We are a relationship-based company focused on building healthy, sustainable communities by balancing social, economic, cultural and environmental values.
We believe that the ‘process’ is often more valuable than the end result when planning communities. When done well, community planning processes result not only in realistic, community-supported plans and policies that guide future decision-making, but strengthen relationships and increased levels of trust between community members and government.
Meraki Community Planning is a female-owned and operated, full-service community planning firm specializing in long range planning and community engagement. Clients include, but are not limited to, municipal government, First Nations, academic institutions, developers, non-profits and commercial businesses. The company's mandate is that of a participatory approach to planning communities - community members and stakeholders early and often in community planning projects.
Meraki values teamwork - internally and with the clients we support. While we bring technical expertise to projects, we realize the importance of working closely with our clients to develop an approach and product that meets the needs of the individual community.
Meraki Community Planning was awarded the 2021 'Inclusionary Planning' National Award of Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Planners. This award highlights our inclusionary, client-centred, relationship-based approach to Indigenous Planning with one of our long-standing clients, the Kitselas First Nation. We are honoured to share this achievement with the Kitselas people and dedicate this award to all of the survivors, and loved ones of survivors, of the residential school system across Canada, in an effort to work toward dismantling the power structure and oppression created by the eurocentric, patriarchal system and worldview.
Rich in meaning and subtleties, meraki is a greek concept that means to do things with passion and utmost care. To place your full and undivided attention to the task at hand, and to do it with diligence and powerful desire for the person who requested the task of you.
Fresh and creative approaches to community planning that help build resilient, healthy communities with a strong sense of identity and pride.
Meraki is a value-based, full-service community planning firm. From the clients that we work with, to the work that we do, every decision we make adheres to our core values: