Understanding Health and Life Sciences Research and Innovation Impact in British Columbia

This project seeks to demonstrate the impact of health and life sciences research in the Province of British Columbia. Researchers from Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia – Okanagan are working closed with the Genome BC and Michael Smith’s Foundation to develop new methodology to assess the value of health and life sciences research holistically.

Transfer of nutrients and contaminants from wetlands to rivers by water boatmen

This research will explore how the annual migration of small insects known as water boatmen affect fish in rivers. It will first use natural fingerprints called stable isotope ratios that differ between wetlands and rivers, to trace how much of fish diet is made up of water boatmen after they arrive in rivers from wetlands in the fall. It will then test to see if water boatmen are bringing any toxic chemicals with them when they migrate.

Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) embryo development and population assessment in the Tobique River Basin: potential for impacts from industry activities

Atlantic Salmon populations are steadily declining in the Saint John River system, with environmental, physical, and biological factors likely acting cumulatively. The Tobique River catchment is a major spawning area for Atlantic Salmon in northwestern NB and features industrial land-use practices adjacent to rivers, including glyphosate-based herbicide spraying from silviculture operations and linear power-corridor maintenance.

Mapping the experiences and struggles of un(der)employed Afro-Caribbean “Black” (ACB) young men in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa

This project sets out to learn how young Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) men are supported when they utilize Youth Employment Training Programs (YETP). The study will collect information, based on the lived experiences of the young men, while also taking into account of the perspectives of YETP coordinators, Employers who work with YETP, and government and non-government funders who provide monetary support to YETP's. The research will be situated in three Canadian Cities (Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal), which have high ACB population.

Sharing the Story of the Canaan-Washademoak Watershed: The Last 30 Years through Data

The intern will take data that has already been collected within the watershed going back to the 1980s and present it in a way that is easily understood by an average resident. The information will be shared online using a format called Story Mapping, which creates interactive maps that help the average citizen understand complex data in an engaging way.

Self-supervised learning for EEG signals

An increasing number of wearable devices collect and use physiological information to track physical and mental health on a daily basis. While large-scale research initiatives allow an unprecedented amount of data to be collected, biosignal analysis techniques have yet to catch up. Indeed, analysis tools designed by hand based on small datasets available in traditional research settings are still widely used.

Social Enterprise, Impact and Sustainability Using the Logic of Business Models

Social enterprise is an approach that applies business tactics to solving a social or environmental challenge. Social entrepreneurship can be found in any organizational setting: non-profit, business, and government. This Research Project is designed to study innovative social enterprises, with the goal of creating a taxonomy of business models in social entrepreneurship. Taxonomic information is useful in creating shared language in emerging field.

Storying Access: Reconciling the Effects of Betterment Discourses in Southern Ontario's Early 20th Century Domestic Science Education

Building on my recent archival research, my Mitacs project explores the ways early 20th century discourses of betterment and progress, such as eugenics, in southern Ontario were unevenly entwined within rural domestic science educational institutions and connected to cultural histories and legacies of colonialism that diminished and disappeared young women who did not fit the normative middle-class lives of white, able-bodied women who studied, taught, and led in the field of domestic science.

Improving Social Justice and Economic Stewardship along the Global Value Chain: The Effectiveness of Interventions within Fragile Environments

Governments and consumers increasingly are demanding that companies take concrete action to improve environmental stewardship and social justice along their entire supply chain. In developing countries, however, this effort is hampered by lack of knowledge as to what kinds of initiatives yield positive outcomes. This research is a pilot project to develop new insights into the conditions under which local mining communities can improve their living conditions.

LGBTQI2S Seniors’ Safety in Public Services

This project will result in a national environmental scan on LGBTQI2S seniors’ safety in health care, social care and municipal public services. It aims to identify promising policies and practices as well as systemic and structural barriers. It will also include the experiences of LGBTQI2S workers who serve seniors, a largely unexplored area. Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are national organizations with common interests and distinct positions from which to influence change.

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