Student Feature of the Week: Meet Charlotte
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!
This week we introduce you to first year student Charlotte. We asked her to share a few things about herself and her experience in the first few weeks being a student at the Leder School of Business. Here's what she had to say:
"Hey! My name is Charlotte Niemand and I am a first year business student here at The King's University. I was born in Cape Town, South Africa and moved here to Canada when I was 6 years old. I have always enjoyed school and am a very social person so therefore King's was the best for me. Having that one on one time with professors and having smaller classes is really helpful. My favorite class so far is my Intro to Business Class. I love it because we get a taste of all aspects of the business school. Whether it be accounting or consumer behaviour, we get it all. With only being here just over a month, King's has opened so many doors and opportunities for me. I have gotten job offers and have been put on guest lists to visit company events! Being voted as one of the first year representatives on the LBA team has been awesome. Representing the first year's is so much fun and helping plan events to help not only myself get more experience and network more, but I get a chance to help them too. If you're looking for a welcoming University where the Professor knows you by name, where you get amazing networking opportunities, and just a place where you can make your own difference, The King's University is the place for you!"