Custom Industry Research and Training - Provincial Government

Environmental Regulations for Meat Processing

This project involved organizing a research team to collect and summarize international environmental regulations, rules, permits, approvals and pollution control measures applicable to all sizes of red meat slaughterhouse operations in English speaking countries around the world. The answers to 12 questions for each jurisdiction were researched. The information gathered enabled the ministry to develop a regulatory approach able to differentiate between low, medium and high-risk operations and how to handle each one in an appropriate manner.

Focus Group Training for Provincial Ministry Staff

This was a training session for head office staff of a provincial Ministry on conducting focus groups with its stakeholders. The preparation, moderating and analysis stages for this type of qualitative research project were reviewed step-by-step and illustrated using a variety of exercises and handouts. Included were advanced topics on the management of research projects such as "gaining support from senior decision makers distant from the frontlines" and "the big three for quality qualitative research".

Industrial Training Opportunities for a College

This project involved identifying industrial training needs for a college that had a training center for geographic information system (GIS) software and Autodesk drafting software. Two different forms of qualitative research were used because one market involved corporate decision-makers and the other had retail end users. For each market, the project report identified training opportunities and articulated a sales strategy.

Human Resource Needs of Technology Companies

This project had three human resource goals. They were to identify the major HR needs in a broad spectrum of technology and manufacturing companies in the Thompson/ Shuswap region in British Columbia; to assess barriers to growth faced by CEOs; and to collect baseline demographic information. The research team reported to community volunteers and an industry association led by the local Mayor. The project was guided by a formally structured Industrial Adjustment Services (IAS) Committee and Human Resources Development Canada.

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