Hidden Champions Businesses II: A Survey of Recent Theory and Empirical Evidence

This investigation will examine real-world potential Canadian hidden champions through a survey to gain further insight into what characteristics enable hidden champions to thrive. This survey will also expose a need for a more thorough case study (titled “A case study on Hidden Champions in North America, Europe and Asia) to examine the nuances of regional hidden champions and how they express themselves differently around the world.

Kisik clean energy solar photovoltaic power with Sayisi Dene First Nation

Sayisi Dene First Nation is a fly-in remote northern Manitoba community wanting to shift to clean energy. Kisik Clean Energy focuses for this project on shifting this diesel energy-dependent First Nation communities to solar energy integrating energy storage with lithium-ion batteries for assisting with microgrid technology. The Sun will soon deliver the Sayisi Dene community's power, and the diesel generators can switch off to reduce the diesel used per year.

Kitigay: Indigenous food systems research with Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Manitoba

This research documents the social impact of an Indigenous food systems development and education program called Kitigay. Kitigay means to plant in Ojibway to describe planting food but also ideas and education. This proposed participatory research supports farm and wild rice paddy design, implementation, training, and food product marketing in the First Nation of Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. This research explores how community-led Indigenous food systems education and projects can meet communities' needs and priorities to foster Indigenous food sovereignty and self-determination.

Understanding Indigenous Graduate Students and Their Motivations to Pursue a Career in Research

The research project that will be conducted by the intern will enable the creation of a questionnaire that will later be deployed to the indigenous researcher (and graduate student) community. Most of the activities will involve gathering and analysis information from databases (i.e., Aboriginal People’s Survey) and interviews (and focus groups) to ensure that we are asking the right questions. The aim is to better understand the enablers and constraints facing indigenous researchers in Canada, in order to help design interventions that could boost the former and mitigate the latter.

Examining the effect of biochar on C sequestration, greenhouse gas production, and soil biogeochemistry in different agricultural operations in Alberta

Application of biochar to enhance the growth of crops and final yield in agriculture has received a lot of attention recently, while the benefits to environment through deceleration of carbon loss and greenhouse gases leading to control climate changes and global warming are poorly understood. This study focuses on possible changes of biochar on carbon content, greenhouse gases, physicochemical properties, and microbial structure of the soil in Alberta.

Effects of off-road vehicle activities on plant and soil properties in Canadian ecosystems

The use of off-road vehicles (ORVs) in natural environments has accelerated dramatically over the past few decades, increasing the potential for ecosystem degradation and the need to establish policies and develop technologies that minimize the impacts of ORVs on the environment. Although the environmental consequences from ORVs are known to be highly degrading and a threat to ecosystem integrity and natural functioning, research on the physical and environmental impacts caused by different ORV activities remains limited, specifically those aimed at exploring low-impact technologies.

An Assessment and Ranking of Sustainable Material Alternatives to the Soon to be Banned Single-Use Plastic Products

According to the government, Canadians throw away more than 3 million tons of plastic waste every year, and only 9% of that plastic is recycled. A lot of this plastic litter which has found its way into Canada’s freshwater environments, is comprised of single-use plastics. DYA – a sustainable consumables startup is striving to understand which mix of materials will give them the greatest competitive advantage within their market segment. The research used to develop and support this research project will consist solely of secondary sources.

Ecology and Conservation of Grassland Songbirds in the Waterton Park Front Area

The objective of this project is to establish a long-term study on the ecology of grassland songbirds in the Waterton Park Front Area (just outside of Waterton National Park), Alberta. The student will examine how different grazing regimes and other management actions influence birds. Fieldwork, which will occur from approximately May to July each year, will involve bird surveys, vegetation monitoring, and interacting with a variety of stakeholders. The Nature Conservancy of Canada will benefit by learning how different management strategies on their properties influence grassland songbirds.

Managing the transportation of hazardous materials with disruptions and uncertainties

Given the harmful nature of Hazardous materials (Hazmats), the corresponding transportation and storage processes are always associated with substantial levels of risks. Targeting the real-world circumstances with disruptions and uncertainties, the proposed research aims to seek alternative and adaptive solutions for proper locations of Hazmat facilities, suitable assignment of customers to active sites, and efficient routing plans from both cost and risk perspectives.

Evaluating the role of summer forage quality and quantity on cow moose condition, fecundity, and survival in WMU 3-18

Moose populations in the Thompson-Okanagan region have declined at an alarming rate (up to 90%) in the past 25 years. The moose population decline corresponds with a dramatic increase in forestry cut blocks for salvage logging after mountain pine beetle infestation. Plants in cut blocks grow in full sunlight and have more energy to create compounds that protect them from being eaten by herbivores and reduce their nutritional quality. We will compare the nutritional quality of plants growing in and out of cut blocks to see if cut blocks provide less nutrition for moose.

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