We are a non-profit applied research organization dedicated to achieving healthy urban development.

Since 1990, we have been working to cultivate solutions for the built environment that balance human, ecological and economic impacts.

We accomplish this by helping the public and private sectors: build capacity for informed, creative decisions; shape public policy; and implement the best community practices.

Through our work, we generate insights and recommendations to inspire action in communities across Canada and internationally. 


What We Do


We carry out research to help communities identify needs and opportunities. We collect and analyze relevant data from disparate sources to help understand local context. To develop benchmarks, we analyze best practices and real-world lessons from community experiences. We are experts at organizing information to uncover and communicate patterns and relationships.


To develop practical solutions to issues confronting communities, we lead cross-disciplinary teams assembled from our staff and network of associates. By bringing diverse interests and expertise together, we seek to inspire holistic problem solving. We design our work to provide communities and stakeholders with a clear path forward.


Through community consultations, focus groups and interviews, we engage directly with stakeholders to resolve growth and development challenges. We create and manage partnerships to transform industry practices. And hold events to share expert thinking and promote discussion on a variety of urban policy issues.


Recent Clients & Partners


Annual Reports

2018 Annual Report


2016 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report


2015 Annual Report