Health promotion is particularly important in mines, as their employees (primarily men) are less likely to get regular physical exams, seek health care, or proactively address mental health issues of excessive stress or depression, due to various social and demographic factors.
When InteliRain CEO Cam Cote realised that wind was thwarting the efficiency of his sprinklers, he turned to a University of Alberta mathematician to develop an innovative solution through a Mitacs internship.
Hospital emergency rooms face many challenges including overcrowding due, in part, to repeat visitors. Some are patients with mental health issues or addictions who return because they don’t know where else to go during a crisis. But ERs aren’t always the best places for them.
“I don’t think I realized I was an entrepreneur at first,” says Jeremy Koenig, founder of Halifax-based genomics start-up, Athletigen. “But then as I got more experience, I started to realize how my background in research could be an asset to me in founding a company — so I did just that.”
At the start of their collaboration, Professor Cort’s team set out to use game-like software to create simulations that mimic a worker’s motions during the installation of parts on the assembly line. The Ford ergonomics team could then use these simulations to evaluate which motions may pose increased risk to cause injuries.
As the province with the highest crime rate in Canada, Saskatchewan has also been increasingly successful at reducing the rate and severity of crimes since 2003. Innovative approaches to policing and crime reduction have helped to tackle one of the most pressing social issues in the province.
There is no doubt that clean technologies will one day fuel every car on the road. This vision has prompted international car manufacturers to invest heavily into cleaner vehicle alternatives such as electric power cars.
“When we do a study like this, it lets us answer the question of how our rivers and forests are doing, it lets us know what our company’s water footprint looks like, and it gives us opportunities to be a good corporate citizen."