Building Better Communities


dave-awardDavid Harrison has 17 years experience in planning and real estate development. He also has 10 years executive experience managing and building successful organizations focused on sustainable economic development. He is a successful communicator and provides value-added directions for community-based projects and planning initiatives. Please contact us for a list of clients and project profile information.

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Facility Planning and Project Management Services:
Project management
Development consulting
Proposal writing
Facility planning
Feasibility studies
Planning approvals
Community consultation processes.

Development services:
Affordable housing projects
New technologically-enhanced schools
Municipal facilities
Church redevelopment projects
Long term / seniors care facilities

Site Selection Services:
Our site selection service has been used to successfully locate many facilities in Nova Scotia, having a total value in excess of $450 million, including:

  • The new NSCC Waterfront Campus
  • RIM
  • Colchester Regional Hospital
  • Northwood Continuing Care Centre
  • Six “P3” schools

The process incorporates a ranking method and an assessment of technical factors aligned tothe type of facility being sited. Our process is transparent, focusing on risk management, and ensuring that the righ tdecisions are made for the right reasons.

Community / Master Planning:
Community and master planning services include the development of area-wide plans, incorporating sustainability and economic development strategies, as well as the use of design charettes and public consultation processes. Expert witness at Utility Review Board hearings.

Organizational Development:
Our strategic planning approach is firmly rooted in implementation and can be tailored to suitany budget. Capacity building drawson our strong knowledge and experience with public-private partnering, organizational development and community economic development.

Career Path:
President, David W. Harrison Ltd. since 2001
Vice President of Nova Learning Inc. (a “P3”school development company), 1997-2001
Executive Director, Nova Scotia Environmental Industry Association, 1995-97
Executive Director, Dartmouth Chamber of Commerce, 1986-1994
Policy / Urban Planner, Halifax County Municipality, 1983-1986
Research Associate, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, 1981-1982
Research Associate, Ontario Federation of Agriculture and Ontario Land Corporation, 1980-1981

Qualifications and Training:
Strategies for Gaining Community Acceptance CMHC “NIMBY” Workshop, 2010
Social Enterprise Development Learning Sessions, 2009 & 2010
LEED Training, 2008
International Trade Certificate, Forum for International Trade Training, 2002
Certificate, Canadian Institute for Organization Management, 1994
Honours Degree, Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University, 1981
B.Sc., Trent University, 1979

Canadian Institute of Planners2008 Award of Excellence for Housing, with Affirmative Industries
Several school / infrastructure awards, with Nova Learning Inc., 1997-2001
Dartmouth Chamber of Commerce Award of Appreciation, 1995
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director ofthe Year (Canada), 1994
Conference Board of Canada Business-Education Partnership Award (NS), 1994
Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce Business Development Award, 1994
Nova Scotia Environmental Control Council Award of Merit, 1988

Memberships / Affiliations:
Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP)
Member of the National Affairs Committee and rep on CMHC’s National Housing Research Committee.
Chair of CIP’s National Healthy Communities initiative.
Chair, Building for Independence (Affirmative House) Facilities Management Committee
Board Member, Nova Scotia Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd., 2000-2007
Board Member, Jazz East, 1998-1999
Panel Member, Enterprise Forum, 1993-94