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Green Wall Instalation a Highlight for Charmaine's Internship

Leder Students Bring Solutions to the City During Construction in Internal Case Competition

Our internal case competition this year focused on the loss to businesses due to city construction. We partnered with the City of Edmonton to create a case where our students could come up with solutions for the City of Edmonton and small businesses around the city to manage the loss they face when there is construction.

As a frequent small business visitor, I often see a blocked road or lots of construction and it immediately turns me in the opposite direction. Often times I don’t even bother trying to get to the final location if there is lots of construction. So, the city and small businesses wondered, how we can come up with a solution to aid small businesses who are struggling due to the lengthy construction time periods.

Seven teams were formed, and they got to work interviewing businesses, looking at other cities who have programs in place to reduce the impact on small businesses, and creating a solution. All the teams had awesome ideas, but one team truly had a good understanding of a way to mitigate the impact. Faith Carnegie, Diquita Cardinal, Jenae Charlebois, and Deserinque Ricketts, decided on creating a Construction Mitigation Program. This would involve having communication and public meetings so that construction workers, business owners, and customers could have a voice in what would help to minimize construction disruption. The program would also include free advertising around the city for particular businesses in construction zones. A few more perks to the program would be partnering with underground parkades to provide additional free parking, street art, and grants for businesses facing long term construction. Finally, the program would have program liaisons who would be in charge of communicating with the businesses to keep updated on the struggles they are facing and find ways in attempt to resolve the issues.

It is great to have the opportunity for our students to help solve, real-life and current issues. A big thank you to the City of Edmonton for partnering with us and a congrats to all the teams who came out and participated. We are looking forward to what next year’s case might bring!

Aug 25, 2017
Charmaine with King's new green wall
Charmaine with King's new green wall

Charmaine Chinyemba, a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student, completed her internship at The King’s University in the facilities department. While working as an office assistant, Charmaine oversaw all branches of the department including building and maintenance, purchasing, custodial care, grounds maintenance, sustainability, capital projects, energy management, fire and safety, as well as security services! This experience surprised her as she discovered how dependent other departments in King’s are on the facilities department.

In addition to the numerous areas Charmaine was involved in and all the departments she helped, Charmaine was responsible for the execution of the 2016 graduating classes’ gift: a new green wall!

By overseeing a variety of activity on campus, Charmaine improved her communication skills as well as gathered a better understanding of what leadership skills are effective through observation. These new skills allow Charmaine to feel better prepared for her future.

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