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Data Science for Saint Lawrence-Great Lakes: Innovation and Collaboration

Four Seasons

Thursday 21 Mar 2024
From 9AM To 5PM

This year, globalization is once again marked by significant uncertainty, predominantly driven by geopolitical disruptions, the challenging post-pandemic recovery, and the rapid evolution of climate change. Political and commercial strategies are not yielding the anticipated results, revealing their limitations as well as the difficulties in accommodating the complexities inherent to international trade. Stakeholders in the freight transport and international trade sectors are advocating for a new organizational and management framework and are calling for a shift in perceptions to enhance resilience and improve predictability in an increasingly volatile context.

The Saint Lawrence – Great Lakes (SLGL) macro-region alone represents a GDP of 6 trillion dollars, positioning it as the third-largest economy in the world. It encompasses two Canadian provinces (Quebec and Ontario) and eight U.S. states (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, and Minnesota). This commercial corridor serves as a critical nexus for domestic markets, and also for Europe, offering a direct point of access to North America, and to a lesser extent, Asia and Africa.

The SLGL region is also home to a fragile aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem. We must preserve its balance and biodiversity while maintaining the competitiveness and attractiveness of this area.

The event brought together several representatives from the federal governement, provincial governments (Quebec and Ontario), and municipal governments (Montreal and Quebec) to engage with CIRANO researchers and external collaborators on these critical issues. Key representatives from the transport and international trade industry were present.


With the support of

Austin, John
Director, Michigan Economic Center
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Benabbou, Loubna
Professor, Université de Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)
de Marcellis-Warin, Nathalie
CIRANO Researcher and Fellow
Full Professor, Polytechnique Montréal
Ph.D., Management Science, École normale supérieure de Cachan
Diallo, Oumar
Director of International Relations, Ville de Montréal
Dudoit, Alain
CIRANO Invited Fellow
Master's degree in political science, Law degree, Université de Montréal
Fisher, Mark
CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region
Kone, Aïchata
Regular Research Professional
Master of Science, Global Supply chain Management, HEC Montréal
Martin, Julien
CIRANO Researcher and Fellow
Full Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Ph.D., Economics, Paris School of Economics
Panot, Molivann
Projects Director
M.Sc., Management, NEOMA Business School
DESS, Finance Professions, HEC Montréal
Robles, Lindsay
Director, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Transformation Accelerator, Transport Canada
Roy, Robert
President, Association des Employeurs Maritimes
Schmidt, John
Program manager, Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers
Schneider, Jeremy
Regular Research Professional
M.Sc., Global Development Economics, Boston University
Siddika, Mohammed Bilal
Regular Research Professional
Master of Science, International Business, HEC Montréal
Stacey, Colin
Director General, Strategy, National Supply Chain Office, Transport Canada
Trépanier, Martin
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal
Van Assche, Ari
CIRANO Researcher and Fellow
Full Professor, HEC Montréal
Ph.D., Economics, University of Hawaï at Manoa
Warin, Thierry
CIRANO Researcher and Fellow
Full Professor, HEC Montréal
Ph.D., Monetary Economics and Finance, ESSEC Business School


8:30 - 9:15
Welcome and breakfast
9:15 - 9:30
Welcoming address
9:30 - 10:05
Saint Lawrence-Great Lakes Economic Overview
John Austin
10:05 - 10:40
National Supply Chain Office Digital Collaboration
Lindsay Robles, Colin Stacey
10:40 - 10:55
10:55 - 11:25
Saint-Lawrence Great Lake Interjurisdictional Collaborations
John Schmidt
11:25 - 12:00
Saint Lawrence-Great Lakes Data Hub : a digital twin for the 3rd economic region of the world
12:00 - 13:15
13:15 - 14:30
Enhancing Supply Chain Resilience and Risk Management with Data Science
14:30 - 15:00
Data Sharing and public sector interoperability
15:00 - 15:10
15:10 - 15:45
Toward the Decarbonization of the Maritime Supply Chain: A Data Driven Approach
Loubna Benabbou
15:45 - 16:55
Are our supply chains ready to face climate changes ? : Where we stand, what we need.
Julien Martin, Oumar Diallo, Mark Fisher
16:55 - 17:00
Closing remarks
17:00 - 19:00
Cocktail and Launch of the « Data Science and Knowledge Transfer Hub for Trade and Intermodal Transportation in the St. Lawrence-Great Lakes Corridor »
Louise Roy, Lindsay Robles, Caroline Aubé, Céline Poncelin de Raucourt, Annie Ross, Martin Trépanier, Pierre Dumouchel


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