Increasing energy conservation through tenant engagement in high rise buildings in Toronto

Residential high-rise buildings consume large amounts of energy for their cooling and heating needs. A large portion of this energy is wasted due to aging infrastructure, lack of proper maintenance, and occupants’ lack of awareness about energy conservation measures. While the economic and environmental benefits of physical retrofit of aging high-rises is well understood in terms of return of investment (ROI), the same understanding is very limited as it relates to economic, environmental as well as social benefits of engaging occupants.

Employer Demand-Driven Training (EDDT) Programs for Youth Employment

The proposed research project will research and evaluate the impact of Employer Demand-Driven Training (EDDT) programs undertaken in 5 pilot sites in Ontario. As a strategy, ‘demand-driven’ means putting businesses at the centre of workforce training development and using their workforce needs and challenges as the starting point to design effective programs. In this way, training is directly relevant to market demand.

Shared Platforms: Creating Sustainable Social Enterprise

The shared platform model is emerging as an innovative organizational structure. The proposed research aims to gain a deeper understanding of shared platforms strengths, barriers to success, and their potential impact on the social enterprise sector in a rural area. The shared platform organizational model provides two distinctive features for both business supports and mentorship through an administrative hub, and the opportunity to collaborate, create Communities of Practice to drive innovation.

By the North with the North: Community Building in Northern Saskatchewan

This unique research project, undertaken by Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) students, contributes significantly to our understanding of the North. The research focuses on community-based responses to rapid economic, social, and environmental changes and the development of the local capacity to respond. The analysis is collaborative, involving key stakeholders at the community and multi-community levels, and is informed by their values and interests.

Consumption of Luxury Brands at wedding functions of Punjabi Jat Sikh Community in India: A Study of Consumer Aspirations

The objective of this research is to understand the concept of consumer aspirations in terms of its life cycle, formation and manifestation during rites of passage events such as weddings in a particular culture. The focus is mainly on social class mobility based on consumer aspirations and on the process of transfer of these aspirations from one person to another [or from one family to another] in the context of social class. The research also highlights the sources of aspirations for luxury brands and various alternatives.

Estimating Loss Given Default by Mixture Beta Distribution Model

Although beta distribution models are a well-known tool for evaluating the recovery risk of credit instruments, concerns are raised regarding tractability its analysis and simulation. The project attempts to address such concerns by incorporating a mixture beta distribution model. The project will compare the efficiency of the proposed model with the commonly used beta distribution model. In addition, the intern will compare the mixture beta distribution model with the credit risk model that is currently employed by Sun Life Financial.

Survey on the Culture of Lawfuless

The proposed research project will examine the relationship between firms and the culture of lawfulness of the environment in which they are embedded. Specifically, the societal and cultural features that undermine the rule of law by promoting the normalcy of rule-breaking will be studied in terms of both how firms understand and are affected by them.

A Security and Privacy Model for M-Services in Toy Computing

The research project aims to develop a systematic methodology to link safety policy in terms of security and privacy considerations to the realization of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which encourages users to use their own mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablet PCs, to access various services to support a workflow in a Cloud infrastructure.

Urban Economic Innovation Lab – Phase 1

Vancouver’s inner city is experiencing disproportionate levels of poverty and is under strong development pressure, with concern that few of the associated benefits are being captured by local communities and economies. An appetite exists for innovation in economic development but current community capacity to explore and support these ideas is limited. RADIUS SFU and Ecotrust Canada are developing a social innovation lab methodology and framework that works with community to design, test and launch new approaches to sustainable economic development.

Examining Health & Safety Risk Assessment in the Oil and Gas Industry

This research project in intended to explore the personal health and safety factors that indicate risk in the oil and gas sector and whether there are any early-warning risk factors that exist. In this industry, organizations typically measure risk by analyzing the personal safety of its workers. Currently, personal health and safety is measured using historical data such as the number of workplace injuries over the past month, quarter, year, and so on.

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