How GEF Differentiates

GEF supports government, municipalities and companies in transformations that improve efficiency, lower costs, and increase customer satisfaction of transportation networks and assets they own or manage.

Our consulting team leverages its deep industry experience to help clients stay ahead of the competition and at the forefront of technology by working with them on their most challenging problems around strategic growth, strategic sourcing, digital and legacy transformation, operational improvement, complex negotiation and organizational effectiveness.

Our industry expertise extends beyond strategy and operations to include the specialized capabilities in business digitalization, end-to-end customer journey solutions, sustainable sourcing and development programs, and innovative financial solutions for transportation assets. GEF has also performed due diligence for the logistics sector in the optimization of its transportation infrastructure.

Public Transportation

Public transport is a large part of daily life and yet the industry also faces significant challenges. Aging fleets and growing competition from disruptors is encouraging new solutions in this arena to which established companies must adapt. Public transport entities must learn to operate more efficiently. The vision for the public transport players of the future is a significant decrease in operating costs and improvement in customer satisfaction.

Our practice supports governments, municipalities and companies in transforming their operations to meet these demands. We work systematically to achieve best-practice solutions through efforts such as cost restructuring, pricing, and distribution optimization. By leveraging economies of scale, horizontal integration, and specialization, we can support our clients in achieving even greater efficiency gains.

Our transportation practice takes a cross-cutting approach and is also guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Meeting sustainable transport targets cuts across several Sustainable Development Goals, especially those related to food security, health, energy, economic growth, infrastructure, and cities and human settlements. The importance of transport for climate action further underscores its importance.

Our clients include:
  • Bombardier / GO Transit
  • Metrolinx / Presto
  • Infrastructure Ontario
  • The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
  • The Ministry of Transportation (MTO), Road User Safety Solutions Branch (RUSSB), Government of Ontario
  • Ontario Government Pharmaceutical and Medical Supply Services (OGPMSS), Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), Government of Ontario
  • The Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC)

Sample Engagement No.1

GEF was called upon by a Canadian multinational client and manufacturer of railway cars to conduct an operational review of all train part storage locations in order to inform the appropriate number staff required to operate by work location, as well as to provide recommendations on whether or not current material distribution plans were adequate or whether a central distribution strategy was better suited. GEF developed a material management strategy, a warehouse centralization strategy and re-engineered both the warehouse processes and warehouse layouts.

Sample Engagement No.2

GEF was retained by an Ontario Ministry to advise on setting up a Business Policy Management (BPM) Center of Excellence (CoE). For first phase we worked with the Client team to define and develop a Strategic Target Operating Model (STOM), Execution Strategy and Plan to deliver the STOM and an Organizational Change Enablement Strategy and Plan for the adoption of the BPM COE processes, methods and tools. As part of phase one, we documented current state processes and the STOM identified the target operating processes. Executive level presentations and reports were part of this assignment.

Sample Engagement No.3

GEF was engaged to evaluate and make recommendations regarding an alternate transportation service delivery provider for the distribution of all goods (e.g. immunization drugs, medical supplies etc.) for a branch of the Ontario Government that stored and delivered goods across the entire province of Ontario. This involved conducting a rigorous data-driven options analysis to identify business process, organizational and human resource efficiencies. The review included completing a 10-year total cost analysis, analyzing 3 years of shipment data, detailing business options with rationale and generating recommendations to improve process, department structure & strategy and organizational development & capacity.