Dr. Prentice is a Professor of Supply Chain Management, at the I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, an Associate of the Transport Institute, and the third Director (1996-2005). His major research and teaching interests include logistics, transportation economics, urban transport and trade policy. Dr. Prentice holds degrees in economics from University of Western Ontario (1973), University of Guelph (1979) and University of Manitoba (1986).
Dr. Prentice has authored or co-authored more than 250 research reports, journal articles book contributions and a popular textbook. His scholarly work has been recognized for excellence in national paper competitions and awards. In 1999, National Transportation Week named him Manitoba Transportation Person of the Year. Through the Transport Institute, which Dr. Prentice headed from 1996 to 2005, he organized national and international conferences on sustainable transportation (Railways and the Environment), supply chain logistics (Planes, Trains & Ships), agribusiness logistics (Fields on Wheels), northern transportation (Airships to the Arctic) and food trade between Canada and Mexico (La Cadena de Frio). In 1999 and 2003, he received University of Manitoba Outreach Awards. In 2009, Dr. Prentice was made an Honourary Life Member of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum.
Dr. Prentice was instrumental in founding a major in transportation and logistics within the B.Comm. (Hons.) program at the I. H. Asper School of Business (fall 2003). Since that time a new Department of Supply Chain Management has been formed, and in 2006 a M.Sc. program in supply chain management was initiated.
Dr. Prentice has served on the Boards of Directors of several transportation organizations: National Transportation Week (President, 2001 and 2003), Canadian Institute for Traffic and Transportation (Honourary President, 2001-3) and the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (President, 1997). In 2005, Dr. Prentice co-founded ISO Polar, as a not-for-profit association to promote the use of airships as sustainable transport for the northern latitudes. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Transportation Research Forum. In addition, Dr. Prentice has served on Winnipeg Airports Authority, Inc. (1998-2003), Winnipeg TransPlan 2010, the Mid-Continent International Trade Corridor Task Force, the Rapid Transit Task Force, Council of Canadian Academies (2012-14), Statistics Canada Industry Advisory Committee (2010-present), expert committees, and is frequently asked to speak on the topics of trade and transportation.
In 2012, Dr. Prentice founded Buoyant Aircraft Systems International as the first airship research centre in Canada.