Whether it's community vitality, business friendliness or tourism, CIEL has award-winning tools and processes that help communities ASSESS-FOCUS-ACT. More than 90% of CIEL's communities are able to get strategic actions completed (Gov't of Alberta study).
Accreditation, Training & Coaching
Learn and get accredited with CIEL tools in an individual or group setting, in-person or by Zoom.
Personal and group coaching on community and economic development is also offered.
Presentations & Keynotes
Mike has made live and virtual presentations all over the world on topics such as business vitality, community vitality, tourism strategies, the economics of happiness, grief and gratitude, and a host of other topics, Contact Mike for availability for in-person, Zoom presentations and webinars.
From local meetings to national organizations, we've done it all ... from strategic to scenario planning to developing custom planning tools. We've also got free tools that help make getting things done easier including the international award-winning Communities Matrix and the Reality Check. CLICK for more info...
Community & Economic Analysis
Mike, a former Government of Canada economist, has built tools, frameworks and studies for local and provincial governments. Most recently, he has helped to determine the economic impact of Covid, best best recovery strategies and determine the economic value of a new resident to a community..
We've built innovative solutions for small communities and large provinces. No job is too small. We will figure it out with you.
Meet Mike Stolte, CIEL President
Mike Stolte is the President of CIEL.
Mike has spent many years working in the field of community, economic & business/ entrepreneurial development, working with dozens of communities with CIEL's tools that assist communities to ASSESS - FOCUS - ACT. He has facilitated several national conferences and think-tanks, and has written many articles in the field as himself and as the Happy Economist. Mike has made presentations across Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His work has been featured in the Globe & Mail's Report on Business, Canadian Living & Profit magazines, on CBC radio's Sounds Like Canada, and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Mike is a former economist with the Government of Canada and the past president of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation.
"CIEL's insight into what makes
communities tick and their ability to translate those insights into real world
tools, strategies and actions are worth a look."
Senior Policy Analyst, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
"Mike Stolte is the most fascinating economist ever"
CBC Radio Host
""Mike and his tools and processes are wonderful to work with. He knows communities. The depth of CIEL's tools bring credibility, rigour and confidence to the process"
Antoinette Danaher Uncommon Solutions PL, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia