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McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) Workshop – July 5 th , 2007 Richard Koroscil, President and CEO, Hamilton International The Need for a World-Class Forum for Collaborations in Transportation & Logistics at McMaster University

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McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL)Workshop – July 5th, 2007

Richard Koroscil, President and CEO,

Hamilton International


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The Need for a World-Class Forum for Collaborations in Transportation & Logistics at McMaster University

  • Our Region/Global economy demands efficient transportation and logistics systems

  • The availability of world-class research and teaching resources at McMaster University and other neighbouring institutions in Ontario, presents a unique opportunity for collaboration among business, government and academia in addressing pressing transport and logistics issues.


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Why McMaster? Transportation & Logistics at McMaster University

1. McMaster’s Physical Location is in a Strategic Transportation Gateway and Corridor

2. Synergy of Research, Industry and Government Stakeholders

3. Extensive Research Expertise from McMaster and Other Academic Institutions

4. Solutions for a Diverse Set of Issues in Transportation and Logistics


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2. Transportation & Logistics at McMaster University Synergy of Research, Industry and Government Stakeholders

Currently, Canada lacks an organization that can undertake the complete set of tasks envisioned for the McMaster Institute for Transport and Logistics (MITL), sustained over the long term and integrating expertise from a range of institutions and industry partners. Current Transportation Institutes in Canada are making important contributions to advancing transport knowledge and share a number of traits with MITL. However, MITL is uniquely positioned to deliver on its vision. Rather than being academically based and reaching out to industry and other stakeholders, MITL will involveindustry and government stakeholders.


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3. Transportation & Logistics at McMaster UniversityExtensive Research Expertise from McMaster and Other Academic Institutions

McMaster University currently has 10-15 researchers with expertise in transportation and logistics research in the faculties of Science, Business and Engineering. At least two laboratories allocate considerable resources on transportation-related basic and applied research (CSpA) and logistics (MeRC) including supply chain management. Furthermore, considerable expertise exists within the University in optimization methods, which offer substantial capabilities in solving problems and developing systems in transport and logistics. In addition to McMaster researchers, MITL will directly involve the best and brightest academics with expertise in transport and logistics from a large number of Canada’s best academic institutions.

This stands in contrast to the previously mentioned institutes that are more regionally focused. MITL has the potential to build the critical mass of involvement needed to develop a world-class institute.


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4. Transportation & Logistics at McMaster University Solutions for a Diverse Set of Issues in Transportation and Logistics

Existing Canadian institutes are either thematically (pavement, security, or traffic) or regionally (West, Mid-continent) focused and because they lack a critical mass of participants, they are unable to effectively deliver the broad, complete vision of an applied research institute in transport and logistics. MITL will be able to deliver on its vision and build a sustainable business model that will ensure its longevity and impact.

(Institutes with similar to the MITL mandates in the United States involve a consortium of Universities. A good example is CELDi (http://fp.okstate.edu/celdi/), supported financially by the National Science Foundation and involving nine Universities and 28 company members.)


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MITL Vision Transportation & Logistics at McMaster University

We aspire to develop a world-class institute for applied research in transportation and logistics at McMaster University that will provide a resource to industry and government to help drive economic development and address environmental concerns of the Region.


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MITL Goals Transportation & Logistics at McMaster University

  • The Institute will work with industry and government partners to address planning and policy issues related to efficient transport and logistics systems that will help drive sustainable economic growth.

  • The Institute will support the development of transport and logistics educational programs relevant to industry and government.

  • The Institute will provide a forum for dialogue and interaction among members ensuring outcomes that maximize collective benefits for industry and the society.


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MITL Goals Transportation & Logistics at McMaster Universitycont’d

  • The Institute will provide leadership in achieving sustainable transportation in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. It will work with business and government partners to deliver environmentally sustainable transportation to reduce congestion and ease the strain on transportation infrastructure and the environment and generally reduce greenhouse gases related to transportation.

  • The Institute will endeavor to become a central resource on sustainable and alternative transportation practices and will provide education to stakeholders by raising awareness among them, and offering strategic policy advice in specific areas.


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MITL Goals Transportation & Logistics at McMaster Universitycont’d

  • The proposed institute will also address issues of environmental concern. Climate change and environmental emissions are intertwined with economic prosperity and the Institute will provide a forum for discussion and contribute to informed decision making on transportation issues.


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Benefits Transportation & Logistics at McMaster University

The MITL will form the core of a transportation and logistics cluster and will provide benefits to all stakeholders in business, government and academia. It will allow Hamilton and the Greater Golden Horseshoe to maximize the efficiency by which the transportation system is being used and the role that logistics and supply chain management can play in driving economic activity.


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Business and Industry Transportation & Logistics at McMaster University

  • MITL provides a resource to companies that need to investigate a topic for which expertise does not exist in the private sector

  • accomplishes research at a fraction of the cost

  • provides an excellent training for Highly Qualified Personnel and recruiting tool for the industry


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For all three levels of government Transportation & Logistics at McMaster University

  • MITL encourages industry-university partnerships leading to increased economic activity

  • allows for a more efficient utilization of investments made by governments in talents and resources of a university

  • allows for a more efficient use of the transportation infrastructure

  • provides an effective tool for implementing public policy with respect to the transportation infrastructure and cluster development


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For Academia Transportation & Logistics at McMaster University

  • MITL exposes the academic community to the challenges of the business

  • establishes a meaningful applied research focus

  • provides support for research and students

  • encourages research collaborations among institutions and multidisciplinary research

  • provides a stable funding source for research


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  • Questions Transportation & Logistics at McMaster University

  • Thank you


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