Enabling Geospatial Interoperability to Support UrbanEnergy Efficiency: The HEAT Case Study

Reducing GHG emissions and low-carbon living are two prioritized goals of The City of Calgary, Alberta. HEAT (Heat Energy Assessment Technologies), an award winning GeoWeb platform offers interactive geospatial feedback to tackle these issues by visualizing the amount and location of waste heat escaping from homes and communities, as easily as clicking on a house in Google Maps. To ensure wide-spread utility of HEAT metrics, further testing and refinement are required.

Aboriginal B-Model Canvas

This project will provide the necessary research for the development of a business model for Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Northwestern British Columbia. Nesika Management Ltd. has previously used Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas to teach First Nations entrepreneurs, but finds that the model lacks cultural specificity and is not ideal for the needs of Aboriginal entrepreneurs.

Strategic Planning for Cumulative Impact Assessment in Metlakatla Territory

The proposed research program is a planning process that will help to enable the Metlakatla Development Corporation to meaningfully participate in regional development. There are 29 major projects proposed in the traditional territory of the Metlakatla First Nation and these projects will have significant costs and benefits. The current project-based cumulative effects assessment as required in environmental assessment legislation is not able to adequately address potentially significant environmental and socioeconomic changes that accumulate from individual projects.

Development of a public sector change management model

Change is a necessary part of an organization’s existence and its continued growth. Therefore, the ability to manage change effectively and efficiently contributes to organizational success. The intern, through an extensive review of change models and public sector change literature, will develop a change model suitable for the public sector environment. The model will be validated and refined through interviews with public sector managers.

From Management to Adaptation: An organizational learning approach to strategic renewal of the environmental management function at The City of Calgary

This study looks at how organizational learning can be applied to enhance the relationships between human organizations and the environment. A team of environmental management professionals at The City of Calgary will work with the intern/researcher to design and test the effectiveness of an organizational learning tool.

Couling Inventory Validation

Cultural Planning encourages recognition of a community's network of interrelated assets, and maintains that it is beneficial to conserve built cultural heritage resources. Many municipalities, including the City of Guelph, have undertaken cultural mapping initiatives, which are considered an initial step and a defining feature of this vein of planning. Guelph’s mapping initiative identifies the location of a variety of assets including buildings and structures; however, several non-designated or non-listed historic properties are currently not included.

He said, she said: career histories of senior information communications technology leaders from Nova Scotia. Barriers and enablers to advancement for women and men

The study will contribute to a better understanding of Information Communications Technology (ICT) leadership development and in particular to executive career management for both men and women. Human resource management practices which contribute to advancement of senior women will be identified in an evidence-based fashion to encourage their application by decision makers. The study will include a review of literature, interviews, and focus groups with a balanced sample of men and women. Analysis and conclusions will be of interest to government, businesses, educators, and individuals.

From Hammers to Homes: a housing development report for Metro Vancouver

The From Hammers to Homes project seeks to engage one masters student intern for two semesters to work with the partners in order to design a new database and conduct a new annual survey to report on improving the quality and transparency of information on the residential development environment in regional Vancouver’s municipalities. The intern will conduct survey, interview, secondary and case study-based research, consultation across the spectrum of interests in housing policy and development issues in metropolitan Vancouver, and will construct and maintain a unique database.

Evaluating the “Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation” framework: A case study of the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable management plan

The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable is collaboratively developing a watershed management plan for the lower Coquitlam River, using the “Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation” framework. Developed by the Conservation Measures Partnership (a group of international NGOs), this framework is intended to guide the design and implementation of conservation projects using an integrative approach and an adaptive management cycle.

Increasing Marketing Campaign Performance Using Influential Users in Social Networks

In recent years, with the emergence of online social networks and the growing interest in genetics and biological networks, the research community has been tasked with analyzing knowledge extracted from multirelational datasets. Such analysis, generally known as Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD), is concerned with the computer aided discovery of useful knowledge in databases. An example of the extracted knowledge would be user interest data which improves the accuracy on viewing and predicting market trends, and allows for enriched customization and customer targeting.

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