Evaluating the Economic Impact of Greater Victoria's Technology Sector

The objective of this research project is to locate VIATeC (the Victoria Advanced Technology Council), its member companies, and the Greater Victoria technology sector in general in relation to its current strategic environment. Through a review of the literature, surveys, interviews, and focus groups, the researcher will bring answers to the following questions: (1) What is the collective economic impact of the technology©sector companies in the Greater Victoria region and in the province of British Columbia?

Replacing mercury use and improving gold recovery in artisanal operations

This study aims to improve a process to recover gold in artisanal mining operations by treating a gravity concentrate with cyanide in a closed circuit in a ball mill, trapping gold particles in a capsule of activated carbon in the mill. The main innovation of this process is the use of the activated carbon inside the mill, with no need to remove the balls. Cyanide is safely degraded when the process is complete, with no residual damage to the environment, when the process is carefully applied.

Meeting the needs of African refugee youth in Metro Vancouver

Although there is an identified need among African refugee youth for programs that can improve their social and economic settlement outcomes, evidence suggests extremely low levels of participation among African refugee youth in programs designed for young people.

Verification, Validation and Expansion of the Business of Carbon Sequestration Through Land Reclamation and Afforestation

Fair Trade Carbon Limited (FTC) and its subsidiary Fair Trade Carbon Uganda are companies founded by UBC graduate students, Canadian tree planters and Ugandan educators in an effort to develop forest carbon markets in both countries based on a for-profit, community direct investment model. FTC Uganda currently manages eight tree plantations and with water scarcity in some areas, the company desires to know the effect of tree plantations on local water resources.

Systems Integration of Automatic Specimen Processor with a Petri Net Approach to Control, Diagnose and Prevent System Faults

Microbiology analysis is an essential tool for diagnosing infectious diseases in health and medical services. The subfield of Bacteriology receives the largest volume in human specimens (i.e. urine and swab samples). For an average sized clinical lab, 1,000 to 5,000 samples would need to be processed daily. Such high demand in conjunction with the labour‐intensive and error prone analysis techniques makes automation an excellent solution for optimizing laboratory human resources.

Father engagement in addictions health services

Father engagement in addictions services with substance‐using mothers may be neglected, resulting in mothers’ poorer engagement and retention in addictions services, and subsequent compromised family health. To determine the extent and nature of father exclusion in ante‐partum, partum and post‐partum addictions services, and whether father exclusion affects mothers’ engagement and retention in services, a mixed methods study, using qualitative and quantitative methods, will be conducted at Fir Square Combined Care Unit, BC Women’s Hospital.

Understanding the importance of “timing” in pesticide application and studying the volatilization of individual components of botanical pesticides on surfaces and their effects on pests

This internship is with EcoSafe Natural Products Inc., a consulting and contract R&D company specializing in research and development for companies in pesticides, fertilizers, personal care and other specialty areas of industry. In this project, the research team will study the vitalization of different constituents of botanical pesticides over time; the emission pattern and persistence of these pesticides on different surfaces within different environmental conditions, and also the behavioural responses of difference pests to different products.

Patient-reported outcomes of individuals living with an implanted cardioverter defibrillator

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), life‐saving devices that may prevent sudden cardiac death from cardiac arrhythmias, are implanted in people who have had cardiac arrests and increasingly in people with severe heart failure who are at risk for a primary ventricular arrhythmia. The clinical benefits of ICD implantation contrasts with evidence suggesting ICDs may also have untoward effects on recipients’ quality of life and psycho‐emotional status. Yet, the research on ICDs and patient‐reported outcomes is very limited and has produced inconclusive findings.

Optimization in multi-currency transaction system

PeerFX Inc. provides a peer to peer currency exchange platform that brings the small business client and individuals together and allows them to exchange currencies with each other. Rather than being charged a high spread in a bank, the users save significantly in this transaction system. However, the demand and supply of currencies normally cannot be balanced merely by the clients. PeerFX should exchange the extra supply of currencies for other deficient currencies with a third party, currency exchanges.

Green Technology – the Role the Municipal Government Can Play

Despite being in a natural environment for success, Vancouver’s green technology industry has yet to take‐off. The Vancouver Economic Development commission, as part of its mandate, is seeking ways to help existing businesses and make policy recommendations to the City of Vancouver with regards to the green technology sector. The research project being undertaken focuses on determining the key opportunities for the green technology industry in Vancouver at the municipal level.

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