Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Health and Safety Association' Initiatives at WorkSafeBC

Worksafe BC (WSBC) is an organization dedicated to promoting workplace health and safety for workers and employers across the province through regulatory enforcement, education and by offering workers insurance and compensation services. On an ongoing basis, WSBC invests substantial funds in safety awareness and injurt prevention programs. Intuitively these programs result in improved safety performance and awareness, and WSBC continues to fund these programs. A challenging problem for WSBC is understanding how much benefit and to what extent each investment is contributing.

Qualitative Study for BC Venture Capital Programs Evaluation for UBC-RB

The intern will be responsible for the development and execution of a comprehensive qualitative survey of stakeholders involved in the venture capital programs governed by the SBVCA. The survey will include: Personnel from companies participating in the program, angel investors, venture capitalists and ‘friends and family’ that have invested in eligible companies. SURVEY OBJECTIVES The quantitative data analysis will guide the type of qualitative information to be gathered in the survey.

Identifying and resolving issues when applying work system modeling on a large scale

The project involves applying a conceptual modeling method called R2M, Role and Request Modeling. The innovative method, and its supporting software (R2M]ST), was developed at the University of British Columbia. R2M assists business analysts to accurately capture organizational roles, interactions, services and IT resources as described by business process owners and abstract the information that can be used by decision makers. Although there has been significant industry interest, the method has not been tested in more complex small to medium sized enterprises (SME).

Business Case of Industrial Vegetation Management Expansion

Spectrum Resource Group Inc. (Spectrum), looking to diversify from solely Forestry Consulting and Contracting, is striving to horizontally integrate into Industrial Vegetation Management projects. These Industrial Vegetation Projects, in many cases, are very similar to Forestry projects, but access into these markets remains difficult.

The Local Food Economy: Economics and Significant Gaps

Vancouver is a city that is rich in history and is recognized not only as a premiere city, it continually ranks among the worlds best. The city’s diverse breadth of employment, activities and people has vastly influenced the way food is grown, consumed and celebrated. Strategic infrastructure investment, one of the guiding principles championed by the Vancouver Economic Development Commission, has inspired the development of this study. It is crucial that the food industry maintains its integrity given the importance to other related industries in the Lower Mainland.

CMBS Sensitivity Analysis

This work can serve as the foundation of relative value strategies and portfolio sensitivity analysis. This project research on building a strategy for analyzing the sensitivity of mortgage backed securities (MBS) pool pricing to changes in financial market and underlying security characteristics, such as the property value of the underlying real estate. There is a large database including real estate property location, real estate price indices by region and property type, as well as mortgage security pool information.

Starworks (Developing Disability Association) New Market Potential

The intern will conduct literature review and database queries to locate new industries for Starworks (social enterprise of the Developmental Disabilities Association) to target marketing of their assembly services (tradeshow bag stuffing, test kit assembly, product re]labeling, etc). The intern will then conduct email and telephone surveys to measure willingness to pay and fit with Starworks abilities. Two industries will be selected and local firms selected for in]depth interviews to understand potential customer specific needs and barriers to use.

Asian Market Strategic Management Study for Coastal Contacts

The objective of this research project is to formulate a sustainable, profitable expansion strategy for Coastal Contacts Inc. to penetrate the Asian market for online distribution of its vision care products. The immediate problem facing Coastal lies in the development of a sound e-commerce penetration strategy unique to China. Coastal looks to develop a strategic model that will initially be executed in China, then subsequently applied to additional Asian markets as resources permit.

Economic Assessment of Marine Infrastructure in Western Newfoundland ¨C A Community-Based Approach

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities has determined that marine-related infrastructure is essential for Canada, and in particular, Newfoundland and Labrador, to sustain a competitive advantage in the global economy. International trade is expected to triple by 2020, much of it transported by ship. There is a growing need for ports to have correct equipment, technology, and trained personnel to provide a seamless transportation chain, and eliminate congestion and resulting cost increases along the supply chain (Industry Information, 2007).

Market Analysis and Growth Strategy for Location-based Content

This project will attempt to validate the presence of a market for location-based user generated content that users would experience with a GPS equipped smartphone. The target markets' demographics and psychographics will be identified in order to find the most appropriate ways to address the market. A marketing plan will detail the methods for connecting with potential users. Different means of monetizing this user-generated content will be researched and an appropriate method will be suggested based on compatibility with the demographic.

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