2013 NS Farmers' Markets Economic Impact Study

The project is to complete an economic impact study on the farmers' market sector in Nova Scotia. The method used to collect the necessary information is called a Rapid Market Assessment. This method is a participatory research method meaning the staff, volunteers, vendors, and customers of the farmers' markets will directly participate in gathering the necessary information. The first step of this project is to train farmers' market staff, volunteers and vendors across the province in this methodology.

Adaptive operating room (OR) scheduling and control of cardiac surgeries

Operating room scheduling is one of the most important issues at Foothills Medical Centre (FMC), on which the hospital budget and the efficiency of OR management rely. OR scheduling is difficult in practice and theory because there are many constraints and disturbances. However, cardiac surgeries have special characteristics.

Brunel Employment Study

Outsourcing of product research and development has been a growing trend in the pharmaceutical industry over the last decade. Allegorical evidence garnered from interactions with clinical research professionals indicate that employees of outsourced firms tend to have lower job satisfaction, morale, and commitment to their jobs than their counterparts working in innovative pharmaceutical companies. This study aims to examine whether job satisfaction can be correlated with the model of employment in clinical research professionals.

A Commercialization and Corporate Strategy for a Cultivator Planter machine attachment

The industry partner for this development internship is a company working in the area of Forestry and Agriculture Manufacturing located in Quesnel. The company is preparing to grow rapidly with a new product development (still in the R&D phase), market feasibility and commercialization aspects for the same. The new product being developed by the company- the VHCP (Van Horlick Cultivator Planter) is the next generation of mechanized tree planting systems.

Strategic community investment – A tookit for junior exploration companies

After reviewing a plethora of toolkits published by industry organizations such as the ICMM and PDAC, a set of simple to use tools have been summarized in the toolkit. The aim of the toolkit is to help junior and mid-tier producers to understand the importance of sustainability programs and how to best engage with community members and partner with NGOs. This toolkit is useful for Keegan Resources because it provides management review tools and guidelines on how to establish key performance indicators to monitor and evaluate its own progress.

Consumer dynamics and market strategy for the mobile game, Clandestine Anomaly

In partnership with Zenfri Inc, this project seeks to facilitate the successful introduction of a mobile game called Clandestine Anomaly to the mobile game market. Due to the embryonic stage of the mobile game market this research will use primary and secondary research methods to create a market analysis and inform the market strategy. Firstly, this research will provide an understanding of the business environment by analyzing successful products and their marketing strategies along with industry trends and characteristics.

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.

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