Rapid Health Impact Assessment On Introducing Permanent High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes and High Occupancy Tolls Lanes In the Greater Toronto Area

The WHO defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. The holistic nature of this definition provides the basis for an all-encompassing evaluation of health, which is the guiding principle behind health impact assessment (HIA). An emerging area of public concern in Canada is the assessment of the potential impact that transportation infrastructure has on human health. HIA is ideally placed for such an assessment.

Increase adoption of new hybrid telehealth delivery system for remote & marginalized BC communities

The goal of this project is to improve the health of patients in rural and First Nations communities by improving the implementation and delivery of telemedicine services. The intern will study the telemedicine clinic in Nisga’a territory, which is run through a partnership between Livecare (a telemedicine company run by physicians) and the Nisga’a Valley Health Authority (NVHA), who manage healthcare services for their members. The clinic that Livecare operates in Taylor, BC will be examined as a second case study.

Comparative effectiveness, and network meta-analysis of pre-insulin oral hypoglycemic drugs in the treatment of type II diabetes

The proposed project is two-phased. The first phase involves a study that will use specialized research analysis
techniques to compare the effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs used to treat type II diabetes and to identify if a
group of drugs are producing similar benefits in terms of controlling the disease. The applicant’s clinical and
epidemiological background would bring value to our study design for this and future projects. The second phase
involves economic cost modeling that will forecast financial implications of study findings.

Nsyilxcn Revitalization and Documentation (Year 2)

The Nsyilxcn (Syilx Okanagan Interior Salish) language is critically endangered; fewer than fifty Elder speakers remain, no young people are learning at home and no effective school programs. Syilx people are highly invested in creating language opportunities, including teaching positions in schools, daycares, and adult programs, however no young speakers exist to staff them. Questions arise: how can we make Nsyilxcn language transmission more effective? What are the barriers to success, including linguistic, methodological, organizational, and community capacity challenges?

iCity Urban Informatics for Sustainable Metropolitan Growth

The visualization/decision support work encompassed by this application addresses key elements of the upgrade path for that strategic part of IBM Canada's smarter cities product and service portfolio– as urban transport systems evolve, their escalating complexity requires more advanced visualization tools and practices.

Building Prosperity / Building Communities: exploring the value of landscape level approaches to heritage and diversity

How can cities positively make use of their heritage in ways which support future their prosperity and quality of life? This is the question at the heart of a research collaboration between the City-Region Studies Centre (CRSC), at the University of Alberta, and the Edmonton Heritage Council (EHC). Edmonton is experiencing a period of rapid growth and development, transforming the city into a modern metropolitan centre.

Best Practices in Aboriginal Mentorship for Entrepreneurs

Mentorship programs are integral to the success of startup businesses. However, there are currently no mentorship programs designed specifically for Aboriginal entrepreneurs. This internship aims to create a guide for a successful Aboriginal mentorship program that emphasizes a productive relationship between mentor and mentee.

Volunteer Retention and Engagement in the Boys & Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters Edmonton (BCGBigs)

Boys & Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) are non-profit organizations in communities across Canada and the USA, with the largest Canadian chapter in Edmonton, Alberta. These organizations deliver programming to support the physical, emotional, academic and overall wellness of children and youth, including mentorship programs and the provision of safe places for children after and during school. BGCBigs would not be able to deliver programming without a strong volunteer base. The Edmonton chapter has over 3,000 active volunteers, compared to 100 paid staff members.

An Oral History of the St. George-Grosvenor-Piccadilly Neighbourhood

An oral history of the St. George-Grosvenor-Piccadilly neighbourhood will be conducted. Research themes include an understanding of how institutions and notable structures shaped the neighbourhood, and the role played by sites of social interaction, and the role played by the neighbourhood’s rural character It is hoped that conducting oral interviews will elicit memories of buildings, institutions, changes in architectural details, conservation culture, material culture, and cultural and natural landscapes, and preserve information that would otherwise be lost.

Leader competencies and character: A novel approach to leader development

Historically, executive coaching programs have focused on developing a leader’s competencies. More recently, the character of leaders has received increased attention in the media and in research literature. This can be attributed to the financial crisis of 2008-2009, which shined a spotlight on unethical decision-making by leaders in organizations. As a result, there is a growing interest in understanding leadership character. The goal of this internship is to create an evidence-based executive coaching program for developing a leader’s character.

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