University of Calgary

Edward Silver

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Faculty [OSCM]


Operations and Supply Chain Management


Edward Silver is a Professor Emeritus in the Operations and Supply Chain Management area of the Haskayne School of Business (formerly the Faculty of Management) at the University of Calgary. He has been at the U of C since 1981, including holding the Carma Chair in Management from 1991 until his retirement in 2002. He received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Applied Mechanics) from McGill University and his Science Doctorate in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Experience prior to joining the University of Calgary included four years with the consulting organization, Arthur D. Little, and faculty positions in the College of Business Administration at Boston University and 12 years in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo. At the latter he was one of the faculty members in the very first year of the new department in 1969.

Dr. Silver has been the lead author of four editions of the widely adopted and cited book, Inventory and Production Management in Supply Chains, CRC Press, 2016. He has published 169 articles in leading professional journals, as well as 17 papers in refereed conference proceedings and 5 contributions (cases, chapters, etc.) in textbooks. His research and executive workshop activities have centered on the analysis of both tactical and strategic problems arising in the management of operations. Specific areas of application have included inventory management, process improvement and creative problem solving, production planning, supply chain management, and the use of quantitative modelling to aid in decision making.

In 1986 Dr. Silver received the Operations Research Division Award of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, then in 1990 he was selected as the recipient of the Award of Merit of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS). In 1995 he was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. In 2000 he was selected as one of the three inaugural Fellows of the Manufacturing and Services Operations Management Society and as a Fellow of the International Society for Inventory Research. He was chosen in 2002 as the winner of The President's Circle Award for Research and Creativity Excellence at the University of Calgary. Then in 2003 he was named a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Subsequently in 2007 he received the Harold Larnder Memorial Prize from CORS for distinguished international achievement in the field of Operational Research. Finally, in 2012 he was selected as a Fellow of the Production and Operations Management Society. Several students, supervised by Professor Silver, have won awards for papers based on thesis and project work.

During sabbatical leaves he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2000), in the Departement de Mathematiques, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland (1976-77, 1992-93 and 2001), and in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University (1986). In the summer of 1987 he taught at the Xi'an Jiaotong University, People's Republic of China as part of a CIDA project and in the summer of 1990 he was a visiting International Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, Austria. In early 1998 he held a Visiting Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and was also selected for a 1998 Lectureship of the OR Society of New Zealand. In 2002, Professor Silver was awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in connection with visits to the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Kyoto University.

Professor Silver has been a member of several professional societies. In particular, he was the President of the Canadian Operational Research in 1980-81 and the International Society for Inventory Research in 1994-96. He has also served as Chairman of the Grant Selection Committee for Industrial Engineering of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Ed is an avid outdoor recreation enthusiast, participating in hiking and snowshoeing. He has hiked extensively in the Rockies, the Alps and the Southern Alps. He has also participated in numerous community activities including serving as i) Chairman of the Board of Villas West Homeowners Association, Calgary, ii) Council Member of Skyline Hikers of the Canadian Rockies, iii) Treasurer, Secretary, Hiking Coordinator and President of the M’n’M Outdoor Club located in Calgary, iv) Board Member and President of a religious congregation, v) volunteer with the Calgary Community Support Services for Seniors, and with the University of Calgary Fitness Rehabilitation Program, vi) volunteer leader (for nine school years) of a mathematics enrichment program for grade 6 students at the Wheatland Elementary School in Strathmore, Alberta and vi) manager in a minor soccer league.

Ed and Maxine have been married since 1966. They have three children - Michelle, Norman (deceased in 1988) and Heidi, as well as three grandchildren.

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