Benoit Montreuil

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Enterprise Engineering, Department of Operations and Decision Systems, Faculty of Administration Sciences, Université de Laval (Quebec, QC)

Dr. Benoit Montreuil is a professional industrial engineer, graduated in 1978 from Université du Québec at Trois-Rivières. He holds a M.Sc. (1980) in Industrial Engineering and a PhD (1982) in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

He is a founding member of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT). After having served as President of the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education, he currently acts as Liaison to the Board of Material Handling Industry of America and is member of the Roundtable of Industry Leaders of Material Handling Industry of America.

His main research interests lie in developing concepts, methodologies, and technologies for creating, optimizing, transforming, and enabling businesses, value creation networks, and centres to efficiently and sustainably thrive in a fast evolving world. He stands at the crossroads of industrial and systems engineering, operations research, computer science and operations, logistics, supply chain, and strategic management. His research builds mostly upon a synthesis of optimization modelling and mathematical programming, discrete and agent-based simulation modelling, systems science and design theory, field based investigations, and action research.

He has extensive advisory, entrepreneurial and collaborative research experience with industry. Through over thirty years of research, in collaboration with students and colleagues, he has introduced an imposing set of paradigm-challenging leading-edge contributions such as virtual cellular manufacturing systems, fractal and holographic factory organization, industrial microcosm, symbiotic manufacturing networks (now known as virtual supply chains), network enterprises, responsibility networks, NetMan networked collaborative operating system, personalizing business networks, holistic simulation, tetrahedral business design framework, supply webs, the human web, and the physical internet.

DC Velocity has awarded him as 2011 Rainmaker of the Year for introducing the ground-breaking Physical Internet and spearheading the International Physical Internet Initiative towards efficient and sustainable interconnected logistics.

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