F. Harry Cummings
, Ph.D., R.P.P .
Harry is the Director of HCA. Harry Cummings has Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from Clark University and a B.A. Honours from Western. He is a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society. His experience includes international rural development and project management of large interdisciplinary rural development projects. In Canadian and international contexts he has also worked on rural-urban issues including migration, land use and regional planning. His urban planning experience includes water conservation, retail planning, transportation planning, industrial planning, economic and financial analysis and zoning and severance issues. He has experience in Canada , USA , Poland , Ethiopia , Malawi all of Southeast Asia , India , Nepal Turkey, Portugal and Panama . His specialty areas include economic impact assessment, evaluation, economic impact of agriculture, survey and research methods. He has managed over 75 major consulting projects with budgets as high as $40 million and as many as 40 staff.

Harry is a full professor at the School of Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph . He has supervised over 120 graduate students and teaches graduate courses in Regional Economics, Program Evaluation, Community Economic Development and Research Methods, He is an active community member and has served on the boards of many community organizations. Harry is fluent in French and Indonesian.

To email Harry directly: harry@hcaconsulting.ca

Dr. Cummings heads a core team of multi-disciplinary consultants:

Don Murray
, B.A., M.Sc., CE
Don has a Masters Degree in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Agriculture from the Ontario Agricultural College. His specialty areas include economic impact assessment, community needs assessment, program evaluation, survey design and implementation, and data analysis. Don has extensive experience in the economic assessment and strategic planning field where he has worked with a variety of community interest groups and industry sector stakeholders. He is very familiar socio-economic measures and has expertise in working with Statistics Canada data. Don is a Credentialed Evaluator (CE) through the Canadian Evaluation Society. 

Don has a long and diverse work history in the agriculture sector. Don managed a 200-acre dairy farm for ten years and spent several years in New Zealand and Australia as a crop and herd technician. Since 1998, Don has worked with HCA on over 15 regional economic impact studies across Ontario that examined the direct, indirect and induced impacts of the agriculture industry. 
Don volunteered as board member with the Guelph and District Multicultural Centre (an immigrant settlement service agency) between 1997 and 2008 where he worked with other community stakeholders in developing initiatives and activities for enhancing the capacity of newcomers to more fully participate in all aspects of Canadian society. He was also a member of the organizing committee for the annual Guelph Multicultural Festival between 1997 and 2013. Don is currently an organizing member of the Guelph Evaluation Network which he co-founded in 2013.. 

To email Don directly: donald@hcaconsulting.ca


David Lane B.A., B.Ed, M.Sc. 
David has a Master’s Degree from the University of Guelph in Rural Planning and Development and a Bachelor of Education from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. David’s specialties include participatory/community-based research, program evaluation design, qualitative and quantitative assessment. His background in education is the foundation for a wide variety of training and capacity building experience. He brings over 6 years of experience working with aboriginal communities in the Canadian north as a teacher and development advisor. David’s international experience also includes research and project coordination in sub-Saharan African and India.

To email David directly: david@hcaconsulting.ca