Best Practice Models for Compliance to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the Alberta Business Environment

The way banks account for potential losses are changing, and financial institutions are proactively adapting existing methodologies and developing new methodologies to remain compliant with regulation. The key ingredient of the myriad of evaluations of bank’s activities that are required for compliance is risk assessments. The purpose of this research project is to review the best practice risk models and adapt them to the financial profile of the business partner, and to the economic reality in which it operates.

Housing reconstruction cost model

This project is designed to analyze a list of insurance policies and past claims, and to determine which variables have had a significant influence on the cost of house reconstruction in the case of insurance claims. It is also planned to use a hedonic pricing model to include, where appropriate, the influence of location variables, neighborhood characteristics, and housing characteristics on the cost of house reconstruction.

Mexican Mining Policy and its Relationship with Canadian Investment

Currently, Mexico receives more international investment in the mining sector than any other Latin American country. Throughout the past five years Canadian private investment has accounted for between 70-75% of all international investment. This project aims to explore Canadian investment in the Mexican mining industry in order to determine how, why and when investment occurs.

Strategic asset allocation from a Canadian investment perspective

The project ? Strategic Asset Allocation from a Canadian Investment Perspective ? will focus on the efficient allocation design for a Canadian investor. This will be achieved throughforecasting of long-term (5-10 years) expected returns of Canadian fixed income and equities, as well as US and global equities. The forecasts mostly rely on economic/fundamental analysis such as the projections of inflation, GDP growth, dividend yield, etc.

Strengthening Canadian Competitiveness by Strengthening Local Value Chains

This proposed study is an unprecedented attempt by a North American municipality to proactively identify and strengthen the components of its local value chain to inform a comprehensive strategy dedicated to growing opportunities in local advanced manufacturing, targeting increasingly interwoven value chains. Surrey has the space and existing capabilities to become an advanced manufacturing hub for Canada, growing supply chains and attracting participants, which in turn will drive on-shoring of high value manufacturing in the region.

Global Country Risk Assessment and Selection

This project will involve the calculation of a global country risk measure for each of the 45 countries included in MSCI All Country World Index. Two alternative approaches will be used to develop our measures. The first is based on market segmentation and will use, for each country, the GICS industry group data consisting of earnings yield, book yield and gross profit. The second approach develops the risk measure based on the country’s susceptibility to extreme risks in local and global markets.

Unions and the Macro-Economy

This research proposes to examine the relationship between unionization in Canada and Canadian rates of employment, unemployment, and the distribution of earned income. Particular attention will be paid to the institutional environment in which unions and collective bargaining exist. The problem to be explored is the way in which the institutional environment (such as laws governing collective bargaining rights) has shaped the effect of unionization on the Canadian macro-economy and consequently affected the employment and income opportunities of working Canadians.

Measuring consumer response to online advertising: the case of mobile applications

To research will help Tap for Tap to generate and collect information on user behavior that can help improve their matching algorithms. The core of the work consists in analyzing a large dataset of app users’ responses to advertising. Clearly, much of this search for determinants of successful matching will be statistical in nature. Still, this search will also be guided by an alert eye on the mechanisms that may lie behind the relationships uncovered in the data.

Introducing Algorithm Trading/Investment to Hedge Funds and Family Offices

The intern will implement a comprehensive market validation study for two target markets: currency hedge funds and family offices. The plan will outline the size of the target markets, the competitive environment, the CTS Forex advantage, and the most efficient marketing channels. In addition, the intern will help in the development of two websites: 1. The corporate website to ensure it communicates the CTS Forexʼ’s value proposition effectively to the two target markets, 2. A website that aims to become a credible source on the performance of all trading systems in the market.

Consolidation and transformation of administrative data into research dataset

Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYCs) offer programming for young children (0 to 6) and their families. In Hamilton, there are five different OEYCs. The City of Hamilton helps the OEYCs with their planning and with assessing how their programs are helping families. This is complicated, because each OEYC keeps its own data. This project will develop a way to produce a single citywide set of OEYC data, on demand, out of the separate databases. This will improve the quality of the data available to support planning and local decision-making.

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