2004-2005 Scholarship Competition Award Winners

CTRF wishes to thank once again the  sponsors for the current scholarship program, namely Transport Canada, Bombardier, Canada Maritime Agencies Ltd., CN, Canadian Pacific Railway,  Government of Quebec, and many other personal donations.


Simon Veronneau, Ph.D., Production and Operations Management, HEC Montreal

Current Degree:  Ph.D. in Business Administration, Department of Production & Operations Management, HEC Montr?al.

Previous Degree:  Master of Science in Transport and Maritime Management, Universiteit Antwerpen.  Bachelor of Maritime Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Simon began his studies at Georgian College where he trained to be a navigation officer. Upon receipt of his diploma, Simon transferred to Memorial University of Newfoundland to complete a Bachelor of Maritime Studies. Supervised by Captain James Lowe, his thesis examined maritime security and the new threats facing the sector post-September 11th 2001.

After obtaining his bachelor degree, Simon went to further his transport studies at the University of Antwerp where he received the Libertas-Humanitas award, and graduated with a cum laude distinction in October 2004. He wrote a Master’s thesis on merger & acquisition activities in the maritime sector, supervised by Prof Eddy Van de Voorde.

His main professional experience was gained working aboard ships. Simon did his cadet time onboard a Canadian Coast Guard ship, and merchant ships with Algoma Central Marine. He later worked for Algoma Central Corporation as a third mate, the Canadian Coast Guard as a first officer, and recently for a major cruise company as second officer-navigation.

Simon has joined the production and operations management department at HEC Montreal in January 2004. He is specialising in supply chain management with a special focus in transport. His research interests are transport policy, intermodal transport, and maritime transport. His doctoral thesis focuses on the fragility of the supply chain. He is currently supervised by Prof Jacques Roy and Prof Robert Gagne.


Kris Thiele, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Queens University

Current Program: Ph. D., Clinical Psychology Queens University

Previous Degrees: Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, Queens
University, Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology, Acadia University

Previous Awards: A.Z. Arthur Book Prize (Queens University)
Hayward Medal (Acadia University)
University Medal in Psychology (Acadia University)

Area of Research:

Over the past couple of years, I have been working under the supervision
of Dr. Alistair MacLean in the Sleep Laboratory in the Psychology
Department at Queens University. My research focus has been primarily
devoted to examining the relationship between sleepiness and driving. As
sleepiness is an important factor in many motor vehicle accidents,
particularly for young drivers between the ages of 16 to 29, there is a
great need to investigate which factors contribute to drivers decision
making process in determining when they are too sleepy to continue to
drive safely and what actions they take to counter this level of

I have recently completed the first of three studies investigating
drivers perceptions of and willingness to use various countermeasures to
fight off sleepiness. Such information is vital in developing effective
interventions to reduce drowsy driving as many drivers currently rely on
ineffective countermeasures to cope with their sleepiness.


Jinha Jeong, MS., Transportation and Logistics, University of British Columbia

Current Program: MSc, Transportation and Logistics, Univ. of British Columbia

Previous Degree: B. Eng., Industrial Engineering, Hanyang University (Korea)

Area of Research:

Since I joined the UBC’s Transportation and Logistics MSc program, I have truly felt that I made a right choice because I really enjoy learning new aspects about North America’s transportation and logistics sector. In particular, during the first year, in addition to course work, I have involved in two research projects as a research assistant. I analyzed transportation and logistics costs for a study for investigating the factors influencing multinational firms’ location decision for their regional distribution centers, especially focusing on high-value light weight products, most of which move by air. Another project I am currently helping is the global airport benchmarking project which measures and compares the performance of several important aspects of airport operation such as productivity and efficiency, and cost competitiveness.

During the second year, I plan to do a thesis on improving air cargo logistics system at the airport. My study will focus on how to enhance the system by analyzing the performance of airport operation. The practical objective of my thesis would help the key players in the air-oriented supply chain participants (airlines, airports and related logistics companies) become a core competence for Canada rather than a bottleneck in the global supply chains. In particular, I would like to design my thesis around the development of Vancouver International Airport as a major trade and logistics gateway linking among Asia, Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.

Career Objectives:

Upon graduation, I plan to work as an operation manager in the air transportation industry or economic analyst in other public or private sector related to air transportation.


Marc Fournier, Ph.D., Engineering at Institut nationale des sciences appliquees (INSA) in Lyon France and Institut national d’optiqwue (INO) at Ecole de technologies supeireure (ETS)

Marc Fournier a realise ses etudes universitaires au premier et au second cycle a l’ecole de technologie superieure a Montreal. Il possede une formation de base en genie electrique et il s’est specialis a en vision par ordinateur dans le domaine des transports en realisant son memoire de maetrise sur une camera 3D utilisee pour l’inspection des structures et des routes. Il poursuit actuellement ses etudes doctorales en informatique appliquee en collaboration avec l’ecole de technologie superieure et l’Institut national des sciences appliquees de Lyon. Sa these de doctorat porte sur la modelisation geometrique et le traitement d’objets 3D dans le domaine des transports. Ses objectifs sont d’entreprendre une carriere universitaire de professeur et chercheur en traitement d’images 3D associees aux transports et de diriger un laboratoire de recherche en modelisation d’objets 3D appliquee aux besoins des capteurs 3D industriels dans le domaine des transports.


Wesley Andreas, MA, Geography, University of Calgary

Current Program: Master of Arts degree in Geography, University of Calgary

Previous Degree:  Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree in Geography, University of Waterloo

Wesley completed his Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree in Geography (co-op option) from the University of Waterloo in 2003. He was awarded the Faculty of Environmental Studies Alumni Gold Medal upon graduation. During his time at Waterloo, he was involved in research on higher-order (rapid) transit in Waterloo Region, both with the university and the regional government. His undergraduate honours thesis examined the potential for higher-order transit use in the Kitchener CMA. An adapted version was published in the 2004 CTRF Conference Proceedings. Wesley was also a participant in the University of Waterloo’s Community-University Research Alliance (CURA), which does research on mid-sized city urban planning issues.

Wesley is now completing his Master of Arts degree in Geography at the University of Calgary. For the first year of his project, Wesley received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). His research focuses on examining the status of transit service in mid-sized Canadian cities. The research takes an applied approach to investigate the potential for transit service improvements in several key communities. Continuing work in the second year will involve site visits, including interviewing transit officials and community surveying in key cities.

Upon completion of his Master’s degree, Wesley intends on pursuing a career in the Canadian transit industry, with the potential to complete PhD work at a later date.



Leanne Whiteley, MASc, Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo

Current Program: Masters of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo

Previous Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo

Leanne recently graduated with honours and received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering (co-op) from the University of Waterloo. Leanne spent three out of six co-op terms working in the transportation field for both the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario – Highway Design Office and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority – Project Services Department. During her undergraduate career, Leanne was also very involved with extra-curricular activities. She received the Federation of Students Volunteer Award and the Engineering Society Paula Plummer award for outstanding contribution to the Engineering Society.

Leanne is now undertaking her Masters of Applied Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Her research work will focus on evaluating existing Canadian and international pavement design methods and determining a model that is most appropriate for Canadian airports.

Upon graduation from her Masters program, Leanne will consider pursing a PhD and would eventually like to work as a pavement engineer in industry.


Hanna Maoh, Ph.D., School of Geography and Geology, McMaster University (unable to accept)
Jesse Coleman, University of Toronto (unable to accept)
Matthew Sheldrake, University of Calgary (unable to accept)

Oleg Byelyayev, MScE, Transportation Group, University of New Brunswick

Oleg Byelyayev is a second year graduate student at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He is doing the Master of Science in Engineering (Major: Transportation Engineering and Planning) with graduation planned for April 2005. Oleg acquired his first master’s degree in Urban Planning at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and two bachelor’s degrees in Engineering (Russia), and Economics (Ukraine). Mr. Byelyayev has several publications and extensive professional experience. He used to work as a Program Director for the Regional Development Agency in Ukraine, Project Manager for the United Nations Development Program, Regional Manager for the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and Urban Planner for Manley Burk Legal Professional Association in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Oleg’s graduate research is aimed at analysis of potential climate change impacts on demand for freight transportation in Atlantic Canada through its links with other sectors of the regional economy. The main idea of the study is to model climate change impacts as productivity shocks in relevant sectors of the regional economy and then trace consequences of these shocks for demand for freight transportation on the basis of computer simulation. After the graduation Oleg plans to work as a transportation engineer/planner for a consulting firm in Canada.