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November 30, 2015
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Schedule of speakers in previous academic years

2013 - 2014



Key Areas of Expertise /Topic

January 17, 2014

Benny Mantin PhD

Assistant Professor, Management Science, University of Waterloo

Transaction Prices and Strategic Consumer Behavior: Pricing Evidence from the Airline Industry

March 7, 2014

Yoon Hee Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor Operations Management

Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University

The Paradox of Embeddedness: Finacial Benefits and Risks of Dependency in Triadic Supply Chain Relationships

2012 - 2013

Date Speaker Presentation Topic or Key Areas of Expertise


11:15am - 12:45pm


Ming Hu
Assistant Professor
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Price Competition in Sequential Muli-Product Oligopolies

Oct. 5'12

11:15am - 12:45pm

E&Y Boardroom

Dmitry Krass
PhD Coordinator in OM
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Supporting New Product Introductions: Location, Marketing and Word-of-Mouth

Nov. 9'12

11:15am - 12:45pm


John Birge
Jerry W. and Carol Lee Levin Professor 
Member, National Academy of Engineering

Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

Mathematical modeling of systems under uncertainty, especially for maximizing operational and financial goals using the methodologies of stochastic programming and large-scale optimization

Nov. 30'12

11:15am - 12:45pm


Mike Quartermain
VP Procurement, Sobeys

Importance of Soft Skills beyond Technical Competency

Feb. 15'13

11:15am - 12:45pm


Tim Huh
Associate Professor 
Sauder School of Business
University of British Columbia

Inventory Control, Supply Chain Management, Capacity Planning, and Operations Research

Mar. 8'13

1:45pm - 2:45pm 


Yunchuan Liu
Associate Professor

Marketing Group Coordinator, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Retail Sales Advisory and Compensation in a Distribution Channel

Mar. 15'13

2:15pm - 3:45pm

PollockHall 4333 @ University of Waterloo 

Brian Mittendorf
Associate Professor
Fisher College of Business
Ohio State University

Decentralized Procurement, Inventory Management, and Managerial Incentives

Mar. 22'13

11:15am - 12:45pm


Deishin Lee
Assistant Professor Harvard Business School
Got Local Food?  Understanding the Fresh Produce Supply Chain


11:15am - 12:45pm E&Y Boardroom

George Zhang
Western Washington University
Adjunct Professor
Simon Fraser University 
Information Effects on Performance of Two-tier Service Systems with Strategic Customers

Apr. 19'13

11:15am - 12:45pm E&Y Boardroom 

Suresh Sethi
Professor and Eugene McDermott Chair
Jindal School of Management
Univeristy of Texas at Dallas
Supply Chain Management, Dynamic Stochastic Systems, Scheduling, Mathematical Finance


Date Speaker Key Areas of Expertise
Oct. 7/11  

Vedat Verter, Ph.D

Professor of Operations Management

Director, NSERC CREATE Program in Healthcare Operations & Information Management, Co-Director, McGill MD-MBA Program

Supply chain design, reverse logistics, transportation of hazardous materials and healthcare operations management.

Oct. 21/11

Nicola Secomandi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Operations Management in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University
Interfaces with operations and supply chain management; e.g., storage/capacity valuation and the stochastic vehicle routing problem.
Nov. 11/11         

Ananth Raman, Ph.D

UPS Foundation Professor of Business Logistics in the Harvard Business School
Supply chain coordination for products with uncertain demand.
Nov. 18/11

James Gray-Donald, Ph.D

Associate VP, Sustainability Leader at Sears Canada

Dec. 9/11

V. Daniel Guide, Ph. D

Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management

Charles and Lillian Binder Faculty Fellow in Penn Stat's Dept. of Supply Chain & Information Systems

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Operations Managment

Closed-loop supply chain management, sustainable supply chain

Feb. 10/12

DAWB 2-106

Cheryl Gaimon, Ph.D

Regents' Professor of Operations Management and holder of the

Richard and Carol Kalikow Professorship at the Georgia Institute of Technology (College of Management)
The interplay between technology management and inter-firm alliances.

Feb. 24/12

SBE 1210

Mehmet Gumus, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Operations Management Area

Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University

"The Application of Signaling and Screening Games in Supply Chain Risk Management".

Mar. 9/12

SBE 1210

Michael Carter, Ph.D

Professor, Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto.
Healthcare industry: modeling, process improvement, decision support tools for policy, scheduling, simulation, system dynamics.

Mar. 16/12

Schlegel Centre - Ernst & Young Boardroom

Vish Krishnan

Rady School of Management, University of California at San Diego

Mar. 30/12


Zvi Drezner, Ph.D

Professor, Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences in the Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton.
Facility location

Apr. 13/12

SBE 1230

Anil Arya, Ph.D

John J. Gerlach Chair in Accounting and Professor of Accounting & MIS and (by courtesy) Economics in the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University
Interface of accounting and supply chain management (co-editor of a future special issue of the accounting interface with Production and Operations Management).

Apr. 27/12

SBE 1230

Bruce Golden, Ph.D

France-Merrick Chair in Management Science in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland

Editor-in-Chief, Networks Decision & Information Technologies
Logistics, distribution, and vehicle routing.

Fall 2010

Date Speaker Key Areas of Expertise

Oct. 1

G. Don Taylor, Ph.D., P.E.
Charles O. Gordon Professor and Department Head; Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; Virginia Institute of Technology

Logistics systems and truckload operations

Oct. 8

Mark Ferguson, Ph.D.
Steven A. Denning Professor of Technology and Management and the John and Wendi Wells Associate Professor of Operations Management, Georgia Institute of Technology

Closed loop supply chains; supply chain design for sustainable operations

Oct. 29 Yoshinori Suzuki, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Logistics & Supply Chain Management;
Jacobson Companies Fellow in Transportation and Logistics;
College of Business, Iowa State University
Carrier management; driver management; fuel optimization models

Nov. 12

Gilvan Souza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Operations and Decision Technologies, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
Reverse logistics; closed-loop supply chains; remanufacturing; technology management
Nov. 26 Paul Larson, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head (Department of Supply Chain Management) and Director of the Transport Institute, University of Manitoba
Purchasing; transportation; logistics; supply chain interfaces within organizations

Dec. 10

Mark Daskin, Ph.D.
Clyde W. Johnson Collegiate Professor and Chair: Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
Operations research techniques in supply chain management, transportation, facility location, and healthcare


Date Speaker Key Areas of Expertise

Feb. 4

Oded Berman, Ph.D.
Sydney Cooper Chair in Business & Technology: Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto

Facility location; design of logistics and supply chain networks

Feb. 23

Morris Cohen, Ph.D.
Panasonic Professor of Manufacturing and Logistics; Professor of Operations and Information Management and Systems Engineering; Co-Director, Fishman-Davidson Center for Service and Operations Management, The Wharton School
Service supply chain strategy; supply chain coordination, contracts, and incentives; supply chain interfaces; benchmarking; procurement
Ernst & Young Boardroom

March 4

Armann Ingolfsson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management Science, University of Alberta School of Business
Operations management emergency medical services, workforce scheduling, and queueing systems
March 18
Marc Goetschalckx, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology
Global supply chain management issues such as transfer pricing

April 1

Vedat Verter, Ph.D.
Professor of Operations Management; Director, NSERC CREATE Program in Healthcare Operations & Information Management, Co-Director, McGill MD-MBA Program   
Supply chain design, reverse logistics, transportation of hazardous materials and healthcare operations management SBE1230
April 15

Elena Katok, Ph.D.
Calvin E. and Pamala T. Zimmerman University Endowed Fellow and Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University

Production and inventory management; Experimental economics to investigate factors that affect cooperative and competitive behavior SBE1230
April 29
Arnold Maltz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management in the W P Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
Trans-border supply chain issues such as the impact of international borders SBE1230


Date Speaker Topic Location

Feb. 12
Noon - 1:30 pm
Dr. P. Fraser Johnson
The Problem with Supply Savings Ernst & Young Boardroom (SBE3220)
Feb. 26
Noon - 1:30 pm
Saif Benjaafar
Carbon Footprint and the Management of Supply Chains: Insights from Simple Models
Ernst & Young Boardroom (SBE3220)

Mar. 12
11:30 am - 1 pm
Jeannette Song
Cost-Sharing Contracts for Coordinating Semi-Centralized Global Production Networks
Ernst & Young Boardroom (SBE3220)

Apr. 5
12:30 pm - 2 pm

Prof. Binton Chen, University of Delaware Using MSRP to Enhance the Ability of Rebates to Control Distribution Channels Ernst & Young Boardroom (SBE3220)
Apr. 16 
12:30pm - 2pm

Steven Melnyk,
Michigan State University

Emerging Issues in Supply Chain Management: Identifying the Future of Supply Chain Management Research and Practice
Ernst & Young Boardroom (SBE3220)

Fall 2009

Date Speaker Topic Location

Oct. 2
1 pm - 4pm
Ernst & Young Boardroom (SBE3220)

Oct. 16
10 am - 1 pm

Hamidreza Faramarzi,
Wilfrid Laurier University

Optional Coordination and Joint Pricing Decisions in a Closed-Loop Supply Chain

Ernst & Young Boardroom (SBE3220)
Oct. 30
10 am - 1 pm
Hamdi Noori
Wilfrid Laurier University
Ernst & Young Boardroom (SBE3220)

Nov. 13
10 am - 1pm
Dan Guide,
TBD Ernst & Young Boardroom (SBE3220)
Nov. 27 Anming Ahang TBD TBD

Dec. 11
9 am - 12 pm
David Dilts
Vanderbilt, Oregon
TBD Ernst & Young Boardroom (SBE3220)

Winter 2009

Date Speaker Topic Location

Feb. 13, 2009
12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Mary R. Brooks - Dalhousie North American Freight Transportation: The road to security and prosperity


SBE 3220 (Ernst & Young Board Room)

March 6, 2009
10:00 - 12:00
Fernando Bernstein - Duke The Role of Component Commonality in Product Assortment Decisions (Abstract)
March 20, 2009
10:30 - 1:50 pm
Karen Donohue -University of Minnesota
A Behavioral Investigation of Service-Based Supplier Competitions (Abstract)
Ernst & Young Boardroom (SBE3220)

April 3, 2009
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Gilbert Laporte - HEC Montréal

Metaheuristics for the Vehicle Routing Problem


Ernst & Young Boardroom (SBE3220)
May 8, 2009
11:30 - 1:00
Charles Corbett - UCLA Extending the horizons: Green supply chains as driver of operational excellence (Abstract)
Fall 2008

Date Speaker Topic Location

Oct. 3, 2008
12 noon
Clay Whybark - Macon G. Patton Distinguished Professor of Operations, Technology and Innovation Management (OTIM) - UNC
Emerging Considerations in Supply Chain Management (Abstract)
SBE 3220 (Ernst & Young Board Room)

Nov. 7, 2008
12 noon
Zhe George Zhang - Professor, Operations Research and Management - Western Washington University
Does Pricing Some Lanes Improve Customer Service?(Powerpoint Presentation)

Nov. 14, 2008
1-3 pm (note time change)
Peruvemba Ravi, Associate Professor (ODS), School of Business & Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University Scheduling a Set of Jobs on Parallel Machines to Minimize Weighted Flow Times (Abstract)
P1021 (note room change)
Nov. 28, 2008
12 noon
Mike Magazine - UCin Healthcare Supply Chains
SBE 1210

Fall 2007

Date Speaker Topic Location
October 12, 2007
11:00 a.m.
Thomas Y. Choi,
John G. & Barbara A. Bebbling Professor in Business, Arizona State University

Supply Chain Design (Abstract)

Supply Chain Design (Presentation)

October 19, 2007
Sapna Isotupa, Associate Professor, School of Business & Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University

Comparison of Inventory Polilcies (Abstract)

Inventory Systems with Multiple Classes of Customers (Presentation)

Nov. 16, 2007
11:00 a.m.
David Gillen, Professor,
Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

Shipping Trends and Landside Responses: The Challenge of Logistics in and Through Gateways (Abstract)

Shipping Trends and Landside Responses: The Challenge of Logistics in and Through Gateways (Presentation)


Nov. 30, 2007
11:00 a.m.

Xuan Zhao, Assistant Professor (ODS), Wilfrid Laurier University

Inventory Competition for Newsvendors Under the Profit (and Revenue) Satisficing Objective (Abstract)

Inventory Competition for Newsvendors Under Target Based Decision Making (Presentation)

Dec. 7, 2007
11:00 a.m.
Peter Bell, Professor,
Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario

Linking the Firm's Supply-Chain Decision-Making to its Strategic and Tactical Decisions (Abstract)

Linking the Firm's Supply-Chain Decision-Making to its Strategic and Tactical Decisions (Presentation)


Dec. 13, 2007

11:30 a.m.

Terry Taylor, Associate Professor, Hass School of Business, UC Berkeley

Green Production through Competitive Testing (Abstract)


Winter 2008

Date Speaker Topic Location
March 14, 2008
1:00 p.m.

Victor Shi, Professor,  Wilfrid Laurier University

"A Quantitative Model for the Setting of Profit Target" (Abstract)
March 28, 2008
1:00 p.m.

Ignacio Castillo, Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

"To Pickup or Not to Pickup: Where? is the Actual Question!" (Abstract)

April 11, 2008
1:00 p.m.
Kevin Hendricks, Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
Demand-Supply Mismatch and Stock Market Reaction: Evidence from Excess Inventory Announcements. (Abstract) (Presentation)
April 25, 2008
1:00 p.m.

Paul Zipkin, Professor, Duke University

"Inventories with Multiple Supply Sources and Networks of Queues with Overflow Bypasses" (Abstract)
(Paper) (Presentation)

May 2, 2008
11:00 a.m.
Morgan Swink, Professor, Michigan State

Diagnosing Greatness: Competencies of Leading Supply Chain Companies" (Abstract)

Winter 2008

Date Speaker Topic Location

January 27, 2006
11:30 a.m.

James Bookbinder
Director of WATMIMS (Centre for Management of Integrated Manufacturing Systems)
University of Waterloo
Perspectives on International Logistics SBE1230

February 17, 2006
11:30 a.m.

David Simchi-Levi
Professor of Engineering Systems
Director of the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation
Editor-in-Chief of Operations Research

Impact of Offshoring on the Global Supply Chain

March 17, 2006
11:30 a.m.
Muthu Natesan
Senior Consultant
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Impact of RFID on Supply Chain Management and Beyond SBE1230
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Fall 2005

Date Speaker Topic Location
September 30, 2005
11 a.m.

Derek Atkins
E.D. MacPhee Professor of Management
Sauder School of Business

Outsourcing and Coordination in Competitive Supply Chains: some observations from theory


October 14, 2005 11 a.m.

Gilbert Laporte Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management
HEC Montreal

Transportation Planning: problems, methods and challenges


October 28, 200511 a.m.

Vinod Singhal
College of Management Georgia Institute of Technology

Supply Chain Disruptions and Corporate Performance


November 11, 200511 a.m.

Xuan Zhao
Assistant Professor
School of Business & Economics
Wilfrid Laurier University

When Competitors Agree to Cooperate: the Case of Transshipment in Supply Chains


November 25, 200511 a.m.

Opher Baron
Assistant Professor
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
Facility Location with Stochastic Demand and Constraints on Waiting Time SBE1230

Spring 2005

Date Speaker Topic Location

March 18, 2005
3:30 – 5 p.m.

Dr. Charles Wang
School of Management
State University of New York - Buffalo
Loss Aversion in the Newsvendor Problem and Supply Chains


April 18, 2005
11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Dr. Cristobal Sanchez-Rodriguez, School of Administrative Studies
Atkinson College
York University

Assessing the Effect of Information Systems Practices in Purchasing on Internal Customer Satisfaction in Quality-Oriented Manufacturing Firms: A Structural Model


May 20, 2005

Dr. Sapna Isotupa
Assistant Professor (ODS)
School of Business & Economics
Wilfrid Laurier University
Comparison of Three Continuous Review (s,Q) Inventory Systems with Two Types of Customers SBE3245
May 27, 2005
9 - 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Tamer Boyaci
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Management
McGill University
Information Acquisition for Capacity Planning via Pricing and Advance Selling: When to Stop and Act? SBE3245

Winter 2005

Date Speaker Topic Location
January 7, 2005
11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Dr. Mahmut Parlar
McMaster University
Value of a Put Option to the Newsvendor with Lexicographically Ordered Objectives SBE3245
February 4, 2005
11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Dr. Janice E. Carrillo
Warrington College of Business Administration
University of Florida-Gainesville
Sourcing Decisions with Stochastic Supplier Reliability and Stochastic Demand SBE3245
March 4, 2005
11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Dr. Markus Biehl
Schulich School of Business
York University
The Efficiency of Joint Decision Making in Buyer-Supplier Relationships SBE3245

Fall 2004

Date Speaker Topic Location
September 17, 2004
12 - 1 p.m.
Dr. Shailendra Jha
School of Business & Economics
Wilfrid Laurier University
Some Results on Supply Chain Rebates and Contracts SBE3245
October 1, 2004
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Dr. Samir Elhedhli
Department of Management Sciences
University of Waterloo
Make-To-Order Supply Chain Design for Response Time Sensitive Markets SBE3245
October 15, 2004
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Dr. Paul E. Doherty
Associate Director, Academic Programs, Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CBET)
University of Waterloo
Why ERP Can Fail Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Manufacturers SBE3245
November 5, 2004
10: - 11:30 a.m.
Dr. P. S. Ravi
School of Business & Economics
Wilfrid Laurier University
Determining the Impact of System Parameters on a VMI Arrangement SBE3245
November 19, 2004
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Chi-Guhn Lee
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto
"A multiple supplier inventory model with random discount offerings" P2115
November 30, 2004
2:40 - 4 p.m.
Dr. Yunzeng Wang
Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
"Joint Pricing-Production Decisions in Supply Chains of Complementary Products with Uncertain Demand" P2113

Spring 2004

Date Speaker Topic Location
May 20, 2004
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Michael Haughton
School of Business & Economics
Wilfrid Laurier University
An Analysis of the Assignment of Delivery Routes to Drivers in Stochastic Vehicle Routing Operations SBE2250
July 5, 2004
9:30 - 11 a.m.
Dr. Cristobal Sanchez-Rodriguez
School of Administrative Studies, Atkinson College
York University
A Structural Analysis of Strategic Purchasing's Impact on Supplier Development and its effect on Purchasing and Business Performance SBE1230