Comtois, Claude

Professor of Geography (U Montreal)

Researcher at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les réseaux d'entreprise, la logistique et le transport (CIRRELT)


 Claude Comtois is a Professor of Geography at the Université de Montréal. He holds a degree in Political Science, an MSc in Geography from Université Laval and a PhD from the University of Hong Kong for his research in the field of transportation. He is affiliated with the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation at the Université de Montréal (CIRRELT). He has over 10 years' experience as a project director in transportation for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). He has been a guest professor at upwards of 15 foreign universities. His teaching and research deal with transportation systems, in particular maritime transportation and ports. Professor Comtois regularly serves as a consultant on maritime policy, intermodal transportation and the environment. He has authored or co-authored some 100 scientific publications and over 250 papers. He has directed or taken part in about 40 subsidized research projects, in addition to collaborating on transferring knowledge and methodologies applied to transportation systems.


Research expertise

  • Geographic analysis of the shipping industry, including market organization, network structure, flow of goods and infrastructure capacity
  • Environmental impact of ports and maritime shipping
  • Competitiveness of port systems
  • Overland connections and intermodal corridors for domestic markets
  • Evaluation of development conditions for logistics platforms
  • Political and institutional governance of transportation infrastructure


(Source: U Montreal)



Talk: Maritime and port transport in service of the industrial port zone of Sept-Iles (May 28)