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Dr. Mary R. Brooks

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Significant honour: Winner of the Onassis Prize in Shipping 2018. Announced on April 20th by the City University of London, Mary R. Brooks wins the Onassis Prize in Shipping 2018. The Shipping Prize will be shared with Professor Wayne Talley; the three prizes recognize the lifetime achievement of experienced academics in the fields of finance, international trade and shipping – the disciplines in which Aristotle Onassis excelled.

I am so honoured to have been chosen as one of two recipients of the 2018 Onassis Prize in Shipping. To be the second Canadian, and the first woman, to be awarded this most prestigious prize accorded to academics in the field makes it even more of an honour. I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, a province where shipping was critical to its history and economy, but I did not know then how important the industry was to global prosperity. No great journey of discovery is ever completed alone, and my success is shared with all the colleagues and mentors who worked with me over the years.

New in 2018:THE FUTURE OF OCEAN GOVERNANCE AND TRAINING: Essays in Honour of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (1918‐2002) edited by the International Ocean Institute Canada. Essays by more than 80 experts including eight on marine transportation, edited by Mary R. Brooks. When the book is available, a link will be posted here.

Most recent scholarly publication: Frost, James D. and Mary R. Brooks (2017), Short Sea Shipping and Ferries, in The Routledge Handbook of Transport Economics, Jonathan Cowie and Stephen Ison (eds.), 325-347. This chapter consolidates a decade of short sea work and includes a discussion about successful ferries and how operations can fail.

Now in print: A Chilean Maritime Highway: Is It a Possible Domestic Transport Option?, Transportation Research Record, volume 2611, pages 32-40. This paper was originally presented to the Transportation Research Board (session 816) on 11 January 2017. The presentation is available for download on the Speeches and Webinars page.

About Us
My transportation practice focuses on understanding my clients’ needs and helping them create value for those they serve. This may range from conducting credible research, acting as an expert witness, seeking answers to “too hard” questions, running a focus group or providing corporate education in the transportation management and international marketing fields. As an educator, I delight in helping companies bring staff skills in middle and senior management to a higher level of critical thinking.

My research and consulting work focuses on transportation and global supply chain management, and I am particularly interested in the relationships between the buyers and sellers of transportation services. With a keen interest in how to make Canadian supply chains better, and enthusiasm for the world of shipping and ports, I founded the Port Performance Research Network in 2001 to examine how to make ports more effective in adding value to their users’ supply chains through governance reform and benchmarking. That network has gone viral, with 60 scholars around the globe. Since 2003, I also have had an active research program in the area of short sea shipping, as I believe that we need to move as much cargo by sea as possible in order to do our part to mitigate climate change impacts from goods movement. Encouraging modal switching and convincing ports to care about creating value for customers have become my wicked challenges. 

Contact Information
Mobile: 902-818-2539
e-mail: maryrbrooks@mac.com

Download my CV by clicking on the link: Current CV