May 20, 2008
Tuyva Chan (BBA 2005), who graduated in 2007 from the MSc in Administration program, Logistics option, has won the Progistix National Student Paper Award. The award is presented every year by Supply Chain and Logistics Canada (SCL) for the best student paper on logistics. Tuyva received the award for a paper based on her thesis, and entitled La localisation d'usines satellites dans le domaine forestier : une étude de cas, at the organization’s annual conference, held from May 4 to 6 in Toronto.
The article won for the originality of the subject and the proposed solution to a specific logistics problem. The prestigious distinction also comes with a $2,500 monetary prize, a one-year SCL membership and delegate registration at SCL's annual conference. Gilbert Laporte, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management, and Jean-François Cordeau, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Logistics and Transportation, co-directed Tuyva’s thesis.
In her article, the winner presented a case study aimed at optimizing the location of satellite plants for wood processing as part of forestry operations. The method she developed has been applied to Bowater operations in the Thunder Bay region, in Ontario.
“More specifically, the main objective of the case study was to answer questions by business managers about the use of satellite plants for the supply of wood chips by private entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs under contract,” explains Ms. Chan. “A number of scenarios were studied and analyzed using different parameters, to assess the stability of the proposed solution.”
Note that Nicolas Hien (MSc 2006) won the National Student Logistics Paper Award in 2006; at that time it was known as the Jim Eckler Award, named after the President of Progistix Solutions Inc., the founder of the award.
Supply Chain & Logistics Canada (SCL) is a non-profit organization of educators, professionals and managers from all levels interested in improving their logistics and supply chain management skills through a comprehensive program of education, seminars, research and networking opportunities on global trends in logistics.