Segal Graduate School of Business Final Projects

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First Nations Technology Council Three Year Social Enterprise Business Plan

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
Abstract: 

The First Nations Technology Council began strategic repositioning as a social enterprise in 2014. This Three-Year Social Enterprise Business Plan aligns the organization’s vision and social mission with the activities, operations and accountability frameworks that are required to function as a business from 2015 to 2018. The mandate of the First Nations Technology Council is to serve all 203 First Nations communities in British Columbia in obtaining access to connected digital technologies and realizing benefit from their use. This business plan puts in place firm direction for how to achieve the mandate in a social enterprise context and gives context to the power and opportunity of digital technologies in First Nations communities.

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

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the Future of Asset Management

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
Abstract: 

This business plan examines the viability of using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as aerial drones for asset management inspections. The UAVs are equipped with high-resolution cameras for photo and video documenting of asset conditions. The business plan includes a cost-benefit analysis for inspecting assets located in remote regions of British Columbia and Yukon and compares this rate structure with other inspection options. This plan concludes with a comprehensive financial analysis determining capital start-up costs, a breakeven analysis, a 5-year financial pro forma, and a risk assessment.

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

An LNG Engagement Strategy for Industry: How to Develop Working Relationships with B.C. First Nations

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
Abstract: 

This paper explores ways for the proposed LNG industry to build successful engagement procedures with BC First Nations. The process starts with the LNG industry’s Corporate Social Responsibility with regards to developing and maintaining a Social License to Operate. This paper provides an overview of the sociopolitical landscape in British Columbia, with a brief examination of Section 35 jurisprudence; fulfilling the requirements of Consultation & Accommodation when dealing with First Nations’ rights. As well, to enhance the LNG proponents engagement strategies there is a review of the current governance models that are available to First Nations. Finally, this paper shows how the consensus approach to resolving multi-stakeholder issues can lead to the development of lasting relationships between the proposed LNG industry and the First Nations in BC.

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

Truck Shovel Productivity: The Historical and Future Strategic Advantage for Teck Coal

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
Abstract: 

The coal business unit of Teck will move over 300 million bank cubic metres of material or approximately 800 million tonnes in 2015 using a fleet of large haul trucks and shovels. The mining and maintenance costs alone to move this material will be approximately id="mce_marker".3 billion. The cost of loading and hauling the material will be approximately half that cost and represents the single largest cost of producing steelmaking coal. This thesis will focus on truck/shovel productivity in the coal business unit of Teck as this represents one of the most significant areas of opportunity for cost reduction. A 10% improvement in truck/shovel productivity could yield a return approaching id="mce_marker"00 million. I have identified significant gaps in the relative performance between the operations and identified the operation that consistently demonstrates the highest performance. That performance is a result of both a high level of operating standards as well as a culture that has long embraced productivity as a core value. I am proposing that Teck consolidate and expand on the work done to identify best practice in truck/shovel productivity at the Greenhills operation. Further, I am proposing that we leverage the process used in developing a culture of safety in Teck to develop a framework for developing a culture of productivity across both the coal business unit and Teck as a company.

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

Development Strategy for a Shared Mineral Resource at Teck Coal

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
Abstract: 

Teck Coal Limited is the world’s second largest exporter of seaborne steel-making coal. Teck Coal operates six mines in western Canada and two of the mines, Fording River Operations and Greenhills Operations, are in located adjacent to each other with both sites advancing on the same future mining area known as Greenhills Ridge. Steel-making coal is a bulk resource commodity, and Teck is a price-taker in the market. This paper will examine and evaluate, from an organizational and structural standpoint, how key the metrics of costs, flexibility, sustainability, efficiency, and dependability changes with increased levels of integration between the sites to determine if there is a preferred strategy to develop the ridge. Four scenarios will be examined, including the status quo of continuing to operate as independent mine sites. Key barriers will also be examined, with risks weighed against the benefits for each scenario. A path forward will be recommended, as well as a strategy for successful implementation.

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

Integrating Financial and Sustainability Reporting at Teck

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
Abstract: 

The expectations for companies to disclose information are undergoing a transformation. Traditional financial disclosure practices are no longer sufficient to address increasing pressures to provide information related to sustainability practices and non-financial risks. The sustainability reporting landscape is rapidly evolving, leaving companies striving to keep abreast of changes and continually meet the shifting expectations of stakeholders in a highly fragmented and uncertain sustainability reporting landscape. Quite recently, a movement has begun towards integration of financial and sustainabilityrelated disclosures into a more singular, overarching and holistic view of how a company creates value. This paper explores one company’s experiences in sustainability reporting as they consider moving down the path towards integrated reporting. The paper contains a summary of the sustainability reporting landscape from the perspective of a global mining company, explores the practical challenges experienced to date, and concludes with recommendations aimed at preparing the company for the future.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
File(s): 
Senior supervisor: 
Michael Parent
Department: 
Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School

An Alternative Strategic Option in Managing Mine Mobile Asset Replacement

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
Abstract: 

Teck Highland Valley Copper is the largest copper mine in Canada. The operation requires annual sustaining capital funding in order to replace equipment and maintain capacity. The asset replacement strategy is to replace mine mobile equipment once it achieves a pre-determined asset life. The problem arises during a low commodity-pricing environment when sustaining capital funds are not readily available. The capacity loss in subsequent years can adversely affect the operating capacity and operating margin of the mine.This paper will look at two alternative options that can be utilised during low commodity pricing environments. The first option will be to procure a single asset to maintain capacity in the short term. The second will be to execute a targeted precision rebuild of the asset to maintain capacity going forward in the longer term and provide a cost effective alternative to asset replacement.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
File(s): 
Senior supervisor: 
Michael Parent
Department: 
Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School

Alternative Approaches for Project Definition: An Application of Soft Systems Methodology

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
Abstract: 

Large projects such as the transition of operations from one area of an open pit mine to a new area will involve the execution of a number of sub-projects. Existing systems at Teck Coal tend to emphasize the description and control of activities. The Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) is a process that can be applied to situations where resolution or improvement is required. The results of applying SSM to a specific sub project indicate that it might successfully be applied more broadly and complement current practises at Teck Resources Ltd.

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

Analysis of the Opportunity to Increase the Capacity of the Line Creek Processing Facility

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
File(s): 
Senior supervisor: 
Michael Parent
Department: 
Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School

Strategic Analysis of an Electricity Deficit in British Columbia

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2015-08
Abstract: 

The British Columbia (BC) Government introduced the Clean Energy Act in 2010. With the new legislation, BC Hydro has been mandated to be electricity self sufficient by 2016. BC Hydro may not have enough generation capacity to meet the regulatory requirement in time. This project explores three potential options for Teck’s Zinc Smelter to provide made-in-BC generation capacity to BC Hydro. After evaluating the options, this author recommends for Teck to make an offer to swap BC Hydro’s imports with Teck’s made-in-BC generation.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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File(s): 
Senior supervisor: 
Michael Parent
Department: 
Beedie School of Business - Segal Graduate School