Improving Social Justice and Economic Stewardship along the Global Value Chain: The Effectiveness of Interventions within Fragile Environments

Governments and consumers increasingly are demanding that companies take concrete action to improve environmental stewardship and social justice along their entire supply chain. In developing countries, however, this effort is hampered by lack of knowledge as to what kinds of initiatives yield positive outcomes. This research is a pilot project to develop new insights into the conditions under which local mining communities can improve their living conditions.

Training accounting and auditing professionals in blockchain technology

Blockchain is an emerging technology with potential to create new foundations for our economic and social systems, and it is therefore critical for professional services such as accounting and auditing to broadly understand how it works and what it can do. However, like many new technologies, blockchain is difficult to initially comprehend, and is hampered by negative rhetoric and connotations.

The impact of an online remittance channel on the size and frequency of money transfers by international migrants in Canada

International transfer of funds (also known as remittance) plays an important role in the global economy. Existing research has studied the impact of international remittances on economic development, poverty, employment, and education. In developing countries such as Lesotho, remittances constitute 20% - 30% of the gross domestic product (World Bank, 2006). Policy makers worldwide have made an attempt to reduce the historically high cost of international remittances.

Identifying SMEs’ Barriers to Electronic Payment Adoption

During the past two decades in Canada, use of electronic payment has steadily increased. However, despite the downward trend in the volume, the value of cheques has steadily increased, with the five-year average volume growth increasing by about 2% due in large part to their common presence in the business-to-business space. These trends indicate that even with emerging of EFT payment instruments and online transfer options as substitutes for cheque, there are yet some barriers to electronic payment adoption specially for small and medium businesses.

Hoy Creek Shared Equity Home Ownership Project: Models, Applicability, and Administration

The Hoy Creek Shared Equity Home Ownership Project aims to provide a site-specific example of how a shared equity home ownership project can succeed in Canada. As few Canadian examples exist of scalable affordable home ownership models, more research is required to identify options for implementation and strategies for long-term administration. This research project aims to identify strategies for shared equity home ownership implementation and administration while determining best practices for Community Land Trust execution.

Exploring predictive analysis models to improve online sales performance

Faire Child Makewear Limited (“Faire Child”) is a Nova Scotia start-up company created to design and market a line of fashionable and sustainable children’s outerwear. Faire Child developed an opertalization plan in collaboration with an outside consultant in December 2017. Despite having executed the plan as designed, the activities that were undertaken did not result in sales, and the click-through rates, though impressive, are not converting to sales. In addition, FaireChild has just acquired all of the manufacturing equipment needed to begin manufacturing themselves.

Study of the Latent Space in NLP: Mathematical Foundation and Application to Disentanglement

Recent progress on word and sentence embeddings has enabled efficient representation and learning of complex high dimensional probability distributions over rich text data. The proposed research aims at addressing some of the fundamental questions in this field: What are the natural mathematical structures on that latent spaces? How to find a meaningful basis? What is the best method of disentanglement for NLP?

From incubator to money maker: An investigation of entrepreneurial founding teams

The current project seeks to develop an understanding of the process of startup organization process by examining the individual, team, and contextual characteristics that will lead to the success of a startup organization. Despite the importance of each variable, most of the literature has focused on individual characteristics, ignoring the importance of the team as a whole and the context of the organization. The goal of this internship is to create an evidence-based assessment tool that will evaluate a startup based on the aforementioned characteristics.

Faith-Based Discrimination and Mental Health: Gaps in Service for Muslim Women Seeking Mental Health Care Services

Members of Canada’s Muslim communities face unique mental health care needs as their racial and religious background informs identify and experience. Researchers, advocates and service providers are starting to understand the unique mental health needs of Muslim communities, but we are still learning about how the mental health care system can provide the most appropriate supports and services. This community-based study draws on the personal experiences of Muslim women and mental health workers to understand what is working well for this community and what needs to be improved.

Evidence-Based Dietary Protein Intake in Canadian Hospitals

Doctors are learning that nutrition plays a very important role in patient outcomes. Research has shown that protein is especially critical to patient health and recovery, especially for the elderly and severely ill. The quality of the protein, and the quantity of protein that patients receive makes a big difference. This project will examine how much Canadian health care centres are concerned about the protein their patients consume.

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