Segal Graduate School of Business Final Projects

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NITRATE REDUCTION PROGRAM AT THE LINE CREEK OPERATION

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
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Blasting activities at the Line Creek operation are releasing oxides of nitrogen and arecontributing to chemical changes in the surrounding watersheds. Through analysis of themechanisms of nitrogen release, history of explosive usage, historical nitrate release, changingregulatory requirements, strategy analysis and social impacts associated with the release ofnitrates a nitrate reduction plan will be established.The paper develops the framework for engineering groups, operations groups andmanagers to make decisions around the development of a sustainable and achievablecommunication and monitoring plan for nitrate release while working to meeting the regulatory,social, and stakeholder requirements to continue efficient and effective mining operations.The strategy recommended within this document is to develop practices around nitratemanagement through effective operational practices, introduction of high stability emulsion andemulsion contact with water. The effective operational controls will provide the mechanisms forreduction of oxides of nitrogen rather than through capital projects.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Michael Parent

ASSESSING BUSINESS STRATEGY OPTIONS FOR ACTIVE WATER TREAMENT FACILITY PROJECTS

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
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This document reviews a spectrum of potential of alternative service delivery project models that might be advantageous for Teck’s Active Water Treatment Facilities by achieving capital and operating cost reductions, and allowing Teck to focus on core mining activities. Screening criteria are provided to assess if these models should be considered as part of a framework to guide decision-making. In principle, the attributes of these water treatment facilities support alternative service delivery, but would require verification of potential economic benefits. It would also need a shift from Teck’s traditional project delivery culture that likely cannot be achieved in a timely manner for the facility at Fording River Operations, which is now in the engineering study phase. However, a comparative analysis of different models for this facility would define whether further consideration of alternative service delivery is warranted for subsequent facilities.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Leyland Pitt
Department: 
Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School

A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON U.S. MUTUAL FUNDS’ PERFORMANCE ATTRIBUTION, FACTOR MODEL AND QMJ

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
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In this paper we evaluate the performance of the US mutual fund industry over the past 15 years, using a novel methodology developed by AQR Management’s Quality Minus Junk paper (2013). We augment the standard regression models of Fama-French used in the literatures with a new factor, the Quality Minus Junk factor, which is a quality-ranking factor developed by the AQR Management. (Quality Minus Junk) 2013 Previously, conflicting evidence was recorded with regard to the merits of the mutual fund industry, and we believe this could be a result of the preceding researches were constructed based on the Fama–French three-factor model (FFM) and its various variations. Despite the FFM’s prominent position in the asset-pricing field, it is subject to one critical limitation when it comes to evaluating active returns; no meaningful factor to directly quantify and evaluate the effects of active returns, as all existing factors are systematic in nature while active returns are idiosyncratic in nature largely. By incorporating the QMJ factor in the FFM framework, we hope to help investors better understanding their actively managed portfolios, as this unique factor is constructed based on four profoundly used fundamental metrics by the investment industry. We are still unable to use this factor to underpin the mutual industry as our results exhibit inconsistencies in the QMJ loadings despite QMJ’s strong statistic and theatrical supports. Adding the Market-Factor results in the QMJ factor insignificant 70% of the time, adding more of the standard-factors we see that only 50% of the time the QMJ loadings are significant, around 40% of the time the QMJ loadings are in the negative zone. Therefore, we believe this shows inconsistence in QMJ’s factor loadings. Furthermore, we identified consistent alphas (intercepts) in our regressions and we believe that combining Fama-French and QMJ factor still cannot explain all returns variations.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Christina Atanasova
Evan Gatev
Department: 
Beedie School of Business-Segal Graduate School

Tsek Hot Spring Campground Business Plan

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-04
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In-SHUCK-ch Nation is creating its own path to sustainability by negotiating an agreement with the Canadian Governments. The In-SHUCK-ch Nation treaty will secure jurisdiction and resources from the Federal and Provincial Governments and they will transfer to the Nation after the successful conclusion of the treaty ratification process. Tsek (pronounced “Chick”) or District Lot 1747 is included in the land settlement package and the In-SHUCK-ch Nation will have jurisdiction and fee simple ownership over the 50.4 hectare parcel. Tsek is a special resource regained by the treaty that is sacred to the citizens and it will be utilized as an economic initiative that will contribute to enhancing the quality of life and prosperity of the In-SHUCK-ch Nation. This paper examines the past few years of the campground operations and provides a marketing and operational plan that will achieve increase sustainability through greater annual profits. A competitor analysis indicated that the current pricing strategy is high and therefore is adjusted appropriately. All competitors are regulated by the provincial policy because they are Provincial Recreation Sites. The Tsek Hot Spring Campground will be a sustainable and profitable business with additional Yurt accommodations that respects the history, culture and traditions of the Nation and the environment in which it is located. The business will assist in building the capacity of the citizens to be successful entrepreneurs by creating a location where culture is shared with tourists visiting the campground. The Tsek Hot Spring Campground will facilitate the development of aboriginal tourism products that will be offered to the tourists seeking an experience in aboriginal culture.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Tom Brown
Department: 
Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School

Strategic Directions For Taicheng Development Corporation

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-04
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Strategic directions for Taicheng Development Corporation: Taicheng has been in West Vancouver since 2009, expanding their real estate development business from Mainland China. In 2011, Taicheng acquired a 500-acre property, which is located in South Britannia along the Sea to Sky highway. This is their first International development. Taicheng recognizes the territory of Squamish Nation and would like to develop the partnership into a lifelong relationship, recognizing that protocol, businesses, history, culture and art are to be incorporated into the development. Owner, Peter Cheng has said that he is in this for ‘proper protocol’ not profit. Taicheng will develop in accordance with the Squamish Lillooet Regional District and the Britannia Official Community Plan, building a liveable, sustainable Sea to Sky village for the 21st Century. This project will focus on two options: How will Taicheng develop the village with the 1000 bed units according to the Britannia OCP plan, instead of the 4000 bed units they originally requested and were declined by the SLRD? How will Taicheng develop the partnership with Squamish Nation without the acquisition of the Provincial crown lands adjacent to the South Britannia village? Each of the two options will be evaluated and an alternative procedure(s) will be selected with the most productive option(s) proposed.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Tom Brown
Department: 
Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School

Integrating Authority and Public Engagement: West Vancouver's Working Group Model

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-04
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This study is an example of integrated governance demonstrated by the Rodgers Creek Area Plan working group. The Rodgers Creek working group transformed public policy making from adversarial to consensual. It represents the intersection of local government authority and public participation, through consensus building. Parties with diverse views dealt with their differences and made a series of good decisions. Those most affected became the architects of the recommendations. The study concludes with questions about how the working group model could be applied to First Nations land development in an urban setting. The author of this study was the mayor of West Vancouver during the time the Rodgers Creek working group was formed and made its recommendations.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Glenn Sigurdson
Department: 
Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School

Traditional Knowledge in a Modern Context: Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Watuth Collaboration in Land Development

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-04
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The Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations are in an unprecedented position to maximize benefits derived from the creation of Limited Partnerships and Joint Ventures in land development projects within their shared territories. The opportunities of this new era demand the development of leadership within each Nation’s membership to provide management directives that maximize community involvement throughout the development processes. Determining how they will structure their corporate governance and management practices are critical next steps in planning for growth and prosperity. Strong partnerships have the ability to create world-class development projects that celebrate history and culture, while significantly increasing the value of the properties. Branding the rich history and spirit of the West coast will produce value-infused, cutting edge projects that are commercially appealing while facilitating positive, cross-cultural relationships that inspire.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Dr. Mark Selman
Department: 
Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School

A Strategic and Community Planning Analysis of Musqueam First Nation's Community Centre

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-04
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The development of Musqueam’s Comprehensive Sustainable Community Development Plan (CCP) tells the story of Musqueam First Nation. In development for over four years, the CCP is built on Musqueam values and it provides the community and its leadership with direction and guidance on how the community develops. An award-winning plan it has set the standard for effective, responsive and integrated community based strategic planning. It will assist Musqueam to become a self-sufficient, self-governing Nation and a complete and healthy community. This paper will focus primarily on one component of Musqueam’s CCP, the development and implementation of Musqueam’s new Community Centre. A key principle of the CCP was that internal capacity building and development of planning tools were integrated into the strategic plans of Musqueam’s administration departments. This means departmental strategic plans; work plans and budgets were linked and coordinated with CCP community objectives and actions. Before the Community Centre was identified as an actionable item, strategic plans and budgets were developed, identified and considered in detail before action was taken on construction. The following analysis will examine the set of circumstances around the goal of creating a Community Centre with the ability to generate revenue for Musqueam’s facilities while maintaining a connection and balance to the deeply held principles and values espoused in the CCP. Ultimately, the paper will provide a framework for balancing the dual purposes of the Community Centre within the 3 context of the CCP and the need to create a sustainable revenue-generating asset in order to cover the costs of maintaining the facilities.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Dr. Mark Selman
Department: 
Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School

A Business Case: Kermode Friendship Society Daycare

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-04
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This paper discusses the Kermode Friendship Society’s (KFS) proposal to build a 62 space daycare facility on land it owns in downtown Terrace, British Columbia, for which it seeking a grant of up to $500K from the province of British Columbia. The focus of this paper is on discussing the rationale for proceeding with the daycare. It begins with a discussion of the importance of affordable daycare to Canada in general, and to the Aboriginal community, in particular. It then describes the needs assessment that the KFS conducted in the Terracecommunity to determine the need for a new daycare facility. From there, it reports on the process that the KFS undertook to submit the key requirements of the proposal, which include preliminary cost estimates, the development of a pro forma statement and providing evidence that, if funding is secured, the proposed daycare will be a viable operation.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Dr. Mark Selman
Department: 
Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School

Depression Screening for Patients with Stroke in an Acute Care Setting

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-04
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This paper is written to build a case regarding the implementation of depression screening for patients with a stroke within an acute care setting. Depression screening is critical to patients overall care, furthermore studies suggest early intervention screening and treatment has a substantial impact on overall healthcare costs. Consequently, implementation of depression screening can identify early on any challenges or barriers a patient with stroke may face. The onset of recovery from an acute hospital setting to rehabilitation will reduce the costs of acute care and create improved opportunities to enhance recovery and overall health outcomes. Overall, the implementation of depression screening will have quantifiable outcomes such as:1. Significant cost savings on the healthcare system due to decreased use of acute care bed days2. Reduced recovery time for the patient therefore increased quality of life3. Reduction in caregiver burden due to identification and treatment of depression4. Benefit to society due to efficient use of acute care, rehab services and resources while minimizing disability and loss of work for patients and family.A qualified Social Worker will have the greatest experience in addressing symptoms of depression and therefore it is recommended a Social Worker provide follow up, initiate additional assessments, and make necessary recommendations for further treatment.

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Senior supervisor: 
Kate Dilworth
Department: 
Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School