Alternative financing and feasibility assessment for First Nation housing initiatives

The research would evaluate the existing financing options for home building in the first nationcommunity. It would also look at the viability of using alternative finanCing vehicle for channelingprivate equity from the various markets. This research hopes to provide the First Nations communities with the necessary financial tools to leverage the existing equity market through both private and public funding.

On the forefront of green technology

The company is working with tight industry deadlines, hoping to commercialize their fuel cells for use in consumer vehicles within a few years’ time whilst competing against the likes of Hyundai and Toyota.  As part of its bid to be on the cutting-edge of the technology, AFCC engaged in a Mitacs Elevate Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Ehsan Sadeghi of Simon Fraser University to develop accurate models of platinum alloy catalyst deployment used in the operation of a vehicle fuel cell.

Capacity building for good governance and economic development in First Nations in British Columbia

The Ahp-cii-uk Community Society and the Beedie School of Business are submitting a research cluster proposal to the MITACS Accelerate Program with the purpose to continue research conducted by the Ahp-cii-uk Leadership Initiative in the three Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of Ahousaht, Ehattesaht and Tseshaht.

Designing a kinect camera-based API to detect qualities of movement

Despite enormous advances in technology, digital interfaces continue to rely on text and image based communication, demonstrating a lack of support for full-body sensory engagement, and downplaying the body’s role in communication and experience. This dependence on visual modes of input and output relies heavily on an individual’s attention, presenting problems for people performing tasks such as walking or driving. There is currently much work being done on gestural movement interaction as an alternative input method with most research addressing functional or task-oriented movement.

Tracking seafood from fish harvesters to consumers

Having developed key relationships and a trail platform with the seafood industry across the country, Ecotrust Canada was ready to launch Thisfish as a full, social-purpose venture. Simon Fraser University student George Chatzivasileiou undertook a Mitacs Accelerate internship to conduct industry research and contributing to key aspects of the business plan.

Mitacs collaborates with research partners to investigate innovative therapies

Every year, thousands of Canadian children are diagnosed with, or treated for, brain disorders such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and cerebral palsy. As a national scientific research network, NeuroDevNet has dedicated its mission towards finding the root causes of these disorders. 

Mitacs Accelerate intern models success for her future

Through a Mitacs Accelerate internship at the end of her Masters at Simon Fraser University, Vivien Lo was asked to  develop a cost-benefit model for their technology— a challenge which landed her a job with the company full-time.

Having already completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Cellular Biology, Vivien found herself craving an entry into industry. This led her to SFU’s 2-year Masters of Business Administration for the Management of Technology (MBAMOT) program where she was awarded a Mitacs Accelerate internship for a graduating final project in the fall of 2011. 

A system dynamics model of the continuum of care for HIV

Operations Research — often referred to as the “Science of Better” — uses Mathematics to improve the efficiency of everything from the operation of airlines to hospitals. In collaboration with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital and Merck Frosst, this project will use Operations Research to improve the treatment and care of HIV/AIDS patients in British Columbia. The delivery of care to HIV/AIDS patients is a complex process.

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