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.

Canadian Professional Logistics Institute

Logistics Institute is a not-for-profit company incorporated in 1990 under Part 2 of the Canada Business Act, and transitioned to continue as a federal company under the Canadian Not-for-profit Corporations Act in 2013.

Professional Organization

Working with industry, business, government, and individual practitioners, the logistics Institute established and continues to build a global logistics professional community through formal Certification policies and Training Programs, leading to the internationally recognized P.Log , LS, SC designations.

Training Institute

Working with professional members and strategic training partners from colleges, universities, and schools, the institute;

  • Developed national and international Competency Standards in Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Developed national and international Curriculum Standards in Logistics for programs delivered in colleges and universities
  • Delivers national and international Certification and Training Programs in Logistics, leading to Professional Designations

Competency Standards in Logistics are the foundation of nation-wide as well as company workforce development strategies. The Logistics Institute identified core logistics and general business skills required of workers and professionals at all levels of responsibility in the labor market, including frontline/tactical skills, supervisory/ functional skills, managerial/ process skills, and executive/ strategic skills.

Curriculum Standards in Logistics identify the knowledge base and applied learning objectives of programs and courses to be delivered in colleges, universities, schools and companies in full range of logistics functions including procurement and purchasing, inventory management and handling, warehousing and distribution, transportation, freight forwarding, international trade logistics.

National Sector Council

Working in partnership with the Government of Canada, and specifically with federal department of Human Resources Development, the Logistics Institute adhered to a comprehensive mandate to develop and enhance the skills and competencies of the logistics workforce at all levels of responsibility from tactical to senior executive. As a Sector Council, the Logistics Institute established national standards, including:

  • Occupational Standards In Logistics
  • Competency And Skills Standards In Logistics
  • Curriculum Standards (Secondary And Post-Secondary)
  • Professional Certification Standards, Policies And Procedures In Logistics

Building on these national standards, the Logistics Institute also developed and implemented national career and industry practitioner guides, including:

  • Logistics Career Path Model
  • Logistics Labor Market Information (Compensation, Recruitment, Retention, Development)
  • Global Supply Chain Logistics Industry Model
Business Development Company

Working with private and public sector companies and business associations, the Logistics Institute delivers logistics expertise worldwide.