We are all well aware of the spectacular improvement in life-expectancy around the world since the 1990’s. While most people would agree that living longer is a good thing, it nonetheless increases the risk of having people outlive their assets so that they become forced to accept lower standards of living in old age. People with a defined benefit pension plan or people with a life annuity contract have transferred their individual “longevity risk” to their Pension Fund or to an Insurance Company.
Technology business accelerators represents a relatively recent concept to accelerate the growth of technology companies. Little research has been done on how to best implement this concept to different sectors and the specific needs of the Cleantech sector received even less attention. My research will explore current accelerators design and develop a new business model for a Cleantech business accelerator that will be tailored to local conditions, expertise, and needs in the Greater Peterborough Area.
The project will develop a firm-level multi-criteria supply chain design and management tool for Parmalat that will accommodate conflict and convergence between requirements for lean, agile, green, resilient, and nutrition characteristics that are all needed for convergent innovation (CI) in the dairy sector supply chain.
This research project is being undertaken in partnership with The Evidence Network Inc. It will extend the companys scientifically-based method of assessing the impact of innovation support programs to the clean energy innovation sector. To keep this kind of assessment method scientifically sound requires customization for each particular industry. The established methods have been widely applied in the IT and medical fields, but not yet in the energy sector.
The NACO 2015 Early Stage Company Report will report on early-stage companies from the lense of the company, taking into account support from incubators, accelerators, and VCs. NACO will publish a final report that analyzes the extent to which different combinations of capital and strategic partnerships help entrepreneurial firms grow.
In 2009 the Government of Ontario enacted the Green Energy Act (GEA) to promote the development of renewable energy projects. Subsequently, the importance of wind generation both for electricity generation and in public debate has grown dramatically in Ontario. While the GEA simplified the regulatory process for developing renewable energy projects, wing turbine siting has become increasingly contentious in many Ontario communities.
The purpose of this research is to create a model for evaluating the socio-economic contributions of human-powered outdoor activities to Alberta.
This model will be used to help inform/educate policy makers at the municipal and provincial level to influence debate around the use, management and the allocation of government resources to public spaces.
The Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks has requested this research, to ensure that organizations representing non-motorized outdoor activity in public spaces and on Crown lands receive equal representation and provide a more robust input in
Many entrepreneurs have passions for their ventures because they regard the ventures as their babies. Hence they are willing to put in greater amounts of sweat equity even if this greater effort is not fairly rewarded. This feeling is elicited by the entrepreneurs psychological ownership. Although some psychological ownership is beneficial for new venture survival, excessively high levels of psychological ownership may lead to entrepreneurs unwillingness to relinquish power and delegate.
For a pharmaceutical company, it is important to source the finest raw materials (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) available at the best possible prices. With the advancement of globalization and the improvement of cross-broader trades, an increasing number of companies are reducing their acquisition costs of raw materials by sourcing globally.