By-Products to Business Cases- BC-560

Desired discipline(s): Engineering - chemical / biological, Engineering, Engineering - other, Business, Social Sciences & Humanities, Economics
Company: Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation
Project Length: 4 to 6 months
Preferred start date: 01/04/2021
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Trail - Remote Working Accepted, BC, Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 1
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About the company: 

The Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC) is committed to a comprehensive, region-wide approach to drive economic growth in the “Lower Columbia” sub-region of the West Kootenay (Trail, Rossland, Fruitvale, Warfield, Montrose and Regional Districts Area A & B), and assists existing business and industry to maintain a healthy economic climate, while identifying and pursuing new economic opportunities (www.lcic.ca). 

Please describe the project.: 

The Opportunity: To work with Metal Tech Alley and Teck Trail Operations to develop business cases for by-products for use in real world applications. The researcher will gain experience in market and technical research while growing their network in the field of metallurgy and materials innovation. The resulting business cases will be used by Metal Tech Alley staff to market globally for investment attraction. This is a chance for the researcher to participate directly in an effort to grow the circular economy and reduce industrial waste.

The Project: The researcher will be given a shortlist of Teck by-products (up to 6) for which they will assess and choose potential applications. They will conduct market research and analysis to determine the products’ commercial viability. The researcher will also be required to investigate the technical requirements of processing the materials and associated costs of production. A short report for each by-product business case is the required outcome, as well as assistance in the creation of posters for advertising.

Required expertise/skills: 

  • chemical or materials science or engineering background, especially with expertise in metallurgy
  • business/economics knowledge - especially expertise in supply chain management or entrepreneurship
  • research and analytical thinking skills
  • communication skills
  • innovative and creative thinking skills