An Application of Machine Learning to Mortgage Prepayment Modeling

The business partner is interested in expanding its understanding of prepayment. Specifically the goal is to predict prepayment risk for mortgages as a function of mortgagors’ characteristics (including data from previous interactions with the bank), and the local economy. In recent years, with the improvement in efficient computing and data storage, the relying on a wide range of mortgagors’ characteristics to predict prepayment risk has become more prevalent in the industry.

Quickscope: Case study and development of a professional online platform that uses process optimization in the video game development industry

In the game development industry, there are a lot of platforms that help game developers and game creationtalent, however, they are not suited for the game development industry. Because of this, these people have touse a wide variety of different platforms such as Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, Discord etc. to receive a sufficient setof tools to navigate the industry with. We are planning to optimize these products and processes through thecreation of a single platform catered to the game development industry.

How Can Unions Improve their Workplace Human Rights Practice?

In Canada, existing human rights laws are “read in” to collective agreements. Violations of those terms can thus be grieved and submitted to binding arbitration.Some key human rights cases began as union grievances.

Challenges of Scaling Social Enterprise in Canada

Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is to create social and/or environmental impact. This study will seek to understand how to grow these businesses to create more social or environmental impact while being financially sustainable. This study will interview social enterprises to understand how they work, how they are trying to grow and what challenges they encounter while doing so. From the findings of this research, we hope to better understand how to strengthen the social enterprise sector in Canada.

Economic Benefit of Recreation in Manitoba – A provincial capacity building project

In this project, two students from the Master of Arts in Applied Economics program will calculate the economic value and impact of the recreation sector in Manitoba. Their report will provide an evidence base from which Recreation Manitoba and its clients can decide on recreation initiatives with the highest economic return on investment. This information can in turn be used in Recreation Manitoba’s funding proposals for public and private granting bodies.

Developing a better understanding of the integration needs of newcomers in the workplaces in Newfoundland and Labrador

The goals of this partnership are for this study to provide an informative framework that employers can work from to develop strong policies which can demonstrate their sensitivity to the lived experience of their immigrant employee. From that goal, several other beneficial actions can occur which may strengthen Newfoundland and Labrador into becoming a powerful migration destination which may alleviate many troubling trends that the province is currently experiencing.

Examining the gig economy in the moving industry, building an application to match movers and those who want to move

After analyzing the moving market in Canada, which is worth more than one billion dollars, and noting that more than 15 % of Canadians move every year, the conclusion is that the rates in the moving industry are quite expensive. More specifically, professional moving companies charging exorbitant fees while most customers rely on independent movers from Facebook and Kijiji who do not always respond at a timely manner, let alone the reliability issue. The study has surveyed potential customers in the Calgary area who recently moved, paved the way for a good start of the study.

Exploring Generation Alpha as Environmental Stewards

In recent years we’ve seen evidence of youth activism related to important social causes. Although much has been written about Millennials and Generation Z, little is known about the generation of young people who are currently at the precipice of adolescence – Generation Alpha (born 2010 and later). This generation will inherit the post-COVID society and will be called upon to meet significant challenges including climate change, economic inequality, Indigenous equity, LGBTQ+ equity, human rights and balancing technological advances with ethical considerations.

Revision of Socio-Spatial Conceptions for Designing Public Spaces and Built Environments in Post Pandemic Alberta - Year two

This design research project explores existing and ongoing perspectives on (post) pandemic conceptions in built environment settings in Alberta, from an architectural design perspective. The results will add to the scholarly research on sustainable design of “public spaces” to support (post) COVID-19 period health concerns and recommendations, thereby contributing to the development of healthier design and more equitable, sustainable communities in Alberta.

Applications of ML/AI in Asset Management - part 2

ML/AI is widely used and deployed in many industries. Its deployment in Asset Management industry (and
especially in Canadian pension fund sector) is significantly behind. Part of it is the fear of “black box” and what recommendation it gives. This sentiment is outdated as the recent advancements in ML/AI allow looking inside the “black box and thus focus on “white box” asset allocation recommendations.
Another reason is that asset management these days is the intersection of three disciplines: Financial
Economics, Statistics, and Computer Science.

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