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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!

Jun 29, 2018
Rhehan and Jens Lankers, Corporate Controller at Sterling Crane
Rhehan and Jens Lankers, Corporate Controller at Sterling Crane

Rhehan Muthuthotatil has been working at Sterling Crane as a finance intern since May 22 under the supervision of Jens Lankers CPA, CA; Corporate Controller, Canada. Rhehan has been able to see how a busy accounting office operates--and this is a busy office.

Sterling Crane is a Marmon Crane Services/Berkshire Hathaway company. With its Head Office in Edmonton, Alberta, Sterling has permanent branch operations in 24 locations throughout Canada and the U.S.A. Marmon Crane Services, Inc. also has permanent branch operations in 16 locations in India and Australia. Operations in India are provided by Astha Sterling Crane and in Australia by Freo Group Pty. Ltd.

From its start in 1954, Sterling Crane has grown to become one of the world's largest crane rental supply companies. With this experience, Rhehan is even more committed to his career goal of becoming a CPA. 

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