Innovative Business Strategies: Business development and export opportunities and challenges associated with small Canadian companies

The proposed research will explore two types of business strategies - cross-border business and remote work uptake - that can help small Canadian companies adapt to and recover from the shutdown policies put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the intern will begin by conducting two literature reviews - one to explore the costs and benefits of pursuing cross-border business, and another on best practices for maintaining productivity through remote work.

Using priority effects and soil amendments to optimize ecological restoration of the Fortis pipeline right-of-way.

FortisBC proposes to replace a pipeline in Kamloops, B.C. Of concern are habitat losses, loss of native plant communities and alteration of the composition of plant communities due to introduction of invasive species. My research addresses the role of order of seed arrival, called priority effects, and soil amendments such as straw matting and wood ash in facilitating ecosystem restoration after pipeline replacement.

Next Generation candidate screening and assessment platform featuring psychological profiling though gamification

This project is the first step to providing Thinking North’s Purple Squirrel recruitment platform to go beyond traditional matching with a novel, data-backed holistic candidate matching process. To provide a robust system, Thinking North is collaborating with Seneca’s School of Software Design and Data Science to use advanced artificial intelligence and gamification techniques to combine “psychology” and “gamification,” known as “psychification,” to enhance the screening aspect for a recruitment process.

Enhancing Reach and Penetration of Global Potato Industry Using Multi Channel Data Driven Strategies

Food Innovation Online Corp (FIO) is a New Brunswick(NB) based company that operates a website targeting the global potato industry. This website - - is the #1 website in the potato sector worldwide. As a result, the company has access to a large amount of data on the interests and information needs of this sector.

To bring this to the next level, the company has decided to move to a more formal data-driven decision model.

Red Sucker Lake First Nation traditional land use and land guardianship

This research will enable Red Sucker Lake (RSL) First Nation members to monitor RSL territory, lands and waterways and document Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS), including cultural aspects as well as environmental assessment, by video, maps and workshop teachings. In the process, Elders and Knowledge keepers will not only honour their cultural traditions but also train the next generation of leaders and land stewards.

Development of an aligned rolling footgear to reduce seabed impacts of bottom trawl fisheries

Northern Shrimp (Pandalus borealis) and Greenland Halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) located off the east coast of Nunavut (Arctic Canada) are currently harvested by factory freezer vessels using bottom trawls. This fishery is a major contribution to the territory’s economy. However, bottom trawling is not without its ecological impact. Bottom trawl’s footgear, located below the fishing line and in contact with the seabed to protect the netting and to guide animals into the trawl net, can cause an impact to the seabed.

Determining how to create and measure engaging cultural learning through experiential digital media

Education has been undergoing a major shift in recent years. With the rise of social media, handheld devices, and the internet itself, schools have been encouraged to adapt to these developments. One aspect of these movements that has not been given as much attention in education, is that of video games. Many video games today have links with various social issues and historical topics, yet they are not often present in social science classrooms.

Hidden Champion Businesses: The Way to Revitalize the Economy of Newfoundland and Labrador for Post-Covid-19 Era

The effect of a collapse in oil prices coupled with a province-wide lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak will have a significant impact on the economic future of NL. A spiking unemployment rate due to job losses in the services and tourism sector will be difficult to mitigate in the short to medium-term; if not handled, it could easily ripen into a larger societal issue in the long-term.

Building Systems Operational Dashboard and Analysis

Mircom is a Canadian Company that operates as a global player the building solutions sector and is the largest independent fire alarm and control system manufacturer in North America, with product lines spanning Fire Alarm and Emergency Audio, Communications, and Security and brands include Mircom™ Secutron™, and U.E.C.™ United Export Corporation. This project will boost Mircom’s competitiveness in global markets by using data effectively to improve operating margins.

Development of a Low-Cost Air Purifier for use in First Nation Houses to Improve Indoor Air Quality Affected by Mould, Smoke Particulate, and Air-borne Viruses such as COVID-19

Poor indoor air quality in First Nation’s homes is a major issue. Toxic particles such as mould, particulate matter from smoke due to tobacco or woodstoves use, radon progeny, and airborne viruses such as COVID-19, pose serious health hazards. An evidence-based research program is proposed to develop and evaluate through laboratory testing and field application various prototype air purifying and ventilation techniques appropriate for use in First Nation houses.