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Advancing Supply Chain & Logistics in Hamilton-Niagara Region - 5 Part Series

Supply Chain Oriented Insights from Recent Hamilton-Niagara Initiatives/Research

This is the first of five events associated with the McMaster Forum: “Advancing Supply Chain & Logistics in Hamilton-Niagara Region.” It took place on Wednesday June 17th and was virtually hosted by the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) on Zoom.


The session will offer an introduction to the overall series of events that compose the Forum, including an outline of learnings from our 2019 event, and will provide some results from recent research/initiatives from within the region that are linked to improving the functioning of supply chains from the local and regional perspectives. This session will be moderated by Justin Terry from Transport Canada. The main presentations on the agenda are as follows:

  • Niagara Region will offer an overview of regional trade characteristics and its interest in trade, goods movement and trade infrastructure from an economic development perspective. Included will be a discussion on the potential effects of COVID-19 for Niagara trade looking forward.
  • MITL will describe noteworthy results that emerged from an in-depth survey of Niagara region firms that was carried out late in 2019. The focus was on firms from the manufacturing, wholesaling and agricultural sectors that generate/originate freight movements.
  • The City of Hamilton jointly with Geotab will highlight their public-private partnership and the potential for using the power of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, in conjunction with data collection on a large scale, to guide strategic policy decisions.


  • Forum Introductory Remarks (Louis-Paul Tardif, Transport Canada and Saiedeh Razavi, MITL)
  • Key Learnings from 2019 McMaster Forum (Mark Ferguson, MITL)
  • Niagara Trade and the COVID-19 Effect (Blake Landry, Niagara Region)
  • Better Understanding the Supply Chains of Niagara Region Firms (Mark Ferguson, MITL)
  • Data-Driven Precision Policy in Transportation Planning (Omar Shams, City of Hamilton and Amir Sayegh, Geotab)
  • Questions/Discussion

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