Meridian Fuel Technologies
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Delta Chamber of Commerce
BCIT & Washington National Guard
Canadian Forest Products
New Westminster Fire Department
Royal Canadian Legion
USA & Brazil Market Potential Study
This study profiles the U.S. and Brazilian petroleum and alternative fuel markets, and identifies the scope of the opportunity for marketing a chemical fuel additive to commercial operators of gasoline, diesel, and biodiesel powered equipment.A secondary project objective is to provide Meridian Fuel Technologies Inc. with advice as to where value-added resellers and blending plants should be located within the USA and Brazil.
Transit Services to Delta & Richmond Industrial Parks
This study examines options for transport for users of Tilbury Industrial Park (Corporation of Delta), Port of Vancouver – Richmond Properties (City of Richmond), and Annacis Island (Corporation of Delta).Personal use of automobiles and carpooling were found to be the most common modes of transport to and from work at the present time, with some utilization of public transit. The latter, public transit, was deemed to be the preferred option, however demand was low due to several service related deficiencies, notably: transit service was deemed to be unreliable; it does not fit with workplace schedules; and there are an insufficient number of stops within these industrial park areas.
Canadian/USA Military Personnel Career Assessment
This project endeavoured to: determine whether BCIT adds value through its educational programs; establish whether there are commonalities between BCIT students and Canadian Reservists, and between Canadian and American Reservists in terms of aptitudes and career interests; and establish whether the WOWI and TOWES instruments are effective assessment tools. Several other aptitude/interest/personality tests – notably Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, CAPS/COPS/COPES, Career Assessment Inventory and the Strong Interest Inventory – were administered in addition to the WOWI and TOWES instruments.The research indicated that progression through BCIT’s Business Management Program increases essential workplace skills. Also, it was found that there were no significant differences in KSAs, and career interests between Canadian Reservists, American Reservists, and BCIT students. Whereas TOWES was found to be effective for assessing the development of essential workplace skills, WOWI was effective for determining best-fit in education and career paths.
Skilled Trades Labour Market and Retention Issues/Options
This study examines the scope of the skilled trades labour market shortage in British Columbia, which is reflecting itself in the difficulty that Canfor is experiencing in attracting qualified trades workers.One hundred seventy one (171) high school students across British Columbia were surveyed as to their awareness of career opportunities in trades, and their perceptions pertaining to such a career. Several proactive initiatives, aimed at increasing the available labour pool, were identified and proposed to Canfor.
Comparative Analysis of Lower Mainland Transport Options
This research involved comparison of the relative costs, time-to-market, and environmental impacts associated with the transport of freight containers to a Lower Fraser River destination via conventional semi-trailer truck, long-combination-vehicle trucks, and barging on the Fraser River.
NWFD Firefighters Career Path & Skills Development
This project involved a literature review to determine “best practices” career management programs in use, an examination of formal Firefighter training syllabuses to establish credentialed in-house training received by Firefighters, administration of the WOWI Career Aptitude and Interest test, and interviews of Firefighters to establish the education, of a non-fire-fighting nature, that they have acquired.A key output of this research was the identification and recommendation of educational paths which provide the managerial and leadership training essential to higher positions within the NWFD, and which are compatible with Firefighters’ shift schedules and work hours.
Royal Canadian Legion Skill Conversion Program Development
This project involved the creation of a database in which industry/employer relevant training received by Canadian Forces personnel were ultimately recorded. The data captured was subsequently cross-referenced against BCIT’s School of Business program and course information, the objective being to determine the degree of overlap between military and post-secondary sector training curriculums.A direct result of this project was the establishment of a transfer crediting system which provided Canadian Forces personnel who had successfully completed their BMQ (Basic Military Qualifications) training with advanced placement into the second year of BCIT’s Business Management Diploma program.The Royal Canadian Legion has provided funding to support the placement of Canadian Forces personnel into BCIT post-secondary programs, and for this reason this project was rebranded as the “Royal Canadian Legion Skills Conversion Program”.