Introducing our Professor of the Week, Daniel Kim
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!
Again the students had some questions and here are his answers!
How long will you remain at King’s?
Life is continually changing, so I suppose only God knows the answer to that.
Do you regret selling your talcum powder company?
Best Korean restaurant in Edmonton?
Still searching, but my wife is probably the best cook in Edmonton, she even has a qualification for Korean traditional cuisine.
Why did you decide to teach instead of working with a company?
*sigh* who asked this question? I think I can contribute more to the school and teaching rather than a company. This is my calling to equip good business leaders who can discern God’s will.
Where is the coolest place you’ve travelled?
So many places – Thailand is a good place, Germany, Switzerland, India is not that bad if you want to take an adventure – I’d like to take students to India sometime.
What is your life motto?
Work as the best doorman that I can. In England there is a doorman who works at nice restaurants and hotels, when people walk by and are curious about whether the place is good, they ask, and the doorman explains. I would like to be a good doorman for the Kingdom business.
What is your favourite and least favourite thing about Canada?
Favourite – clean environment, less discrimination, people here care for the poor and weak and disadvantaged
Least Favourite – things are too slow