Leading by example

MDB Insight has helped numerous communities, organizations and businesses identify and maximize development opportunities in a changing economy. Explore our case studies for more insight into the real-world solutions we have created for our clients.

Yukon mountain reflected in lake

Government of Yukon

We developed a clearer picture of Yukon’s labour supply and demand.

Hamilton skyline at dusk

City of Hamilton, Ontario

We worked with Hamilton to realize it’s potential as a creative city.

Train tracks in Strathcona County, Alberta

Strathcona County, Alberta

We helped Strathcona County support continued growth with an Industrial Land Strategy.


Town of Newmarket, Ontario

We helped the community of Newmarket identify its cultural assets.


City of Toronto, Ontario

We helped Toronto build a planning framework for its place as a creative world city.


Hastings County and Quinte Region, Ontario

We worked with Hastings County and Quinte Region to create the first regional municipal cultural plan in Ontario.


Stony Plain, Alberta

We helped Stony Plain define a vision for culture with a new cultural master plan.


Detroit, Michigan

We worked closely with the Kresge Foundation on an ambitious cultural mapping project in Detroit.

North Bay Wordle

City of North Bay, Ontario

We helped the City of North Bay develop a strategic and proactive approach to leveraging the community’s cultural resources.

By Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo [CC-BY-2.5 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

We helped the RMWB better understand the challenges and opportunities for local businesses through a business visitation pilot project.



The Bermuda Cultural Map is the first national cultural mapping project and signals growing international recognition of cultural mapping.

Town of Minto

Town of Minto, Ontario

We developed a Cultural Plan for Minto, putting culture at the centre of building Minto’s creative rural economy.

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Town of Richmond Hill, Ontario

We prepared a cultural plan that fully integrated with the Town’s new Strategic Plan, Economic Development Strategy and Official Plans.

City of Vaughan, Ontario

We developed a cultural plan for Vaughan that was effectively integrated with its new Official Plan and Economic Development Strategy.

County of Elgin, Ontario

County of Elgin

We worked collaboratively with the County of Elgin, to create a 5-year economic development plan and tourism strategy which is now being implemented.

Tiffany & Company, Northern Ontario

Tiffany & Company

We worked with Tiffany and the provincial government to locate a facility in Ontario near a diamond mine at Attawapiskat.

County of Elgin, Ontario

Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford Counties Local Training Board

We developed a workforce development strategy for Elgin-St. Thomas that provides policy framework and community infrastructure to support its economic development goals.

City of Calgary, Alberta

City of Calgary, Alberta

For Calgary, we created a 10-year economic development strategy. We gathered input from more than 400 business and community leaders.

EOCFD Network Inc.

We were retained by the EOCFD Network Inc to develop a strategy to capitalize on the regional creative economy.

District of Bulkley-Nechako, B.C.

District of Bulkley-Nechako, B.C.

We developed seven separate industrial land inventories and strategies for each of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako’s rural regions.

Oulu Development Agency, Finland

Oulu Development Agency, Finland

We facilitated a trade mission from the Oulu Region in Finland to Ontario to build new municipal partnerships with Canadian communities.

City of Mississauga, Ontario

City of Mississauga

With the City of Mississauga, we built an economic development strategy to assist the City’s efforts to drive new investment in the community.

Town of Markham, Ontario

Town of Markham

We developed a transformative strategy designed to position the Town of Markham at the leading edge of the GTA’s economic development activity.

"Nipigon Scene by Art Laframboise"

Nipigon and Red Rock Indian Band

We helped lay the groundwork for the Township of Nipigon and Red Rock Indian Band to attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.

Temagami First Nation, Ontario

Temagami First Nation

We worked with Temagami First Nation to create a Community Economic Development Strategy reflective of and developed by the community.

Quinte Ec. Dev. Commission, Ontario

Quinte Ec. Dev. Commission

We helped the Quinte Economic Development Commission to support manufacturing workforce development and create jobs.

Brock University Media, Niagara, Ontario

Brock University, Niagara

We coordinated a feasibility study and cluster development plan for an interactive media facility in the Niagara area.

City of Burlington, Ontario

City of Burlington

We worked with the Burlington Economic Development Corporation to complete an investment attraction strategy for the city.

Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs

To build organizational capacity and understanding of economic development, we provided training for the Ministry’s field staff across the province.

Manitoba Ministry of Agriculture

Manitoba Ministry of Agriculture

The Manitoba Ministry of Agriculture invited Brock Dickinson to give the keynote address at their annual conference on rural development issues.