Lura worked with the Burlington Public Library on their new Strategic Plan. Working alongside a staff Strategic Planning team, Lura facilitated a series of focus groups with stakeholders, allowing the library to gain insight into priorities and potential theme areas for the Strategic Plan. Lura designed and facilitated a Strategic Planning symposium with board members, senior management, and the staff Strategic Planning team to draft the new vision, mission, values and goals for the Strategic Plan.
Lura recently worked with the City of Hamilton to develop a Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) aimed at helping the Hamilton community prepare for, and become more resilient to, the impacts of climate change. The CCAP addresses climate change from both an adaptation and mitigation perspective. Lura was retained by the City to lead the community climate change conversation with stakeholders, coordinate the collection of information, and write the final Action Plan.
In 2013, London residents and stakeholders participated in a year-long conversation, known as ReThink London, as part of the City’s Official Plan Review to set the goals and priorities that will guide the City's long-term development. Lura provided an integrated suite of face-to-face and online engagement tools and techniques to encourage participation in this important city building initiative. Well over 45,000 people participated in the development of the draft vision and goals for the City’s new Official Plan.
- Land Use Research Associates, or Lura, was founded in 1974 by Sally Leppard with a mandate to involve people and organizations in decision-making processes that affect them.
- Sally Leppard was a pioneer in the field of public consultation in Ontario. Sally helped shape Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act and its requirements to consult with Ontarians about projects with environmental impacts and was one of the first public consultation practitioners in the province.
- In its early days, the company focused on land use issues such as protecting the Niagara Escarpment and minimizing pollutants in run-off from urban and agricultural areas into the Great Lakes. The “Lura” acronym soon became a fixture in the environmental sector.
- The company was rebranded in the late ‘80s as Lura Consulting, but still reflects the original philosophy and approach we bring to every project we work on: Listen, Understand, Relate, Advance.
- Building on our roots in the environmental sector, we’ve engaged individuals and stakeholders in well over 1,100 projects encompassing a broad range of topics areas such as transportation, urban redevelopment, land use, energy, parks planning, health care and social issues.
- Lura is the largest firm in Ontario that provides community engagement services as a core function of its business. We also integrate engagement activities in projects across all our services areas, which include: Engagement, Strategic Planning, Sustainability & Climate Action, and Behaviour Change.
- Lura has two offices – you can find us on Concession Street in Hamilton or in the Consumers Road Business Park in Toronto. If we’re not in the office, we’re collaborating with clients or engaging communities all over the province. Sometimes we work from home too, as part of our commitment to sustainability and minimizing our environmental footprint.
- Our team includes experienced public engagement practitioners as well as subject matter experts in topic areas ranging from environmental management to urban planning, to sustainability and climate action, and project management.
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We are delighted to share the news that our CEO, Liz Nield, has been nominated for a 2017 YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Award. These awards recognize outstanding women and organizations who are committed to the development of other women and to the overall improvement of the community. The Women of Distinction Awards are nationally recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for women. Liz’s nomination in the Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship category recognizes her many achievements in engagement, sustainability, and community empowerment.
The awards will be handed out at a gala reception during International Women's Week on March 9, 2017 at The Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s. For more information, check out the recent news coverage in the Hamilton Spectator.