Strategic Planning

Strategic planning and adaptive management is how organizations address the challenges that they can foresee and respond to the surprises and uncertainties that can undermine their success. Whether it is a single organization or multiple adversaries, strategic planning is a critical part of transforming conflict and adversity into opportunity and solutions. Pacific Resolutions specializes in helping parties to see old problems in new ways; transforming barriers into stepping stones.

Strategic planning

  • Assisting Governmental, Non-governmental and Private Sector organizations with the development of strategic plans
  • Design and facilitation of the strategic planning process
  • Preparation of planning documents and plan development materials
  • Design and facilitation of public and stakeholder engagement processes

Strategic Issues Management

  • Facilitation of internal assessment of critical issues
  • Advice/counsel on effective responses to critical issues

Public Policy Development Processes

  • Stakeholder assessment
  • Issue assessment
  • Process design (consultation vs. collaboration vs. consensus building vs. shared decision making)
  • Process convening
  • Process management and facilitation
  • Consensus building
  • Public participation and outreach
  • Report preparation

Successful Projects

Integrated Land Management Bureau and Wet’suwet’en First Nation Consultation Framework


Alex Grzybowski was retained by ILMB and the Wet’suwet’en Nation to facilitate negotiation of a mutually acceptable process for fulfilling the legal obligations related to Aboriginal Rights and Title which may be affected by decisions taken under the provincial Land Act. The process has been agreed to at the negotiator level and is now undergoing further internal review.

Strategic Plan for Canadian Governance Assistance to the Iraqi Marshlands

(September 2006)

The Iraqi marshlands were substantially drained and poisoned by the previous regime in Iraq resulting in the devastation of the marshland ecosystems and the Marshland Arab communities that depend upon them. Subsequent assistance from Canada and other Nations has supported restoration of the marshlands and the marshland communities. Further restoration work is required particularly in the area of governance. Alex Grzybowski along with several other Canadian experts was retained by CIDA to meet with 75 Iraqi officials in Amman Jordan to develop a strategy for Canadian support in the governance area. This 4 day session generated a consensus based plan for Canadian investment in governance in the region. Alex Grzybowski played an instrumental role in facilitating the development of the plan along with several other Canadian facilitators and governance experts.

Canadian Roundtable on Social Responsibility and Canadian Extractive Industries Operating in Third World Countries


The Rountable consists of representatives of eight federal government agencies, academia, civil society and the extractive industries (mining industry, mineral exploration industry and oil and gas). Public meetings, facilitated by Pacific Resolutions, were conducted in which the Roundtable heard submissions from over 160 persons.

Conservation Investments and Incentives Initiative


The Conservation Investments and Incentives Initiative(CIII) is a joint initiative of the Province of British Columbia and a group of philanthropic foundations to ascertain the feasibility of using conservation based investment and financing instruments in coastal British Columbia. The initial phase of this initiative operated through a Steering Committee facilitated by Pacific Resolutions.

Joint Solutions Project


Five forest companies (Weyerhaeuser, Norske Canada , Western Forest Products, Canfor and Interfor) and four Environmental groups (Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and ForestEthics) are undertaking a joint initiative (the Joint Solutions Project) to support the development of an ecosystem based framework for forest management and planning on the central and north coast of British Columbia. Pacific Resolutions has played a key role in facilitating and mediating broad coastal agreements in highly conflicted areas.

Heli-ski Snowmobile Conflicts


Heli-skiers and snowmobilers are increasingly coming into conflict in eastern BC as a result of improved access and technological improvements to snowmobiles. Both activities support substantial business investments and opportunities as well as millions of dollars in local and provincial economic benefits. The conflicts undermine the quality of these different recreational experiences and threaten the sustainability of the related businesses and economy. The Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management retained Pacific Resolutions to mediate discussions between two major heliski operators and snowmobile representatives from Valemount. The mediation resulted in a comprehensive agreement between the parties which provides for spatial separation of the activities and joint investment in a Community Development Corporation to help develop the snowmobile industry in Valemount.

Greater Vancouver Skytrain Development


The Rapid Transit Project Office (RTPO) was responsible for construction of phase one of the Skytrain in Vancouver. This included meeting all relevant governmental decision process requirements including public consultation. Pacific Resolutions was retained by the RTPO over a two year period to assist with the design and implementation of the public consultation process and to advise on various issues including meeting relevant provincial and federal environmental impact assessment requirements.

Parliamentary and Cabinet Briefings, Papua New Guinea


The World Bank was involved in a Structural Adjustment Program in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The program includes multilateral financing and a wide range of long – term policy initiatives aimed at restructuring the economy of PNG. Pacific Resolutions was retained by the World Bank to assist the Secretary of Finance and various Divisional Heads with the development of a series of presentations to Parliament and the Cabinet detailing key aspects of the Structural Adjustment Program including strategic priorities in the future.

Nam Chuen Watershed Planning Project, Thailand


This initiative was a multi-stakeholder planning process to develop an integrated natural resources and environmental plan for the Nam Chuen watershed in northeast Thailand. Primary issues included: forest encroachment and degradation, lack of land title and poverty. The process required ongoing facilitation support and technical planning advice delivered in collaboration with a Thai consulting team. Consensus on the plan was developed and the process is now in the implementation and monitoring phase.

Application Of International Water Law to Multilateral Water Treaty Negotiations – Training for Water Treaty Negotiators in the Kingdom of Jordan

(June 07)

Retained by the German aid organization, BGR, to provide training on the relevance and potential applications of international water law to water treaty negotiations underway between Jordan, Syria, Israel and Saudi Arabia to Jordanian negotiators, legal advisors and other senior officials.