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Professor of the Week: Accounting Professor Dwayne O'Coin

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!

Mar 07, 2019

Introducing Dwayne O’Coin our professor of the week!
This week is done in a Q&A form with students questions and Dwayne’s answers.

What is the most annoying thing students do?
Not come to class then tell me two days before the exam that they aren't getting it. "Please teach me the whole course again at my convenience, in your spare time."

If you could be an animal, what would you be?
Bear - eat nuts and berries, gain as much weight as I want, and sleep through the winter.

What inspired you to be a professor?
I enjoy classroom interaction, and spending time with young folks who still have energy and enthusiasm about life.

Favourite food?
Connie's raspberry mallow dessert.

Any ball hockey tips?
Never pass up the middle. Always go off the boards.

Have you ever had to quit a job due to something being against your own personal ethics?
No, but I did get fired for it.

How is your deck treating you? Any deck updates?
Always about 8 degrees warmer than the rest of Edmonton. Grand-kids can step right off the deck onto the trampoline. They use the tramp all winter.

“Thank you" - from Jesse Nakano
Bitcoin doesn't like it, we're done.

“Dwayne I know I dropped out but you're the coolest dude out there, ✌????respect" - from Jake H (a first year student who dropped out after the first semester)
Thanks, wondered where you went.

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