Canadian Manufacturing

Quebec conference demystifies impacts of e-commerce on the logistics industry

Montreal conference provides a platform for leading companies that demonstrate innovation in logistics

October 1, 2019   by CMO Staff

From left to right: Mickael Brard of Jalon MTL, Luc Couillard of Ville de Montréal, Alexandre Skerlj of PME Montréal, Marc Smith of Canada Post, Mathieu Charbonneau of CargoM, Robert Beaudry of Ville de Montréal, Pierre Fitzgibbon Minister of the Economy and Innovation, Michel Langelier of CEFRIO et Martin Ball of Wiptec/Metropolitan Cluster of logistics and transportation in Montreal

MONTREAL – Private companies and public organizations shared their experiences and the results of their e-commerce initiatives at the Innovation and the Impact of E-commerce on the Logistics Industry conference, held September 30 at the Montreal Port Authority.

Co-organized by CargoM and CEFRIO, the event brought together about 100 stakeholders and decision makers interested in the state of affairs and prospects in e-commerce for logistics companies in Quebec.

Quebec Minister of the Economy and Innovation Pierre Fitzgibbon opened conference.

Canada Post, WIPTEC, Drakkar, City of Montreal and Jalon MTL presented their successes and outlined the challenges and issues they face at each link in the e-commerce supply chain.


CEFRIO reviewed the Quebec e-commerce logistics hub project, a mandate awarded to it by the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, specifically aimed at evaluating new business models in e-commerce logistics. The initiative is part of the Government of Quebec’s action plan for the digital economy. One of its objectives is to accelerate the transition of companies in the logistics sector to specialized e-commerce services.

CEFRIO acts as an accelerator of digital culture in organizations and relies on a network of 90 researchers, its 280 members and its team to support companies and organizations as they transform their processes and business practices through the appropriation and use of digital technologies.

Created in 2012, CargoM increases cohesiveness, competitiveness, growth and reach amongst the Greater Montreal’s logistics and freight transport industry, educational institutions, research centres, sector associations and unions.