Ambitious development projects can be daunting –you’re often trying to create something that has never before existed, to drum up support and funding dollars for that idea, with no real map or guidebook. 


Harms & Co. has built research departments, research supercluster proposals and business incubators from the ground up. If you don’t know where to start to get your project off the ground, but you’re passionate about your cause, talk to us. We can build a team from your internal staff or assemble a team of consultants with the focus that is right for your project.

Getting It Done

Applied Research at Canadian Colleges


Diane Harms spent 12 years developing and managing Lakeland College’s Applied Research program, bringing in $15.2 million in investment for infrastructure, applied research and innovation projects. The department began as an idea and at its strongest employed five full time staff and several adjunct positions.


Business Incubator Development 


Diane's leadership led to the creation of two significant regional economic development initiatives: Startup Lloydminster and the East Central Regional Innovation Network (RIN). As a not-for-profit business incubator, Startup Lloyd has worked with over 500 entrepreneurs and supported their growth and success. The RIN is part of the larger Alberta Innovation Network connecting regional entrepreneurs with resources available throughout Alberta.


Architect of the Smart Agri-Food Supercluster Proposal


Diane facilitated the writing for a supercluster proposal that advanced the agri-food network in the region. This project involved over 200 organizations and a team of over 35 writers, financial analysts and designers. This work formed the basis for the funded Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN).


Policy Paper for Agriculture and Agrifood Canada


This paper established a baseline set of recommendations for a nutraceutical and functional food strategy in partnership with a cluster of other consultants.