Our Advisory Services team focuses on delivering applied social innovation by identifying and scoping challenges, and bringing together diverse (and often unlikely) partners to co-develop solutions to complex social problems. Our Advisory Services team focuses on process expertise, while benefiting from deep networks of subject matter experts. While each project is different, four core activities (and the ways we do them) set our services apart: engaging, convening, facilitating, and innovating.
Deep expertise, coupled with broad networks in diverse communities across western Canada, enable us to deliver tailored, creative engagement for any project type.
As a social enterprise with deep connectivity in communities, we are uniquely positioned to bring together diverse parties across social serving organizations, government, and business, enabling creative partnerships and solutions to address complex problems.
With the right parties at the table, we bring talented and experienced facilitators who aim to co-develop solutions with actors that know the problems, and the available assets, best.
With any advisory undertaking, the proof is in the pudding; our approach focuses on creating mechanisms and vehicles for implementation (whether these include partnerships, financing approaches, projects, social ventures to be developed, or something else entirely) that will result in sustainable progress.
While these are the core elements of our practice, each project is different. Explore our case studies to get an understanding of the range of projects we’re working on.
what we’re working on
Kelowna Community Action Team
Pender Harbour Health Centre Needs Assessment
Leduc Opiod Response
Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan Entrepreneurship Workshops
In 2016 Urban Matters CCC conducted workshops in indigenous communities in Saskatchewan to test an “in-reach” approach to training and capacity building. Urban Matters CCC developed the concept in partnership with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan, and all supported prototyping activities with workshops in Indigenous communities.