Dr. Prentice is a Professor of Supply Chain Management, at the I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba and the former Director (1996-2005) of the Transport Institute. His major research and teaching interests include logistics, transportation economics, urban transport and trade policy. Dr. Prentice holds a degree in economics from University of Western Ontario (1973) and graduate degrees in agricultural economics from University of Guelph (1979) and University of Manitoba (1986).

Dr. Prentice has authored or co-authored more than 250 research reports, journal articles and contributions to books. His scholarly work has been recognized for excellence in national paper competitions and awards. In 1999, National Transportation Week named him Manitoba Transportation Person of the Year. Through the Transport Institute, Dr. Prentice has organized national and international conferences on sustainable transportation (Railways and the Environment), supply chain logistics (Planes, Trains & Ships), agribusiness logistics (Fields on Wheels), the potential use of airships for northern transportation (Airships to the Arctic) and food trade between Canada and Mexico (La Cadena de Frio). In 1999 and 2003, he received University of Manitoba Outreach Awards. In 2009, Dr. Prentice was made an Honourary Life Member of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum.

Dr. Prentice was instrumental in founding a major in transportation and logistics within the BComm (Hons) program at the I. H. Asper School of Business (fall 2003). Since that time a new Department of Supply Chain Management has been formed, and in 2006 a M.Sc. program in supply chain management was initiated.

Dr. Prentice has served on the Boards of Directors of several transportation organizations: National Transportation Week (President, 2001 and 2003), Honourary President of the Canadian Institute for Traffic and Transportation (2001-3) and the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (Past President, 1997). Dr. Prentice is the President of ISO Polar Airships that he co-founded in 2005 as a not-for-profit research institute to promote the use of airships as sustainable transport for the northern latitudes. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Transportation Research Forum. In addition, Dr. Prentice has served on Winnipeg Airports Authority, Inc. (1998-2003), Winnipeg TransPlan 2010, the Mid-Continent International Trade Corridor Task Force, the Rapid Transit Task Force, expert committees, and is frequently asked to speak on the topics of trade and transportation.


People’s Choice, CanInfra Challenge Award “Electric Airship Transportation System” 2018
Life-time Member, Canadian Transportation Research Forum 2009
Canadian Institute for Traffic and Transportation Honourary President 2000-02
University of Manitoba Outreach Awards 1999 and 2003
National Transportation Week, Manitoba Transportation Person of the Year 1999
ANZAM Best Paper Award 2002
Transportation Research Forum, RailTex Agricultural Transportation Paper 1998 (first)
Canadian Transportation Research Forum, Annual Meetings Paper Competitions

2020 (first)

2016 (second)

2007 (first)

1991 (third)

1989 (first)

1988 (third)

Recent Publications


Monteiro, Joseph, Barry E. Prentice and Joseph Schulman. (co-editors).  “Planning in Times of Unprecedented Change and Uncertainty”. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meetings of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum, May 2020 (530 pages).

Doern, G. Bruce, John Coleman and Barry E. Prentice. Canadian Transport Policy: Getting From Here To There.Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019.

Ng, Adolf K.Y, Changmin Jiang, Paul Larson, Barry Prentice and David Duval. (2018). Transport Nodal System.Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc. ISBN: 978-0-12-811067-6

Prentice, Barry E. and Darren Prokop. Concepts of Transport Economics. Singapore: World Scientific Press, 2016. ISBN:978-9814656160

Refereed Journal Articles

Prentice, Barry E.  Matt Adaman. “Economics of cargo airships for food transport to remote northern communities.” Research in Transportation Business & Management. Vol.25, (2017):87-98.

Prentice, Barry E. and Yui-yip Lau. “Market Potential for Transport Airships in Service to Hong Kong.” International Journal of Aviation Management. Volume 3, Number 1, 2016: Pages 68-83.

Blank, Stephen and Barry E. Prentice. “NAFTA at 20: Time to Open the Internal Borders of North American Transport Cabotage.” Research in Transportation Business & Management. Volume 16, Special Issue on Transportation and Trade Across International Borders, Edited by Bill Anderson and Juan Carlos Villa (September 2015): Pages 4–14.

Prentice, Barry E. “Canadian Airport Security: The Privatization of a Public Good”.  Journal of Air Transport Management. Volume 48, (September 2015) Special Issue on Aviation Security, Edited by David Gillen and William G. Morrison: Pages 52-59.

Prentice, Barry E. and Mark Hemmes. “Containerization of Grain: Emergence of a New Supply Chain Market”. Journal of Transportation Technologies5, 55-68 (2015).

Prentice, Barry E. and Robert Knotts. “Cargo Airships: International Competition.” Journal of Transportation Technologies, 4, 187-195 (2014).

Refereed Conference Papers

Prentice, Barry E. and John Wilms, “Cargo Airship Fuel Transport: Canadian Shield Case Study.” Canadian Transportation Research Forum. Proceedings Issue: 55th Annual Meeting (2020): 426-435.

Monteiro, Joseph and Barry E.  Prentice. “2019 Regulatory Developments In Canadian Transportation.” Canadian Transportation Research Forum.  Proceedings Issue: 55th Annual Meeting (2020): 173-180.

Prentice, Barry E. “Canola crushing: location of a footloose industry.” Canadian Transportation Research Forum.  Proceedings Issue: 54th Annual Meeting (2019): 117-124.

Monteiro, Joseph and Barry E.  Prentice. "Regulation and competition in the taxi industry in Vancouver.” Canadian Transportation Research Forum. Proceedings Issue: 54th Annual Meeting (2019): 332-339

Monteiro, Joseph and Barry E.  Prentice.  “A review of Canadian transportation developments in 2018." Canadian Transportation Research Forum. Proceedings Issue: 54th Annual Meeting (2019): 586-594.

Prentice, Barry E. and Joseph Monteiro. “Future of Containerization: Rapid Growth or Maturation?” Canadian Transportation Research Forum.  Proceedings Issue: 53rd Annual Meeting (2018): 167-174.

Monteiro, Joseph and Barry E.  Prentice. “The Future of Transportation – In the Information Age.” Canadian Transportation Research Forum.  Proceedings Issue: 53rd Annual Meeting (2018): 69-76.