April 10, 2017
In recognition of his exceptional contribution to the advancement of knowledge in his field, Full Professor Gilbert Laporte has won the 2016–2017 prix d’excellence from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT), tied with Victoria Kaspi, from McGill University. Each of the winners will receive a $10,000 prize.
The jury for the award, consisting of representatives from the fields of natural science, mathematics and engineering, selected from among international experts, winners of prestigious awards (Prix du Québec, Prix de l’Acfas, etc.), and members of the FRQNT Scientific Council, chose Professor Laporte for a number of reasons:
Professor Laporte’s outstanding contributions in his field have been recognized on numerous occasions. In 2007, the Royal Society of Canada presented him with the Innis-Gérin Medal. He has won the Pierre Laurin Award (2012 and 2010), the Gérard-Parizeau Award (2009) and the Grand Prize for Teaching Excellence (2001) from the School. He also received the Lifetime Achievement in Location Analysis Award in 2014 and the Robert M. Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science in 2009 from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
In 2012, he was ranked Canada’s third most influential researcher in the field of management, according to HiBAR, the Hirsch-Index Benchmarking of Academic Research. In 2016, he was ranked as one of the world's 1,040 most widely cited authors, based on his h index and his Google Scholar Citations public profile.
In addition to holding the Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management, he is a member of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT). He has been a member of the Royal Society of Canada since 1998 and an INFORMS Fellow since 2005.