Through the use of a community-based social marketing strategy that focuses on perceived benefits and barriers to urban cycling for transportation, the research project will serve to expand the services and usage of BikeChain: the University of Toronto’s not for profit bicycle repair shop. The work will increase the reach of BikeChain’s services within the campus population and provide a social platform to engage and support the uptake of cycling behavior.
The project aims to address issues in the pricing of interest rate derivatives in an illiquid market. In particular, the project will examine the pricing of options on the Brazilian average interbank deposit rate index. A critical element in determining appropriate prices is the volatility implied by observable market prices. However, the lack of liquidity in these markets makes that problematic. The project will examine different methodologies for producing implied volatilities for use in a pricing model.
Over the years, the methodology for public consultation has evolved to include public information meetings and hearings, telephone polls and surveys, and most recently online engagement. Increasingly, government is emphasizing evidence-based decision-making. They recognize that existing methods are lacking in reaching a broad demographic. Internet communication technology has made it possible to reach a broader spectrum of the public however until recently, that interaction has been anonymous and anecdotal at best.
The specific aim of this study is to examine the demand for a social-network based dynamic ridesharing system called FacePorter. The study will also be focused on the role that social networks can play in facilitating this ride-sharing Program. The University of Calgary population will be examined as potential users for such service. A combination of stated preference and revealed preference survey would be conducted to examine the willingness of the University population to use this system and the factors which would contribute to its success.
This Mitacs internship will determine the economic feasibility of the repurposing of 312/324 Main Street into a Centre for Social Innovation and Inclusion (CSII) in Vancouver. CSII is modeled on the successful Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto. CSII aims to create cooperative networks among different social groups, cultivating an environment of reciprocity.
Hover is a new chamber opera by UBC DMA candidate (music composition) Benton Roark and UBC MFA alumnus (creative writing) Lindsay Cuff that explores different types of seemingly impossible travails that human bodies go through and their ways of coping. The importance of water is made evident by the action that is set in, on top of, and around an indoor pool. Water is used both as a symbol – in transitions of time, space, and consciousness – and as a substance with dramatic meaning – in a swimming lesson, water torture, and an incredible circus act involving a water tank.
Retail businesses are increasingly reliant on fine-grained data about customer preferences, demographics, and behavior, as collected by sources that range from loyalty programs and sales records, to physical sensors. Typically such data is leveraged in the context of a report or statistical summary used to advise human decision-makers. In contrast to the retail sector, industrial areas like manufacturing have a long history of operations research, whereby data serves not only to populate reports, but as the basis for optimizing objectives and supporting decisions mathematically.
The gNutrition for Youh initiative is a recent and unique partnership sponsored by Thrifty Foods, and delivered through 18 municipal recreation centres, with Springwell Nutrition Group, and evaluated by the University of Victoria. In 2008]09, over 1,300 participants attended education seminars. More than 225 also attended grocery stores tours. Process evaluation data suggested that the initiative was very well received.
The project with the Canadian Federation of the Blind, an organization working to establish positive and productive roles for blind people in Canada, will include the researching, development and implementation of a mixed-methods survey providing accurate statistics on the employment of blind people in the Greater Victoria area and narratives on their experiences in seeking and attaining meaningful employment.