This week's student of the week is Ian Admiraal.
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 week we talked to third-year, part-time business student Ian Admiraal.
“What makes Leder such a positive place to learn is the faculty. The professors, office faculty, and leadership group all genuinely care about the students and work very hard to inspire and motivate us to serve and advance God’s kingdom within our vocations. They lead by example in using the same material but applied through a Christian lens. I also really enjoy the emphasis on global learning opportunities and have been fortunate to join the school on two study tours, one in the Netherlands and one in Asia. I currently own and operate a business that leases wellsite accommodations to oil and gas companies. In addition to this, I operate a race team with my family, competing in various levels of motorsports in North America including NASCAR Pinty’s Series. I also aspire to pursue a masters degree after taking some time to gain more experience in the business world.”