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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
Richard Koroscil, President and CEO,
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
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.