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Dr. Barry Prentice
Airships first captured Dr. Prentice’s imagination as a child in the 1950’s watching archival newsreel footage on his family’s black and white TV. Since then Airships have been a core subject of several papers written by Dr. Prentice as a viable and obvious solution to the challenge of efficiently moving goods and people to remote communities. Dr. Prentice is a highly regarded, often quoted, and sought after transportation expert. He has testified at government committees and as an expert witness in court cases where the subject of transportation and economics are in question. Dr. Barry Prentice is a Professor of Supply Chain Management, at the I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba and the former Director (1996-2005) of the Transport Institute. Dr. Prentice holds a degree in economics from University of Western Ontario (1973) and graduate degrees in agricultural economics from University of Guelph (1979) and University of Manitoba (1986). Through the Transport Institute, Dr. Prentice has organized national and international conferences on sustainable transportation (Railways and the Environment), supply chain logistics (Planes, Trains & Ships), agribusiness logistics (Fields on Wheels), the potential use of airships for northern transportation (Airships to the Arctic) and food trade between Canada and Mexico (La Cadena de Frio). Dr. Prentice is a Fellow in Transportation at Northern Policy Institute and the President of ISO Polar Airships that he co-founded in 2005 as a not-for- profit research institute to promote the use of airships as sustainable transport for the northern latitudes.
About Our Documentary
"Floating Giants: The Barry Prentice Story" tells the story of Dr. Barry Prentice and his relentless pursuit of meaningful government and public attention to the inadequate state of transportation to Northern Canadian Communities, and an available solution - airships. Dr. Prentice, a Transportation Economist and tenured Supply Chain Professor at the University of Manitoba, has written several research papers and presented to industry and Canadian government officials about the feasibility of airship technology – receiving a great deal of interest and ridicule – but virtually no action. Dr. Prentice argues the airship is a technology largely abandoned and misunderstood, haunted by the legacy of the Hindenburg Airship tragedy in 1937. So convinced of the viability of airships, Dr. Prentice invested his own time and money into building his own airship and hangar to test his theory. He argues the rapidly deteriorating reliability of ice roads due to climate change is creating a crisis in Northern Canada and should be sounding alarm bells within the Federal Government. This transportation challenge is one contributing factor to the fact that a large number of Northern Canadian Communities lack basic reasonable food security, and access to affordable everyday resources. The documentary will capture Dr. Prentice’s intense commitment to airships as an economic and humanitarian solution to the long-standing problem of access to remote Northern Communities. Please join us in Barry’s journey captured on film.