Eric Doherty, MCIP
Eric Doherty, the principal of Ecopath Planning, is a Registered Professional Planner who has completed a wide range of projects for non-profit, public and private sector clients. He is skilled in assessing needs and opportunities, and finding effective solutions. Eric is also an accomplished researcher, writer, facilitator and educator.
In his transportation and land use planning work, Eric focuses on practical approaches for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, while improving the livability of communities. He integrates diverse experience from community and regional planning, environmental consulting, and engineering.
Eric has been doing environmental consulting and contract work with a variety of associates and organizations since 2001, completed an MA in planning 2008, and began operating as Ecopath Planning in 2011. He moved to Victoria BC from Vancouver in 2016.
See Selected Projects for examples of past work.
Education and Professional Associations
Member Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) and Planning Institute of British Columbia
MA Planning, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning – transportation planning stream
BA in Geography, Simon Fraser University
Environmental Studies Diploma, Langara College
Marine Engineerâ€™s Certificate, 3rd class
Eric works with associates and teams up with other consulting firms on larger projects and where other specialized skills are needed.
â€œEric displays what is needed in transportation planning in the age of climate crisis â€“ a keen focus on what is needed to bring down GHG emissions quickly while creating more livable communities. He communicates his ideas clearly, and backs them up with solid evidence. Highly recommended.â€
Patrick Condon, Senior Researcher, UBC Design Centre for Sustainability & co-author of Transportation Transformation: Building Complete Communities and a Zero-Emission Transportation System in BC
“Eric Doherty did much of the research, writing and layout for our innovative Prepare to Survive â€“ Prepare to Help train-the-trainer manual. He was highly effective in finding the best materials to meet our project objectives and in developing a user-friendly final product.
Eric communicated with project management in a timely and professional manner and met all of our project deadlines. We appreciated his collaborative approach and his ability to quickly grasp the concepts we were working with and to create a training manual that met our vision. I highly recommend his services.”
Karen Martin, Emergency Preparedness Project Coordinator, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
â€œEric is visionary, persistent, practical, well-researched, and a great team member on projects that seek to build a better future through more sustainable transport, planning, and urban design.â€
Guy Dauncey, President, BC Sustainable Energy Association
â€œI worked with Eric Doherty for over two years while I was a Campaigner at the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation, working on a high profile campaign to halt the expansion of freeways in favour of expansion of rapid transit.
Eric provided much of the transportation planning expertise for the campaign, including writing several influential reports and creating the Transit 101 on-line course. He is also an excellent communicator, and helped make our media releases technically accurate, easily understood and compelling. Eric’s dedication provided focus and inspiration. He helped greatly in recruiting and retaining volunteers for the campaign.
I highly recommend Eric as an environmental and transportation planning consultant.â€
David Fields, Campaign Coordinator – Salmon Aquaculture, Georgia Strait Alliance