The Transport Institute, part of University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business, recently announced the appointment of Paul Earl as its acting director.

Mr. Earl joined the Asper School of Business in 2003, after a long and varied career in the Western Canadian grain industry. He worked for United Grain Growers, the Grain Transportation Agency, and, prior to coming to the Asper School, spent close to five years with the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association.

He is one of the founding members of the Department of Supply Chain Management when it was formed as part of the Asper School in 2004.

He completed his doctoral studies at University of Manitoba. These studies focused on the farm movement in Western Canada from about 1918 to 1935, and examined how three prairie Wheat Pools and the Canadian Wheat Board came into existence. Also studied were the ideologies held by farmers that shaped those institutions.

Earl has had a long relationship with the Transport Institute. He was a research associate with the Institute in 1987 and 1988 while working on his doctoral degree, and completed several studies with the Institute over the following years.

Established in 1984, the Transport Institute’s mandate is to stimulate and coordinate transport research at the university and to bring together traditional academic research with the needs of the transport industry through basic and applied research.

The institute’s activities cover not only transport but also the wider logistics process including materials handling, warehousing, inventory control, order processing and customer service.