Evaluating and learning from a mind-body medicine course: A mixed methods study

This project learns from the experience of participants in an eight-week Mind-Body Medicine program (MBM). Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) teaches people how to help themselves by uncovering and engaging their inner resources and building resilience, broadly understood. The eight-week MBM program is delivered through the Iris Centre for Mindfulness, Peace and Healing in Fredericton. The research synthesizes the data gathered through two previous Mitacs funded projects. The first project analyzed nearly 1000 course completion surveys.

Informal entrepreneurship education with youth: possibilities of an online platform

Entrepreneurship often refers to the founding of new businesses. However, new perspectives see the benefit of entrepreneurship for other areas of individual and social well-being. Such a change in perspective allows us to see the benefit of teaching about entrepreneurship at younger ages. This project aims to investigate possibilities of an online platform for providing entrepreneurship education in informal educational settings (at home/with parents, and in schools/communities).

Indigenizing ‘Equine Assisted Learning’: developing and evidencing Syilx horseculture based youth wellness programs

Horses have long held special cultural, spiritual and economic importance in many Indigenous North American cultures, offering teaching, healing and connection to the environment. There is research which supports the value of ‘equine therapy’ and even some that highlights the usefulness of equine assisted interventions for Indigenous ‘clients’, but this project is the first to work from the ground up, working with Indigenous horse culture knowledge to develop and document the development of an Indigenous horse-culture-based wellness program.

Racialized skilled immigrant women’s labour market integration and career advancement in the Greater Toronto Area

This research investigates the experiences and perspectives of skilled newcomer women in Ontario to understand the factors and facilitators which support their transition and integration to the Canadian labour market.

Bridging the Gap Between Education and Entrepreneurship

Educators and Entrepreneurs often live in two separate worlds, but the reality is, many entrepreneurs cross into the role of educators when they begin offering learning experiences to their customers. This research project, Bridging the Gap Between Education and Entrepreneurship, aims to address the problem of subject matter experts not knowing how to turn their knowledge into digestible learning experiences for participants.

Re-imagining knowledge mobilization in a carbon-constrained world: A design research on transnational and transdisciplinary collaborations for Adaptation Futures

Major sustainability challenges, such as climate change, are global; thus, addressing them requires active transnational and cross-sectoral approaches to knowledge sharing for collective action. However, the dominant practice of flying thousands of scientists and delegates to attend climate summits and international meetings is responsible for a significant share of carbon emissions. The question, then, is how to scale up global action while simultaneously reducing the environmental impacts of such operations.

Internship Placement Management System

MiNextStep will develop a web-based software application and platform to serve the needs of stakeholders involved in work placements (internships and co-op programs): employers, students and internship coordinators in universities.

Drawing to Inclusion

Drawing to Inclusion is an investigation that will propose a tool/approach to facilitate user’s involvement in the housing design process. AIR studio alongside Design for Inclusion, a research-to-action initiative, are seeking new methods with which to interface people’s lived-experience with the spaces in which they live.

Validating the Positive Workplace Framework to strengthen mental fitness, resiliency, and positive leadership practices

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to address workplace wellness. The Positive Workplace Framework (PWF) is used in many workplace settings to improve well-being, engagement, and productivity. This study will address the French version of the PWF and its two questionnaires, the Mental Fitness and Resiliency Inventory (MFRI) and the Positive Leadership Inventory (PLI). The PWF’s theoretical foundations validated, the psychometric properties of both questionnaires will be described, and the important role leadership competencies play in a workplace will be demonstrated.

Does the Internationalization of Higher Education in Canadian Universities/Colleges Promote Inclusion or a Structure of Exploitation? A Study of South Asian Students’ Perspectives

This research investigates the experiences of South Asian international students in Ontarian universities and colleges to understand how these institutions have been addressing these students’ diverse needs for their socio-cultural and academic integration. While working closely with the Councils of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA), this study will interview South Asian students in at least two Ontarian universities and colleges and will attempt to examine their experiences, needs, and difficulties in Canada.