Meet Anna in the last of our student features for 2017-18
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!
Student feature of the week! This is our last student feature of the 2017/18 school year, and so we introduce second-year Leder student Anna Lodewyk!
“I chose King’s because I like how the liberal arts degree gives me the opportunity to have balance in my life and education and to pursue learning in different subjects. I currently have a minor in music as well as a major in business which I think just shows how diverse your education can be here!
I like how the Leder School of Business makes sure that students have opportunities to pursue and experience their degree outside of class as well with events like case competitions. I also appreciate that there are various travel opportunities. One of my favourite courses was commercial law because, although at the time it was challenging, it was very educational and engaging. After I graduate, I plan on pursuing a degree in accounting.”