The Logistics Institute

Our History

The Logistics Institute was founded in 1990 by 12 leading logistics industry associations to foster and promote the profession of logistics and create a recognized certification program. The Logistics Institute was a sector council that received most of its funding from Human Resources Services Development Canada (HRSDC). The role of a sector council is to work with industry stakeholders to develop human resources that are specific to their sector or industry.

In 1993 the Logistics Institute created a recognized certification program called the Professional Logistician (P.Log.) designation to strengthen the business skills of individuals employed in the logistics. In 1995, 52 people earned their P.Log. designation. Today, the number of logisticians and supply chain managers who have earned their P.Log. designation increased to nearly 3,000.

The success of the P.Log. designation allowed the Logistics Institute to become financially self-sufficient by 2000. The Logistics Institute was the first and only sector council in Canadian history to become financially self-sufficient.

What is Logistics?

Logistics is the art and science of managing and controlling the flow of goods, energy, information and other resources from the source of production to the marketplace. More than 750,000 Canadian workers are employed in the logistics field, making it the second to third largest employment sector in Canada. Many logisticians work in supply chain management, executive management, consulting, transportation, traffic, customs, distribution, manufacturing, purchasing, and warehousing. They work in small, medium and large companies.

Why Logistics is critical to today's Global Economy

The convergence of economic, political and technological forces in the mid-1990s dramatically increased the importance of logistics. The delivery of goods overtook production as the most critical factor in business success. Almost overnight, the responsibility of logistics grew from simply getting a product out the door to the science of controlling the optimal flow of goods, energy, and information through the purchasing, planning and transportation management. In the wake of this change, the role of logistics went from local to global, tactical to strategic, and from the backroom to the boardroom.

Logistics and Industry

Logisticians work in virtually every industry in the business world, including:

• Aerospace

• Airlines

• Auto Industry

• Clothing & Apparel

• Courier & Messaging

• Engineering

• Food & Grocery

• Forestry

• Freight Forwarding

• Government

• Hotel and Hospitality

• International Trade

• IT

• Military and National Defence

• Mining

• Natural Gas

• Public Transportation

• Oil

• Pharmaceuticals

• Railways

• Retail

• Shipping

The Role Logisticians Play

Logisticians hold a variety of high-profile positions that are responsible for managing a company's operations. Some of these titles include:

• Vice President of Logistics

• Logistics Analyst

• Warehouse Manager

• Demand and Supply Planner

• Inventory Control Manager

• Vice-President of Operations

• Materials Coordinator

• Contracts Director

• Senior Dispatcher

• Traffic Analyst

• Customs Manager

• Transportation Specialist

How Important is Logistics?

Logistics can make or break your business. Here is a list of companies who fully understand the importance of logistics:

• Air Canada

• BC Hydro

• Canada Post

• Canadian Tire

• Victoria Shipyards

• WheelsGroup

• UTI Canada



• Levi Strauss

• DHL Danzas

• Kuehne + Nagel

• Oakrun Farm Bakeries


• IMP Group

For a list of our corporate members, please click here.

The Logistics Institute and Your Career

Your association with the Logistics Institute will provide you complete training, support and development for every phase of your professional career. Our development programs that have helped hundreds of logisticians in all levels of management increase their earning potential, strengthen their company's supply chains, and improve their leadership skills. For more information on our programs, please click here.