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Habitus thinks differently about social issues.

We are a collective of social innovators and research experts who believe people have an inherent ability to create lasting change.

From North America to Europe, we bring evaluation, strategic planning and project management skills to non-profit agencies, community organizations, governments, and private businesses.

With a global lens and reach, we’re able to take ideas and new initiatives and deliver them at a local level, with local context built in.

What we do

We have extensive experience in a number of sectors including mental health and addictions; children and youth; immigrants and refugees; and diversity, equity and inclusion. We customize our support to your individual needs.

Habitus offers support no matter what stage your organization is at in the project life cycle. With a highly grounded and collaborative practice, Habitus finds answers, builds tools, and sees how it fits into a system.

Literature review

Environmental Scan

Systems mapping

Policy analysis

Community-based research/action research

Grant writing

Program design

Theory of Change

Program Logic Model (PLM)


Strategic planning

Vision and mission creation


Board strategic development

Peer-led research

Qualitative data collection (user experience, journey mapping, focus groups, interviews, community consultations)

Quantitative data collection (data analytics, surveys)

Mixed methods

Outcomes harvesting

Impact measurement

Developmental evaluation

Formative, process, summative evaluation

Principle-based evaluation


Utilization-focused evaluation

Graphic design


Journey maps

A variety of reporting strategies: annual        reports; impact reports; White Papers;  policy briefs

Community engagement

Social media engagement



Workshops/professional development training

Community forums/events 

who we are

Our team brings diverse experiences from across the globe to help our clients achieve their goals. 

Principal Consultant 


Lisa Elford

Principal Consultant 


Amanda Weightman

Principal Consultant 


Deniz erkmen

Research Associate

Jasmine Reimer

Research Associate

Research Associate

Omar mufti

Research Assistant


esra Al Saadi

Administrative Coordinator 

Habitus UK

OUr CLients

Immigrants, refugees & ethnocultural groups

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

Calgary Region Immigrant employment Council

Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies

Calgary Local Immigration Partnership

Brooks Local Immigration Partnership

Action Dignity

Sudanese Social Club

Newcomer Interagency Network

The Immigrant Educational Society

Jewish Family Services


Children & youth

Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth

YMCA of Calgary and Area

Community YMCA

Calgary Flames Foundation 

Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre

mental health, HIV & addictions

Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary


The SHARP Foundation

HIV Community Link

public institutions

City of Calgary

Calgary Primary Care Network

Calgary Public Library

Public Policy Institute

Vibrant Communities Calgary 


Think, Innovate, Create with us


 We conduct our work on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all First Nations, Inuit, and Urban Indigenous people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.