recognized through many awards, most notably the UNHabit Dubai for the development of the internationally recognized First Nations Community Planning Model. The Model continues to be implemented in communities across Canada. The CEU team has a combined total of more than 50 years of experience in community planning.
The Cities and Environment Unit has made a difference, affected how planning is done and set a new standard and approach for public engagement. At the CEU, we strive to bring people closer to planning and planning closer to people. We are changing the view of planning to be more creative, more accessible and more participatory throughout every step of the process.
In each place, for each project, we work with local people to raise awareness of community assets (natural, human, social, cultural and economic) as a base for collectively imagining a future that “lifts all boats” and inspires change. It is then possible to actively engage the community in inventing, designing and building infrastructure, policies, partnerships, plans, programs, projects and places. All of these initiatives are designed to go beyond solving an immediate problem. They are building a better future, affecting life on the ground, in that place; making a difference in health, equity, quality of life, climate change, capacity development, economic growth and more.
The Cities and Environment Unit approaches every project as a team. All team members are involved, informed and participate fully in engagement with the community, in substantive discussions of content and in the production of the final document/design/plan. Planning, city building, infrastructure design, connecting communities, placemaking are simply too important, complex and interwoven to depend on a single point of view or “expert “ perspective.