The Black Experience Project (BEP) in the Greater Toronto Area

This project provides the groundwork and covers the critical first steps of a multi-year research study that examines the lived experience of Black Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The purpose of this larger study is to better understand the nature of the challenges facing the Black community, through exploring the lived experiences of individuals within this community (focusing on values, identity, aspirations and experiences), and the factors leading to success or failure.

Next generation content development and management

As a globally recognized credit service provider, DBRS plans to implement a new project called next generation content development and management. DBRS expects to expand its current online service offering to the users by launching a series of mobile apps with sophisticated and analytical tools.

Towards a utility framework for enterprise business intelligence mashups

The objective of this research project is to determine the efficacy of enterprise mashups in the realm of business intelligence. Based on a deliberation of enterprise and end-user requirements for BI Mashups technologies and services, this project aims to formulate a utility framework for enterprise BI Mashups. The framework is expected to advance an understanding of business process requirements that can be satisfied through the use of enterprise BI Mashups, and also aid in the development of mashup toolkits targeted at BI end-users.

Sustainability Reporting: Lessons on initiating a sustainability report in a junior mining company

This project seeks to simplify and clarify the process of initiating a sustainability report using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). During Lindsay’s previous Mitacs Accelerate project, she identified the GRI as the best reporting framework for Junior and Mid-Tier miners. Further to this, Lindsay created a “Quick-Sheet” as a tool to help small companies understand the GRI and which identifies and recommends Performance Indicators which represent core sustainability obligations in the mining sector.

Techno-economic evaluation of electric energy storage options of Suncor’s wind farms

In recent years, many energy producers have developed wind farms in Alberta due to their economic and environmental advantages. One of the most significant challenges of wind farms is that wind is an intermittent resource that is uncontrollable and difficult to predict. As such, wind developers are looking to develop electric energy storage (EES) systems to store energy when supply exceeds demand, and to generate electricity from stored energy to meet demand when the wind is producing insufficient electricity.

Alternative financing and feasibility assessment for First Nation housing initiatives

The research would evaluate the existing financing options for home building in the first nationcommunity. It would also look at the viability of using alternative finanCing vehicle for channelingprivate equity from the various markets. This research hopes to provide the First Nations communities with the necessary financial tools to leverage the existing equity market through both private and public funding.

Capacity building for good governance and economic development in First Nations in British Columbia

The Ahp-cii-uk Community Society and the Beedie School of Business are submitting a research cluster proposal to the MITACS Accelerate Program with the purpose to continue research conducted by the Ahp-cii-uk Leadership Initiative in the three Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of Ahousaht, Ehattesaht and Tseshaht.

Victoria green economy

The proposed research is a collaboration between Vancity, the City of Victoria, and the University of Victoria to bring together the necessary information (financial, regulatory, and knowledge, respectively) to build a plan that will initiate Victoria’s Green Economy. Interns will be part of distinct interviewing panels that will research the needs, benefits, and obstacles of the development of a green economy.

A case-based approach to integrating the “fail fast” philosophy into business planning

This goal of this project is to develop a business plan for a searchable and interactive neighbourhood website that aggregates information obtained by journalists and other sources. Theoretically, the grad student researcher will explore how to incorporate the philosophy of “failing fast” into the confines of a traditional business plan. To do this, specific case studies will be chosen for analysis.

Feasibility of a long-line flax fiber processing facility for Saskatchewan


This study will develop a business model for long-line flax production in Saskatchewan.The business model under investigation will necessarily rely on European technology. A scutching facility in Saskatchewan would probably consist of an imported scutching line from Van Dommele Engineering in Belgium, or equivalent. Seeding and harvesting equipment, such as Noudet Gougis seeders and Dehondt pullers, turners, and balers, will also be imported.