Governing innovation and knowledge sharing to increase adaptive capacity of forest industry in Quesnel, British Columbia

In Quesnel, British Columbia, efforts to stimulate innovation and diversify actors of local forest industry can be challenging for emerging locally-driven small forest enterprises that have limited capacity and resources. Building an inclusive forest industry that constitutes existing large forest enterprises and locally-controlled small forest enterprises in the landscapes therefore involves strengthening networks of knowledge and innovation.

Optimising Green Rainwater Infrastructure for Rain City Strategy Targets

The City of Vancouver’s Integrated Rainwater Management Plan and Rain City Strategy provides rainwater management targets and design standards for public spaces (streets, public spaces, parks) and private spaces (private property, City-owned property) in the City of Vancouver. To reach these targets, the City has adopted several Green Rainwater Infrastructure (GRI) approaches to achieve the design standards in both types of spaces. The GRI types that will help the City meet its targets sustainably include green roofs, rain barrels, and rain.

Bullying Purposely Left Out?: Canada’s amended Labour Code and its potential impact on Indigenous workers

Workplace discrimination is common for Indigenous people (1,2). Unacceptable behaviours may take place at work, such as threats, intimidation, or violence (2). The workplace is a location where behaviour labeled as ‘bullying’ occurs (1,3). When examining Indigenous workers, the impacts of behaviour defined as bullying (and the mere act of defining the behaviour as bullying rather than racism, violence or harassment) may be exacerbated given the unique history of Indigenous people.

Development and Evaluation of Interventions for Farm Machinery Operators to Improve Musculoskeletal and Cognitive Health

Producers and farm workers are exposed to whole-body vibration (WBV) on a regular basis when operating farm machinery. The short-term effect of WBV include cognitive impairment and musculoskeletal disorders, such as low back pain. To aid in promoting worker cognitive and musculoskeletal health, rest and/or activity breaks may provide relief from these hazards and can be implemented immediately without cash investment. For these breaks to be appealing, they must be effective in reducing adverse health effects from WBV exposure, and must be feasible for field implementation.

Synthesis and Development of Low-Cost and High-Quality Graphene Nanostructures

Graphene is the thinnest, lightest, strongest, and a highly conductive material discovered to date, which makes it attractive for diverse applications, ranging from energy storage devices, electronics and automotive to construction. Despite the unique properties of graphene and its potential application in various industries, the widespread application of graphene is still limited due to the high cost of starting materials, high production cost, or low production volume.

Threats to urban-forest sustainability in Halifax Regional Municipality

Our research aims to provide reliable information to HRM’s urban forestry staff for decision-making to enhance the sustainability of the city’s tree population. One student will investigate the factors that contribute to poor health and mortality of new street trees, aiming to assist the urban forestry staff to alleviate these factors in future plantings.

Rural Philanthropy: Mapping Patterns of Charitable Giving in Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada’s Atlantic Region

With ever-changing rural economies and landscapes, it is essential to identify alternative ways that charitable and non-profits organizations, as well as communities, can be adaptive and resilient to the changing circumstances they face.
In partnership with McConnell Foundation and IBEC, this project will examine the environmental philanthropic landscape in Newfoundland and Labrador and Atlantic Canada to better understand the challenges, barriers and potential of gaining charitable status to support environmentally focused charities and non-profits.

Supporting Canadian families: A national review of the F&ST program

Family Service Canada (FSC) is a Canadian nonprofit organization dedicated to building healthy families. One program delivered by FSC, called Family & Schools Together, has been shown to help families become more involved in their children’s education and support student’s learning but it has not yet been researched in Canada. To find out if this program is helpful for Canadian families, we will be interviewing FSC staff, families, children, and teachers across five FSC sites to determine whether or not they feel the F&ST program is effective.

An Investigation into the Role of Fe Mineralogy in Hydrocarbon Remediation in Western Canadian Soils

Contamination of soils with toxic hydrocarbons (e.g. benzene) is a widespread environmental concern in Canada. Remediation of contaminated soils is often destructive to land resources. In-situ remediation built on soil infiltration with biostimulatory solutions represents an effective approach that bypasses this drawback, however field studies suggest it is not effective under all conditions. The reason for this, however, is unclear.

Next-Generation Coating Materials for Architectural Lighting

Architectural and decorative lighting have significant impacts on our daily lives, especially our moods and mental health. We propose to combine supramolecular chemistry and cellulose nanocrystal gels, two intriguing research field in chemistry and material sciences, in order to develop the next-generation coating materials for architectural lighting. Such gel materials have the ability to change color and pattern spontaneously over time, which can be programmed or customized.