Student Feature of the Week: Meet First Year Student Anika
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 Anika Stork. We asked Anika some questions about her first month as a student at the Leder School of Business. "In my first couple weeks, I’ve been bowling, had a midterm that was changed into a quizzito (way more fun), and have eaten lots of ice cream (protip: there’s always free ice cream in the business pod). Basically, it’s been crazy busy but great. King’s first attracted me with its reputation for small class sizes and approachable profs. And it’s reputation is true-- I’m already looking forward to grabbing coffee (and it's free-- even better) with my profs.
Intro to Business is my favourite class so far. It’s been great to have a practical class that introduces us to many of the business profs, and it’s been pretty engaging. I’m hoping to learn more about branding in the coming years. I create short films and commercials in my spare time so helping companies to craft their story would be a dream. I hope to meet you if I haven’t yet. Say hi in the hallways and let’s grab a coffee sometime!”