about us

We spend a lot of time designing the bridge, but not enough time thinking about the people who are crossing it.
— -Dr. Prabjhot Singh

PASSIONATE ABOUT PEOPLE

In a nutshell, people are why we exist. We work to improve the environments and organizations that they interact with. When we think of people first, we succeed in business, government, organizational mandates and in our communities. 

We believe in the power of collective experience to draw new paths that are attainable, impactful, evidence-based and measurable. For solutions to work they must be rooted in an understanding of the people who will use and support them. Our human-centred work develops on building upon people’s wants, needs and behaviour and ensuring users are involved throughout the design process.

By tapping into the knowledge of people we are able to draw from a wide array of knowledge, experiences and perspectives which enrich solutions and mitigate risks and failure to launch.

To learn more about our services, go to What we do.

 

THE FIRM

This is why SUM Consulting came to be, to improve organizations and spaces. To support our clients realize, define and act through custom-made planning approaches that are the right fit for them and the people they’re designed for.

Born in Toronto, Canada as a strategic, urban planning  and management firm, our associates from across the globe all work collaboratively and interdisciplinarily to support organizations and communities adapt, innovate and change to support the very people they were created to serve.

Our new office in San Jose, Costa Rica adds to SUM Consulting’s strength and growth in Latin America with growing capacity and partnerships to support our clients in the region.

Come back and visit us regularly, eh?

Pura vida!

In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witnessing, being in public, are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, make shoes or love or music. The word citizen has to do with cities, and the ideal city is organized around citizenship — around participation in public life.
— Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking