Socioeconomic Studies and New Program Development

As an economist and strategic planner, Travis is well-versed in conducting socio-economic research and community engagement, which can then lead to the development of new programs and approaches to issues such as food security, social assistance and other public policy challenges facing our Yukon.

Travis employs a wide array of both qualitative and quantitative methods and techniques aimed to objectively and comprehensively assess:

expected costs and potential benefits/impact;

potential hurdles and challenges, whether they be political, economic, legal, cultural, technological;

needed one-time and ongoing resources and capacities; and

options and solutions designed to solve a particular problem or embrace a potential opportunity.

A complex, ever-changing world requires insightful and carefully-considered research and community input.

Past and Current Projects

Developed two business plans to support the development of a physical and virtual NGO hub in Whitehorse, Yukon. Work involved conducting feasibility analyses (both physical and financial), assessing the demand for various services within the volunteer and NGO community, developing an agreement with a local partner with respect to the facility, and conducting all required operational, legal and financial analyses.
Developed and conducted a feasibility study for KDFN with respect to a more culturally relevant approach to social assistance within a First Nations context. Work involved researching, developing and proposing a concept paper for Council’s consideration, and assessing the model’s policy and financial implications. Led to the development of KDFN’s innovative Pathways to Empowerment and Support Program.
Developed and conducted a feasibility study/business plan for an organic, environmentally sustainable pork farm and wholesale distribution enterprise for Flat Creek Farms. Work included estimating the market demand for pork products in Yukon, identifying factors to enhance competitiveness with southern-raised pork, and estimating potential revenues (and costs) associated with direct sales or wholesale agreements.
Developed and conducted an economic study and business plan for an indoor, vertical aquaponics farm for North Star Agriculture. Work involved estimating the demand for produce in the Yukon, assessing the technology’s implications, identifying the required capital investment, and developing operational plans, budgets, and marketing strategies.
On behalf of the Vulnerable People At-Risk Forum, researched, facilitated and drafted 'Safe at Home: A Plan to End Homelessness in Whitehorse’.
Researched and developed a Community Emergency and Crisis Response Plan for Kwanlin Dün First Nation.

Why StrategyNorth?

Over 30 years of experience.

Experience matters. As a governance-based economist, Travis has been advising Councils, Boards and executive teams for over 30 years.

Broad sectoral experience.

Travis has worked in the NWT, Nunavut and the Yukon across a wide-range of sectors, including housing, tourism, conservation, social justice, small business, agriculture and economic development.

Quality research and presentation.

Travis recognizes that hastily-assembled solutions do not build solid foundations for lasting impact. Travis works with your team to understand the operating environment and the needs of those who rely on your organization’s programs and services.

20 years in the Yukon.

Understanding the unique cultural, economic and environmental values of Yukoners is critical to developing and implementing ‘made in the Yukon’ solutions. Southern consultancies likely face a steep and time-consuming learning curve, time better used for getting on with the work.

Respectful Relationships with Yukon First Nations.

Travis has gratefully had opportunities to support Yukon First Nations governments and their citizens, including the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.

Have an idea for a project?

For more information, or to discuss a potential project or collaboration, please fill out the form below or contact Travis at:

StrategyNorth Inc. is registered with the Yukon Government's Department of Corporate Affairs, and WCB and CRA/GST-registered. Whitehorse Business Licence #7865.

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