STRATUM: A Digital Field Notes Tool for Archaeologists

Under the Lab2Market Program, the intern will develop and test a field notes tool called STRATUM to alleviate stresses caused by documentation in the field.

Leveraging lessons learned from the front lines to inform policy and practice in hospital and community healthcare settings in the context of COVID-19

Among the many significant effects of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), Vancouver General Hospital’s (VGH) Department of Psychiatry has observed the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of patients and providers. These circumstances have created unprecedented demand for decisive and rapid action to avert hospital admissions related to mental health, maximize efficiency within hospitals in the context of physical distancing requirements, and improve wrap around care in partnership with community-based psychiatrists and family physicians.

Evaluating the Impact of Cannabis Legalization in Canada on Risk-Taking Behaviours

The proposed research will focus on changes in cannabis use patterns and sources of supply following cannabis legalization, and on how these changes produce and/or reduce cannabis-related harm. The research will involve statistical analyses of Statistic Canada’s National Cannabis Survey (NCS). Some key areas of consideration will be: cannabis-impaired driving, cannabis dependence, and youth cannabis use.

COVID-19 and System Responses to Homelessness

This project will build on system mapping that has been started by our partner organization, The Alliance to End Homelessness (Ottawa), to understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on the homeless population in Ottawa, including gaps in services and barriers in accessing services, and innovations that are happening to enable more effective services.

Her Own Boss! Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Newcomer Visible Minority Women

This community-based action research project seeks to support visible minority newcomer women in establishing and succeeding in entrepreneurship activities, while identifying the challenges and opportunities they face while trying to start their own businesses.

Using technology to measure, map and magnify the impact of due diligence programs in artisanal mining communities in Eastern D.R Congo

Ulula is a company that provides software and analytics to create responsible supply chains. In 2018, Timothy Makori, Ulula and the International Peace Information Service (IPIS), an independent research organization working on issues related to artisanal mining in Eastern Congo, undertook a baseline study assessing the social, economic and human rights impacts of initiatives promoting traceability and responsible artisanal mining in Eastern Congo.

Using technology to measure, map and magnify the impact of due diligence programs in artisanal mining communities in Eastern D.R Congo

Ulula is a company that provides software and analytics to create responsible supply chains. In 2018, Timothy Makori, Ulula and the International Peace Information Service (IPIS), an independent research organization working on issues related to artisanal mining in Eastern Congo, undertook a baseline study assessing the social, economic and human rights impacts of initiatives promoting traceability and responsible artisanal mining in Eastern Congo.

Pattern Recognition: The Exploration of Machine Learning Algorithms in Archaeological Site Prediction, Fraser River Valley, British Columbia

Golder Associates Ltd., teaming with the Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group (Kwantlen First Nation), was retained by the Township of Langley to develop a model to predict the location of unrecorded archaeological sites on a 10,000 year-old landscape located in the Fraser River Valley, British Columbia. Conventional predictive modelling techniques are common practice however with the increased availability of more powerful computers and software there is a growing potential for using machine learning algorithms to predict a wider variety of archaeological site types with greater accuracy.

Toward a Cross-Cultural Ethics for Human-Caribou Engagement

This project will use ethnographic and community-based participatory research methods to develop a cross-cultural, community-driven ethical model for caribou research, management, and conservation in and around La Ronge, SK. The project will contribute to caribou work already underway between the partner organization, Prince Albert Model Forest (PAMF), and Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB), e.g. collecting traditional ecological knowledge regarding woodland caribou to contribute to range planning.

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Practice Research Project

The purpose of this project is to conduct a document review of select philanthropic foundations to investigate the policies and practices used by foundations to address DEI. The intern will also lead knowledge generation and knowledge mobilizations activities in the form of issue briefs and learning sessions to engage foundation staff and board members to their increase awareness and facilitate knowledge exchange and peer learning of DEI policies and practices.

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