Student feature of the week - Sam Bauer
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!
Sam Bauer is a second-year business concentration. Here's her Leder story!
“I felt like I was called to come to King’s to pursue a business degree. What really stood out to me was how value-driven Leder is. They focus on having a positive sustainable impact on the world rather than just making the highest profit. One class that really stood out to me was organizational behaviour and management with professor Wiebe. He really emphasized sustainable business and the idea of creating a generation of business students who see the value of doing business for the sake of others and seeing the larger world around them than the typical self motives business can assume.
"I also really enjoy the commercial law class because it has taught me how to be aware of what is legally going on around me. After I graduate, I would really love to go into international development or something in the non-profit sector. My second major is environmental studies, and I would love to maybe look at the business side of environmental sustainability. My other idea is maybe to do something with environmental law. Either way my options are open, and I am excited to see what the future holds!”