Helping you build healthy and prosperous communities


We specialize in advising business, governments and organizations on building healthy and prosperous communities. We believe that effective community engagement in local decisions leads to innovation, and makes a lasting positive impact. 

Our expertise is in managing complex policy and decision making environments to deliver lasting results. In particular, our work focusses on supporting communities in navigating the energy transition to lower emissions and stronger local economies. 

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We draw on our experience and leadership to help you plan and execute business strategies, keeping them on time and on budget. We can help you navigate the tricky waters of government relations, stakeholder and community engagement, and development approval.

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We believe strong collaboration brings the best to our clients. We work to make the most out of the resources you have. And we complement our projects with an extensive network of collaborators as wide as the field we consult in.

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Connecting at Market Square Guelph

We are all about connecting people and ideas. We just can't help ourselves. As a result, we are involved in a substantial way with several organizations who also work for healthy and prosperous communities. We are urban connectors!

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Karen Farbridge

Karen Farbridge is a proven change agent who knows how to effectively provoke new conversations and inspire innovation.

She has been recognised by local, provincial and national organizations for her leadership and commitment to building more liveable and sustainable communities. Her strength lies in her ability to manage complex policy and decision making environments to deliver results. This experience includes eleven years as the mayor of Guelph.

Drawing from her extensive experience, she can help you get out of the weeds and think about big picture opportunities and how to implement them.


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Speaking Events

Connecting people and ideas is best done in person. Karen Farbridge is a skilled communicator with a wide range of successes and experiences to draw on. If your event needs a keynote, panelist or guest facilitator, Karen will build an immediate connection with your audience. Book a talk here.

Urban Connector Blog

Informed and engaged citizens make our communities great. Urban connectors are innovators, change makers, and city builders. They are people who get involved to make their community a better place. With two-thirds of the world population estimated to be urban dwellers by 2050, we need to get cities right – for people, governments and budgets. More than 8 of 10 Canadian already live in urban environments where there are endless opportunities to grow healthy and prosperous communities. This blog explores some of these possibilities with a focus on energy and climate change.

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Thinking fast and slow on climate change

April 26, 2021 — The central thesis in Daniel Kahneman’s best-selling book Thinking, Fast and Slow is that humans have two systems of thought. The first system is fast, instinctive, and emotional. The second system is slower, deliberate, and more logical. His book explores how we lean towards replacing difficult questions with ones that are easy to answer as well as the many ways...

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Getting to implementation

March 10, 2021 —   An effective community energy plan will have engaged a broad cross-section of the community in its development. The simple reason why is that successful implementation rests on the buy-in and contributions of the community - public sector, private sector, civil society and individuals.  Maintaining momentum after the initial planning process can be challenging. Communities quickly learn that they don’t...

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Going against the tide

November 11, 2020 —   Community energy planning allows a community to understand their local energy system so they can identify the best local opportunities to reduce energy consumption, emissions, and costs. This is what it means to be an energy conscious community. So, community energy planning is going with the tide when it comes to fighting climate change. Half of Canada’s greenhouse gas...

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