Lightship Strategies Inc. is a community-minded consulting company predicated on strong relationships. By cultivating an accessible and comfortable process, Lightship provides professional planning, policy, development, and engagement services predominantly in northern, rural, or culturally-sensitive contexts.


Lightship’s services are focused on all sectors of community development- from environment to procurement, infrastructure to education. All of our work focuses on developing new community visions and creating strategic implementation plans to achieve them in a practical way.


Clients include Provincial, Federal and Indigenous Governments, Band Councils, Municipalities and Private Sector Clients.


Embodying the concept of a Lightship, an impartial vessel that serve as a navigation marker in areas that are too remote or that have challenging terrain, Lightship Strategies Inc. acts as an aid to navigation, supporting the development process and working within ever-changing and sensitive contexts.





President, Senior Planner & Intern Architect

Renée Kuehnle is a professional planner that focuses on community-led development work, predominantly with Indigenous Communities. Renee founded Lightship Strategies Inc. in March 2019. Her strength is design, strategy and strategic planning, and communication and she works in a wide variety of areas- from buildings and land to people and policy. She is passionate about building capacity and implementing new ideas within Labrador and has successfully completed many multidisciplinary research, planning, and buildings projects. Renee prides herself on her ability to listen to community, understand their needs, and deliver projects that are designed to work within their context and culture. 


Placing Relationships at the Fore

We lead by listening.


Community collaboration means incorporating feedback into a design, strategy, development or policy in a significant way. Collaborating directly with community is essential to project success.


We’re flexible to change.


We can’t predict the future. Space for change and the unexpected is built into projects from the beginning, because being flexible allows for new opportunities.


Simpler is better.


Sometimes, policy and development processes are confusing which results in inaction. We prioritize communicating things the simplest way to ensure it is meaningful and accessible to all.



Based in Nova Scotia



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